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    Hi -

    I'm wondering if anyone here is using Comcast for Internet service and phone service. If so, are you satisfied?

    Because they are working on an upgrade in our community they are also selling packages with phone and internet service which will cost me about $50 less/month than my current bill with Bell South/AT&T, plus the initial cost for a router. I currently have no need for a router. (The fee for cable tv is included in my monthly Homeowners' Assn fees.)

    My main computer is a MacIntosh and I want to make sure also that I would have no challenges with Mail coming into my INBOX. Right now I have a challenge with Hostgator on SENDING mail using mail.hostgator.com.... also on some email addresses with incoming mail. i've been too involved with other things to spend time with techs at Hostgator, who were not familiar with the MAIL program I use with my Mac (not .mac) ... the one that came with the computer, similar to the program that came with my Windows VISTA. One long call with Hostgator on it ended in no satisfaction on my part AND I simply use mail.bellsouth.net to on my addresses.

    Bottom line to the long story is that I want to make certain switching from AT&T to Comcast for Internet and Phone Service would be a wise move.

    Thanks for anything you can offer.
    Sheila Finkelstein
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    Sheila,
    We have Comcast and they are OK. We recently did a lot of negotiating of fees with them and are much happier now but I imagine if AT&T offered high speed in our area we would probably jump on that but for now Comcast will work.

    Sorry I can't really be of much help!
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    Interesting to know about the outgoing mail server with Hostgator, Lynn. I thought it was me. Given that's the case I will call HG tomorrow to see if they've had any issues with Comcast as an ISP.

    Angie, Why would you go with AT&T if high speed internet were available in your area?

    Thanks also, Leigha and Dan for your responses.

    Insofar as Comcast for TV, we have no choice in that in our community AND our Board negotiated a great package in our new contract with them. We will be getting a huge package for the next year for no additional cost to us.
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    I wouldn't worry with HostGator over it. I had the exact same issue with other hosts in the past - it's more an ISP issue. I would simply set your email up like you are supposed to, except use the ISP's outgoing mail server (SMTP) instead of HostGators. If you aren't sure what it is, you can get it from the FAQ at your ISP's website - or call their customer service number and ask (website is faster *grin*).
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    Sheila,

    I've been with Comcast for years and I can't say I really have any complaints other than the price.

    Since there's really no other choice for high speed internet in my area I've stuck with them out of necessity but the service has been extremely dependable.

    I had an issue getting everything working at first and I have to say the technical support people were excellent. They stayed on the phone with me and walked me through every step until I had everything working properly.

    Good luck!

    Diana

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    Quote Originally Posted by frameofmind View Post
    I've been with Comcast for years and I can't say I really have any complaints other than the price. Diana
    I use comcast too but in my opinion they are way too high. I love the speed of comcast so I think I'll stick with 'em

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    Quote Originally Posted by InspirationalSheila View Post
    Angie, Why would you go with AT&T if high speed internet were available in your area?
    We would go with AT&T because all we ever had with Comcast is problems. Phone and Internet going out mostly on a daily basis. They FINALLY after a year figured out that they installed something wrong. Needless to say we got some credits for that but it was just one issue after another with them. And every time I had to call it was like well you know if we come out and it's not our issue, there is a fee blah blah. Can you tell Comcast frustrates me?

    Since we renegotiated prices and they fixed the issue, so far no problems *knock on wood*

    BUT we just switched from Verizon to AT&T for cell phone so why not use the same company for everything right?
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    I'd recommend talking to people in your area about the service because it can vary widely. Ask friends and neighbors about customer support, down time, and speed. My understanding is that when you are on a shared service, speed can vary depending on how many people are using it. You might have super Internet speed in the middle of the night, but during peak hours it can slow down considerably.

    One thing that always bothered me about the package plan is that if the cable goes out you're completely unplugged - you have no Internet, no TV, and no phone. I just can't tolerate being that unplugged.

    I switched from Comcast cable to DSL years ago to get faster, more reliable service and much better customer support. (NOTE: I said years ago so support and service may have changed since then, but I was so unhappy that I won't go back unless I have no other choice.) My DSL service isn't one of the big names.

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    Thank you all for your additional input. I did agree to make the change and have until installation date, 8/7, to cancel. Good suggestions on checking with other people in the area. I did check with a neighbor who has been using their phone service for a year and is quite satisfied.

    She does not use the computer to the extent I do. I think I'll take my laptop to her house and check out the speed. I did bring it to the clubhouse. It seemed slower. The Comcast people said it was an older set-up than I would be getting. Wondering as I type if that even makes sense. I will check further.

    Thank you all so much.
    Sheila Finkelstein
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    Hi Sheila,

    I was with Comcast for several years before I moved to an area serviced by TimeWarner. I never had a problem with phone or internet but my cable TV needed to be rebooted frequently. Other than the price, I can't really complain about their service as I was basically a happy customer for the most part.

    Hope that helps a little.

    Leigha

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