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Bye bye xfinity

Yes…we’re doing it. We’re ditching cable except for internet. No more sucky modem, no more sucky router, no more ever-increasing charges, no more yearly renegotiation…

Necessary stuff:

Modem: Arris surfboard

Router: Linksys WRT1900ACS

Amazon Fire TV

VOIP (Voice over IP) phone: 1-VoIP

Total cost for setup: around $600 including a year of VoIP

Total savings for the year: Going from nearly $250/mo for xfinity to $100/mo for their higher rated internet connection: $1800. After setup, phone goes to about $125 per year. All other costs, like Amazon prime and hulu, are costs we were already incurring, so they’re a wash.

We’ll keep you posted how well this works out. On paper, it looks really good. I’m pretty stoked. I’ve wanted to ditch this stupid xfinity gateway since the moment I had to give up my linksys router.

Tivo becomes obsolete. No more recording broadcasts as they happen, but with the streaming options now, between Hulu, Netflix and Amazon…we can get them…for a whole lot less than xfinity.

Might the big providers’ stranglehold on the nation’s pocketbook  soon be a thing of the past? I sure hope so.

11 comments to Bye bye xfinity

  • Sims

    Ooof! Melissa and I literally have not changed our tv station in TWO YEARS. and the only reason we even watch that one is for golden girls. we exist on a mix of netflix/hulu/amazon prime. I’m very interested in seeing how this goes!

    I haven’t had a phone that wasn’t my cell for… (wow… well over a decade) which to be honest is also about 50% of my internet use. I wanted to see how you were doing and glad I got to check in. I hope you are both feeling better. looks like spring is finally about. Think of you fondly and often.

    • HELP!!!! It’s me! Miike! I’m being held captive in a nuthouse! I MUST GET HOME. I’m standing by the phone. PLEASE CALL—-Ack…they’re coming……

    • Amazon’s fire TV is fabulous! Plugged it in last night and bingo…instant access to Prime, and apps for Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, our Korean Drama streaming site (can’t remember the name, but there was an app!) and…hopefully…crunchyroll. Evidently there’s a Kindle Fire app that can be adapted to Fire TV. Found references on line, but haven’t tried yet. The apps are faster and the images better and more reliable than the Tivo counterparts…and lots more of them.

      A home phone is kind of a necessity for us. Too often we both need to be in on the same conversation, or have to field a call for the other person. I’m going with 1-VoIP. Great customer service and rates and from the reviews, great sound. Fingers crossed! The only problems I’ve seen regarding the equipment I’ve chosen have to do with router resetting and I’m pretty sure that’s from dirty power. The UPC will handle that. I’m waiting till after the windows go in (next week) and I get the office back together to actually make the switch. Fingers crossed!

  • I put a long reply on Wave Without a Shore to CJ’s note….I don’t believe I need to repeat it here, but essentially, my telephone company is still using copper. Using cable phone is out of the question, as the reliability is not there. Cable companies are not public utilities and are not subject to the regulations that public utilities must obey. I would have to rely on a cable modem in order to use telephone and if power is out, no telephone.

    In June 2012, my region was hit by a line of strong derechos that blew out power to many areas of the city, and spread as far southeast as Richmond, VA. I live 40 miles north of Dayton, OH, so you get an idea of how strong these winds were. My parents had just switched over to VOIP with Time-Warner Cable, and they had no telephone. My dinky little DSL line was still working, as was my regular old telephone over copper wire through CenturyLink, which IS a public utility. My DSL data rate is a measly (haha) 10MB/sec download and about 800kb/sec upload. I remember when we had a 2400baud modem for our dialup service….then when we went to 14.4kb/sec, that was great, and 56kb/sec was even better. It was a long time before I got anything like DSL, and when I lived on the farm, that was the only method I had, other than dialup. My friends who are on FiOS actually apologize to me when they tell me THEIR throughput speeds.

