Most of us readers here have HD DVR and TV, I/Net and phones. I have
at&t landline for my phone and DSL (extremely reliable), comcast for
my HD DVR TV and paying separately is costing me $250+USD/mo.
I received an offer from U-verse offering all three for $89/mon for 12
months which is stated as a $41/mon discount from normal charges.
(why don't I believe all three can be only $130/mon)
As this would be a great savings for me in these economic times I
first though that I would inquire as to any opinions of you a.h.r
folks and what you might have experienced with this service.
So, thoughts, opinions, recommendations all greatly appreciated.
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I have FiOS. At the moment I'm paying just under $150/mo total,
including fees, taxes, 1 DVR & 1 STB rental.
My internet is 25/15 (Gbits down/up). That is more than the basic stuff,
but gives free wifi at a lot of places. There is 1 main email address
and something like 7 or 8 "subaccounts" but Verizon email isn't something
I'd write home about.
My FiOS TV "Extreme HD" includes basic and some premium content, and is
enough for me (it includes NFL, but not any special baseball stuf).
It also includes a phone landline with free LD in the US, Canada, PR (I
think). It incudes the regular "premium" services such as caller ID,
voice mail, etc.
While the connections here from NJ 07410 are excellent, customer service
isn't too good, and billing can be a hassle. It is best to scrupulously
write down everything you're promised, and to note date, time and name of
person you're talking to. Repeat to them what YOU understand you've been
promised. They keep a record, so if you can tell them that Susie told
you so on that date and time, they can't get out from under that. Also,
as soon as there is a dispute of some kind, suspend any automatic
payments and only pay what you owe. In the past it has taken more than a
few months to get things straightened out. Maybe they are better now
than when I had problems <grin>.
Check that offer carefully. They do have a good deal, but the TV
portion is often a basic package. Check the cost with the package and
equipment you want. It still may be a good deal, but if you want more
channels, an extra DVR or two, the price goes up.
I hesitated for years, but got fed up with cable and switched to
satellite.. After the initial specials ran out after a year I still
get better service, more channels, better equipment and save about $25
with DirecTv over our cable company.
U-Verse is not available in our town so I can't give direct
comparison. Probably take another dozen years to get the right lines
You may never see (or something like it) for some time. ATT stopped its
build outs of Uverse last year and Verizon threw their hands in the air
last year with their FiOS build outs. It costs a lot of money to build
an area out and likely cable and satellite are already there so you need
to give it away to attract users from those providers.
Disclosure: I have had Verizon DSL and FiOS in North Jersey since at
least 1999, and like it ... Around here they compete with Cablevision
Optimum Online, and I see the Cablevision repair trucks much, much more
foten than FiOS trucks. As I understand it satellite "suffers" from a
latency problem related to the distance back + forth to the satellite,
and suffers from weather (rain/snow) related problems - diminished
Here is a link for FiOS-related stuff I found by googling:
Verizon FiOS is currently available in many states and is continuously
expanding. Verizon hopes to expand the FiOS internet service to all 28
states where verizon currently provides landline telephone services.
The 16 states which the FiOS internet service now occupies are
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Many more states may have
FiOS internet services available as time progresses.
Verizon Fios Availability Status
Choose a State:
Sat service has improved considerably. In the 18 months I've had it,
a total of maybe 15 minutes of poor signal was encountered. Snow,
ice, strong winds made no difference at all. I'm told that dish
design has changed and is less susceptible to weather.
Maybe in the more populated areas. Where I am, they don't even know
we exist, nor do they care. Population density drives their
Not any more. Both Verizon (FIOS) and ATT (U-Verse) have told investors they are
no longer expanding to new areas. The only sales they are interested in now are
infill. Basically, if your neighborhood is served, you can order it. If not, you
are out of luck.
Looks like you find the happy every day marketing dept version.
Direct from verizons ceo:
Lowell McAdam - Verizon Communications - President & CEO
"Well, that would certainly be our objective to get around that 50%
penetration across all of our markets.With FiOS we are about
16 million POPs at this point and we want to get to about 18 million. If
we built out the whole footprint, we would be more in
the 21 million, maybe a little bit more, range.
But I don't plan on going any further than we have talked about because
we have got to kind of clean up a few of the processes
around the ONTs. We have now developed a strategy whereas if we put FiOS
down the street, regardless of the services that
are on the street we are going to move everything over to FiOS and get
the copper out of service and out of our base. So that
is a pretty significant shift for us.
That changes the scale and, frankly, the cost structure associated with
FiOS. If I can get some rhythm on that and be a little bit
more efficient on the ONTs and what goes on inside the house then the
economics of FiOS begins to get better and better then
I can reevaluate. But for now the bottom line is we are going to build
out what we said and not any more"
Thanks, Ed, Robert & George. That fills in the picture. While we have
absolutely no plans on moving, until we leave the house toes up, if we
were to move anywhere, the available digital services would play a role.
Best of luck to you all!
I am up here in Western Canada. I don't use PVR. I have a bundle package
from Shaw cable which includes 2 phone numbers, HD TV,
Internet with broadband 50GBS speed with modem/WiFi router. Total bill
is ~180.00/month. Looks like you could save some having a bundle package.
On Sat, 11 Feb 2012 10:08:56 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I'm in northern CA and switched to the U-verse with a similar deal.
I'm consistently getting ~10/2 down/up. After expiration of the promo
rate I'm paying ~$138 for phone, I-net, and TV with a premium package.
I'm very satisfied.
My only complaint is that they offered a $100 refund at signup. But
they actually sent out a rebate card 6-8 weeks later, and sent it in
unrecognizable envelope so I that I likely threw it away as junk mail.
I'm more careful with mail these days.
When I turned 65, every insurance company in the world sent me
something about Medicare supplements, life insurance, etc. I tossed
them all as I was all set.
One day I opened one before tossing it. Turns out, it was the second
notice that I had a pension from a job I left 45 years ago. The
company closed 40 years ago. CaaaaaChing! ! !. Not a fortune, but a
month's present wage that I never knew was coming.
Tigerdirect... I never did the 40 dollars worth of rebates they
promised to pay. That was over 10 years ago and I've never bought
another thing from them, I even canceled the credit card I used to make
that purchase because they wouldn't dispute the purchase. Anymore any
add with a rebate, I just skip over it. If a rebate makes the
difference I'll find what I want somewhere else. Even the easy rebate
from Staples ... 5 bucks, I never got that. I hate rebates, or maybe I
should say I hate rebate offers.
I was one of those that complained to the AG's Office
On Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:09:26 -0600, "Mr. Austerity" <"PrintMo.Money ">
For the most part, I share your feelings. Staples though, has been
easy and fast. Never had a problem claiming them on line.
Recently, I sent in paperwork for a new energy efficient heating
boiler for the offices at work. This is for $3000 and three months
later, I got a letter it was denied. No other information. I called
our rep and the e next morning, it was approved and the check a few
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