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Dec 18, 2009, 03:07 AM
 
How much do you pay for internet + TV + phone every month? I pay about 140/month for 2 iPhones, I don't have a TV, and my internet is included in the rent, so a so-so DSL connection runs around 30. So I pay 170/month for telecom.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 03:20 AM
 
1 x iPhone, 8M broadband which is packaged with 3 BBC channels and 3 Nat Geo channels for approximately USD$55 per month for my telecom.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 03:39 AM
 
How do you get away with paying less than 70/month for an iPhone?
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 03:48 AM
 
Originally Posted by macintologist View Post
How do you get away with paying less than 70/month for an iPhone?
Looks like we need to move to Hong Kong...
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 04:32 AM
 
Landline phone, DSL and IP-TV = €30
iPhone = €42
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Dec 18, 2009, 04:48 AM
 
Originally Posted by macintologist View Post
How do you get away with paying less than 70/month for an iPhone?
You can buy unlocked iPhones in Hong Kong, so you are not tied to any carriers, you can pick and choose who has the best deal and change month to month if one desires too, no contracts required
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 05:08 AM
 
italian factory unlocked iPhone: independent carrier with business plan (~4000 min Voice and 15GB) for 32€
Internet: 100/5 DOCSIS 3.0 with 1 TB/month for 79€
TV: DVB-C cable with HD for 5€
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Dec 18, 2009, 06:18 AM
 
TV, Phone and Internet 30€/month.
Mobile 18€/month

Read the Ars Technica article about ISPs, I use Free.fr
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 07:24 AM
 
2 HD-DVR cable boxes, 1 SD cable box, 100+ HD channels, all premium movie channels, 20mb down/4mb up Internet, unlimited local/long-distance phone: $109.99 + taxes/bs

cell phone, BB Curve with unlimited data/text: work pays, $0

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Dec 18, 2009, 07:35 AM
 
Landline with a number of add-ons and DSL (6Mbps down): $70/mo
Wireless with three phone numbers, one an iPhone, the other two with less expensive data plans: $130/mo
DirecTV with no premium channels or sports packages but just about everything else: $60/mo.

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Dec 18, 2009, 07:58 AM
 
No cable TV (we use an aerial), 3 meg DSL, land line with call-in only (10¢ minute to call out), but my wife and I have iPhones so we don't use the land line at all: $35/month.
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Dec 18, 2009, 09:20 AM
 
TV/Landline/Internet:

Verizon FIOS TV w/ 1 x HD-DVR, 1 x HD Box, 1 x SD-DVR, 1 x SD Box, all movie channels, all sports channels
Verizon FIOS 20/5 Internet
Landline w/ unlimited local and long distance

$250/month

Cell phone:
AT&T Wireless, 2 iPhones, 700 shared anytime minutes

$110/month

All told, I spend $360/month for TV, internet, landline, and cell phone services.
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Dec 18, 2009, 09:28 AM
 
3 phone lines (2 on iPhones), "hi-speed" internet/cable (~5Mbps) with 1 premium channel + 1000s of crappy channels I don't want but have to pay for = just under $400/month.
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Dec 18, 2009, 09:46 AM
 
Basic DSL $21
Land line, no long distance (have it, don't use it) $26
DISH with DVR (love that!) $67
Cell phones (family plan, three phones - two are primary users, the other one, ours) $88
I did the math: $202/month*

*deduct about $80 for the primary cell phone users - our gift to our sons - to get our actual usage (third phone and beyond is cheaper)

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Dec 18, 2009, 10:00 AM
 
Local and long distance phone with AT&T
Elite speed DSL (6Mbps down)
and 2 DVR boxes (one HD, one without)
-- about $146/mo

Hubby and I both on separate Sprint SERO plans (we're grandfathered in to the program, which has since gone away) each pay $40/mo for unlimited text, data. (It's about equiv to their current Simply Everything plan). As much as I'd like to, I just can't go to AT&T at ~$140ish/mo for an iPhone, when my HTC Touch Diamond suits my needs, and the budget!

