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Here is a monthly breakdown of what I am now currently paying...

AT&T High Speed DSL w/o Phone (150GB bandwidth cap): $19.95/mo.

Republic Wireless Unlimited Cell Phone Service w/ Data Plan: $19/mo.

Netflix: $7.99/mo.

Ooma VOIP Telephone Service: $4.08

FreedomPop Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot (sometimes use along with Republic Wireless): $0

Roku HDTV: $0

Over-the-Air HDTV: $0

Grand Total: $51.02/mo.


Upfront investment costs...

Ooma Telo Kit: $149 total shipped

FreedomPop Hotspot: *$95.95 ($89 + $6.95 shipping + no tax)

Republic Wireless Upfront Phone Cost: $272.02 after tax + free shipping

Roku LT: $49.99 shipped

Grand Total: $566.96


*The cost is partly refundable and is considered a deposit.


I can see why phone and TV companies want so badly to have bandwidth caps and to fight net neutrality laws. People like me will give them a run for their money! lol

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greling (Mar. 11, 2013 @ 10:45a) |

If you are asking, I'm guessing it should be low.

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Monthly

Comcast Performance internet + Basic TV = $53

Page Plus Cellular PAYG = $2.50 ($10/4 months)

Callcentric VoIP PAYG = $1.95

Tivo HD lifetime service = $0

Monthly Cost = $57.45

Upfront Cost

Linksys Cable Modem = FAR
Linksys WRT54G router = FAR

Palm Pixi = $50

Linksys PAP2 ATA = FAR

Tivo HD = $90 unit + $300 product lifetime service

Total upfront = $440

Monthly
Charter HiSpeed Internet $49.99
Vonage-------------------$34 approx
Netflix------------------$8
Amazon Prime-------------$7
AT&T---------------------$75
Xbox subscription--------$3

Total Monthly cost $178

Upfront cost
Apple iPhone $225
Xbox 360 FAR
Linksys router $150
Motorola Cable modem FAR

Total Upfront cost $375

It's not low but added in for reference. I'm looking to replace AT&T but T-Mobile/republic wireless/freedompop are all spotty in my area.

Monthly:
Cox Hi Speed Internet $19.99/mo
Netflix: 7.99/mo
Spotify: 9.99/mo
Amazon Prime Student: $3/mo
Cell: Covered by Employer

Monthly: $41

Upfront:
Cable Modem/Router: $100
Samsung Galaxy S3: $199
Antennae for Local TV: $40
Roku: Free w/Playon
Playon: $39 lifetime
MLB.tv: $32.50 split 4 ways with strangers

Upfront: $412

Only thing I wish I had that I dont is a better way to get live sporting events/ESPN.com type stuff.

MLB.tv: $32.50 split 4 ways with strangers

Interesting. Can only one person be logged in at a time?

tjguitar85 said:   MLB.tv: $32.50 split 4 ways with strangers

Interesting. Can only one person be logged in at a time?


This only works, so long as you don't live in Tennessee.

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.

greling said:   
FreedomPop Hotspot: *$95.95 ($89 + $6.95 shipping + no tax)
$96 of equipment for 1GB of 1.5Mbps data each month


Republic Wireless Upfront Phone Cost: $272.02 after tax + free shipping

Does Republic have to assess any taxes or fees on their $19 a month service ?

Monthly
Att basic dsl HiSpeed Internet $14.99
AT&T landline $30
Rabbit ears tv free
AT&T cell phone 3 lines iphone $200

Total monthly $244.99



Upfront cost
Apple iPhones $500
Dsl modem FAR

Total Upfront cost $500

Monthly:
Uverse TV & Internet - $149

Upfront cost: -$400 (received gift card)

Alcibiades said:   greling said:   
FreedomPop Hotspot: *$95.95 ($89 + $6.95 shipping + no tax)
$96 of equipment for 1GB of 1.5Mbps data each month



For 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 it. And that $96 is for the most part a refundable deposit.



Republic Wireless Upfront Phone Cost: $272.02 after tax + free shipping

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.

I will admit I am paying $70 bucks a month for unlimited 4G on prepaid T-Mobile with Samsung note 2. Never going back, it's like going from dialup to 10M dsl.

