July 1, 2013 in My Own Experience
Internet (Bell Fibe 16 + 80GB)
About four years we chose Bell Canada to provide us with good quality internet that assured stable service, specially because our phone is VOIP and because I work from home. Our service was Fibe 16 package with an 80GB insurance plan (to give us more room for downloading movies, watching videos). Despite the extra allowance that gave us in total 155GB bandwidth, here and then we paid more for going over the cap, which is not difficult if you have Netflix and a family of four. So we paid $95/month with taxes up $125.
For the TV, we decided to go OTA (Over The Air), which is the way we watched TV in the past, using the antenna on the roof top. The kids hated not having all the channels. We loved the savings, the better image quality and the fact they didn’t have access to brainwashing commercials and not really educational kids programs. We complemented the programming with NetFlix ($7.99/month) to give us more movies and documentaries options.
A few months ago I read an article about TekSavvy and started researching about their service and read dozens of reviews. So we decided it was worth it a try and we were surprised by how much less it cost. We thought, since we’re saving with the internet, why not hire Rogers as a cable provider for the TV. The total cost of TV and internet is still lower than Bell Fibe 16 with 80 GB allowance.
We chose TekSavvy cable 25 MB which give us 300GB bandwidth. If you’re still with me, you will notice that this is almost double of what Bell offered us in bandwidth. The speed is also better and in fact, if you test it is always faster than what they promised.
TV Rogers packages
We chose the Rogers basic package. It gives us a good selection of channels, way more than OTA at least and it is stable.
It’s been 2 weeks since we switched the TV and 1 week since we switched the internet. So far so good. I will update this post if something comes up.
|Internet||Type||Speed||Bandwidth||Price (taxes included)|
|Bell Fibe 16||DSL||16Mbps||155GB||$95.93|
|TekSavvy Cable 25||Cable||25Mbps||300GB||$45.14|
|Name||Type||Equipment req’ed||Channels||Price (taxes included)|
|OTA||Over the air||Antenna + TV w/ ATSC tuner||19||Free|
|Rogers||Cable||Rogers box + TV||Over 43||$55.14|
OTA Over The Air. It’s how we watched TV before cable. In 2011, most broadcasters switched to digital and the image quality is superb, way better than cable. This deserves its own post.
VOIP Voice Over Internet Protocol. This type of phone requires an internet connection to work.