Well, Clearwire is here and I save about right away $25 per month for three months and $15 a month (after the promotion ends) by not having a landline and dsl, so today I called up AT&T (hereafter referred to as the evil empire) and told them to disconnect me at the end of my DSL committment--6-14-06. An historical day, I think. I've had landline phone service since 1970.
Wish I could say I feel bad, but given their recent cooperation with the NSA on invading OUR privacy, I say f*** 'em and the horse they rode in on. Stickin' it to the man--man!
$15 a month. That's almost 4-12 packs of my current cheap beer favorite--Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Posts: 2006 From: North Smithfield, RI Registered: Jan 2003
My computer tech was tasked with testing Clearwire for internet connectivity, speed, & dependability, when it came to Alaska a few months back. He was REALLY impressed! No set-up, just plug & surf! Fast, dependable, & compeativly priced. He raved about it!
Posts: 1426 From: Indianapolis, IN, USA Registered: Jan 2004
Originally posted by frontal lobe: Well, Brian, it is DEFINITELY an historic day going without land line service. That is such a huge change from the way we used to do things.
Separate issue, but I am going to guess that the actual impact of invasion of your privacy is immeasurable, and that the actual impact of any further such invasions is also going to equal zero.
I also don't know how much of a positive impact this invasion of your privacy will have, either. Hard to measure in the short term.
Regardless, congratulations on "cutting the cord".
I don't know that my privacy has been invaded, but we should all be afraid, very afraid, of what is going on in this country in the name of 'national security.' They are ignoring the bill of rights, locking people up without charges or the right to habeas corpus (which I think is show cause for holding me, charge me or let me go,) talking about building a wall between our country and Mexico, and talking about internment camps for undocumented (illegal) aliens. I was raised with the philosophy that taking away anyones rights takes everyones rights. If it can happen to you, it can happen to me is the reasoning.
As far as cutting the cord, I think it is significant because it in some small measure represents the beginning of an end. The past 30 years have been fairly revolutionary times--cutting the cord is just one of the next steps. . .interesting and very scary times, I think.
May 26th, 2006
Posts: 31129 From: Long Beach Registered: Jan 2001
If you have a good cable service I highly recommend Vonnage. I never even bothered to connect the phone company wire at the new house but have local and US/Canada + 5 European countries for $25.00 per month. It has certainly helped to cut down on my cell phone bill also.