I always thought monopolies were against the law, but everybody who has cable-phone-internet at home knows that’s not true. Well, technically we all have more than one option, but having only ONE option for cable internet is not my idea of having “options.”
Kate and I live in an area where our only options for internet are Comcast or Verizon DSL (if it was FiOS, I would probably be happier). I have never used DSL and I’m not sure if it’s better or worse than cable, but I only need internet and DSL requires you to get a phone line in order to work. Therefore I only have ONE monopolistic option… Comcast.
The Comcast deal for new costumers is not bad – $39.99 for 12 months – which is the plan that we had. The internet was choppy every now and then, but that’s what we have to deal with.
The 12-month period expired this week and our bill went up to around $67. That’s a big increase in price for a crappy service. We are not willing to pay that much for internet so our plan was to try to get the same $39.99 deal for another 12 months.
It’s crazy how fast time passes by. It has already been three months since I switched my phone plan to Ting and I’m so very glad that I did. In just three short months I’ve been able to save over $250 without compromising my coverage.
If you don’t know what Ting is, you can read my 1-month Ting review where I explain how Ting works. But since I’m a nice guy I’ll give you a quick run down of what it is.
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For most people having a smartphone is a luxury that they can’t live without, I know I can’t. But if you’re still using one of the major carriers, then you are getting robbed big time. I’ll explain.
I mentioned before that I switched to Ting in order to save money because my Sprint bill was too much for me. I was paying $127 for two phones (Family Plan) and that’s including a 25% discount I got from work. That means I was paying $1,524 a year just to have access to Google on the go. And that number is way below the average cost of owning a smartphone. The average cost of owning a smartphone for 2 years is around $3,400 for ONE phone! I just wasn’t okay with this.
Like many people, I always thought that there were only 3-4 cell phone carriers and that’s it. I thought everything else was either a scam or didn’t work. Oh was I wrong.
This weekend, I finally had the chance to watch Spent: Looking For Change and have to say that I really liked it.
Spent is a documentary that follows four financially underserved families who have been booted out of the traditional banking system due to different circumstances. The four families represent almost 70 million Americans who don’t have access to banks and/or loans because of their credit or lack thereof.
Since we use banks and credit cards on a daily basis, we take for granted how those services make our lives easier. Regardless of what we might think about our financial system, the fact remains that if we don’t have credit in the United States we are going to have a hard time getting a loan when we need one.
And it is not just about getting a loan. Due to the lack of credit or having bad credit, some people are not even able to open a bank account. They have to go to check cashing places in order to cash their paychecks – for a fee of course.