Finally making the leap.. just looking for some guidance

I am finally ready to part ways with cable. I decided to give Hulu TV a try a few weeks ago, and I have found it to be perfect for what I need. It has every channel that my girlfriend and I watch, plus we pick up a few that we did not have with the “basic” cable package, like FX, Viceland, Discovery, and a few others.

I went and picked up a Roku Streaming Stick, it works great with Hulu TV. The interface shits all over Fios cable, where I have to sift thru 10000 channels to find the 20 that I have access to. Hulu TV seems great for someone who watches minimal live TV (80% of what we watch is streaming Netflix or Hulu), but still wants to be able to get local sports games and put on the occasional live TV show.

Now, the trickiest part so far has been actually removing cable. I called Fios to remove cable from my service package, figuring that they are going to charge me like $60/month for just internet… but that was not the case. Somehow, the salesperson gives me a price of $135/month. Completely stunned, I immediately hang up and call Optimum, who was recently set up with a table at my apartment complex to push their new service. They quote me $58/month for 200mbps and $68/month for 300mbps. This pricing made much more sense to me. However, why is Verizon over double the price? Is their service much better? Also, does anyone have a recommendation on which speed I should go with for streaming purposes?

I am also interested in buying my own router to save a few bucks, since Optimum will knock $10 off the bill if you don’t rent their equipment. I am interested in Google Wifi, does anyone have a recommendation?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

4 Replies to “Finally making the leap.. just looking for some guidance”

  1. Call Verizon and tell them you want to cancel, and you will get a much better offer. You only get their best offer at teh last moment when you tell them you are canceling.

  2. Check your plan to see what internet speed you have now before calling retention. It is possible they quoted for a higher speed plan than you need. Ask for 50 or 100 down.

  3. Well, price and quality don’t seem to be related, and the price of these services seems to be up to the whim of the company. I was getting my internet from Comcast, 150/5 tier. Terrible internet, the speed went down during evening prime time, and the upload speed was so low that I often ran out of upload capacity. Then nothing works.

    I’m currently getting fiber from AT&T that’s nominally 100/100, and very consistent and stable. And at a lower price than Comcast wanted for their internet. So price and quality really don’t necessarily go together in the wacky world of ISP’s.

    Really, the only leverage you have against these ISP’s daily whims is playing them off against one another. If you only have one ISP available to you, as was the case here until recently, you have very little leverage. You can threaten to leave your ISP, and you might get a better deal as a result. But you’re limited when both of you, you and the ISP, know that you really don’t have any alternative. Comcast had a monopoly here for a long time and played the monopoly card for all it was worth. Not that AT&T is much better :-), but at least they have better quality internet.

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