    I’ve seen a trend in 911 call centers switching to VOIP systems, and unless there are reliable backup systems in place, that can restore communications almost instantly, these call centers are vulnerable to being without communications. Since I’m a volunteer Storm Spotter and Reporter through my county’s Emergency Management Agency, I have to have a reliable telephone line, not only for the DSL, but also for reporting severe weather if our regional SKYWARN station in Dayton isn’t active. Now, if the power goes out, my DSL is shot, because I rely on a modem, but the telephone lines for voice are usually still working.

    Cell phones are nice, until the towers go down, or are so inundated with calls that you can’t get an emergency call through, and if the 911 center is down, you’re doubly screwed.

    As much as I dislike slow data rates, the telephone I have is still the most reliable system around.

  • Teegan

    We’ve talked about it, but my favorite TV show these days is “Air Disasters” on the Smithsonian Channel and I don’t think that’s available on Amazon Prime. I did buy a TiVo last fall and was able to send the Verizon boxes back and get one cable card for the TiVo which saved us at least $20 per month, but then I have to spend $14.99 monthly for TiVo’s update/guide service.

    We’d love to ditch the land-line, but for the time being it’s the phone number of my husband’s business. We signed up for NoMoRobo the day I found out it was available here and it’s been a lifesaver. Now most of the junk calls don’t get through, or at least the phone only rings once before NoMoRobo picks it up. So far I’m not getting many junk calls on my cell phone, but I suspect that will change someday.

    Our Verizon FIOS phone came with a battery backup for the phone line, but I haven’t gotten around to getting a battery backup for the phone base unit. We have battery backups for all the desktop computers and the TV & TiVo, none of which cope well with the power glitches we regularly have around here.

    • What we decided was anything that we really liked that we couldn’t find on Prime or Hulu or Netflix, we could afford to buy with what we’re saving. We were getting Prime and Hulu anyway for things other than regular TV show, so it truly is saving $$.

  • Hanneke

    I only had cable for the first 7-10 years after I started living on my own. We didn’t have tv at home with my parents, but for the first bit on my own I wasn’t used to the silence in the evenings and liked having the tv on.
    Then I started having trouble sleeping and wanted to reduce both the stress/busyness in my head from looking at news or exiting films right before bedtime; and staying up later than I wanted because I had to watch the films to the end – I can’t relax and go to sleep if I drop a story before the end, and almost all movies ended after my natural bedtime.
    I also didn’t much like most of the programming, and had other things that I preferred doing (like reading and listening to music and doing needlework) that were getting squeezed out by my tv-watching – not because I preferred the story on tv to the one in my book (quite the reverse), but because of that inability to drop an uninteresting or too-stressful story once I got sucked in.
    I dropped my cable, stopped watching tv at all, and haven’t regretted it since. I do occasionally watch a video or dvd (during ironing, mostly, because I dislike that but love wearing cotton so it has to be done).
    For the first six weeks I missed the 8-o’clock news and weather report, but I got those on the radio without the distressing images to plague my dreams, and I haven’t missed it for the last 15-20 years at all.

    • Hanneke

      Tl; dr. The short version is: I love having 5 whole evenings a week just to read, listen to music, and practice my hobbies.
      I haven’t had tv/cable in 15-20 years and can’t add anything useful to the discussion. I just like it that you’re talking to us again and want to respond.
      I am very interested in the new windows!

      • Will be taking pics. Right now, taxes and awakening garden have me swamped big time! Our new floor still has no baseboards, but we’ll get those once spring chaos is over!

    • My watching is kind of weird. We record several things, from Gotham (a really cool take on the early years of Bruce Wayne, et. al. Sort of what made them become Batman and crew) to various reality competition shows to Science shows…all of which we can get on streaming. If not now, eventually. The cable has really been for Carolyn, who has it on while she writes. (Don’t ask me how! I could do homework with it on, but not write. :D) And when she got a chance to play with my brother’s Amazon Fire TV, she was ready to make the switch. It’s going to save a LOT of cash.

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