AT&T Uverse Fiber Optic DSL 6Mbps ($20) + Modem ($3/mo), with free tech install, YMMV
This deal really only applies to people who:
- do not have a dsl offer better than $20/mo for 6mbps
- do not have a cable offer better than $30/mo for 6mbps
- do not need faster than 6mbps
* If your home does not require a technician to come over and install your fiber optic package, you can skip the whole Uverse TV deal part and just ask for the $20/mo 1 year with $3/mo modem lease promotion. It's what the CSR and I were originally talking about until we discovered that my apartment complex is technician-install only.
Inspired by the AT&T threads, I decided to do a little research. I was paying $29.99/mo for 1.5-3mpbs (Express Pro) and $30/mo for landline; current offerings in my area (East Los Angeles) are Charter 5mbps for $29/mo and that's pretty much it. My actual speedtest.net speed was 2.64mbps.
Called 1(800)288-2020, asked for retention. Laid out my situation. Here's the offer I got in return:
Monthly Recurring Charges
- AT&T U-verse TV - AT&T U-verse TV $54 .00
- AT&T U-verse TV - $30 off TV for 6 mos $25 .00cr
- AT&T U-verse TV - Programming Profile $0 .00
- U-verse TV Receiver with DVR - Receiver Fee $0 .00
- AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet - AT&T U-verse Internet $40 .00
- AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet - U-verse Internet 12mo Elite Intro Price Offer $20.05cr
- AT&T U-verse Technology - Residential Gateway $0 .00
- AT&T U-verse Technology - Double Pack Discount $0 .00
- Network Access Device - High Speed Internet Equipment Fee $3 .00
So the plan as the CSR and I cooked up, is to go fiberoptic (my area's DSL is limited to 3mbps). By adding the TV, AT&T would waive the tech install (my home requires a tech install). A few days (I probably will give it a full month) later, cancel the TV and pay only a pro-rated fee for the month. TV has no ETF (no contract, month to month only). I get to keep the internet service going at $20/mo for 1yr, and the modem stays at $3/mo. So probably ~$27/mo for 6mbps after taxes and county fees.
Modem included is modem/hub with 4 physical ports and wireless b/g/n from 2wire. I'd rather lease than buy because I figure a year later there will be better modems available.
I'm hoping that by going fiberoptic I'll be able to avoid dsl overhead, which supposedly robs dsl speeds by about 20%. I'm also likely going to cancel my landline.
HD netflix, here i come!!