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What's The Most Affordable Internet/Phone/TV Service?

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Shopping

El Dorado, AR

#1 Jun 2, 2011
I am totally sick of what I am using. The price continues to go up. The service delines. There has to be something better and more affordable out there. Any tips will be appreciated.
Suddenlink

El Dorado, AR

#2 Jun 3, 2011
Is really the only option if you want bandwidth. I use dish for TV, Suddenlink for internet, and Cell service for telephone.
We need more options

El Dorado, AR

#3 Jun 3, 2011
They only way to get out cheap is to buy pay as you go cell service and don't use text messaging. Forget cable, just get high speed internet and watch tv online. You can also get an antenna to watch local programming.

High speed internet at Suddenlink is $57 a month which I think is a rip off. But if you watch tv online instead of cable, you can avoid satellite costs.
agree

El Dorado, AR

#4 Jun 3, 2011
We need more options wrote:
They only way to get out cheap is to buy pay as you go cell service and don't use text messaging. Forget cable, just get high speed internet and watch tv online. You can also get an antenna to watch local programming.
High speed internet at Suddenlink is $57 a month which I think is a rip off. But if you watch tv online instead of cable, you can avoid satellite costs.
We do need more options. Has anyone had any luck with any of the AT&T bundles?
LILLIE

El Dorado, AR

#5 Jun 3, 2011
My mom is tryn out the Net 10 phones. Hope it works out. There r lots of options in the electris dept in walmart and online. Must do lots of reading. Happy Hunting
Religious Hillbilly

United States

#6 Jun 3, 2011
We need more options wrote:
They only way to get out cheap is to buy pay as you go cell service and don't use text messaging. Forget cable, just get high speed internet and watch tv online. You can also get an antenna to watch local programming.
High speed internet at Suddenlink is $57 a month which I think is a rip off. But if you watch tv online instead of cable, you can avoid satellite costs.
The only problem with that is there is usually a cap on how much data you can use on your internet in a given amount of time. Streaming or downloading video uses up that data much more quickly than just viewing pics or reglar web pages, and when you use all that data up, some providers will shut it off and/or ask that you "upgrade" your service. The very service I am using now has been upgraded two or three times, which has increased the monthly payment to well over $100. Just something to consider.
help

United States

#7 Jun 4, 2011
AT&T high speed internet service is $20 a month. Suddenlink is a ripoff. Today, I pay half for television, premium channels, and internet than what I paid to suddenlink 5 years ago! Dish Network & AT&T
We need more options

El Dorado, AR

#8 Jun 4, 2011
Religious Hillbilly wrote:
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The only problem with that is there is usually a cap on how much data you can use on your internet in a given amount of time. Streaming or downloading video uses up that data much more quickly than just viewing pics or reglar web pages, and when you use all that data up, some providers will shut it off and/or ask that you "upgrade" your service. The very service I am using now has been upgraded two or three times, which has increased the monthly payment to well over $100. Just something to consider.
Well, the $57 month internet fee is for the highest bandwith you can buy as a residential customer. I'm sure there's probably a higher option for commercial use. We just get an email every time our bill is due telling us that we seem to be using more than the "average" user. They've never asked for an upgrade or anything.
att

El Dorado, AR

#9 Jun 5, 2011
AT&T is a rip off and sucks. They never want to help you with problems
for your help

United States

#10 Jun 6, 2011
att wrote:
AT&T is a rip off and sucks. They never want to help you with problems
I've had one problem in 3 years, and they were quick. Honestly, I'd rather have something that works than see how quick my cable guy is able to fit me into his schedule.
world citizen

White Hall, AR

#11 Jun 7, 2011
Shopping wrote:
I am totally sick of what I am using. The price continues to go up. The service delines. There has to be something better and more affordable out there. Any tips will be appreciated.


ATT has the fastest internet in my area, some folks in town may disagree, it's cheaper then suddenlink though. Straight talk has the best deal on cell plans,$45/month unlimited everything, trick to it is the best phone has to be ordered through walmart.com , not found in any stores and is $200,also this phone can be used as a modem and will connect any pc at 3g speeds through a usb cable, the speed is comparable to att's slowest dsl plan, works off att network.
Tech guy

Colorado Springs, CO

#13 Aug 24, 2013
An old psot I know, but if anyone stumbles across this heres what I do. I use google voice as a free home phone. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-57561577-58... -$40-adapter/ I use republic wireless cel lservice, 23 dollars a month after taxes with unlimited talk, text, and data, and roaming on Verizon http://www.republicwireless.com I use centurylink highspeed 12mbps internet at 56.00 a month (necessary for google voice voip and online streaming) and lastly for cable I use Netflix and Hulu. Netflix has a ton of movies and hulu as current episodes of new shows as well as a huge lsit of older shows. Those two services in conjunction with a roku Player makes for a great streaming experience. With roku you can get all the free tv services as wel las paid services like Hulu, and Netflix on one box. http://www.roku.com/ ALL TOGETHER I PAY AROUND 95 dollars a month for tv, homephone, internet and cell service. Cant get much better then that.

