Monday, January 19, 2009

Switching DSL providers

I've decided to try something stupid for which I'm sure I will experience a lot of pain. Switch DSL providers.

The thing is that my year contract just expired. I called them up and they graciously lowered my monthly rate to $29.95 as well as changed my service because I no longer require static ip's.

Overall, I have been very happy with The problem is that I'd like a faster line. 3 Mbps is just too slow in this day and age. Maybe I'm just spoiled because my work has full gigabit connection. I tried to see if Sonic could increase me to 6 Mbps, but they said that I'm physically too far from the central office.

I looked into getting cable, but they want $100 to install and $30 for the modem. Plus, cable companies are the most evil creatures with their attempts to screw with people's bandwidth.

So, I called the other evil beast: at&t. I figure that I already have my cell phone with them, so I've jumped into bed with them already anyway. After talking to two different droids, they assured me that I could indeed get the full 6 Mbps. Mind you they also asked me if I had a PC with at least 64 megs of R-O-M which left me with a bad feeling in my stomach. If it all works out, the other benefit is that I can now cancel my landline that I never use. So, for $35 a month, I get twice the speed that I had before and I save $15 by not having a landline.

The install date is January 26th. We will see how it goes.


Joe Russell said...

Just this week, I'm switching from one provider to the "Fusion" ADSL+ (aka DSL2):

...granted, I probably have a shorter distance that makes me eligible to get the service.

Jon Scott Stevens said...

Yep, I contacted about the Fusion service.

They can only provide me with a maximum of 6 Mbps / 1 Mbps for $45.

I can get 6 Mbps / 768 Kbps from att for $35.