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Called Charter about paring down the cable/phone/internet bill

August 20th, 2008 at 07:23 pm

Very interesting. We pay about $120 for cable/phone/internet each month. It is a bundle package from charter. Yes, we could have expanded basic cable and no digital. We don't really use it. No, I do not want to go back to dial up, as it makes it too difficult to sell on ebay, but I would if I HAD to. No, we can not cut home phone service and just use cell phones. My youngest does not have a cell phone. The older two do, but they pay for it themselves, we don't. I would not feel right leaving them home alone with no phone service, I think it would be irresponsible. Anyway, I asked the lady if I cut digital and just had extended basic and phone/intenet, what would it save me? NOTHING! I would be MORE! Smile Can you believe it? YES! $137.00! Then she offered me the new package which comes with everything we already have, plus 2 movie channels and it will be about .60 cents cheaper than we are paying! At least she did save me some money!

5 Responses to “Called Charter about paring down the cable/phone/internet bill”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, that's how they had me too, because they told me my phone/internet BUNDLE is cheaper than trying to get something cut because I lose their bundle discount or something.

    Frankly, I think it's a scam.

    But the only way to get out of it is to find a completely different provider, and I don't know if that's possible in your case.

    Lucky for me, my disputed items are only phone and internet (not cable), and I could indeed find cheaper providers.

  2. Another Personal Finance Blog Says:

    have you ever tried to threaten canceling to get the promotional rate? I have successfully done this with Comcast. As the previous poster said, it may only work if there is competition in your area.

  3. compulsive debtor Says:

    So have you thought about just getting rid of cable all together and just having phone and Internet service? Saved me a bundle when we did it and we don't miss the cable at all.

  4. Jenna Says:

    Hey, for your phone service-- if you have cable service invest in magicjack-- plugs into a USB port-- and it's 30.00 a YEAR, yes, A YEAR and has all the bells and whistles of any regular phone service. www.magicjack.com -- I sound like a spam but I've had mine almost a year with no problems at all-- go do it you will thank me for it;-)

  5. xxx Says:

    Charter got me on this same scam $161 a month. Magic jack does not deal with inbound calls. I have decided to Build a server for my house and go with skype and their usb phone adatper $2.95/month to replace the phone Service. To replace the Cable TV I'm using Hulu--> Netflix--> Youtube--> Streamed into a PS3 via PlayON Media Server. For everthing else I'm using Tversity Media Server. I dont know how to get around them for the internet service yet. So now my bill is $30 a month. The media voip server was built out of stuff I had.

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