My costs.. Comcast Perf internet (~16mbs) = $29.99 Voip phone services (future-nine) = $100/12months/2shares= ~$4 (share the phone service with a friend) Netflix (occasional free trials) = $0 Cell = ~$20 (share a 3 line grandfathered tmobile plan w/myfavs with a friend)
Upfront cost Comcast modem (FAR from about 5 years back) = $0 Voip Adapter (FAR from about 6 years ago) Antenna for local HD TV = ~$5 (made using coat hangers and Amazon bought balun) Cell phones : Usually buy newer model from CowBoom/sale ~$100 and sell of previous one for about same cost so it comes about even. have changed about 6 phones in last 2-3 years.
Does Republic have to assess any taxes or fees on their $19 a month service ?
That really depends on where you live. I currently live in a very remote area and don't pay anything at all, but there have been reports on the RW forums of people seeing an additional absolutely horrifying, dreadful charge of $1.50 or so added on to their monthly bill.
greling said: Alcibiades said: greling said: FreedomPop Hotspot: *$95.95 ($89 + $6.95 shipping + no tax) $96 of equipment for 1GB of 1.5Mbps data each monthFor a lifetime service that adds the equivalent of about 450 calling minutes through VOIP, no matter where I travel, I'd say it's worth itClear WiMAX is spotty in many areas, and can have reception or speed problems when used inside a structure
Charter internet $57.99 T-Mobile family plan $118.00 Directv $80.00
I noticed someone had TiVo with basic cable but arent all these companies now encrypting their signals which would require a cable card? I am definitely looking to make some changes and save some dough.
Family of 4... Centurylink DSL $35. Usenet $4 VPN provider $1. Sprint SERO $30. T Mobile DTMCSA plan (with free TZone) X 3 Lines - $34. Ooma $0. Shared Satellite service between 4 people $35 OTA $0 Monthly Approx $140 ------------------------------------------------------ 2 X Iphone @ $350 1 X S3 $99 Modem $55 Ooma 135 Extra Satellite dish $35 OTA Antenna $40 Upfront $714
Cell phone - T-Mobile prepaid = $1.67/mo for two lines both on gold plan. Hardly use the phone, data is over wifi. Google Voice for Landline = $0.00/mo. AT&T Uverse for Internet/TV = $127/mo Amazon Prime about $70/year
sideout said: I noticed someone had TiVo with basic cable but arent all these companies now encrypting their signals which would require a cable card?Yes, Comcast requires a cable card in my area, but ... they pay me $2.70 + tax / month to use it versus a DTA.
TWC 20mbit + phone = $68/mo Cell: VM Prepaid = ~28/mo for 300min plan Roku: Free Plex Media server: ViaTalk: $199/2 years = 12.50/mo w/ E911, dropping this when its renewal is due in November NHL.com streaming - $40 for the year
Up front costs: $26 for the phone on Black Friday Everything else had no up front costs
redikin said: Wondering how many people have multiple telecom/internet providers in their market. We have one that offers high speed (the other is DSL) so we pretty much get cornholed.
I have two cable choices. WOW and Comcast. AT&T Uverse is in surrounding areas, but I think they stay out of my town because there are already two choices. Most of the burbs by me have Comcast/Uverse or Comcast/WOW.
I think if Uverse would expand into my town, it would probably drive prices down for everyone.
Monthly Cable - Directv Premier Package Plus Extras (Split over 4 households) - $50 Cellular - Republic Wireless for me ($0 free for a few more months), Straight Talk for the Mrs. - $45 Internet - Comcast 20Mbps - $35 Home Phone - Ooma - $3.73 Alarm Monitoring - Alarm Relay - $8.95
Up Front Cost Cable - No cost other than the $5/month per box rental fee (included in monthly cost) Cellular - Original Republic Wireless LG Phone $99x2, Iphone 5 $600 (wife tried RW but kept nagging me about the shitty service. Paid $600 to shut her up. Well worth it.) Internet - Cable Modem - $60 - have been using the same box for many many years. Home Phone - $179 Telo Base station + extra handset Alarm Monitoring - $144 for internet compatible module
Total for 2 persons: T-Mobile Prepaid: $2 T-Mobile Prepaid: $2 Verizon Unlimited 4G : $40* Antenna: $0 Online streaming: $0
Total Monthly Fees $44
3 Months of paying for 2 internet services: $120 Ipod Touch: $160** Ipod Touch wired headset:$1.20 Motorola Razor (~4 or 5 years ago): $120 ** Other old cell phone: $0 T-Mobile $100 prepaid card cell 1 (4 or 5 years ago): $100 *** T-Mobile $100 prepaid card cell 1 (3 years ago): $100 *** T-Mobile $100 prepaid card cell 2 (2 years ago): $100 *** Current Hotspot router (given to me by work): $0 ****
Total Upfront costs: $601.20
My monthly costs might raise some questions. I've shown my long-winded explanations below, to make the main content of my post easier to read:
