This is more of a combo rant and question post.
RANT ON: I am angry at the lack of variety from ISP's. More specifically, their cost to Mbps ratio (or lack of). I am currently paying ~$60/month for 50Mbps + monthly modem rental. Recently, my ISP (Cox Communications) doubled my speed for "free" from 25Mbps to 50Mbps. Great, right? At first, sure. However, I don't do enough on the Internet to warrant 50Mbps. So, I called them today to see if they could down-grade my speed. Well, they won't; at least, not without a fight.
Basically, Cox only has a limited number of speeds: 5, 50, and some higher speeds. Anyways, as I was speaking with the sales rep, I told her that my Internet demands do not warrant the 50Mbps and I was looking to cut my current monthly rate in half. Well, that idea was halted immediately. You see, if I down-graded to 5 Mbps, I would save only $5/month. A whopping 45Mbps difference and the best they can do is $5/month? Heck no! So, as the rep was rambling on to justify their stupidity, she told me something very interesting: the ONLY reason they offer 5 and ever 1 Mbps speeds is because other competitors in the area offer it, too. So, I told her, "If these other competitors weren't around, not only would you NOT offer reduced speeds, but you'd get to charge your customer base whatever you wanted. Sounds like a monopoly to me". She then goes on about how Cox offers free benefits such as cloud storage, virus protection, and free speed-boosting all of which I never use. I promptly cancelled the call in disgust.
RANT OFF: I am seriously considering cancelling their service and use what I have from my cell phone carrier. I can do pretty much the same thing on my cell phone as I can on my PC minus playing online games and such. I have a 2 Gb allotment on the phone that I barely use (about 30% most months). As long as I can pay bills on the phone, and visit the websites I need, I should do just fine.
Anyhoot, here's the question part: has anyone here done anything similar? Just cancelled their ISP service and roughed it on their cell phone; or, do away with the Internet altogher? For someone who's been with the Internet since it was made public back in the 90's, I may have a tough time not having it at first. Kinda like going through withdrawals and such.
Anyways, I am interested in reading some success stories (if any).