Since: Aug 13

El Dorado, AR

#14 Aug 25, 2013
Bought a Roku at Wally World, operates on my internet, almost don't watch cable any more. Hundreds of channels to watch on Roku, we do subscribe to Netflix,$7.99 a month, but lots of movies, news, all kind of things cable doesn't offer. I believe that soon other cable companies will offer their channels on Roku, like Time-Warner Cable does. The high price for the cable is wasted, since we only watch 4 or 5 channels, at most. Lots of music on Roku, and games.
well

El Dorado, AR

#15 Aug 25, 2013
Tech guy wrote:
An old psot I know, but if anyone stumbles across this heres what I do. I use google voice as a free home phone. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-57561577-58... -$40-adapter/ I use republic wireless cel lservice, 23 dollars a month after taxes with unlimited talk, text, and data, and roaming on Verizon http://www.republicwireless.com I use centurylink highspeed 12mbps internet at 56.00 a month (necessary for google voice voip and online streaming) and lastly for cable I use Netflix and Hulu. Netflix has a ton of movies and hulu as current episodes of new shows as well as a huge lsit of older shows. Those two services in conjunction with a roku Player makes for a great streaming experience. With roku you can get all the free tv services as wel las paid services like Hulu, and Netflix on one box. http://www.roku.com/ ALL TOGETHER I PAY AROUND 95 dollars a month for tv, homephone, internet and cell service. Cant get much better then that.
Last time I checked, Google Voice doesn't have any numbers with the South Arkansas area code. So you'll be stuck with a Central Arkansas, Northern Louisiana, or Eastern Texas area code. Also, any of the wireless services around here are pretty much the pits. Good luck trying to watch many movies with that.
Tech Guy

Colorado Springs, CO

#16 Aug 25, 2013
It doesn't matter what number that you get with google voice, it has unlimited long distance and local calling anyways. You have to set it up soo it uses your cell minutes and I can elaborate on how to set it up in another post. Republic wireless is a great service if your in a Sprint or Verizion service area. Republic runs on sprint and roams on Verizion and I can watch movies just fine on it. Even though republic only offers 1 phone at the moment, who cares! I pay 23 bucks a.mont for cell service! And the phone is alright if you know how to set it up correctly. If your not in a sprint or Verizion service area maybe your in the t-mobile service area? You can use this awesome prepaid service that runs on T-Mobile http://www.solavei.com/ unlimited everything for 50 bucks a month. Whatever you do, don't get stuck in that contract bullshit. Those same companies that you pay a ton to use, have mobile virtual network operators running off it. In other words prepaid cell service running off there towers for a way lower price with the same or better service!
well

El Dorado, AR

#17 Aug 26, 2013
Tech Guy wrote:
It doesn't matter what number that you get with google voice, it has unlimited long distance and local calling anyways. You have to set it up soo it uses your cell minutes and I can elaborate on how to set it up in another post. Republic wireless is a great service if your in a Sprint or Verizion service area. Republic runs on sprint and roams on Verizion and I can watch movies just fine on it. Even though republic only offers 1 phone at the moment, who cares! I pay 23 bucks a.mont for cell service! And the phone is alright if you know how to set it up correctly. If your not in a sprint or Verizion service area maybe your in the t-mobile service area? You can use this awesome prepaid service that runs on T-Mobile http://www.solavei.com/ unlimited everything for 50 bucks a month. Whatever you do, don't get stuck in that contract bullshit. Those same companies that you pay a ton to use, have mobile virtual network operators running off it. In other words prepaid cell service running off there towers for a way lower price with the same or better service!
The only problem with Google Voice if you can't get a local area code if you use it for inbound calls. Outbound is okay, but anyone calling you locally will have to account for long distance, unless you do something differently as I guess you're trying to get to.

As for T-Mobile, are you serious? Mobile network service around here sux. Has for a long time. And to think, it's even worse in the surrounding towns.

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