SUCKISSTAPLES said:   
AT&T cell phone 3 lines iphone $200

One for you, the Mrs, and the Mistress?

NorthStar2020 said:   Monthly
AT&T---------------------$75
I'm looking to replace AT&T but T-Mobile/republic wireless/freedompop are all spotty in my area.


Depends on how heavy you are with the data but AT&T has many MVNOs if you're out of contract. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_virtua...

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 month
For 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 it
Clear 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

Monthly $256.00

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
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2 X Iphone @ $350
1 X S3 $99
Modem $55
Ooma 135
Extra Satellite dish $35
OTA Antenna $40
Upfront $714

Verizon FIOS 75/35 w/ HD Prime and DVR - $116
Verizon Wireless - 400 Minutes, 1000 Text, Unlimited Data - $83
Usenet Service $15

Total = $214

Upfront Costs:
Galaxy Nexus - $200

Total = $200

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

Upfront costs:
Obi100 = $45
PrePaid T-Mobile phones = $150.
Ruku Box = $50

Cell Phone - 2 S3's, 2 basic phones 2GB Data 700 minutes - 145$
Texting - Google Voice - $0
ComCrap 25Mbit internet - 35$
Netflix 0$ (LG deal)
International TV - 9$
NetTalk Duo (Home Phone) - $1.50
OTA HDTV - $0

Total: $190.50

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Up-Front Costs

Router+Modem 50$
Cell Phones: 60$
NetTalk Duo: 50$
Piece of tin foil and coax cable: 1$

Total: 160$

Hulu free = $0
Google Voice = $0
Pageplus prepaid ~ $5/month because I spent most time on Google Voice.
I don't pay for my DSL, my rental provides it.

Monthly total = $5, i win.

Cable Internet - $20
Google Voice - $0
Usenet - $10
Straight Talk for wireless voice/data $90 for 2 lines
Rabbit ears - $0

Monthly total = $120

Upfront costs:
$70 for cable modem
$15 for rabbit ears
Found wireless router about to be thrown out at work
$300 for used smart phones off eBay

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.

TheDealMaker said:   Hulu free = $0
Google Voice = $0
Pageplus prepaid ~ $5/month because I spent most time on Google Voice.
I don't pay for my DSL, my rental provides it.

Monthly total = $5, i win.


No TV? We can't all be a winning hippie like you.

Time Warner 15 MB Internet $45
Netflix $7
Company cell phone $0
Page Plus phone wife $15
Google Voice phone $0
Total: $67

Upfront costs:
Palm pixi $45
Obihai adapter $40
WD Media Player $60
Media Center PC $200

cable with HBO included with HOA $?
internet paid for by employer
iphone supplied and paid for by employer

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

Internet - TWC 15MBs - $39
TV - $0 (paid by property)
Netflix - $8
Home Ph - ObiHai - $0
Cell - PagePlus $12 plan - $9
FreedomPop - 500MB of Data - $0
TOTAL MONTH: $56

Upfront:
FreedomPop - $95
Obi110 - $34
Droid Incredible 2 - $150
TOTAL: $279 with $89 refundable for FreedomPop.

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.

Monthly:

Internet - Comcast Performance - $35 (for now, promo expires in a few month)
Phone - Sprint SERO Premium ~ $55 / month

Upfront:

Cable modem ~ $25
Router ~ $25
Samsung Galaxy Nexus - $150

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.

AT&T Uverse 6MB $31
4 Tmobile Prepaid Lines $55
OTA Antenna
Netflix - Borrow family members account

$86 per month

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.

qcumber98 said:   TheDealMaker said:   Hulu free = $0
Google Voice = $0
Pageplus prepaid ~ $5/month because I spent most time on Google Voice.
I don't pay for my DSL, my rental provides it.

Monthly total = $5, i win.


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)

The only reason I keep TV is because of sports. Maybe in the next 10 years more will get simulcast on the web.

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.

Total: $55.03 /mo.

Can anyone comment on the wife acceptance factor with HULU service?
Coming from Dtv (Tivo, ondemand, etc.)

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my wife loved Hulu Plus when played on our WDTV. she liked that she could browse shows and read descriptions of the episodes



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