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Re: Pace 4111N
said by DaneJasper:Voice service requires the use of a Comcast-supplied eMTA, but I do not recall being billed for rental of the unit. On the other hand, when I did not have voice service through Comcast, they were billing me $7/mo to use my own modem, though they were gracious enough to credit my account $21 every 3 months if I called and complained enough times. said by Zeonis:
Sonic.net is the only company I can think of that does not allow you to purchase the modem they are offering or use/purchase your own to avoid having to pay a rental fee.
Comcast charges $7.00 monthly for equipment, but customers can replace it with customer supplied equipment. It's unclear though if this is possible if you have voice service too with them.
Honestly, with Cable it does make sense to own your own equipment, but I'd prefer to rent a DSL modem. When the next revision of ADSL comes out or Sonic switches to VDSL or some other flavor, I know all I need to do is make a phone call and ask for an upgrade. Modem craps out? Make a phone call. Decide to upgrade to 2 lines? Make a phone call.
So what if, after 19 months I've paid $3.50 more in rental fees (if you ignore sales tax) for that modem than if I had bought it? Had I bought it, it would be 7 months out of warranty and quite likely already failed or about to fail (they don't make 'em like the old SpeedStream models you couldn't kill with a lightning strike, anymore). Equipment and upgrade assurance, combined with an eternal warranty is only costing me $36 more than buying the modem at the end of 2 years, after which I'd probably be in the market for a replacement anyway if I owned the equipment; and that's assuming I didn't have to replace a unit, out of my own pocket, that failed a week out of warranty.
In some instances, and I'll admit it's the majority, rental simply does not make sense. This is not one of those times. For another $1/mo, it likely would be, though.