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Believe in Harmony
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so my first 12 months of sbc yahoo dsl are almost up and my dad is comfortable with paying only $27 a month to keep it running. however, both of us have no idea what the prices are going to be like when it's september.

he says that if the monthly rates go past $30, i'll have to go back to dial-up unless i find an alternative dsl provider that'll do it for cheaper. i've looked at verizon, but their dsl isn't in our location.

so i'm wondering, for those of you who have sbc yahoo, how much do you pay after the first 12 months? is there anyway i can bargain with them and still pay a monthly rate of $30 or less?
 

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From Love and Limerence
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I'm paying $19.99 a month now, and it goe's to about $35-$40 (give or take a few) after my first year. There's definitely going to be much more than a three dollar increase. Unfourtanetly, expect much more than $30 a month.

Oh, and I wish there was a way to talk them into keeping that rate. If you find a way, let me know.
 

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Uh... as far as I know, SBC is having a promotion of ~$15/month if you sign up for a year online. If you have a contract currently, you can renegotiate and extend the contract. I've been under the impression that broadband has been getting cheaper instead of the the opposite.
 

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Believe in Harmony
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extending the contract? that sounds interesting....

so when september comes by, there's a good chance that i'll pay less than $30 if i say..., hey sbc, i guarantee that i will stick with you for a whole additional year as long as you offer so-and-so rate for the next 12 months.

is my impression correct?
 

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Wind, Life, Eternity
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No way!! The $27/month is just to get you hooked on to high speed internet so you can't go back to 56k. That's why they jack up the price twofold after a year :evil:
 

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Try to convince him that going back to 56k will cost him more than 30 bucks a month at least ;)

Then you can start looking for a new DSL provider.

I don't know how it is like in your country, but here they are competiting each other for every new customer giving nice price cuts on new subscribers. And keep in mind that even the cheapest DSL line is faster than 56k.
 

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copy and pasted from another forum:
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REMEMBER keep calling if you are delcined.
GOOD LUCK
I GOT THE DEAL

In order for you guys to get this deal you must follow these directions.

1) Call 1-800-579-7861 (CA) or

1-877-722-3755 (Universal)

Say Yes if you are calling from home or Say No and punch in your dsl phone number
Say Billing
Say Change Service

(Have your phone code or last digit of SOC ready)

2) You MUST ask the person to transfer you to the dsl retention department.

(Have your phone code or last digit of SOC ready)

Note: If the person ask why you want to be transfered there, say that I have some account issues, may you please transfer me to that department, they will say ok.

3) When retention picks up, Say that you want to get rerated to the new 14.95 plan that came out today. They will say sure, they will jog some info, make you wait 5 min on hold. My new plan will start on July, Whoohoo.

Specs:

Dsl Express 384Kbps-
1.5Mbps DOWN

128Kbps-
384Kbps UP

1 Dynamic @ $14.95!!!

15,000 feet away from CO, getting 1.2mbps steady, luv this company
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Try that and see if it works. How's the broadband competition in your area? If there are at least some other ISPs, you can always at the end of your contract call them and say you wanna cancel service because you can't afford it etc., then they'll be nice to you.
 

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It's a Spinning Smile!
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Ahhh it's nice to be living in this country.... DSL of 2.3MBPS, no caps whatsover I can be on (and am) everyday all day and download as much or as little as I want, for a nice monthly price of £23 (thats what, about $48) a month :evil:

Amazing how much other countries get ripped off. But after the sweet sweet sweet speeds of DSL, I to could never go back to 56K, I really recommend you hunt around, especially for 'newer' companies, they normally offer the best prices.
 

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Heh, still not as nice as the 5mbit connection I have here for the same price. And other places offer 10 and in some cases 100mbit connections for even cheaper. I even heard of one place that was offering 1gbit connections... for a little over $200 a month.
 

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I pay something around 25USD for a 256kbps DSL. Talk about being ripped off.
 

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Shaw Cable just increased the speed of their High Speed from 3.5Mbits to 5Mbits. I wish I had cable...:( Damn Telus DSL is 1.5Mbits down. The price is even similar to cable, what a rip. Don't ask, we can't get cable because my mom has a rather large balance owing.:p
 

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hmm.. is shaw the same as rogers? cuz i remember there used to be shaw in our area then it all but disappeared (toronto). if theyre the same, i hope rogers will come and give me on of those new doscis 2 modems so i can move up from 3 Mbits to 5Mbits. we're paying 38 CAD a month for 3Mbit up / 384kbs down.

u can also see www.broadbandreports.com for reviews on different broadband providers and such.
 

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CKemu said:
Ahhh it's nice to be living in this country.... DSL of 2.3MBPS, no caps whatsover I can be on (and am) everyday all day and download as much or as little as I want, for a nice monthly price of £23 (thats what, about $48) a month :evil:

Amazing how much other countries get ripped off. But after the sweet sweet sweet speeds of DSL, I to could never go back to 56K, I really recommend you hunt around, especially for 'newer' companies, they normally offer the best prices.
Who would want to go back to a 56k connection which disconnects every 2 hours? :p


D.D: Shaw is different than Rogers and yea they used to be in the GTA as well (this is a few years back, 1999-2000 or so?). Then I guess Shaw and Rogers switched coverage areas or something (I think Rogers used to be out in the west) and now we're stuck with rogers. I kinda wished we stuck with Shaw cause I don't think they're pulling the same BS as rogers atm (with the 60GB cap). I'm also on their 3mbps/384kbps service at $38 CAN (good thing for that bundle deal thing, I wouldn't want to pay $45 + tax for this service :p).
 

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arg...thx for clearing that up snake785

one of the things users need to watch out for is the fact taht some ISPs have a bandwidth cap....like what happened to rogers customers (in fact they didnt have this cap before...).
 

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I know that British Columbia used to be Rogers, but it's been Shaw since about 2001. I was living in Abbotsford during the switch. And well, it's been Shaw here in East Edmonton since I can remember. Actually West Edmonton used to be Videon (Videotron in the old days) until about 3 years ago when Shaw took over.
 

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My Charter Pipleline costs like $39.99 a month for 3Mbit Down 384kb up. The 384Kb down is like $30 so i convinced my mom to upgrade for $10.
 
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