* My work plans to sell unlimited 4g for $45 per month. As an Employee I am charged $38-$40 per month. ** I'm not sure whether I should include cost of Ipod since it was purchased for sig other to play games on. I included however since it is a integral part of our process. We use a google voice number (We got to pick a pretty cool number) and use talk-a-tone app to make and receive free calls. (Google-voice app doesn't work properly on ipods). At this point cell phone's are used rarely, mostly as high priority or emergency communication. I probably shouldn't have included my cellphone cost in upfront costs because I've had it so long. However it was an integral part of switching to T-Mobile prepaid 4 or 5 years ago. *** At some point I forgot to add more airtime to my account, when my airtime/ minutes expired. I ended up losing my number and having to start fresh. I included both costs, because this was a learning experience I paid for. Sig other moved to T-Mobile prepaid after being booted off of parents account and replaced by 12 year old brother. (Family plan was at the maximum of 5 people for Sig others parents. Since we married, It makes sense that Sig other no longer needed to be on plan and younger brother could finally get cell phone he "Desperately Needed") We ended up saving most of the $15 a month Sig other had been paying parents to be on their plan. (It's also much more difficult for mother in law to get a hold of us, since we no longer use cell phones as intensely ) $10-$50 Prepaid cards are included in the $2 monthly expenses (Possibly closer to $1, but I don't want to under-exaggerate) **** My plan typically has a Jetpack 4620L mifi hotspot. I'm not sure if I had a bad unit or I just get bad reception at my location, but it worked horribly for me. (I could get 15 mps when it worked. but I constantly had IP address problems.) My work ended up letting me take an older cradle point router and usb 4g card that work great together. (Probably worth about $120. I didn't include in upfront costs since it didn't cost me anything. This is also offset since I included the 3 months of overlapping service that most people wouldn't require. The service quality of Jetpack was mostly useable, but I wouldn't cancel my $40 home internet until I had something Very Reliable. - We have a Management Professional Roommate that pays a competitive monthly rate for only a few nights a month, and is an ideal roommate. We couldn't afford to lose roommate over internet headaches.) I sometimes miss the convenience of the Jetpack being so portable. (Free calls anywhere with Jetpack + Ipod). But I am finally happy with our home internet setup, and home is the primary place I need to provide internet. (Work, Work, Parents, Hotels, and many places around town have internet. Jeckpack would only give me internet in the car and at the gym which isn't very important.)
Problems I've encountered: Craigslist, Doctors offices, eBay, Etc. always wanting a phone number that they expect to be able to reach you at. For certain persons, I provide my office line that I spend most of the hours of my day. For most persons I provide my Google voice number. When anyone leaves me a voice message or sends me a text it instantly forwards it to my Email. (Google tries to translate voice messages to text, but is not accurate.) I check my Email often and can return the call or message if I desire.
Monthly Content Delivery: OTA Channels: $0 Netflix: $8 Astraweb: $7 (annual plan amortized to monthly charge) - will be switching providers soon due to number of DMCA takedowns VPN Tunneling: $3.33 (annual plan amortized to monthly charge) - use mostly to spoof MLB.tv Charter 15 mb/s Internet: $34.99 (250 GB capped, hasn't been enforced) MLB.tv $7.22 (129.99 split with another person, amortized over 9 month season) Verizon Wireless: $150 (1 iPhone 4, 1 iPhone 4S on share everything plan, 4gb data, includes corporate discount) total: $210.54
One time costs: (i'm not listing every gadget, just the most important ones) Various Premium memberships after NZBMatrix went down: $50 3x WDTVs: $195 (bought refurb with deal on here) Motorola SB6151: $87 (saves $7/mo charge from charter, have now passed the break even point) 2x Netgear Router with DD-WRT: $60 (2 for whole house coverage) Cordless Phones that have bluetooth connectivity with cell phones for home call answering: $~100 I have a home media server with 21 tb of hard drive space. This involves rolling costs, as I will sell the old hard drives to purchase new ones every 1-2 years. The last batch of 2 tb hard drives I had in the computer "cost" me about $15 each after purchasing/using/listing on eBay. I anticipate a two year cost of my current setup to be around $150-200 if I sell the drives at the right time.
As you can see, I'm a tinkerer. I have no problem using Usenet, spoofing MLB.tv, or tweaking my home routers. I also build my own servers. Wife stays completely out of it, and she enjoys that all her favorite shows download automatically with SickBeard. As you can see, my phone costs are disproportionately high. We had tried to do the $30/mo Virgin Mobile plans with Motorola Triumphs last June - October. Wife was incredibly unhappy with coverage in our area and the battery life of the phones. Since having a baby, wife deeemed a good working phone to be necessary at any cost. I concede this and begrudgingly pay the $150/mo.
No TV? We can't all be a winning hippie like you. Looks like he gets his TV over the computer (Hulu). I'm amazed how much free stuff is on Hulu, to say nothing of the other free sites for TV programs. I discontinued my basic cable TV service and dropped Netflix and get all my viewing split between OTA and internet (which I run to TV through HDMI.) Oh, almost forgot: Charter internet: $34.99 month T-Mobile prepay: $10 year Home phone through Obi100 ($29) + Google Voice (free)
Centurylink 12/1 DSL: $25/mo. T-mob no contract Monthly 4g: $28.20/5gb data, texts, use Groove IP for unlimited minutes(plan is $30/mo. I buy refill cards at supermarket where I get 6% back with AMEX BCP) Amazon Prime Student split 3 ways: $1.83/mo.
Up Front: $375 up front for phone, will probably get $200 back when I sell it and upgrade.
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