Reader Mail: Verizon DSL

5/9/2008:

verizon-sucks-dsl-fios-phone-internet-hoboken.jpgAnyone who thrives on technology would realize that Verizon DSL (and DSL in general) is a horrible way to connect to the internet.

With the future of Verizon FiOS unknown exactly (the rep at the Arts & Music Festival had no honest answer) as well as unproven (is it reliable, steady, consistent?), one reader had questions about DSL in general. This essentially a no-brainer, and I told her to get Cablevision Optimum Online, but I’m posting this for others that might have similar dilemmas:

“Hi Hoboken residents, If I have asked this question of you prior please forgive me. I have Verizon DSL and it is frequently not working in Hoboken. Can you tell me what DSL provider you use in Hoboken and how efficient it is? I am looking to change providers. My phone service and internet service with Verizon have been horrid. Every other month it goes out. So I need to change!”

Am I right? Is cable the best choice? Or should you suffer with that crappy DSL until FiOS (eventually) lands in Hoboken – completely (I believe one or two demo buildings have it, such as MetroStop.)

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24 Comments on "Reader Mail: Verizon DSL"

willowres
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willowres

[quote comment=”82281″]I was thinking about swinging my dsl over to verizon. I wasn’t into much of a rush so I made a few calls to the sales dept. each time with a new question and each time I called I talked to a different rep. I got a different price,different package and a different incentive “gift” each time. It felt that they are so F#*^ed up, they never answered any tech ques only boasting speed,clear picture and the”gift” and that varied from rep to rep. I made a better deal with my current provider at a lower price.[/quote]

The trouble is with these big companies is that their systems don’t ‘talk’ to each other, therefore its a total mess. I had Direct TV about 4 years ago and they were the worst for getting a different answer every time.

If you have OptOnline/Cablevision watch out for movie downloads (torrents) – they will give you one warning and thats it. Be WARNED!

escaped68
Member

I was thinking about swinging my dsl over to verizon. I wasn’t into much of a rush so I made a few calls to the sales dept. each time with a new question and each time I called I talked to a different rep. I got a different price,different package and a different incentive “gift” each time. It felt that they are so F#*^ed up, they never answered any tech ques only boasting speed,clear picture and the”gift” and that varied from rep to rep. I made a better deal with my current provider at a lower price.

freewheelin
Member

[quote comment=”82239″]Only problem is that Cablevision currently throttles bit torrent traffic, so if you do a lot of downloading etc…beware[/quote]
Switch to Utorrent and cap your upload speed at 50 and you won’t have any problems. I have Optonline and I was told to do that by someone in the know and I’ve downloaded torrents almost daily without a problem. My download speed meanwhile has reached as high as 1GB.

freewheelin
Member

After several years with Earthlink DSL, which went out almost randomly just about daily and finally gave out for a week, I switched to Optonline a couple of months ago. Not only has it never gone out, but the download speed is at least 5-10 times what I had with DSL. I’ve downloaded 1GB files in less than 10 minutes. I was going to hold out for FIOS but it doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight so I’m just sticking with Optimum for now.I also asked the FIOS guy when it was coming to Hoboken and he had no idea. What was the point of them even setting up in a town where the service is unavailable?

benito
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benito

Fios is far and away better than cable. DSL is not even in the same league as cable wiring.

Fios will not be available in Hoboken for a few more months at least. Even then, good luck if you live in one of the major buildings. It’s worth the wait.

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