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Spectrum Internet Ultra 400Mbps $29.99/month for 2 years YMMV

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Received a card from Spectrum in the mail. It offers $29.99/month for its Internet Ultra (400Mbps) for 2 years with no contracts, including free modem. Valid through 3/17/2021. Call 1-844-793-7442 or go to Spectrum.com. I entered my address online and saw the offer price.

Could be a local offer. I'm in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Last Edited by scurv13 March 8, 2021 at 02:36 PM
Just to clarify...

Spectrum 200 Mbps (100 Mbps in some remote areas) standard high speed internet is a NATIONWIDE regular rate of $74.99 and includes modem. Wireless router rental is $5/ month so buy your own and save money. Regular new customer promotion on this standard plan is $49.99/ month for 12 months. 2nd year rate goes up $10 and 3rd year to regular price. Upgrade to 400 Mbps for $20 more per month or 1 Gig for $60 more per month.

Often the 400 Mbps is available in competitive properties or areas at $49.99/ month for 24 months. Same plan can sometimes more rarely be found for $29.99/ month as OP stated YMMV. More areas for these promos will be added very soon as this is a current project happening now.

Current active Spectrum subscribers are not eligible for new customer rates but you may ask for a retention offer instead. Often these retention offers are not as good as initial new customer offers. Some customers cancel and restart an account or use another provider temporarily to be eligible for new customer rate again. Many customers play the game and call their internet provider every 12 months to get a new lower promotional rate.

Spectrum/Charter/formerly TWC has had a fiber optic backbone for 20+ years. Usually plant lines are connected to property coaxial cable lines put in by the builder and NOT Spectrum. Coax cable lines can theoretically support speeds up to 11 Gigs with recent DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades but with higher latency. Spectrum does have fiber to the unit in some locations (definitely a lot in Business Class) but keep in mind even with a fiber to the unit connection, you are often bottlenecking your speed benefits when connecting to a wireless router and using the WiFi. Really these higher speeds are just marketing ploys to get more money from residential addresses that don't have the correct or even necessary internal networking setup. Those higher speeds and fiber to the house connections are best really for business applications. 100 or 200 Mbps is more than sufficient for even many above average residential internet users.
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North Atlanta, Xfinity, $60 / 600Mbps
Slightly satisfied - hate 1.2TB cap
Our xfinity here is $90 something - no TV though - but only 200 mbps (hardly reach this speed), but no data cap. Modem can sometimes shit out on us if we stream too much but we have to use their modem for no data cap.
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Spectrum is a nasty stinker. Disgusting company. Don't give them your money.
We don't have options where we live, only one provider which is spectrum, other choice will likely be satalite which starlink is a good candidate
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Time to call Verizon. Our $40 first year FiOS promo recently ended and this will perhaps help my negotiating position, if it's available here (NYC). Considering what the rest of the world pays for internet we're being gouged. Even streaming is creeping back to cable cost levels, especially if you get a cable replacement service like YouTubeTV (thankfully Sling is still reasonable even if it has fewer channels and options and a clunkier interface).
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$10 is only a child away, then subscribe to Internet Essentials.
Need to be on food stamps or school free lunch Frown
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Need to be on food stamps or school free lunch https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...lies/frown.gif
In the lockdown states, are not school lunches free for everyone? Here, the cash registers have been removed. No one can pay for lunch.

What is being proposed in my lockdown state is to continue free lunches for all permenantly.

Anyway, there were virus doomsday posters put up when schools closed last year offering free 90 days of Comcast broadband for any family with a student regardless of income. However, if you think about it, what wealthy family would not already have broadband?

Sort of a half-empty offer.
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New customers only?
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I wish I had some of the deals some of you complain about. $79.99 for 50\5 yay!
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That's a pretty broad statement. Lol. I think all exchange carriers are pretty much the same. Not sure why spectrum sticks out as one to avoid. Especially if you can get 400 down for $30/mo.
I have Spectrum in California, and admittedly they have frequent problems . But Spectrum isn't nearly as awful as Suddenlink in Arizona. Just google Suddenlink and you'll see how bad they are on all facets -- inability to cancel account, excessive charges, long holds to reach a customer service representative, etc.
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That's a pretty broad statement. Lol. I think all exchange carriers are pretty much the same. Not sure why spectrum sticks out as one to avoid. Especially if you can get 400 down for $30/mo.
All of them pretty much suck. Some just suck worse than others. I personally haven't had too many problems with Spectrum. ATT is on my crap list of companies to avoid.
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Is your fios bill $39.99 total? I was told $39.99 + taxes and fees which comes out to about $70. I have spectrum and trying to find another service since they increase rates every year.
I'm with Spectrum and looking for other options. Started out at $45 for 400Mbps about 4 years ago, now they're up to $95pcm for the same speed. Unfortunately the only alternatives in my NC Zip are the new T-Mobile one, which wouldn't work as we do a LOT of streaming or CenturyLink who told us "Good news - you qualify for speeds of up to 6Mbps"!!

Only for the fact that we're working from home and virtual schooling I'd quit Spectrum for a while then sign up again for a discount. It seems that once they've got you they'll just keep hiking the price.

I have tried to call them to bluff about leaving, but they obviously know options are limited here. All I get told when I tell them they're too expensive and I'm considering leaving is "Shall I go ahead and close your account now?" Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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You don't usually have the option of who your high speed provider is, but when you do, don't choose this company.
Well my only other option is AT&T with a whopping 25 mbps
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Well my only other option is AT&T with a whopping 25 mbps
Same here, Spectrum is my only choice for faster internet even tho they have been really spotty this year Frown
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Showing $50 for 400meg currently paying $44.99 for 200meg and 2 years is up in August. Normally we just bounce back and forth with contracts between my fiance and I when the rates go up but it was such a damn hassle the last time because they didn't wipe the modem info out when one account was cancelled. Not sure if I want to mess with that noise again.
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You don't usually have the option of who your high speed provider is, but when you do, don't choose this company.
So I take it you've never tried to call AT&T's customer support? 40 minutes for them to hang up on you, if you EVER get through!
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Time to call Verizon. Our $40 first year FiOS promo recently ended and this will perhaps help my negotiating position, if it's available here (NYC). Considering what the rest of the world pays for internet we're being gouged. Even streaming is creeping back to cable cost levels, especially if you get a cable replacement service like YouTubeTV (thankfully Sling is still reasonable even if it has fewer channels and options and a clunkier interface).
Most companies will give you the "new account" rate if you just call in and threaten to cancel.
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