Eric at on 28 Feb 2014 08:03:38 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Cord Cutting Options

I'm thinking of the same thing and would be interesting in
hearing about other options.

The FiOS bill is "ouch" - even without the premium channels.
I'd like to go to a simple business Internet account and then
purchase a Roku box or something similar.  I already have a
VOIP account with Flowroute but I'll probably get a static IP
to route the calls reliably (ouch, more $.)

One concern is that Netflix streaming through Verizon is simply
not usable apparently due to their ongoing fight with Cogent
(or other, more sinister reasons.)  I've heard that using a VPN
service gets around that so that adds $5 or $10 a month.
Another ouch :-(  What is a good VPN service?  I know of
but would like to hear of other's experiences.

I may even consider switching to Comcast if the service/price
comparisons are favorable.  Although, I've only had one outage
on FiOS (their cheap-ass router died) in 5 years which is a
vast improvement from Comcast before that.


On 02/28/2014 10:09 AM, Rich Freeman wrote:
> What are the best options for phone/video content/etc for those interested in cord cutting these days?
> I know somebody with FIOS who is paying a rather high amount and they are considering dropping to data-only, and then possibly adding a VOIP or cellular option for phone (or just sticking with their cell phones).  They don't make a lot of calls, and for TV they mainly watch a few shows on the major networks, history, discovery, etc.
> One question that came up is whether there is a cellular ATA out there.  They only rarely use one of their cell phones so they might consider just plugging the SIM into such an ATA if it exists, and then unplugging it if they need to use the cell phone.  A bluetooth ATA might be another option, where the cell phone provides the phone connection, and any phone in the house can be used to access it (which is the opposite of how the "bluetooth ata" devices I get in a Google search work).
> What are the best options these days?
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