| Review by ibldsw |
member for 1.6 years, 74 visits, last login: 295 days ago
updated 355 days ago
- $60 per month
- about 7 days
- "Solid connection, very low latency, No data cap"
- "Must have AT&T phone service to get DSL with Sonic"
- "I no longer consider Sonic as a local ISP. Switched to the cable for the better value."
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(ratings match consensus)
I wanted to stay with Sonic.net as much as I can in support of a local ISP despite higher price for the speed ($60/mo for 5Mbps).
I have been waiting for Fusion in my area (Pleasanton) thinking Sonic, as a local ISP, will eventually deploy Fusion service in this part of the Bay Area. When I heard Sonic started building Fusion in southern California, I felt betrayed for a few seconds. Well, after all Sonic is just another ISP that must follow economic principal.
Even though Sonic has lost my support as a local ISP, I really hope Sonic does well and eventually deploy fiber I can switch back to. For now I followed the same economic principal, and switch to the cable.
Current ISP & plan: Sonic DSL 6M on AT&T phone line
Previous ISP: Comcast
Reason for switching: Sonic as a shelter from Comcast data cap
Installation: Uneventful. I used the modem I had with SBC (now AT&T) DSL - worked fine.
Service quality: Stable connection with very low latency (first hop ping under 10 ms)
- One year ago: $32 ($20 DSL intro price + $12 AT&T Measured Rate phone service)
- Now: $58 and rising ($40 DSL + $18 AT&T Measured Rate phone service*)
* AT&T plans to raise the base rate by $3 and the usage rate again in March 2012.
Sonic DSL subscribers are required to have AT&T land line phone service. So I ordered the least expensive plan. It is a measured rate plan without any features. There is no caller ID, no call waiting, no voice mail, and no way of knowing how much I used till the next bill. I simply didn't use the phone to make the bill simple. $32 total cost for 6M DSL wasn't bad at all.
After one year, DSL portion of the cost doubled to $40 and AT&T phone to $18 and rising. At $60+ a month, Sonic DSL is increasingly less competitive. I learned that business class internet from Comcast and AT&T U-verse don't have data caps, and can be ordered at home. Their lowest cost plans with 12M speed without a phone service cost about the same.
Re: We're on the same boat. Isn’t Fusion available in your area?
I have been patiently waiting for Fusion to deploy in my area. I am about 4000 ft from CO, and thought Fusion would make a good value if it arrived in my area. Reading from Sonic CEO’s posting in its own forum, they started deploying Fusion in Southern California. That make me think they are done with the Bay Area even though they wouldn’t confirm either way. I won’t wait for a bus that may never come.
When I switched to Sonic as a shelter from data caps, I wasn’t aware Comcast and AT&T business class Internet plans don’t have data caps, and they can be ordered at residence without business permits. I pleasantly find that their lowest speed (still 2+ times faster than Sonic DSL) 12M plans cost about the same as the true cost of Sonic DSL.
Re: it's a tossup between staying with Sonic or Comcast Business If you are unsure about the service quality of Comcast at your place, try its residential plan promo at $30 a month ($20 if you already have cable TV with Comcast). There is no dedicated infrastructure for Business class in the residential area. Just no data cap and different numbers to call for (hopefully) better service.
Santa Rosa, CA
680 Corridor We are not at this time deploying in the Hwy 680 corridor (Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton - and down 580 to Livermore). We completed our third phase SF Bay Area build, and moved on to the Sacramento/Woodland/David area (now complete), and we are now engaged in construction on a number of COs in the LA area.
With limited resources, we have to go where the subscriber density is first. We are building as much as we can as fast as we can, with the goal to bring Fusion to everyone, but it is a long and expensive road.