So here’s the deal:
I’m currently paying $29.95 per month for Digital Economy cable television (this is a downgrade from a previous promotion with Digital Starter at the same price).
I’m also paying $19.99 + $5 for a modem rental per month for “up to 12mb” broadband Internet (their lowest promotional price). My monthly bill looks like this:
Kimmie and I want to save money in this area each month, as we feel our current level of television indulgence is not simple living. Sounds like an easy solution, right? Just downgrade or cancel our TV service and keep broadband Internet to watch Hulu. Wrong.
See, our Internet price requires a TV subscription. Thus, my mad Google skills found a Comcast package called “Limited Basic” for $17.99 per month (Comcast does not mention that on their website – anywhere). Still more channels than we want to pay for, but it keeps us from having to deal with an antenna and keeps our Internet bill down. Sidenote: we do not have a phone line, so I’ve yet to find a DSL or other broadband ISP that offers at least 3mbps for under $40.
Unfortunately, it’s also a measly savings of only $11.96 per month. But that adds up, right? Only until June 30, when our promotional Internet price goes up to $42.95 per month. A Comcast representative said that, at that point, I will not be eligible for another promotion, so we’ll need to find another solution anyway. Oh yeah, did I mention the $10 DOWNGRADE FEE for dropping our TV subscription to Limited Basic? That means that we’ll only really save $13.92 overall between now and then.
Any advice? Anyone know of a better option? Anyone work at an ISP who can give us a hookup?
PS: Just speed tested the neighbor’s wifi, and I get 15mpbs down and 3 up. Hmm… 😉