Internet, cable and landline - how can I cut down on one or all of them?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
June 28, 2008 9:12pm CST
In trying to cut down on bills, I see I don't really watch that much tv. Soaps during the day and HGTV and FoodNetwork, but really other than that, i don't watch much tv - just isn't anything on these days. I know I can watch prime time local channels on internet - did that with Ugly Betty and Survivor few months ago. So...is there a way to hook my computer to my tv just to get a larger screen to watch? Then I can cancel my cable. Also, you need a landline in order to get internet access... but is there any other way? I hear something about wireless something or another, but haven't a clue about it. If I can get a lower rate for internet access...that would help. But if mandatory to have a landline - not much I can do. Right now I am paying $113 a month for cable, internet nad landline. I don't use the land line much for phone service cause I just don't... I don't watch much TV so why pay for it? I can watch tv on internet the few things I do watch and what I don't, not like it will damage me! I grew up without TV so not having it in my golden years - where's the problem with that? So...anyone have any suggestions on how I can get the minimum of each of them - okay, mostly the internet, then the TV and then the land line.
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@arkaf61 (10883)
• Canada
29 Jun 08
Well as you say you can give up the cable, that will make a difference. THe most usual ways to get the internet are trough cable, or landline, so you will have to choose one. They do bundle things together and make it a bit cheaper if it's bundled but you have to figure out what you really want to keep and what you can give up. As for prices it really depends on the internet providers you have in your area, sometimes the prices are quite different, sometimes basically the same. Myself I use my land line instead of cell, so I would have to keep that. Plus, like you, tv is not my most important need . Hope you find the best solution for what you need - including the best price :)
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I didn't know that I could have internet without a land line. I could do without the land line too - I have a cell, dont use it much but no more calls than I get, I might be able to do without landline. I just thought I had to have a landline to connect to the internet. So I can cancel the landline and still have internet access? Problem here is that in apartments, they only offer 2 options - the local phone service bundle package or one other. So I guess I just have only 2 options.
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@arkaf61 (10883)
• Canada
29 Jun 08
Yes, you are not restricted to the phone line for internet, but that really depends on what's available in your area. I have mine trough the phone line but many of my friends have it trough the cable. It's a pity you don't have much choice on bundles, there's plenty in here.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
At least I have something to ask about tho. They may not tell me they have it if they know I dont' know what I am talking about and just tell me what htey want me to hear so they get more money!!! The ones I talked to never said I didn't need a landline for internet access!
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I don't know where you are from, but have you checked into service "bundles?" Many phone companies or cable companies now offer mulitple services in one low price bundle package. Also, you don't have to have a landline for internet. I haven't had dial up service for a long time. My internet is thru a cable modem. Also, if you get your internet thru your cable, often you can watch some programs on your computer. For instance I like HGTV and SciFi, so I go to their sites and watch the programs from my computer screen. Plus, many companies will offer you lower rates if you threaten to leave their service. I just negotiated a lower rate for my internet service that way yesterday by phone.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I have a bundle - $113 for phone, cable (basic) and internet. I have a modem box. I don't understand all the lingo - my internet through my cable? I called the provider once to get just local channels and they said that it would cost me more to do that than stay with what I had. I have a few more questions for them now, tho! What is the URL to the HGTV you watch? I love that channel but couldn't find anymore than just their web site - no shows. I like FoodNetwork and the History channel and would just watch those on internet. Thanks for your suggestions
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
29 Jun 08
myLot won't let me post the URL. I've tried before. But if you go to the main HGTV website and find the tab at the time for TV, then find full episodes, it has many of the regular shows and you can watch the full video on here.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I'll check it out again. Odd MyLot wont' allow a link like that. Thanks.
• United States
29 Jun 08
Coffee break, you just answered your own question, get rid of both your landline and the cable. If you are not using it, why pay for it?And if you mis anything on cable , you can always just add cable only.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Yeah, talking it out really has helped and I have learned. I thought I had to have landline to access internet! However, I didn't think that I do have to keep the landline because of a security access gate at this apt complex I live in to allow anyone to come into the complex. So I have to have a phone - rather required by the complex. However, I will be moving in2 months, so maybe won't have that issue I think cancelling cable will be where I start. I am workin gon finding internet sites with the tv shows I do watch - FoodNetwork, HGTV, History Channel. Then again, I can always get it back if I find it cheap at some point in time.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
With my cable, all the channels you mentioned are basic cable channels. I use Comcast and in my area they have many different packages. I think you can get the channels you love by getting basic cable . It is cheaper than the big packages with HBO and Showtime.
