Freedom! (with super slow internet)

Today (or I guess really as of tomorrow morning), we cut the cord, as the kids are saying. Though I guess the kids actually never had anything to do with the cord in the first place. What am I talking about, Mom?

WE CANCELED CHARTER.

That’s right. After a harrowing phone call during which I almost caved, I have cut off our cable service. We’ve switched to AT&T’s U-verse internet, which is cheaper and slower, and we’re going to go with rabbit ears, Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. I know this is not a perfect solution for a TV junkie like me, but the $183.53 monthly bills are just no longer tolerable. I’ve had Charter for 10 years and there’s never any reward from them for sticking with them. OnDemand works maybe 50% of the time. We have to reset the modem every other week. We watch a ton of Netflix anyway. And it’s just too damn expensive! I’m really worried about how we will watch live sports, but that’s not as much of a concern in the summer. So, for now, this is who we are. Eeks!

The cost chart:

Charter Silver package with fast internet: $183.53 per month. Our price includes HBO, Showtime and Cinemax and tons of HD channels. And one DVR box. We also have been paying $8.43 per month for Netflix, making our total monthly TV and internet costs $191.96 or – gasp! – $2303.52 per year.

Our new life: $31.95 for internet (plus tax, so I’m not sure yet of the total number) + $8.43 for Netflix + $15 for HBO Now + $7.99 for Hulu = $55.38 per month or $664.56 per year, a savings of $1638.96. I suppose that number should be adjusted for whatever the cost of our antennae will be, but it’s still a super significant savings.

I figure that even if we end up going back to Charter for internet, we’ll end up with a better deal than we had because they reward new customers, not long-term ones.

So, away we go!

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5 Responses to “Freedom! (with super slow internet)”


  1. 1 Mary Lloyd April 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Congrats. You are inspiring me to leave ATT. Same issues you have. Our cost per month with landline is $260. I will be keeping close tabs.

  2. 2 satcla April 16, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Whoa!! Look at you!! Gosh, our cable bill is way too high too. At least I can write it off but it is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Nice move!!

  3. 3 kateandgracie April 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks! I should mention that I think we’re getting a $50 gift card for switching, too, but we’ll see if that ever materializes. I’m pretty excited.

  4. 4 Jane Roe April 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Tim and Stacy did this for the same reason but they are back with charter. The real kicker was that they could never reliably get Packer games and the Internet service they had was frustrating. Perhaps living in a more metropolitan area will be a better experience then they had. I wish you luck.

  5. 5 kateandgracie April 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Yeah, we’ll see. There’s definitely a reason we’re trying this is April as opposed to, say, December. If nothing else, it feels awesome at the moment.


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