This is where having such amazing readers comes in handy – I need your advice! I am considering signing up for the Comcast Triple-Play package at my new apartment, which consists of internet, VOIP phone, and cable TV with some HD channels. Right now, I have a mish-mash of different providers for all three, and I am looking at A. saving some money and B. consolidating the three down to a single bill each month. However, after hearing so many horror stories about Comcast, I am a little hesitant to pull the trigger on signing up. (Although, I have had more than my fair share of problems with DirecTV, so who knows…) Here is what I currently have as a set up here at my house in New Mexico:
- Internet – Qwest “naked DSL” for $54 per month
- Phone – Vonage for $31 per month
- Satellite – DirecTV for $67 per month
Grand total for my services here? $152 per month. Not bad, but not great. Now, what I can get with the triple-play in Colorado?
- Faster Internet, VOIP phone, and HD cable TV – $130 per month ($114 + fees)
Now granted, it looks like I am only going to save about $20 per month, but that’s $240 a year – which isn’t pocket change. I would be MORE than happy to get rid of DirecTV – in fact, I cannot wait for the day to be free of them. However, Qwest has always been great, as has Vonage. But a savings $240 is cash in my pocket, and in exchange for that savings I get more cable channels and faster internet service. In 12 months, the rate goes up of course, but I can always cancel and get something else (or ask for another 12 months under threat of canceling). On paper, this all sounds great…which is hopefully where you guys come in!
Do any of you have this package? How much do you pay? Is it worth it? Are the horror stories about Comcast true? I realize everyone has different experiences with companies, but you never know. If anyone has any thoughts on this, or any experiences they would like to share, I I would love to hear from you! And yes, I know I could go without cable TV – and I have at different times. But considering the fact that A. I work from home and B. my work involves writing about what goes on in the world, I consider it an investment in my sanity and my work!