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Oooohhh, I'm gettin' DSL! At least for 60 days; I succumbed to the lure of an AOL offer for a free trial of Verizon DSL, and I'm pretty sure I didn't sell my soul in the process. I've been wanting to get some kind of non–dial-up Internet access for a long time; I'd been thinking about getting it from the cable company, but never took any action on it. (For one thing, I hate the way the cable company never tells you what anything costs—"Only $9.99 with free HBO for the first month!" Yeah, and what about after the first month? "Rate changes will apply." Like what? "Rate changes will apply." How much? "Rate changes will apply." Yeah, bite me. I did finally sign up for the extremely basic cable required for the Daily Show—we'd been getting "free" cable for about two years [hey, it was there when we moved in!], and by the time they wised up and shut it off, I needed the Daily Show purely as a mental-health measure.)

Um, anyway. (I get carried away when I get parenthetical, don't I?) I know I'm totally lame for still using AOL, but...um, but...I can't think of anything except that my parents use it and those CDs are free, and, in my defense, once I'm online I'm a Firefox girl all the way. And...60 days of free DSL! I don't care if I'm lame, I'm totally psyched for that. We got the self-installation kit on Monday, and this morning I got the automated James Earl Jones impersonator telling me Verizon had done whatever they do to make your phone line DSL-ready, so J.'s going to install everything tonight (he's better with reading directions than I am) and I'll be DSL-ified. Oooohhh, no more two-hour downloads! Web pages that actually load! E-mail that takes less time to open than to read! And I can go online without tying up the phone! Yea, verily, I am psyched. Wa-hoo, I say, wa-hoo.

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missakins From: missakins Date: January 12th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, our cable modem is like about $50 a month, in addition to the tv part, (we have all the channels so this comes off to be like $160 a month). This includes leasing a modem (IMO superior, because they replace broken ones this way, and if a new better modem comes out we get one for the same money.)
amarceluk From: amarceluk Date: January 12th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds about like our cable company - they're about $45, as far as I can tell from the very, very small print. I don't know if we're leasing the modem or not, I'll read the small print about that when I get home. (And if not, I'll ask Verizon if it's an option - thanks for telling me about it!)
missakins From: missakins Date: January 12th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, don't let them sell you the 'home networking' stuff. It's just basically whatever router they want to buy a lot of, and tech support. You can get a wireless router on the cheap lately, and the tech support is easy, and you can get that from the company that made the router cheaper than $10/month.
amarceluk From: amarceluk Date: January 12th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I meant leasing it instead of buying it - I like the idea of being able to send it back if it's broken instead of having them bill *me* for it. I think once we get it set up for the first time it'll be a lot easier to figure out what equipment we really need and any less-expensive ways to get it. I just can't wait to get off of my 56K dial-up and see what my computer can really do :-)
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