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talk to me, people...

Okay. I need some feedback, advice, whatever you got...

I live in a house. I have a newer HP desktop computer and an older but still virile Mac powerbook. The only internet access I have is when my neighbor forgets to turn the WEP encrytion on on his wireless.

I would like to get internet access legitamately and reliably.

I do not have, nor do I want to pay for, cable or satellite TV.

I do not have an active land-line, and I don't particularily want to pay for one, though there is of course a telephone line running to the house.

I really do not wish to spend more than $30 a month on internet.

I know next to nothing about computers, and even less about networking...

So, what are my options? Tell me about your ISPs. Good, bad, slow, fast, expensive?



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 5th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Wish I could help! I'm in the same boat, not being really sure what service to go for. I have heard that DSL is the cheapest option if you don't want any of the add-ons.
Sep. 5th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Uh... if you pay for internet on your phone, then many of them can be hooked to your computer to give it internet access. The problem with this is that it's about dial-up speed... but you don't have to have any land-line, dsl, or cable attached to it. Many cell-phone companies also sell little wireless G3 usb modems... but they're just as expensive as just biting the bullet and getting cable or dsl.

I'm not an expert by any means, but as far as I know, you either have to pay through the nose for cable, dsl, or G3 access... or you get a phone line and get dial-up, if you can find any services in town still offering it.
Sep. 5th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)

Sounds like you want clearwire... do not remember the rates, but IIRC, I was quoted $15/mo.

But... it has been several months.
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Do not get Clearwire, it is notoriously unreliable. Alas, you'll probably have to up your minimum expenditure to about $35 if my memory suits me. I have cable internet with charter, and I recall you can get 5meg for like... 20, 25, but you have to commit, and you have to pay a $5/$10 fee for NOT having charter cable. I know charter has PLENTY of issues, and some people hate it, but I had DSL for about 6 years and they didn't even OFFER speed over 1.5meg in my area, and I never, EVER clocked near 1meg from them even then- we were also paying $45-$50. *NOW* We pay something like $43 a month for 10meg with the fees for not having cable and the modem rental. It's totally worth it.
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