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TWC charging $3.95 to lease their cable modem - buy your own modem discussion

ReverseHandedJO 1,518 October 3, 2012 at 08:49 AM in Computers (7)
Time Warner Cable Modem Lease Fee Expands [dslreports.com]

[TWC] Virtually All TWC Customers Face $3.95 Modem Rental Fee [dslreports.com]

recently current customers were exempt and only new customers were required to pay the cable modem lease fee of $2.20, but now everyone will be paying $3.95 very soon!

the modems they lease out cost them about $40, but a lease for one year would add up to about $50!

CableLabs Prepares to Unveil DOCSIS 3.1 [dslreports.com]

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check with your cable for approved modems.

i have decided to purchase the Motorola SB6141.

the SB5101 is a good modem for standard and slower.

check ebay for lower prices, like $80 for the Motorola SB6141. $10-15 for 3 year squaretrade warranty. first year overlaps with manufacture warranty and manufacture warranty prevails. $95 ($80 and $15) is $30 cheaper then the $125 amazon charges plus tax.

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#16
i wonder if they would activate any modem on the list... mmhhmm...
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#17
They already charge ridiculously high prices for piss-poor speeds as compared to many other countries. I guarantee this was already figured into the monthly plan price years/decades ago, but is now just a way to increase their profits.

That being said, I think BrightHouse has one of the best customer service crews that I've ever dealt with (possibly even better than Newegg/Amazon). However, I still cut my cable (now use HD antenna) and phone service (now use Ooma) with them as these prices are just getting too out of hand for services that all come through the same line/cable.

If your not happy, show them with your wallet and find alternatives. I know internet is a tough one to get around, but the other services have many alternatives available.
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It's been my experience with TWC / RoadRunner that in order to get the best price, you need to call and threaten to cancel every 6-8 months. This way they put in into a promotional rate.
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Quote from beefcake78 View Post :
It's been my experience with TWC / RoadRunner that in order to get the best price, you need to call and threaten to cancel every 6-8 months. This way they put in into a promotional rate.
at the end of my promotion i called and the call ended up in tech support instead of billing, which i chose. upon telling the tech support person what i was calling for, they told me they were in tech support, BUT that 'sometimes they have access to the promotions.' then i said that i wanted to drop my speed down to the next lower tier, which would be at full price, what i was paying for the faster promo. thats when the tech says, 'i might be able to get the promo to renew.' so i said i would keep the faster speed if the promo would renew. sure enough the tech was able to renew the promo. the tech said and reiterated that the next time the promo most likely would not renew. something tells me they didnt want me to drop my speed. while im not a bandwidth hog, i am a medium user, around 12GB a month average a year.

CableLabs Prepares to Unveil DOCSIS 3.1 [dslreports.com]
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Yeah, I'm going to be hit by the monthly fees too, and I'm thinking of buying my own modem which has to be one of these, so looking for a SD

http://www.timewarnercable.com/ny...your+modem

DOCSIS 3.0
Motorola SBG6580
Motorola SB6141

DOCSIS 2.0
Motorola SB5101
Motorola SB5101U
Motorola SBG901

Recommendations on 2.0 vs 3.0?
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Quote from Bravadu View Post :
Yeah, I'm going to be hit by the monthly fees too, and I'm thinking of buying my own modem which has to be one of these, so looking for a SD

http://www.timewarnercable.com/ny...your+modem

DOCSIS 3.0
Motorola SBG6580
Motorola SB6141

DOCSIS 2.0
Motorola SB5101
Motorola SB5101U
Motorola SBG901

Recommendations on 2.0 vs 3.0?
it you have or plan in the future to go with a speed over 10/1 then you need a 3.0 modem for the bonding of channels. people seem to suggest the SB6141 for its 3.0 and IPv4/IPv6.
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Quote from Bravadu View Post :
Yeah, I'm going to be hit by the monthly fees too, and I'm thinking of buying my own modem which has to be one of these, so looking for a SD

http://www.timewarnercable.com/ny...your+modem

DOCSIS 3.0
Motorola SBG6580
Motorola SB6141

DOCSIS 2.0
Motorola SB5101
Motorola SB5101U
Motorola SBG901

Recommendations on 2.0 vs 3.0?
DOCSIS 3.0 and either the newer SB6141, or the older SB6120 or SB6121.
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DOCSIS 3.0 and either the newer SB6141, or the older SB6120 or SB6121.
The SB6141 is harder to find. And the SB6121 actually looks better and cheaper than both the SB6141 and the SBG6580, but it's not on the TWC's "Approved Devices" list Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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Quote from Bravadu View Post :
The SB6141 is harder to find. And the SB6121 actually looks better and cheaper than both the SB6141 and the SBG6580, but it's not on the TWC's "Approved Devices" list Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
Now what does Approved Devices mean? They won't support the modem in case of technical issues or they won't even bother provisioning the MAC address on non-approved devices?
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Now what does Approved Devices mean? They won't support the modem in case of technical issues or they won't even bother provisioning the MAC address on non-approved devices?
It's your modem so they won't support it at all I am guessing. So I was assuming they will only activate modems on their approved list for compatibility reasons.

Local news just confirmed my area is affected by the new fee. Time to go modem shopping I guess.
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Quote from Bravadu View Post :
The SB6141 is harder to find. And the SB6121 actually looks better and cheaper than both the SB6141 and the SBG6580, but it's not on the TWC's "Approved Devices" list Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
SB6141 [amazon.com]
SBG6580 [amazon.com]
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#27
hmm didnt get any notice about it. I still have their old modem that I never returned and didnt get charged for it. I wonder if I get a notice and I then activate using their old modem ( about 6 months old ) if they will notice LMAO
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SB6141 [amazon.com]
SBG6580 [amazon.com]
Thanks, but I'm looking for a SD Big Grin
Newegg has 6121 and 6580 but no 6141
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disregard
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#30
It always surprised me that TWC was one of the big ones that did not charge a model rental fee. Cox has been for as long as I remember which is why we bought our modem outright several years ago.

Some genius in their marketing dept. probably thought "NEW REVENUE STREAM! CHA-CHING!"
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