off-topic>> advice on ISP?
Posted December 05, 2002 - 08:51 AM
Unlimited access and a local phone connection are the only things I care about (I think?).
I just switched credit cards and saved 3% APR (down to 8.9%) and got till July at 0%. Seemed dumb NOT to, even with a fairly low balance... I also cancelled the so-called "premium" HBO package from the "new and better (more expensive and just as boring)" digital cable they foisted upon us a year ago. May cancel the basic, too. Sold one of the King Cobra motorcycles and returned a pickup load of empty 5-cent deposit cans... now if only I could sell that DR650 ...maybe get my 6 and 9-year-old boys jobs... rent out my hunting dog... make him catch his own food...
:DWhat can I say? I'm in a slashing, penny-pinching mood... pretty rare for me! Just seems like all these "nominal" expense things build up to quite a lot in a hurry. With our racing season over, I've been waiting for the huge amount we no longer spend on it to start making a difference in freeing up some cash for other things before the start of the next season...still waiting.
In the meantime, NOTHING is safe from my budget cutting!!! I even "volunteered" to "help" my wife do the grocery shopping! (NO WAY we actually eat that much, is there?)
Any suggestions on lowering my monthly internet bill without affecting my access to TT would be greatly appreciated! OH! Just remembered: I currently have a dedicated phone line for the computer. I know there is a "black box" device available somewhere that allows normal use of the phone even while you are on the net... anyone know more about this? I am going to cancel the 2nd line and don't want to have to choose between a working phone and using my computer on the net.
Posted December 05, 2002 - 09:24 AM
Oh BTW, the "Black box" multi line switch dose require call waiting and I think like caller Id too but Im not sure. So if you dont have those services you will have to pay for them too! I am not sure how well they work either since I dont need one . Good luck with what ever you decide, check out netzero.com. Oh hey, also, if you go the broad ban route, If you have some one you spend alot of long distance phone time with, you can use VOIP soft/hardware and talk for free!!! You both have to have the setup though.
Posted December 05, 2002 - 09:50 AM
I pay $10/month unlimited. Like AOL, you MUST logon to netzero before downloading e-mail. You can now access netzero e-mail off of ANY computer. This service is new. Fast would be superb (cable modem) but unfortunately cheaper does it for me.
Just punch up ISP's on your search engine (I swear by www.google.com). You should get a list of local providers. I did this at my Sister's house in MN. I think she pays ~$7/month w/ her provider, www.650dialup.com. She had been paying $20/month.
Posted December 06, 2002 - 10:16 AM
LOL Kevin, Im a cheapa$$ too, but Im also in to puters and like I said, it worked out the same amount of money for faster service since I had a second phone line I was paying for.