Hi, I'm looking to pay for monthly internet at my apartment. I've been pilfering weak wifi signals from the neighbors for too long...
I've explored many companies. Most of them want you to call them for a quote, to make yourself vulnerable to their tricks!
The least expensive option I have seen is Optimum at $30 a month if you install it yourself.
Has anyone had any luck with smaller, local internet providers? I have heard of one on the radio but I can't remember the name of it.
Or, has anyone had good luck with the larger companies? What do you pay? I suppose this is only answerable by those who do not have package deals (I don't have or want a TV or home phone).
Thanks for any advice you have to offer!
I saw the optimum deal online; it's for new customers and only for 12 months, when you order online and install it yourself.http://www.optimum.com/online/pricing.jsp
The price I saw for Verizon was $50 a month for 1 year. Bogus!
I beleive there are only two dedicated providers in the area:
Verizon DSL and Optimum.
FIOS is not in Beacon yet.
You could get a wireless connection through Verizon wirelesss, Sprint or ATT, but that may run a bit higher along with a contract.
I live in a poor Optimum area and am looking to go with DSL, but am considering a triple play with Direct TV.. Can you say RED ZONE.
Just some words of caution: avoid DirectTV at all costs. I tried them out and ended up buying out my contract because they were so shady. They quoted me a price which ended up not including many basics. I had to call them frequently because of bogus charges on my bill. They sent me an email saying that if I signed up for automatic bill pay, I would get free HD for life. When I did, they continued to charge me the $10 a month for HD; I told them to cancel the HD and they told me they couldn't because I had the wrong kind of box and it would cost me ton of money to change to a non-HD box. And when I paid to get out of my contract, they would not pick up their dish, which I now have to pay to dispose of. I've spoken to others who have had similar experiences. All in all, a pattern of very dishonest "gotcha" business practices!
If you have a cell phone you might look into a data plan with a router option ... where your cell acts as a wireless internet router to your other "network appliances". There are also "stand-alone" wi-fi routers ... pocket-sized ... that have 3G/4G service included for up to five simultaneous clients. Your provider will have different plans based on your needs. If you like live performances, go to Best Buy and ask for help. If you like the NYTimes see David Pogue
Vane (I'm searching for the perfect answer, too; perfect is the enemy of good)