So, roughly $190 total.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 10:14 AM
 
Cable + Cable Internet (standard cable package with HD, 10 meg internet) = $90
2 iPhones (no texting or anything, minimum minutes, no landline) = $150
2 TiVos (one HD) = $20
Sirius for wife = $13

= $273

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Dec 18, 2009, 11:11 AM
 
20/2 Mbit DSL + landline = 299 DKK/month.
iPhone = 599 DKK/month (until May, when my six months are up)
TV/secondary Internet = included in rent

All in all 898 DKK or $175 per month. Only till May, though. Then I’m going back to CBB so it’ll go down to about $75 or so (depending on usage).
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 11:26 AM
 
$144/mo for two iPhones plus unlimited messaging.
$115/mo for Verizon Business FiOS with 5/20 mbps up/down and a static IP (we host stuff in-house).

I don't deliberately pay for cable TV and never will. When I've had cable Internet, it came with TV (for some reason it's cheaper to bundle it with limited basic cable than getting the Internet on its own, at least with Comcast and Cox), but I didn't really use it.

So, about $260 total. However, we'll be saving a bit on hosting once we get everything migrated off boyfriend's Servage and my Linode onto our own server, so that'll help offset the cost.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 02:03 PM
 
Basic Cable + Cable Internet: $75/month
iPhone: $90/month
Landline telephone: $40/month

I know, why have a landline when I have an iPhone that gets underused? Because I live out in the middle of nowhere and though I get decent cell phone service with AT&T, the coverage is not great at my house and being a doctor I need to have reliable phone service for when I am on call. T-mobile is totally nonexistent, Verizon is only slightly better than AT&T*, and Sprint is almost nonexistent.

*I've been seriously thinking about switching to Verizon if they get the iPhone, but after reading about the stunt they just pulled re: integrated search in the Blackberry web browser being changed without the user's consent to Bing and nothing else, I'm gonna have to reconsider. I don't like crap like that being forced on me.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 02:15 PM
 
$15/month for Cell Phone.
$45/month for internet.

So about $60/month.
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Dec 18, 2009, 02:20 PM
 
...I'm curious how you're paying $15 for a cell phone.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 02:33 PM
 
My dad gets a really low rate through the company he works for. He pays about $60/month for a family plan. My share is $15/month.
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Dec 18, 2009, 02:34 PM
 
Ah, thanks.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 02:37 PM
 
Basic cable + internet (15MB down, 3 MB up): $ 85
iPhone (company paid): $ 200 - $ 400 (a lot of international calling and overseas travel)
Landline VoIP: $ 16 / month

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Dec 18, 2009, 04:09 PM
 
PHONE:
HTC Magic running Android on 3 Network.
Averaged US$20 per month for the last 6 months.
1,250 mins voice
100mb data (There is a US$50 ceiling for unlimited HSPDA data usage.)
SMS msg is extra, like $0.065 each.

MOBILE BROADBAND:
$27 unlimited data on HSPA+ (Vodafone 7M)

So all in all i am paying almost $50/mth. I don't talk much on phone.

LANDLIND:
No such thing since 2008.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 07:05 PM
 
$92 cell phone ($60 500 min w/ unlimited text/data + $10 taxes/fees + $22 device loan)
$35 basic cable
$15 HD channels
$13 TiVo
$25 3Mbps cable internet
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Dec 18, 2009, 07:38 PM
 
DirecTV(Total Choice Plus™ with 1 HD and 1 SD DVR); Qwest( LL, unlimited LD, 12M/892k ADSL2) Verizon Wireless (Dare +Env2)=$240
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 10:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
...I'm curious how you're paying $15 for a cell phone.
Up until last month, my cell phone bill was about $7 or $8 per month. PAYG and limited usage.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 11:19 PM
 
TV: $0 (don't have one)
ISP: $35 (AT&T naked DSL 3.0Mb/384Kb)
Cell: $45 (U.S. Cellular)

Total: $80/month
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Dec 19, 2009, 12:00 AM
 
ugh, about $600.
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Dec 19, 2009, 04:50 AM
 
61 USD for 8M Broadband, CableTV, Phone and WiFi for browsing away from home.
     
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Dec 19, 2009, 07:29 AM
 
TV: $0
Internet: Verizon Fios 20/20 plan, $70/mo
Wireless: AT&T iPhone plan w/ unlimited texts, $99/mo

Work pays for the phone, though, so I only pay $70 per month.

