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    Clearwire experience?

    Anyone have any experience with Clearwire for Internet access?

    I've been all over their website, but there's nothing that gives even a ballpark idea as to what their "regular" rates are beyond the first three discounted months. Yet, for someone like me, who doesn't have DSL available and who doesn't wish to have cable, this is an intriguing alternative.

    Anyone have any ballpark idea as to what their regular rates are, and how reliable the service is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaVixen View Post
    Anyone have any experience with Clearwire for Internet access?

    I've been all over their website, but there's nothing that gives even a ballpark idea as to what their "regular" rates are beyond the first three discounted months. Yet, for someone like me, who doesn't have DSL available and who doesn't wish to have cable, this is an intriguing alternative.

    Anyone have any ballpark idea as to what their regular rates are, and how reliable the service is?
    No experience with this service, but I would ballpark it at about $60/mo.

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    Hey Vega

    There is also this option
    http://b2b.vzw.com/productsservices/wirelessinternet/

    Which is a wireless internet card that pulls the signal from cellphone towers. The price is dropping in a lot of areas. A friend of mine has this and it costs $49 a month. You could get a laptop and post on FOO while playing Trivia at the Flying Saucer.
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    Thanks, glenng. I'll look into that. And thanks, SB, for the ballpark guess. That's much cheaper than what I'm payin' on, yeah, go ahead and say it, DIALUP. What can I say? I just Foo around waayyyyy too much.

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    I would request a demo and do a speed test. I know up here, those devices don't get the advertised speeds.

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    For which service, Maelstrom? Or both?

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    Fios Ftw..

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaVixen View Post
    That's much cheaper than what I'm payin' on, yeah, go ahead and say it, DIALUP. What can I say? I just Foo around waayyyyy too much.
    You're... paying more than $60 per month for dialup?! Last time I used it (around 1999/2000), you could get unlimited dialup for around $20 per month, if not less. And that was from reputable companies, not the scammy NetZero types and the "ad-supported" BS companies.

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    Do not like there lack of pricing information, very slow service max off 2mbs (I currently get 10mbs for $29.99)

    Wirless card may be an idea just watch out for the 2 year contract.

    Guess I am lucky having the choice off cable or dsl

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    VV, did you think about satellite? I'm not sure if they're competitive and it would be a complete failure for me due to latency issues. I'd ballpark that to be in the cable price range ($35-$55) and you would still be tethered to the house (unlike the cellular options).

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    Anytime there is equipment involved, there will probably be a "service commitment". Also, like cable, the price may be affected by what additional services are bundled.

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    Surprised that DSL is not avaliable according to bellsouth (whom I can't use) the whole of their service area in Charlotte is DSL avaliable.

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    Or you could move to a more densly populated area and take advantage of the "red_house internet discount plan" ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Or you could move to a more densly populated area and take advantage of the "red_house internet discount plan" ;-)



    I did that for about a year, when I bought my house I decided it was time to get my own Secured network.

    Love the fact I can take programs I record on tivo and watch them on the computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    VV, did you think about satellite? I'm not sure if they're competitive and it would be a complete failure for me due to latency issues. I'd ballpark that to be in the cable price range ($35-$55) and you would still be tethered to the house (unlike the cellular options).

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    Anytime there is equipment involved, there will probably be a "service commitment". Also, like cable, the price may be affected by what additional services are bundled.
    Isn't satellite dependent on modem speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Or you could move to a more densly populated area and take advantage of the "red_house internet discount plan" ;-)
    Already tried that, though I guess I need some kind of "boost." I can get wireless at the local university across the street, but I don't wanna have to leave my house.

    fsm, if you plug my home phone number into various DSL "checkers," they all come back as not available. Same with other numbers in my neighborhood, and even with numbers of local businesses. The infrastructure is just too old, and the phone/communications companies have never bothered to upgrade it. Amazing, considering my neighborhood is right next to a research university....

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    Tried a more powerful antenna? I've seen them at the local Compuglobalhypermeganet, but that's about all I know about them. Worth a shot, maybe?

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    How about plain Cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaVixen View Post
    fsm, if you plug my home phone number into various DSL "checkers," they all come back as not available. Same with other numbers in my neighborhood, and even with numbers of local businesses. The infrastructure is just too old, and the phone/communications companies have never bothered to upgrade it. Amazing, considering my neighborhood is right next to a research university....
    The DSL checkers do not work,(a lot of times the phone company will have upgraded but only realease the info once they have a certain% of the market) they say I cannot have DSL, which is quite amazing as I transferring Saturdays torchwood through the air as we speak on my DSL that they say I cannot have.

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    I've heard horror stories from folks who went with TWC. Jes' sayin'.

    That's why I'm askin' if anyone has experience with Clearwire. I don't think its availability is nationwide yet, but I was hopin' that someone on Foo has learned a little more than what's there on their website, or even has it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingscotsman View Post
    The DSL checkers do not work,(a lot of times the phone company will have upgraded but only realease the info once they have a certain% of the market) they say I cannot have DSL, which is quite amazing as I transferring Saturdays torchwood through the air as we speak on my DSL that they say I cannot have.
    But Bellsouth, um AT&T ('scuse me) claims they have to send someone out to the home (probably between 8am and 5pm, with no particular designated time) to even determine if I can access DSL. Shouldn't they be able to look at their records of infrastructure upgrades without having to send a technician out here to waste my time?

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    TWC's cable kept going down on me, which is why I switched to DSL, however I did not not pay for cable internet for the two months I had, I just got fed off off complaining for my free time.

    Since heard they pulled some off the equipment and replaced it my neighbours who still have TW for internet say it does not down any more, sticking with DSl fortime being.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegaVixen View Post
    But Bellsouth, um AT&T ('scuse me) claims they have to send someone out to the home (probably between 8am and 5pm, with no particular designated time) to even determine if I can access DSL. Shouldn't they be able to look at their records of infrastructure upgrades without having to send a technician out here to waste my time?
    They are full of ****, from the sound off it, they are playing predatory sales.

    Tech will suddenly confirm it will work and try to sign you up there and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingscotsman View Post
    TWC's cable kept going down on me, which is why I switched to DSL, however I did not not pay for cable internet for the two months I had, I just got fed off off complaining for my free time.

    Since heard they pulled some off the equipment and replaced it my neighbours who still have TW for internet say it does not down any more, sticking with DSl fortime being.
    Downside I've heard isn't access, but customer service. When one has a real problem, or otherwise wishes to leave the fold, TWC doesn't like it. Almost "cult-like."

    And that scares the bejeesus outta me.

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    hey Vega, i know your not too interested in cable, but i use roadrunner and its like $45/mo. i couldn't deal with dial-up after roadrunner for the past several years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingscotsman View Post
    They are full of ****, from the sound off it, they are playing predatory sales.

    Tech will suddenly confirm it will work and try to sign you up there and then.
    Heh. If they'd only confirm the presence of the proper switching gear, I'd go with CT Com.

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