reply to MXB
Re: Dumping Bell, any suggestions? Another vote for START from me. I'm on their low-speed DSL, and have had no problems at all. Customer Service is very good.
I do believe Fusion re-sells Start's services. That 3-meg unlimited Cable that SHRUG mentioned must be from TSI, but that is only in Chatham, ON.
Are you keeping your Bell phone line? If not, and you stay with DSL, you are into Dry Loop startup and ongoing costs. Do have your own DSL modem now?
Compare ALL the startup costs (fees and equipment); compare the monthly costs; check the billing/payment options. Your usage and
speed requirements sound fairly modest, for now, so you can get away with a lower cost Docsis 2 cable modem if you go cable (but that D2 modem may not provide optimum performance on a higher-speed plan in the future).
EBox and TSI offer some free off-peak downloading on their DSL plans, that doesn't count against your monthly cap, if that is of
any value to you (schedule your large downloads while you're sleeping!).
Can this persons system run with cable? His profile as was pointed out by someone else, Shows his setup may not even support cable.
reply to jasmo34
Yeah, I'm stuck with Bell for phone service. I can't use VOIP types because my dial up modems and FAX machine won't work without a real phone line.
I'll have to buy a DSL modem, renting Bell's (at an exorbitant $60/year - I see you can buy for $75!) currently.
The usages I see on all except Bell are 100+ GB. I use about 5-6 GB/month (which required me to pay $5/mth to Bell for an extra 40 GB) No problem there. No disk space to make large DL's, I got about 300KB free on my C drive sometimes. Yes. KB.
Fusion and Start are both in London it seems.
Dude, you want me to send you a free computer.
reply to MXB
said by MXB:Time to scrounge something better - a 286-based machine perhaps.
I got about 300KB free on my C drive sometimes. Yes. KB.
I'm sure that you can find a better machine for free. Put a Wanted ad on Craigslist or Kijiji - "Don't dump your old computer in the landfill. Looking for donation of working 3-5 year old computer. Grateful for any offers." or "Times are tough. Looking for donation of working 3-5 year old computer. Grateful for any offers."
An ad like that ought to get you something WAAAAY better than what you have now. Just make sure it has Windows installed on it and has the Microsoft license sticker on the bottom.
reply to Riplin
Thanks but I got 6 already, where would I put it?
reply to MaynardKrebs
Well if you really wanna know: 6 computers from 1982-1999 Atari 800, Commodore 128, Amstrad PC640, 386SX 20 MHz 2 MB, Pentium 1 166 MHz 32 MB and the one I use with the 'net Pentium 2 400 MHz 128 MB. Skipped the 286's, never had one