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Dec 19, 2009, 08:50 AM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
ugh, about $600.
That’s for the three of you, I hope?
     
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Dec 23, 2009, 09:50 AM
 
0€
i dont have a tv, i have shared internet with neighbours and only my company cellular to be called to.
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Dec 23, 2009, 10:16 AM
 
No cable.

$25/month for 8Mb cable internet

~$100/month for Verizon's cheapest family plan with two lines and unlimited texts on both lines.
     
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Dec 23, 2009, 03:45 PM
 
No cable,
neighbor's internet
$35.71 after fees for Verizon's $29.99 100 minute calling plan 250 text.

so all in all: $35.71
are you lightfooted?
     
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Originally Posted by LegendaryPinkOx View Post
neighbor's internet
Unsecured WiFi network?
     
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Dec 23, 2009, 07:25 PM
 
Originally Posted by Oisín View Post
That’s for the three of you, I hope?
Yup. All phones, sat, and Internet.
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Dec 24, 2009, 12:22 AM
 
1 Cell Phone per month: ~$170 - Canadian

Not sure how to get it down more. The price of the plan is actually about $115 with tax. I go over for long distance to places like Europe and Australia. I even piggy back on Skype. I have a wide open retention plan: better than any advertised plan. It's:

-900 anytime minutes
-Unlimited eves/weekends after 5 pm
-Unlimited incoming calls anytime
-1000 long distance minutes across Canada anytime
-Discounted long distance to any country
-Extended voicemail, call display, call waiting, conference calling, call forwarding
-Unlimited data. Yes, unlimited, but they will cap it if I go over 6 GB of bandwidth in 1 month
-Text messages (not sure, but at least a few hundred in/out allowed per month)

In order to keep this retention plan, I had to buy my iPhone. There was no discount available. If I wanted the $199 iPhone deal instead of having to pay $$$$$$$$$$ outright for the device, they told me that I was required to use an advertised iPhone plan. Looking at it, the money that I would save "cough" on my retention plan over contract length was more than enough to justify buying the iPhone outright and keeping the retention plan.

No visual voicemail though.

When I looked at advertised iPhone plans and compared them to my retention plan, they faired very poorly. Even the top end iPhone plan came somewhat close to my base $115 and it was nowhere near the plan.
     
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Dec 24, 2009, 12:53 AM
 
~$10 for internet (I live in an apartment with four other people)
~$60 for iPhone with unlimited texting (I have a family plan with friends)
No TV, no landline.
     
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Dec 24, 2009, 02:24 AM
 
CA$73.40 tax in - iPhone 3G
- 6 GB data
- 300 anytime minutes
- 30 minutes Canada/US long distance (They originally gave me 1000 Canada, but 30 Canada/US is actually far more useful to me)
- Voice mail, call display
- 300 text messages

This is with a subsidized iPhone too ($299 up front, minus I think around $75 rebate) for 16 GB, on a 3 year contract. Data is actually optional. I went without data for a month, but then caved for the extra $30 6 GB data plan.

My GF pays for the landline. Dunno how much she pays. Her cell phone is all of $19 a month, tax in.

We pay around CA$30ish I think for internet access (DSL), 5 Mbps down 0.8 up, but my line is too far from the CO for a stable connection, so I had them switch me to 3/0.8, which is much more stable.

Cable with a bunch of HD channels and speciality channels is also about $80 a month including tax. Adds up. I actually went without any cable at all for several years - rabbit ears only... with an HDTV. My current house has an antenna on the roof but I've never tried using it.
     
