Internet Access Becomes More Expensive

My Internet Service Provider has again upped my cost and I would like to hear what others might be doing to avoid being gouged.

I just checked the cost of Unlimited Phone plans and for almost the same price I pay each month for Internet only, the wife and I could switch our Moto phones to a +55 unlimited plan. So how well does a phone hotspot do for Internet Access at home? We cut the cable years ago and signed up with Ting to save money and have been saving a lot over the years. Today, with the new price increase our cost for Internet and phones is back to over $100 monthly.

Even with two phones I understand we should not expect the 200 GB we usually use each month. We thought we were giving up a lot when we cut the cable. I am willing to expect less if it means saving $50 or so each month on Phones and Internet.

We signed up for Disney+ but are giving up on that. We simply cannot afford the cost of streaming the content. Even experimented with "casting" from phone and tablet to our TV. Don't see why we can't do that via apps from a phone and give up on our cable modem Internet access?

The saddest part would be leaving Ting. Been very happy with Ting from the start. But when the only cable Internet company in town starts charging $100 and more, I have to think about other ways to afford Internet access.

I would like to know if others have been successful in lowering their costs?

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  • Hi Robert,

     My personal take on this is that it's possible but I don't really recommend it. You'd need to look at the fine print on some of those Unlimited plans as they can be throttled or capped at certain levels. This can cause you to lose internet connection completely and sometimes they'll even cut the phone line because they'll have language in their terms and service that will allow them to. So I would be on the lookout for that. 

     That's my opinion on it though. You may want to check out some articles online and their comment sections. This Lifehacker article I find helpful and the comment section has some other opinions that may help you make the right decision for your home internet.

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  • Most of us are in the same fix, limited home internet options. I see two options in the next year or so. 5G and the new low earth orbit satellite systems. SpaceX has already placed quite a few in orbit but will need many more for adequate coverage. Later this year they should have some coverage available for Canada and the northern U.S. No definite pricing has been released.

    T Mobile has also announce a home 5G plan.
    https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/t-mobile-will-soon-offer-home-internet-15-a-month-wireless-phone-plans/amp/

    They have been testing the concept but not on 5G, it's suppose to be pretty impressive.

    Even though they may not turn out the best options, at least the consumer will gain some bargaining power with the lousy ISP's that we have to deal with now.

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  • My biggest issue with cell phone towers as a home internet replacement are the ping times. They make any sort of online gaming (something I do regularly) not only a chore but an actual terrible experience. 

    I suppose if you only ever need your internet for streaming video in reduced quality (cell providers including our network partners throttle some video streams to save bandwidth) and don't mind sometimes waiting 2 or 3 seconds every time you click a link, that's not a problem for most.

    But speaking as someone who actually tried to offload a home internet connection to cellular, I went unfortunately running back to Comcast and their low ping times.

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  • I believe the new 5G will be quite a different experience. Also the new low orbit satellite systems will offer much higher speed capabilities.

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  • Have you heard of an issue with 5G performance?

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  • The current iterations of 5G built for speed have coverage issues with street corners. The 5G iterations built for coverage aren't remarkably better for speed than LTE.

    We're still a good many years away from 5G home internet being an actual thing you can actually buy everywhere in America.

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