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HOW MANY MBPS DO I REALLY NEED

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#1 by kyerk » Mon Nov 09, 2015 23:28

Before I moved in October, I had free internet that was included in my rent. Now I pay $43 including tax/modem for 15 mbps of high speed internet through a cable company.

I don't like paying this much!

Do I really need 15 mbps to look at ads, complete surveys, watch videos and maybe watch a soap opera a couple times a month or a movie once a month on You Tube?

I just went with what a friend's son told me, as he's a techie.

It's a shame how much we have to pay for such services!

Any insight would be appreciated. I suppose I'm stuck shelling out the dough lol.
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#2 by BouldRake » Mon Nov 09, 2015 23:36

15mbps is required for streaming video at high def, so he hasn't just plucked a number out of the air.

If you just want standard def, you can get away with 3.5mbps. DVD, I'm not sure off the top of my head, but I think you need 10mbps.

So, it depends on the quality of the video you're streaming - but he's probably right.
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#3 by kyerk » Tue Nov 10, 2015 00:12

Thanks! I just looked at other packages available and it appears I've made the best choice for my needs. Nothing is cheap these days! :(
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#4 by valerie » Tue Nov 10, 2015 01:04

Well, actually $43 a month isn't bad at all.

I figure I get off pretty good and I hate paying what I pay but it's a lot less than what
many pay. In addition, I live in a rural area, just lucky I live not far from a rural school.

My landline is about $10 a month. My internet service DSL is about $50 per month.
The total bill is about $80+ per month......that's because they nickel dime me on various
tax's.
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#5 by Foreverrr » Tue Nov 10, 2015 01:39

WoW, these prices are so big :)

Come to Romania, here I have 1 Gbps, that's like 125 MB/s download speed, for only 15$ per month, also we get free installation and free gigabit wireless router :)

Of course, salaries are higher in US but 43$ for 15 Mbps is really to much :)
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#6 by Taipei101 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 01:55

Here in Aust I'm paying AUD$90 for 25 Gig, that's reasonable value.

Happy Clicking.... :D
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#7 by Fellow » Tue Nov 10, 2015 06:26

Here in Nigeria, I pay roughly about $32 for 20Gb/month. I believe this is reasonable.

Great day.
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#8 by kyerk » Tue Nov 10, 2015 06:40

Looks like the cheaper plans in my area would only allow me to e-mail and check the weather forecast, so I guess I'm doing pretty well :)

Thanks all & have a great day!
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#9 by Deutriex » Tue Nov 10, 2015 09:03

I'm paying about $15 for 4 Mbps (R$ 60 in local currency). With $43, is possible to get a 100 Mbps optical fiber, but only in wealthy neighborhoods which is not my case.
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#10 by BouldRake » Tue Nov 10, 2015 13:48

I pay $85 for 40mpbs. This includes a landline connection that they force me to have, even though I haven't owned an actual landline phone since 1998. This is high, even for the UK, but there's only a single provider for the entire village. Even BT can deliver DSL to the exchange, but has nothing in the last mile.

I don't need that sort of speed - 90% of my time is spent in a terminal transmitting text, and the rest at Clixsense or KoL, the little downloading I do, I do overnight anyway - but my only options are fibre or dial up.
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#11 by valerie » Tue Nov 10, 2015 15:15

BouldRake wrote: I pay $85 for 40mpbs. This includes a landline connection that they force me to have, even though I haven't owned an actual landline phone since 1998. This is high, even for the UK, but there's only a single provider for the entire village. Even BT can deliver DSL to the exchange, but has nothing in the last mile.

I don't need that sort of speed - 90% of my time is spent in a terminal transmitting text, and the rest at Clixsense or KoL, the little downloading I do, I do overnight anyway - but my only options are fibre or dial up.

Yeah, I am pretty much in the same boat. I only have the landline because I have DSL
and without the landline, I can't get DSL. They are the only provider in my area. My
only other option would be satellite. I do have DISH but the reality is, their satellite wouldn't
be as good as I have now and it would cost more.

My only real complaint is the upload speed. It is extremely slow.
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#12 by proadco » Tue Nov 10, 2015 16:16

Val.

Actually you can have DSL without paying for a working landline.

AT&T, in four years, landlines will be obsolete.
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#13 by valerie » Tue Nov 10, 2015 18:09

ProAdCo wrote: Val.

Actually you can have DSL without paying for a working landline.

AT&T, in four years, landlines will be obsolete.

No, I can only get DSL by way of the phone company here.
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#14 by kyerby » Wed Nov 11, 2015 01:14

Comcast aka Xfinity charges $70+ a month for 50 mpbs. That is their slowest speed other then the "economy basic" which is 10. Have no options as they have a monopoly on bandwidth usage. I use about 100 gigs a month so the small data cap other companies have make it impossible for me to be their customer.

This is for the internet only. I bought my own modem saving their $12 a month fee for that. They tend to make modems obsolete after a few years forcing consumers to buy a new one but its still cheaper then $12 a month to buy your own.
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#15 by tasman1 » Wed Nov 11, 2015 02:12

Australia ..... 80.00 per month on new nbn service ,,,,,,included in bundle is 400 GBT , free unlimited local and national call , free line
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