Anyone else thinking of cancelling home internet?

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  1. jason81

    jason81 Well-Known Member
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    So I recently figured out how to tether my Samaung Moment to my laptop to connect to the internet....(sweet!). I am thinking that I may just cancel my home internet service. This would save me about $40 a month or so. I figure I can just do my "surfing" on my phone, and when I want to go online with my laptop, I can just tether. Sure, the connection over my phone is slower, but the pages load pretty fast, and I think I could live with it. So what do you think? Have any of you done this? Thinking of doing this? your thoughts please
     

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  2. doc832

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    I live close to the water and do not have good 3 g coverage. So I am stuck with ATT DSL for now. No chg for towers in my area to get improved coverage or speed. My GF however is sitting on top of a tower, gets lightning fast speeds and ping rates. No delay in tether there. She may chg up sometime soon. Also nice to have an option if ISP falls out.
     
  3. detroid

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  4. Mike Anthony

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    Helllllllll nahhhhhhh
     
  5. lekky

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    Not a damn chance, I use 10s of GB a month, and probably more...
     
  6. Crude

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    I had to do this for a while after moving into the country. Obviously I had a tethering plan and I used it for pretty basic browsing. At the time I was still using winmo so I just changed my router to take wireless connection and reroute them through my phones wifi when availible....even as conveniant as that sounds it was a huge hassle. Then I got qwest DSL....
     
  7. Stormin

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    I haven't had wired internet in two years, infact I don't even have a computer at home anymore. Just the phone, which is at times cumbersome but I can surf anytime anywhere.
    Plus I get EVDO at home.
     
  8. vincentp

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    I use my computer way too much at home to warrant doing that. If it works for you, I say go for it, but there's still a ways to go before my 3G quality and coverage can match a hard wired line to the computer. Granted, I download/stream/game quite a bit, so I can't justify it, but it may be a good option for those who only use the Internet for browsing/messaging/e-mail and want to save some money.
     
  9. vikingisson

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    Not a chance. I've got several computers, a home built PVR that gets some content online, VPNs to customers, and my own PBX. I need the low latency of my DSL and a real firewall. That being said, I haven't had a landline for a decade and until one month ago I didn't have a cell phone either, my PBX works a treat. I finally got a cell phone and tethering comes in handy once in a while when I can't get WiFI. Speed isn't bad either but latency can't match DSL. My usage isn't great but when I use it I want it fast without delays.
     
  10. JimmyHat

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    No to the way.
     
  11. Rix

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    When I get LTE at 100Mbps I'll probably cancel home internets.
     
  12. dmodert66

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    Can't do it...wireless (currently) can't touch my 25/25 Meg fios...
     
  13. IOWA

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    No way. I run through close to 200gigs a month easy. I think sprint would frown on that.
     
  14. Drift

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    Even tho I live in a rual area and pay $70/mo for a 3/1.5 meg there is no way i would cancel it. Unfortunately this is the only option I have other than satellite and we all know how well that works. With this kind of price for my internet can you imagine how my phone reception is? Since I am not in a 3G area, yet, my wireless at home is the only way I can actually play with most of the android apps. So, NO I wont be canceling my internet anytime soon.

    3G is due any day... think this is day 59 :thinking:
     
  15. mat

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    I'm a student.
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    I wouldn't survive without a proper internet connection :(
     
  16. DaveWade

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    How do you hook your phone up to the internet to your computer? I would like to do this on my travel back to my home town and it is a 22 hour drive. Please Help!!
     
  17. Rix

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    Define "proper internet connection".

    MicroUSB, or whatever connection your phone uses to connect to computers. It should automatically install the drivers etc to connect to the internet.
     
  18. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants
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    Incorrect. Thats only part of it. Yes, you need to connect your phone, and more than likely you will need to download and install specific drivers for your phone type, and then you need to pick up a program called PDAnet, im sure theres more than one but I know from personal experience PDAnet works and is easy to set up. You can get instructions and PDAnet at this website:

    June Fabrics PDA Technology Group
     
  19. AndroidSPCS

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    Hell no. I have 2 phones I can tether, and the connection is not always 100% reliable. I get dropped every once in a while and it's annoying. Plus you can't use your phone when you're tethering, defeating the purpose of having a phone.

    This is crazy talk!!
     
  20. SamuraiBigEd

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    If I can get 25/2 like I get with my Roadrunner, the connection is reliable, AND I can use my phone for calls at the same time I might think about it.
     
  21. Carl C

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    No way my 3G signal sucks so I get a very bad internet speed, The fastest downloading speed I've come across is about 105kb on my mobile :(
     
  22. nateo200

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    If you don't do any youtubing, torrenting, videogaming, music streaming, porntubing, videochatting, video uploading, video downloading and don't mind being capped at 5GBs then sure do it...but any of those said bandwidth intensive applications will suffer no matter how "super 1337 3g special unlimited infinitefast crazy special 3g speed speed fast" is. Trust me ill take a solid physical land line over a shaky RF signal any day....
     
  23. are you nuts? how eill i online game
     
  24. nateo200

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    I'm sorry, WHAT?!

    Fyi, there were times where I used well in excess of 60GBs a month on my cable modem that's 55GBs over the softcap verizon has with about 15mbs down...
     
  25. if i cancelled my home internet, i woudnt be able to play my 360 online :). i need my modern warfare 2 , lol
     

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