I feel your pain. I got tired of the high prices on Comcast (Xfinity). I was locked in a contract, which was a good thing... $167 for 250mb internet (get 350+mb down) and all channels. Seems great. Enjoyed it for a year and a half. I looked at what my bill was going to become and wow... $285/m then all the hidden fees.
The biggest problem I have is that they boast 700 channels!!!! woot, oh wow, greatness... only in America!!!!!!! ; however, I don't need the 30 language (latino, Italian, Mongolian, etc) channels.
2 of my neighbors went to Sony PlayStation Vue (most think you need a PlayStation...ughhhh)… and they love it.
so just switching to AT&T for cell phones, and being an unlimited customer, we got DirecTV Now (different than DirectTV which has a dish on your roof) for $15 cheaper....
Looking into it, it gave us 95% of the channels we had BUT for $20/m. Of course you need to add the price of ala cart internet to which they up, but I got a promotion and got it for $50/m.
Lowe and behold... 95% of what I used to have for $70/m!!!!
Since I was not in a contract with Comcast, I dropped out and went with the DirecTV Now. I am a computer guy so streaming isn't a challenge but my wife adapted well. We had an Apple 4k TV box (just a streaming box) in the living room and a Roku Ultra in the bedroom. We only get 2 streams on this account.
guy at worked tried it out and loves it and doesn't get the discount. He payed $45/m for DTVN.
so I did this for a year and right before the 1 year anniversary, my co worker tells me... did you see the email? I said no... so he forwards it to me. They now have an android streaming beta box. I filled out to beta test it and in 2 weeks it was at my house. Ok another streaming device, ok cool.
one month later, they rebrand it AT&T Live TV (not DirectTV Now Anymore), the android box updated and so life continues. 2 weeks go by and the guy at work says, did you get the new email? I am like... umm nope... sup... So he forwards it to me.
Now we had the smallest package (yeah im bragging
called "Live a Little" and like I said, it had a ton of channels and they had other packages and they cost more. It seems that due to these prices your talking about, they (AT&T) had to figure out how to get things within prices as they are not "Making Money" or as I like to say... not making ENOUGH money!!!!!
so they retired every package but were grandfathered in. Took the live a little package and it now is a higher level package that costs more. The reason for this was simple... lets say Discovery, Comedy central and more are owned by Time Warner (I didn't double check so don't quote me)… well AT&T had to say they have 5 million customers and owe $3/customer to Time Warner. Now they can say, we have 5 million customers but only 2 million subscribe to the package that Time Warner channels are in so guess what... they can now make more money and force people that want certain channels into a higher package to pay for it.
Remember that $20 I was boasting about... Ok so add 7% sales tax so $21.40, but AT&T now introduced DVR (measly 20h in my package) and added $5. it has been BETA for OVER A YEAR!!!! that is not beta... sheeze… ok fine. $27ish now a month. Once they cancelled and revamped all packages, I was informed that I am grandfathered in but being charged $10 more a month. Now the guy I work with, who doesn't get the discounts is up to $63/m !!!! I told him to switch cuz the neighbors love Sony PlayStation Vue as the DVR is better, price, etc...
this is all getting out of control. Really is. I am tired of all this crap. Most of what we have is on the local channels to which I can get over the air (ABC only when the leaves are off the trees LOL), Netflix and now Disney+ that the wife had to have.
I will be looking to switch soon, once my cell phone is up as I am in a contract.
long story short, I did the BOGO on cell phones. Pay monthly for mine and wifes and got 2 free for the kids. My oldest moved out and I paid my phone off. They said I broke contract, so I had to pay the balance of his. Great.. $600 but bill should go down... I just looked, showing a guy at work my bill cuz he just went to AT&T and guess what... THEY ARE STILL CHARGING ME FOR MY PHONE!!!! ill be calling them after this message....
now if you pay for a house phone..shame on you.. If you pay for a triple pay and not in a promotion... shame on you...
few money saving tips...
1. if you need home phone - go Magic Jack. I did this and haven't had a phone bill in 4 years (paid for 5y for $99!!!!!)
2. if you have Netflix, check Ebay and take a chance. I did... I bought a $100 Netflix card for $48!!!! got code and it worked. Went and bought another... got $200 Netflix for $96!!!!!
maybe ill rant about the phone part next... lol
off to call AT&T