@Elixiress (3893)
29 Jun 08
You need a landline even if you have wireless internet. The main thing I can think of is getting a bundle, if you get a bundle then you get your TV, landline and internet for a certain amount per month and these are cheaper than what you would pay separately most the time. When they first started out they were more expensive, but now they are cheaper.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I have only 2 options for bundle at this apt complex. So my options are limited.
@Elixiress (3893)
30 Jun 08
Are you interested in either of the bundles?
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
29 Jun 08
What you can do is drop your cable TV - just watch your TV shows online like before; drop you landline; and keep you internet going through your cable provider. You will have zero TV and no land line, but you can get internet access through the cable company for about $20/month. They may have a package with the lowest internet speed and basic cable for about $30/month.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
So I can have internet without a landline then...? That is what I need. I worry about being "out of the loop" with no current hearings - but I guess I can read on line and watch there too. I had asked my cable co - bundle package - if I could just get the local channels and they said I could, but it'd cost more than what I have now - basic and cable channels only - no show channels and all. I thought that they couldn't charge for local channels but maybe I didn't understand.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Actually, they do charge. Usually it is next to nothing a month though. The basic channels is usually called limited basic (the most i have ever seen a provider charge for that is $20/month) and most companies usually offer a really slow internet speed for about the same price. What cable provider do you have?
@joker26 (41)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Know what? I'm not from your country but I know a company that sells a landline with an internet connection, you can use your phone while using the internet, Are you familiar with CORDIA? that company actually gives you the best deal, try to look at that one...thank you!
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I sure will look into it. Thanks
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Then have me write back if you find it, then i'll search for more for you men, coz a lot of telemarketing company here in us who sells this kind of stuff you're looking for. ok?
@aimseeker (113)
• Pakistan
11 Jul 08
cutting all of them at once...will surely going to make your life dull....how could u just afford that.....so its better to cut down cable rather then internet if u don't watch too much tv..though its not possible for me....coz i do watch much tv...as for landline ...u can make it one way rather then cutting it down completely....n enjoy on internet...
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
12 Jul 08
I need my internet connection! THat is life! but the tv I can live without. And the phone, with a cell and the limited calls I even get, just looking to not pay for things I dont' use...much.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
30 Jun 08
If you are paying $113 a month for cable, that's not a bad price. If you want to save money, why don't you just cancel cable? You said that you don't watch a lot of tv. That would be the first thing to go, if it were me. There is another way to get internet. You can get internet through either a phone line or through a cable line. I don't know what company you're using, so I can't really tell you much about availability, but a lot of companies will offer either cable internet or DSL (phone line) internet. You could call around to different companies in your area to see if they offer any packages for cable internet and cable for your tv together. If you CAN find a company that offers those services, you could get something called Vonage. It's a router that runs through your internet connection and you connect a phone to it. Voila, phone service without the land line. However, you do have to pay for it. It's 30 dollars a month. If you use long distance, the long distance for Vonage is free so that might help you. If you're not willing to cancel one or more of your services, all you can really do is call your local cable and phone providers and ask about packages that they offer.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Jun 08
$35 a month per item - cable, phone, internet. No, not bad, but I am always working to save money, but right now, it is crucial that I save more than usual. I have learned so much with this discussion so I'll be making some calls and I will be moving in 2 months. At the moment I can't cancel landline as it has to be required to access security gate at my apt complex. Thanks for your suggestions
• Canada
29 Jun 08
i think if you call your provider ask for a combo pack or deal call around to see if your getting a good deal. i would scratch the cable as well
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Yeah, I will do that. I did about 6 months ago - I only have the option of 2 providers, so I am limited, but same program with one was more expensive than the other. But with the housing decline and gas so high, many are cancelling cause they can't afford it, so they might be having cheaper deals going on now.
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
29 Jun 08
i have landline and internet... but i don't have cable... i don't think that it is necessary as i hardly watch TV and i don't stay at home a lot... me and my hubby work full time and we simply don't have time to watch TV... we are paying about $95 per month for internet and landline and we are trying to cut down on it as well... we are thinking of changing the provider so that we can save around $15 to $20 a month... we hardly use the landline as well which is a waste... take care and have a nice day...
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Thanks. I just realized that I can't cancel my phone cause of a security gate entrance at my apt complex. So I'll have to start askig around and pricing and see what I can do. I have learned so much from this discussion and have lots to figure! At least I have options!
• United States
29 Jun 08
You need all 3? Okay maybe do what my parents do. Get Optmium Online for Internet, and Cable TV(basic) Just get any cheap Internet & TV maybe from warner cable or Your local cabelvision.. but dont get the phone! Get Vonage phone.. it works with High speed internet its like 24.99 a month very good! you hook it up to your computer. its just free local and long distance and i think $15 more for International(unlimited) so.. its very good we pay less than 100.00 a month
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
It is $113 for all three. I asked about just getting local channels and they said it would cost me more. I believe them! Maybe I shouldn't have! But I have just basic cable, phone (all free calls) and internet DSL. The one problem is that in an apartment complex, they only allowed certain carriers to install. I only can have Verizon or Charter. I will look into VOnage, might be able to use that. And hook Vonage to PC? Can you elaborate? Is that for internet accesss? So I'd have vonage for phone nad internet?
