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$14.95 AT&T Uverse Internet any good?

mikenmike0001 200 November 30, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Hi,

I'm trying to find the Cheapest ISP for streaming video.

My Comcast contract is expiring in January and I currently have basic performance, which is 12 MBPS download and 3 MBPS upload for about $34.99 a month.

They're jumping up the bill after that and won't reduce the cost, so I'm looking at AT&T right now. AT&T keeps having commercials of $14.95 a month for 12 months for "UVerse High Speed Internet"

What does "UVerse High Speed Internet" mean? I want to find out if anyone here has this AT&T plan and what their download and upload speed tests are when on WIFI?

Is this $14.95 a month plan good enough to play smoothly live streaming video from channels like ESPN or other TV channels that offer streaming content or will it get buffer and jitter problems playing and pausing a lot?

Also, since AT&T Uverse is fiber optic, I'm assuming that means the neighborhood may be setup that way but once it gets to your home connection, then everything slows down a lot right?

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I'm pretty sure that the $14.95 promotion is for DSL, not Uverse. Do you have a link showing otherwise? You can get $14.95/month uverse internet, but only when bundled with phone and/or cable, not alone. According to this website:
http://www.att.com/u-verse/shop/?...e+internet
The cheapest uverse internet is $19.95/month for 3mbps. ESPN says that at least 2mbps is recommended, so 3 should be fine. Look for the "What are the system requirements to run WatchESPN on the desktop?" question.
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/faq
According to this, they also agree, although to stream in HD, you need at least 5mbps.
http://lgknowledgebase.com/kb/ind...tryID=6241
So, if you're planning on doing other stuff while watching, you'll want more bandwidth.

No, uverse doesn't slow down a lot once it gets to your home connection, unless your home is poorly wired.
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Quote from shnitz View Post :
I'm pretty sure that the $14.95 promotion is for DSL, not Uverse. Do you have a link showing otherwise? You can get $14.95/month uverse internet, but only when bundled with phone and/or cable, not alone. According to this website:
http://www.att.com/u-verse/shop/?...e+internet
The cheapest uverse internet is $19.95/month for 3mbps. ESPN says that at least 2mbps is recommended, so 3 should be fine. Look for the "What are the system requirements to run WatchESPN on the desktop?" question.
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/faq
According to this, they also agree, although to stream in HD, you need at least 5mbps.
http://lgknowledgebase.com/kb/ind...tryID=6241
So, if you're planning on doing other stuff while watching, you'll want more bandwidth.

No, uverse doesn't slow down a lot once it gets to your home connection, unless your home is poorly wired.
Hi,

Thanks for the links.

No, I don't have any link for the $14.95 promo. I saw it again on TV while I was having dinner earlier. It's stated as AT&T U-Verse High Speed Internet for $14.95 a month for 12 months.

Do you have the AT&T service with an opinion about it?

If I can't find anyone here who currently has the plan from AT&T, I might try to call them up next week to ask about it. Hopefully they'll find what I'm seeing from TV and I'll have a link somewhere to share.
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Its probably the basic Uverse package, which is 1.5megabit speed.

What those promotions dont tell you, however, is that there are some costs associated with getting Uverse installed.

For one, they will charge you $6 a month for the modem, unless you can find one that will work with Uverse, its not just your standard DSL modem (i wish it was, but its a newer model that has to work with their VDSL - think its that).

Second they will try to charge you for installing Uverse in your home. It takes a big power supply/battery backup, and a separate outside box (that acts as a filter and connection to the Central Office all in one), and then of course the modem. Regular charge to install all that? 100-200 bucks.

I had called ATT about getting Uverse and the costs for a 250 minute a month line and the promotional rate for the 3meg service came out to be about 45 bucks a month.

But keep in mind, thats for the BASIC 250 minute phone package, which is crap. The unlimited I think is about 35 bucks a month.

The 3meg line is about 20 bucks for a year, and then it jumps to 35 iirc.

The fun of this is, is that if the power goes out and your battery backup is dead, then you have NO PHONE.

I am really not sure why ATT wants to leave folks in the dark so bad, but oh well...let them do as they will.

I had to really complain to ATT to get them to waive the installation fees and the modem monthly fee. I will then have to dig around and come up with a suitable replacement modem on my own, of course.

I have no idea how much extra it would be for getting any TV drops/tuners/DVRs installed, but ATT will get you coming and going if you are not super careful about making sure you are getting things installed for free.


I know for TV service you will need far more bandwidth than just 3meg service, more like a 12meg line for it to actually run decently. You will also need to be within 3000 feet of your central office or VRAD (the box that is hooked to the central office by a true fiber line). The farther you are from the CO or VRAD, the lower the signal strength and less bandwidth you can have.

Uverse is sold as being 'fiber' when in fact its rarely fiber because thats sometimes installed in new neighborhoods and for sure not in an older one. You will be running over your plain old telephone system's copper to that VRAD.
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Thanks.

I didn't know you had to have a rent fee for having the AT&AT modem. I've never seen an AT&T modem posted on SD before so I thought it was free.

I frequently see cable modems for Comcast posted.

1.5 MBPS is very slow. Can't stream videos with that unless it's video where you play and pause for a while to let it load, but that doesn't work with live online television streaming.

Anyone know if they give you a free wireless router?

Is the modem FAR?
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NO!!! Worst experience of my life with Uverse. Please don't make the same mistake.
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NO!!! Worst experience of my life with Uverse. Please don't make the same mistake.

What was bad about it?
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