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Austin, TX
reply to NormanS

Re: Poll....With the new tiers which will you subscribe to?

Good question. If it isn't, I stand corrected and Comcast is just as lousy of a deal as I thought...


Philadelphia, PA

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reply to NormanS
said by NormanS:

Is Comcast "Economy" Internet $24.95 a month without TV? Is it even available without TV? I ask because, by your comparison, you would have to include the cost of cable TV service with the Internet price, if you had to have even Basic TV to get "Economy" Internet; closer to $38.51 for "Economy" Internet in that case.
Good catch. I missed that!

I pulled out the price list that Comcast sent a few weeks back for the new pricing as of Nov. 1st 2008.

Here's what it says: (sorry I have no scanner to post the actual thing)

Online service with comcast video or voice service
Economy (768/384): $24.95 (That's the same price as before. No change.)

Online service only
Economy (768/384): $40.95 (Previous price was $39.95 since 1/1/08)

Limited Basic Service (Video) locally (North, West, & Northwest Philadelphia) costs $14.90 (No change since last price list of 1/1/08)

*As a side note. I hadn't noticed this when I got the new price list, but the HSI only prices have increased for all tiers:
6/1 up from $57.95 to $59.95
16/2 up from $67.95 to $69.95
768/384 up from $39.95 to $40.95

*HSI + Video or CDV remain unchanged and the same as in the OP.

So ya ... the Economy Tier is even more ridiculously priced than I thought before


Anderson, IN
reply to Rick
I just can't see paying 140 bucks for a capped account. Since it's residential, if you use it, you're going to just hit the cap faster.
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Los Lunas, NM

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reply to Rick
I chose the 12/2 tier because its faster then the 8/2 I have now, and 10 dollars cheaper a month. IF we had blast here in New Mexico I would subscribe to it and probably not bother saving the $10 a month, but since there is no love for us New Mexican's I will just downgrade.

Edit: I would also consider getting a business account depending on our usage and the price point.


reply to Rick
A 3.0/512k with Powerboost for 29.99 would be real attractive.

Snohomish, WA
reply to sortofageek
said by sortofageek:

said by iansltx:

Why not get FiOS then?
I have no compelling reason to do that currently. I am waiting until all three services are available as a Triple Play bundle for both companies. At that point I'll evaluate pros and cons between them. Rumor is 4th Quarter for DOCSIS 3.0 here and, I think, there is a similar plan for Verizon FiOS TV rollout in this general area.

A bit off the OP's topic, but a note to sortofageek See Profile (who lives not so very far away) that I received a fios flyer in with the grocery store ads this week, promoting "triple-play" for $99.99. So broader rollout of TV is coming fast.
A little strange is the fact that very little (maybe 20-30% at most, probably much less) of the area this fairly tightly targeted ad packet covers is actually fios offered/available yet. (though this gives me hope they may be restarting the twice delayed/partially completed work in the area)
I do agree that until verizon can offer a 1-wire replacement, it's probably not worth switching (comcast service is generally very good in this area) It's really more a matter of the bundle/ pricing than one service being better than the other, unless you have specific needs that one can't offer/fulfill.

That VoIP Guy
East Lansing, MI
reply to Rick
Wish Comcast would upgrade our area to anything above 5/1. We are still 550Mhz, and they don't seem to have us on the list anytime soon to upgrade us. Meanwhile, I see larger cities in our area (that have competition from AT&T), being upgraded from their new 850Mhz system to 1Ghz. Grrr..

reply to Rick
While not technologically feasible and definitely lacking any significant ROI, it would interesting to have user-configurable tiers.

Example: X Mbit is $Y/mo, configurable with maximum download A and maximum upload B (where A+B=X), changeable once per month. Probably more than a few people who would prefer 9/9 or 12/6 over 16/2.
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reply to sortofageek
said by sortofageek:

Where are you reading $59 with no TV service required and no cap for business 12/2? If that is advertised, I would think this forum would be lit up with excitement. If it has been posted here, I have totally missed it.
This has been discussed several times on the board before. CCMike from Comcast business has indicated the Business Starter package, which costs $60 per month, and is currently 6/1 but will migrate to 12/2 has no caps.

