This happened yesterday. My mom told me that my local telco called me and asked to speak to me about a bundle deal that can save me a lot of money over my current cable ISP. I told my mom the deal they have promised is probably some crappy speed like 3.0 megs or something like that. She said that the salesguy said it was 12megs or something and to just ďhear him out.Ē
Now keep in mind that on my current ISP I can speed test at around 20megs consistently. Sometimes it can even hit 30megs.
So while Iím surfing the phones rings. It was the telco salesguy. This is part of the conversation. I know these people have a job to do, but come on....
Me: I heard from my mother that you can save me over a thousand a year by bundling your services. Is that with the 12meg package?
SG: Well that is up to a thousand. The one that has that savings is the basic package.
Me: What is the speed with the basic package?
SG: 3.0mbps. You do qualify for 12megs.
SLDís note: Being that I do DSL support, qualifying for a speed and being able to get it reliably are two different things. Plus, last I checked their regular DSL only goes up to 6megs, to get the 12megs you have to get the version that works with their TV service. Last I looked, I canít get it where I am.
Me: See, I watch a lot of hi-def video, and download a lot of large files. 3megs is just too slow. It would be like going from a Corvette Z06 to a Sonic.
SG: You sound like youíre into cars.
Me: Yes I am. All my life in fact.
SG: So let me ask you this. Can both cars go 65?
Me: Uh, yeah?
SG: Then why bother paying extra for the Corvette if you can only go 65 with it on public roads anyway?
Me: Because itís not just about the speed limit. You buy a Corvette because you want something thatís nicer that the appliance that people buy just to go A to B. You buy a Corvette because it doesnít have to struggle to get to 65mph. You buy a Corvette because you can take it to the dragstrip and not be laughed at. In this case, I have my current ISP because I can easily watch hi-def videos without buffering, and if there is buffering itís very short. Plus, in the same time it takes to download 1 large file on your service, I could be done with that file plus 3-6 more. Thatís why I pay extra for the Corvette so to speak.
SG: Yeah but our DSL is a dedicated line, on cable youíre part of a big shared pool so the more people on it, your speed drops like a rock.
Me: Iíve never had my service ďdrop like a rock.Ē And DSL is not exactly dedicated. I do DSL tech support so Iím not blind to how this stuff works. You still put me on the DSLAM and BRAS thatís shared with many other people. Once they hit at or near capacity or if they get oversubscribed, my service will slow at peak times. And to be honest, due to the type of people in this area once that happens youíll deem it not cost effective to add new DSLAMs, meaning Iíll just have to tolerate it when the service slows down.
SLDís note: The type of people in my area are mostly seniors, most probably donít even own a computer so if Iím an ISP why bother spending $$$$ to upgrade an area like that?
SG: Well I can get a price for the 12meg service for you....
Me: No thanks. At this point, itís not worth changing my email address for a service that not going to be as fast as what I currently have, even at that speed. As besides, itís not like I consider my current service expensive, for the stuff I need it for Iím fine with how much it cost.
SG: Is there anything else I can help you with today?
Me: Nope. You have a good day.
Let's just say I don't think the telco is going to be calling in again any time soon.