Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

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Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby snyder66 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:47 pm

Our modem just died. And, It made me wonder. Woukd it be possible to get a data plan for an IPad, or similar tablet and still save money by doing so? Currently have the most basic cable:$14 a month. I believe our Internet is over $60. The only issue we would have is home wifi, for the kids devices.
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby clearwater » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:14 pm

Check out StraightTalk for low cost GSM service. You can get a package with data services for about $45/month. It's sold through WalMart. You can just buy the plan and get a SIM via the WalMart web page... no need to go the store. Check what size SIM the iPad uses though... if it's the same nano size they use in the iPhone there may not be a StraightTalk SIM available in that size.

Then you'd need a way to have the iPad or some device with the mobile plan act as a gateway to your other WiFi devices. I don't have an iPad so not sure, but built into Mac OS [much of the same code base used on the iPad] there is a way to share Internet connections, and you might be able to set up the iPad to do that for your other devices.

I'm not sure the $15/month savings is significant enough since StraightTalk has some data caps -- I don't remember what they are but are plenty for a mobile phone... but if you start sending lots of data from multiple devices at home you'd likely exceed the cap and they might cut you off. If so, you could consider higher priced "sharing" plans from AT&T or Verizon, but I suspect at that point it will be cheaper to keep home Internet service at $60.

Pretty much every way you need to move around bits there days is way, way overpriced. Everyone I know is trying to find a way to get these costs down.
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby tetractys » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:08 pm

Have never had cable--don't watch much TV, except maybe at the dentist office, or at work or the relatives sometimes. Recently did cut internet after buying a WiFi equipped laptop. What I've found is that I don't need to spend near as much time online as it once seemed, which allocates time for more important things. I save a good chunk of money as well.

If you really need internet at home, it might be worth it to share with the neighborhood. There's cheap unlimited plans out there that work fine on group routers. -- Tet
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby cjackson0 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:37 am

snyder66 wrote:Our modem just died. And, It made me wonder. Woukd it be possible to get a data plan for an IPad, or similar tablet and still save money by doing so? Currently have the most basic cable:$14 a month. I believe our Internet is over $60. The only issue we would have is home wifi, for the kids devices.


If internet speed isn't a big concern then $60 is pretty expensive for internet. Maybe switching from cable to DSL and/or lowering your speed would save some money.
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby StretchArmstrong » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:35 am

Never had cable, went about a year with no Internet. Worked fine, but was a PITA when visitors came to town or I needed to book a flight. Had to go to Somewhere with free Internet. Ended up getting a data an on my phone and that's more than enough for me.
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby The Wizard » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:33 am

Back in the 1950's and before, nobody had cable or internet.
There are some religious orders that probably don't have these things today.
It's easy enough to become a Luddite if you make it a focus of your life...
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby snyder66 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:11 am

I always find it wonderfulyl helpful when someone asks for advice on something, usually has money or a price paid attatched to it. And, Inevitably, We have people reply that "They would never pay that much for "X" product or service. I get it!
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby mike143 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:21 am

Providing a city or zip code would be helpful with these types of post. Clear (http://www.clear.com) would be an option if its available in your area. In my experience the really cheap cable plans are similar to what you can get Over The Air (OTA) with an antenna.

tetractys wrote:If you really need internet at home, it might be worth it to share with the neighborhood. There's cheap unlimited plans out there that work fine on group routers. -- Tet

The contract you sign usually forbids this type of use.
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby snyder66 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:18 am

The cable we pay now is only $14 a month. I can not find an satellite installers anywhere near. We are pretty far from most local signals, hour and a half from Philly. I guess what O was wondering...Could Audi from Verizon replace our current wifi and Internet provider?
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby mike143 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:07 pm

snyder66 wrote:The cable we pay now is only $14 a month. I can not find an satellite installers anywhere near. We are pretty far from most local signals, hour and a half from Philly. I guess what O was wondering...Could Audi from Verizon replace our current wifi and Internet provider?

Satellite would cost you more but you don't have to find an installer, order it direct and they will source a installer.
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Re: Has anyone eliminated cable and Internet?

Postby market timer » Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:18 pm

I've only had cable or internet in my apartment when I've had a roommate. $60/month is what I was quoted for internet, which seems exorbitant.
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