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
29 Jun 08
Well, that problem can't exist in Trinidad because over here we have one licensed cable company and that's all there is. Lots of providers, but one, single, monopoly of a cable company. They basically charge what they want. They work with the government owned telephone company and nobody really has a choice. Internet is through the telephone lines and you'd better not go the the government company, not unless you love the slow and tardy net. This company does provide broadband but when you apply its all yes and then comes the actual line. If they don't have the cable set up in your area they say it will come shortly. That shortly is the longest shortly you'll ever find in all history. No, ma'am, we don't have those kinds of problems over here. We have others.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I only have a choice of 2 carriers. Can't get anything else. So much for apartment living!
• United States
29 Jun 08
you DON'T need a land-line for internet, unless you use dial-up. go to www.cohsi.net - and see if you'd qualify for stand alone DSL (qwest link on the left) your cable company should also be able to get you internet...my boyfriend did a comedy contest for something called SLINGBOX -he's never used it, but you are supposed to be able to use it to watch tv on your computer. it sounds like you are on a pretty high channel subscription for cable, too - i'd see if i could get that cut back.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I thought I did! Learned something new today! I have DSL. dialup guesss you would need landline. At least I have one question down, dozen (or so) to go! I'll look into SLingbox. Thanks for your comments.
• Canada
29 Jun 08
The only thing I still have at home is a land line which I only have because I need it for cheap long distance. My ellphone would break me i I used it for long distance. I don't have the internet or cable at home, because I'm never there long enough to need those services. It's cheaper for me to sit in the cafe all day with my laptop and use their wireless, as opposed to haing it all at home.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
29 Jun 08
IF you're not there, why pay for it! That is my thinking on TV
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
30 Jun 08
Where I live it's either cable with internet or landline with internet. What we have is landline with internet and cable is a separate connection. I don't pay for it, my brother does and he makes lots of money. Back home we have a similar set up simply because the cable company does not offer internet connections. I need to pay both because there is no other way, my sons have tv in their rooms and also in the master bedroom, we could never do without tv or internet.
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@ashly1979 (1376)
• United States
29 Jun 08
if you near wi-fi hotspot, which is for free you can get internet wi-fi. my b/f and i we get wi-fi internet access every month for free at our home, and we don't pay nothing never. we've dropped our cable, we still kept our phone, but, lowered it to where we could afford it better. we've made sure we don't have that many bill on us to pay for so we can can have more money through the month. we get good good signal from wi-fi very good full signal too. i have a desktop, and my desktop is got a PCI wi-fi internet card in it, which we bought here about a month ago. and i get wi-fi access as good as he does. he's got a laptop and he says that his laptop has a built-in wireless modem and he connect to the internet. but, if you have a laptop, than you don't have to buy nothing. the laptop already come wit the built-in wireless modem. but, if you have a desktop, than you will need to buy a pci wi-fi card so you can get wi-fi connection. go to walmart and get it. it is only $39.97 for a Lynksis brand. the cheapest though at the online walmart website is the Belkin and it is $29.98. which my b/f say that he heard of belkin before, and had use it for, and they are a good brand, and just that they are cheap brand. on your home phone, why not cut you home phone off, get you pre-paid cell phone so that way you can just buy you minutes as you go. walmart has good deals like that there too. and on you cable t.v., get only basic channels to watch t.v. not get the premium, b/c you won't watch much. you just need basic channels so you can watch the evening news. but, if you like to watch evening news on the computer, than cut the cable off completely. it'll save you lot's better money there. on the internet, i would definitely go to the wi-fi way. if you no like paying high price internet, go wi-fi. me my b/f not pay internet price in over 8 months now. we stick wi-fi for long time. we not have many problems with connection, or connection interuptions with wi-fi. it stay on all time for us, and we love it. hope this help you. as we are in the same boat. we want to save money too. and we figure out to keep wi-fi internet so we don't have no bill to pay for. it good enough for the two of us. we both stay on internet a lot during the day, and we never have troubles neither.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 Jun 08
Thanks so much. I just realized I have to keep my land line as I have a community security gate at this complex and a visitor has to buzz my phone and I code them in. Can't cancel the phone. wifi I have no clue so I will have to look into that. I asked the cable provider and they said only local channels would cost more than what I have in basic...granted they could have just been lying to keep me on basic hoping I will do payperview etc. But I will just ask again! Maybe if I threaten to cancel.....