Is there a cheaper phone/DSL package than Verizon in Brooklyn, NY?
July 23, 2004 7:15 PM   Subscribe

I live in Brooklyn, NY, and seem to be a slave to Verizon: a DSL/Unlimited local/regional phone package for which, with taxes, etc., runs me nearly $100/month. Has anyone figured out a way to pay less for comparable services? I've even thought of sharing a DSL or cable modem via a wireless router with my neighbor downstairs....thoughts?

And what makes it worse, I also have a Verizon cell phone--another $65/month...
posted by ParisParamus to Work & Money (12 answers total)
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posted by kindall at 8:40 PM on July 23, 2004

If you do go the cable route I would recommend cutting the phone company out all
together and getting a VoIP phone. I went that route a couple of years back and save a lot of money. I use Vonage. You should have no problem sharing a link with another machine.
posted by arse_hat at 8:57 PM on July 23, 2004

I second the Vonage suggestion.
posted by xammerboy at 10:01 AM on July 24, 2004

Speakeasy now offers a DSL service that doesn't require you to have phone service.

I've been happy with their service. If anyone remembers, I posted here awhile back asking about Yahool/SBC DSL, as it has such a low (introductory) price going right now. Well, I called Speakeasy and told them I was leaving b/c of the cheap competitor price, and they knocked $10 off my monthly rate and threw in a free month if I would re-up for a 12-month contract. YMMV.
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 2:02 PM on July 24, 2004

Response by poster: I just found this, still Verizon, but cheaper, by, probably $25:

posted by ParisParamus at 4:37 PM on July 24, 2004

Response by poster: And what's the sound quality like with internet phone?
posted by ParisParamus at 4:51 PM on July 24, 2004

I have had a few bad calls with Vonage in two years. No more than I had with SBC before. All in all VoIP has been just fine. I think the Verizon service might be fine but Vonage covers the US and Canada toll free and offers vitual numbers for just $5 a month. Not to sound like a shill for Vonage but it has been very good for me and it's not often I can say that about a company.
posted by arse_hat at 8:58 PM on July 24, 2004

Response by poster: With a Vonage-type deal, I understand you get a new phone number. Is it, at least, a local area code number?

How about some $ numbers, with tax (or, perhaps it's still not taxed...?)
posted by ParisParamus at 7:47 AM on July 25, 2004

With all taxes it's $32.39. You can migrate your present number or pick another local number. You can also add virtual numbers for $5 per month. So if grandma lives lives in Florida you could get a local number there for her to call.
posted by arse_hat at 9:41 AM on July 25, 2004

Response by poster: SoThe $32.39 includes the DSL, or is in addition to it?
posted by ParisParamus at 9:56 AM on July 25, 2004

I keep thinking about switching to Vonage, held back only by my hippie love of Working Assets long distance.

PP, have you thought about switching to a cable modem? It's about $40 a month, usually wrapped up in some package from TWC. Depending on how much cable programming you get, it may be worth it.

Also, do you need that much of a phone plan? Your cell phone and land line plans both seem heavy-duty. Do you need the availability of both as much as you're paying, or can you reduce your usage of one? Or, as many are doing, would you consider going mobile-only?
posted by mkultra at 6:36 AM on July 26, 2004

PP that vonage price is your local and LD phone cost. With a cable modem it is a good deal in my area.
posted by arse_hat at 12:41 PM on July 26, 2004

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