You can read him saying so here - »Re: [Business] How much is Comcast starter business HSI and a ph

Anyone who wants to avoid Comcast caps, can pay $15 or so more per month and get Comcast starter business. It may also avoid throttling.
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Reading, PA
reply to Rick
The difference between 12/2 and 16/2 is not worth $10. First the upload is the same... then there's only 4mb difference in the downstream. While 4mb difference makes a big deal under 10mb (like a 2mb tier vs. a 6mb tier), once you get over 10mbps the gap narrows. Not many web pages serve HTML faster. Bit torrent is limited by how many seeders you have. Web downloads are limited to how taxed the server is (and we all know the digg and slashdot effect).

I'm on the 8/2 Performance Plus tier because it comes with my Triple Play Platinum. But I would get the standard internet tier if I was paying normal price for it.

8/2 is the best they do (with powerboost of course) in my area with the antiquated 750 MHz system.

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reply to tshirt
said by tshirt:

... a note to sortofageek See Profile (who lives not so very far away) that I received a fios flyer in with the grocery store ads this week, promoting "triple-play" for $99.99.
A dig through the recycle bin is in order, it seems.

Actually, I just checked the Verizon site a couple of days ago and received a "not yet."

It is strange the fliers are going to an area where FiOS is not yet offered. We can get all but the TV service here and I haven't noticed triple play ads yet.

As you know it is a big decision jumping from a service which is working very well to an unknown. I am also keeping my ear to the ground in the neighborhood. I love it when others go first.

Olympia, WA
reply to Rick
Yeah I'm just hoping those higher bandwidths will be available in my area some day. I'm not going to hold my breathe though, because the only current competition here is Qwest, and that's almost like no competition at all.
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Saint Paul, MN
reply to Rick
Sticking with the good ol' 12/2. It's plenty of speed for my mix of usage (e-mail, news, information, short movies, music).

Plus, seeing how they've upgraded this tier 4 times now (since I've been with them), I'll continue paying what I've been paying (more or...more!)
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Waterbury, CT
reply to Rick
So, with 188 votes so far..anyone see anything they're surprised about in the results?

I was a little surprised with the low turnout for the 50Mb
tier with only 2 votes out of 188. It really does say that speed..and PRICE..are both factors in what people want and are willing to step up to the plate to pay for. I didn't think the number going with it would be big..but did expect maybe 5% of people might go with it. Instead..it's barely taking 1% of the votes.

I'm not surprised however with the 22/5 results. It's coming in with a strong showing of about 24% right now. What it offers seems to justify the 20.00 price increase for many even though the standard tier speeds will be doubled. It also offers powerboost which the 50Mb tier does not. Lots of good reasons to stay at this level I think.

And, the big winner is...double our speeds for nothing coming in at 38% so far. Hey...we can't argue with a free Upgrade like that, right? It also seems to be a tier that may draw people away from the 16/2..52.95/mo tier with people willing to accept a little less speeds to save 10.00 a month. That tier though is still hitting about 12% right now.

Other than that..we learned that people who don't have the service love to click something and feel a part of it all anyway. Glad you all joined in.

And, thanks to all for participating.
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Manassas, VA
reply to vorlon
said by vorlon :

A 3.0/512k with Powerboost for 29.99 would be real attractive.

There's a pretty big price/performance gap between 768/384 for $24.95 and 12/2 for 42.95. Keeping a 4/1 or 6/1 service at a $30 or so price point would keep people like me who will probably jump ship as soon as XOhm or FiOS is available.
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West Palm Beach, FL
reply to Rick
I do agree,they should add a plan between the 768/384 and 6000/1000,or just increase the 768/384 speeds,and keep the price the same.In my area we only have 8000/2000,6000/1000,and the 768/384 plans.

Chesterton, IN
Well the plan is to get rid of the 6/1... why don't they just keep it there and lower the price.


Pasadena, MD
reply to Rick
I would choose the 12000/2000 if it were available in my area.

Price with another service:

Economy 768/384 24.95
Performance 6/1 42.95
Blast 16/2 52.95

Hard to figure as FIOS is available so would think they would want to be more competitive.

Lutherville Timonium, MD

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reply to Rick
I'd go with the 22000/5000 tier for now. However if FiOS ever comes around I'll be canceling and happily moving to 20/20 + no bandwidth restrictions + no messing with traffic during peak times. (I had it at my old house and it was definitely worth $65)

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San Jose, CA
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reply to MalibuMaxx
Assuming that they would keep a 6/1 tier at $30 a month, they'd probably have far more subscribers cutting back to the 6/1 tier than staying with the $42.95 tier, or ordering higher tiers. Which would screw with their revenue predictions.
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