Wednesday, April 27, 2005

To upgrade or not to upgrade...

That is the question. I'm considering upgrading from dial-up to DSL or Cable Modem. I've done some vague research and discovered that I currently pay 16.99 to AT&T. If I wanted to upgrade to their DSL, I could do that for 29.99/month for the first year and then 39.99 after that. They would provide the modem for free. (Although a 19.99 shipping and handling). I checked out both my cable place and my phone company. For Qwest, they have one deal for 26.99/mo, but according to their site, it is only 4 times faster than regular dial up. A long time ago, AT&T provided me with their accellerator... which is 3.2 times faster so why bother with that plan. Their other option is 29.99/mo for 5 months then 42.99. AND I have to either buy their modem or pay a $5.00 rental fee every month. (Now after 11 months, is it mine? probably not bastards...) Comcast has a similar deal... but 19.99/mo but only for 2 months and then 39.99 after that. And the same 5.00 rental fee every month or purchase for 60 bucks. So logically I would go with AT&T. But the question really is, do I need to do this? I'm mostly fine with dial-up. The only time I get pissy about it is when I go to fancier flash sites and it takes forever. I don't know... why do I agonize over the wrong things? :)

5 comments:

Kate the Peon said...

Nooooo! Don't leave me alone in the world of dial-up!

Putnawa said...

As long as there is WiFi, I shall remain with dial-up at home. The prices for DSL and cable modems are ridiculous.

RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

Asshats.

Chicken said...

I guess it really depends on what you like to do. My husband likes ITunes a lot. Since we have cable (bad, bad I know) we got $10 off the cable modem with comcast. I'm so spoiled with the T1 line at work that I don't ever think I could go back to dial-up. I don't have a laptop so what the hell do I know really.

Mishka said...

I love the cable but I didn't have to pay an installation charge or for the modem. I am not sure if I am supposed to keep it or return it when I am done. I guess they will tell me.

I was pretty impressed because I got the cable when we were in a temporary apartment, and they didn't charge me to move it over to the new place either...I figured I would get hit with a transfer fee like all the other utilities slammed me with.

Mike P. said...

I would have to agree that it depends on what you use the internet for. If you download/upload a lot of files, I suggest an upgrade. Once you do, you probably won't go back. One thing I do know is how crappy Comcast is in my area. Their customer service is deplorable, and service can be hit or miss sometimes. Be careful.