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Dec 24, 2009, 06:37 PM
 
iPhone: €33/month, subsidized 24 months, with unlimited data. Calls and SMS are some cents on top of that, but I don't do much of either. And here you don't pay anything for incoming stuff, so no costs hidden there.

ADSL: €39/month, with fixed IP address and low-latency routing to the backbone bringing up the price.

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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
CA$73.40 tax in - iPhone 3G
- 6 GB data
- 300 anytime minutes
- 30 minutes Canada/US long distance (They originally gave me 1000 Canada, but 30 Canada/US is actually far more useful to me)
- Voice mail, call display
- 300 text messages
Damn. That’s actually worse than here. It’s about CA$5 less than the regular price (i.e., what I’ll be paying after the first six months) for my contract, but I’ve got 20 GB data, 300 anytime minutes, free calls to anyone on the same carrier as me, and unlimited free texting. Voice mail and call display are required to be free here, so that doesn’t apply, but even the rest is even worse than ours.

And yours is for a three-year contract? Damn. Those aren’t even legal here. They’re only allowed to tie you to the contract for six months, which is why it’s about CA$120 for that period, and after that goes down to about CA$80. (Mine is subsidised too, at about CA$249)
     
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Dec 24, 2009, 07:12 PM
 
TV: $0 (get by with OTA + online + netflix)
Netflix: $9
Internet: $20
Phone: $0 (ooma)

Total: $29 (split 2 ways)
     
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Dec 24, 2009, 10:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by Uncle Skeleton View Post
TV: $0 (get by with OTA + online + netflix)
Netflix: $9
Internet: $20
Phone: $0 (ooma)

Total: $29 (split 2 ways)
What type of internet connection?
Is that $20 total or just your share?
     
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Dec 24, 2009, 11:31 PM
 
It's a comcast promo rate, $20 total for 12 Mb. Every 6 months I have to call/chat them and pretend to quit. Sometimes I don't have to follow through, sometimes I do and I take up another ISP with their promo rate. This is the best rate they've offered, usually it's 25-30. I've done this for 4 and a half years, and not had to pay their sticker price yet. Actually that's not true, for one cycle I downgraded to 1Mb for what I think is the sticker price of $28. It was fast enough, but then they raised the price (on everyone, my neighbors say), and I gave them another ultimatum and was offered what I have right now.
     
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Originally Posted by Uncle Skeleton View Post
It's a comcast promo rate, $20 total for 12 Mb. Every 6 months I have to call/chat them and pretend to quit. Sometimes I don't have to follow through, sometimes I do and I take up another ISP with their promo rate. This is the best rate they've offered, usually it's 25-30. I've done this for 4 and a half years, and not had to pay their sticker price yet. Actually that's not true, for one cycle I downgraded to 1Mb for what I think is the sticker price of $28. It was fast enough, but then they raised the price (on everyone, my neighbors say), and I gave them another ultimatum and was offered what I have right now.
I have never been successful in getting Comcast to extend any promos to me beyond the 6 month time-frame.
Exactly how are you phrasing your ultimatum when you talk to them?
     
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Something like, it costs too much, do you have any promotions you can offer
     
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Dec 27, 2009, 07:30 AM
 
I used to pay an average of about €100 a month for cell phone use. When I canceled my contract after ten years to switch to T-Mobile for the iPhone, all of a sudden they pull secret options and discounts that would've saved me about 50% a month.

That kind of had the exact opposite effect of what they wanted: letting you know clearly that after thousands of euros in contract fees that you have been screwed over most of that time is a great parting incentive.
     
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Dec 29, 2009, 03:00 PM
 
$20 a month for full cable and high speed cable internet. I wouldnt have cable if it cost any more than that.

Phone is completely separate category, don't know why it would be grouped in, but that is 40/mo and I consider it a rip off considering all I do talk on it... and it doesnt even do that very well, sound quality is like shit, and if I had iphone it would be even worse.
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