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U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?

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U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?

Can I buy a Fiber Optic Modem instead of renting one from AT&T? What are the necessary specs?

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Re: U-Verse Modem

Hey, I have been asking if I could purchase one since I got U-Verse in Feb. 2010, instead of paying the monthly ripoff...I mean rental fee, and have always been told, "Sorry, but that is not an option".

 

Oh, and the original gateway {that I probably paid for the total cost of 5x in monthly ripoff fees} I had since Feb. 2010 started to fail a month or so ago and the replacement they sent me {5½ years after the original one} is basically the same stone age gateway, even though the person on the phone told me it would be an updated model that supports faster speeds.  It does look a little different though.  Not to mention it was dirty and had something crusted onto it, so I had to clean and disinfect it, and it looks like a cat clawed it too.

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Teacher

Re: U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?

If there is a mandatory $7 monthly charge for a leased modem, how come AT&T does not advertise the total cost of internet service since that is not an optional add-on? Instead they bury it deep into the fine print of the TOS.  It's like buying a car advertised for $30K and then the seller asking for an additional $5K for an engine.

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AT&T is a big company and if what you are saying is correct, somebody needs to tell they guys answering the phones.   I just placed an order for AT&T U-verse Internet service and during the hour long call to get it set up,  the guy on the phone told me I could go to best buy and buy my own modem to avoid the $7/mo charge.    Here I am searching to find the right modem to buy before the installer arrives and  I find this article saying that it is not possible.  

 

It is pretty sad when a customer is talking to a customer service rep who knows nothing about the equipment he is selling....  I certainly hope the actual internet service is better than the pain I just went thru to get it tirned on.

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I was given a false model number to preclude the $7.00 monthly fee. It is apparent that ATT has and will garner a substantial hold on existing modems through by what ever means necessary. Be it lawful or not. 

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I just signed up for u-verse today and now I regret it, for two reasons: One) I do not have the option of using my own modem/router, and Two) I was lied to and told that I did.

 

I had this long conversation with the person helping me set up the account, which was $25/month the whole time, until the end, when it became $32 including the $7 equipment rental fee. I was bothered by this and I asked him if I could buy and use my own modem/router. He replied "Absolutely. At that time they will remove the rental fee and you can install your own." There was no confusion. I came home tonight and got online to buy my equipment before my service is connected next week.

 

Now I find out that the modem required is owned by At&t, it cannot be purchased anywhere (not even from them), and the only option is to rent it from them monthly. So, no, I cannot buy my own modem later and send At&t's back and stop paying the rental fee. And now I am locked into a mandatory 12 month subscription, on false information.

 

If the equipment rental is mandatory, then the price of the U-verse IS the cost of the 'service' and also the cost of the 'equipment'. Stop acting like the rental is a separate fee, and advertise accordingly. And STOP LYING to your customers!! Train your employees to know the actual terms of the services they are selling!!

 

I have been dishonestly trapped into a 12 month U-verse contract - the consequence of not doing this research earlier today - but after my 12 months is up, I will be returning straight back to Suddenlink.

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If you got that $25/mo special because you have DirecTV, be prepared to bend over further.  After my 24 Mbps HSI installation , a couple of days later they advised of my total costs with both services and stated I was locked not only for one year with HSI (which I knew) but also another 2 years of DirecTV which was never stated in the letter nor the TOS.

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@Red_Hazard wrote:

If you got that $25/mo special because you have DirecTV, be prepared to bend over further.  After my 24 Mbps HSI installation , a couple of days later they advised of my total costs with both services and stated I was locked not only for one year with HSI (which I knew) but also another 2 years of DirecTV which was never stated in the letter nor the TOS.


It's in the offer details online, 2 year term on DirecTV, but only 1st year at discount, 2d at regular price. Smiley Surprised

 

Chris
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Message 22 of 76
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Re: U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?

It was not in the TOS linked in the on-line order process nor in the letter providing the offer.  The one year HSI committment was made clear and I have no issue with that.  However, after 1 year, I will be returning to cable and if there is an issue with the 2 year DirecTV "committment", I will file a complaint with the FTC and provide a copy of both the letter and TOS and AT&T can explain to them why it was hidden elsewhere (which I consider underhanded, sneaky, and a sleazey business practice).

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@Red_Hazard wrote:

It was not in the TOS linked in the on-line order process nor in the letter providing the offer.  The one year HSI committment was made clear and I have no issue with that.  However, after 1 year, I will be returning to cable and if there is an issue with the 2 year DirecTV "committment", I will file a complaint with the FTC and provide a copy of both the letter and TOS and AT&T can explain to them why it was hidden elsewhere (which I consider underhanded, sneaky, and a sleazey business practice).


Nothing will come of it, as it stated the DirecTV is discount only for 1st year, I saw it when looking at DirecTV on att.com. Smiley Surprised

 

Chris
__________________________________________________________

Please NO SD stretch-o-vision or 480 SD HD Channels
Need Help? PM ATT Uverse Care (all service problems)
ATT Customer Care(billing and all other problems)
Your Results May Vary, In My Humble Opinion
I Call It Like I See It, Simply a U-verse user, nothing more

Message 24 of 76
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I am not getting any discount on DirecTV.  Why would I look at the DirecTV section when I am ordering HSI?  I guess I should have looked in the phone section too to find the hidden "gotcha"???

Sheeesh!!

Message 25 of 76
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@Red_Hazard   Cause your message up above had also DirecTV for 2 years in it. Smiley Frustrated

 

Chris
__________________________________________________________

Please NO SD stretch-o-vision or 480 SD HD Channels
Need Help? PM ATT Uverse Care (all service problems)
ATT Customer Care(billing and all other problems)
Your Results May Vary, In My Humble Opinion
I Call It Like I See It, Simply a U-verse user, nothing more

Message 26 of 76
Teacher

Re: U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?

I posted "If you got that $25/mo special because you have DirecTV..."  I did not indicate that I was acquiring DirecTV.  I already had it for over 4 years. After buying HSI, AT&T sent an email delineating the costs of BOTH DTV and the new HSI service (they removed a HD discount I was getting and are now charging for both DVRs) plus they indicated that I was now locked in for 2 years with DTV. When I signed up for HSI, there was no mention of DTV except that the bills would be combined.  NOTHING about being locked in for 2 more years and I read the TOS carefully as well as the letter offering the HSI discount.  So now my DTV bill went up in addition to the yearly price increase.  My only recourse is to wait a year and then terminate both DTV and HSI.  If there is a problem with quitting DTV, I'll take appropriate action.  AT&T has a record of getting fines for cheating customers and that is why I read the letter and TOS to carefully but it appearently did me no good.

Message 27 of 76
Contributor

Re: U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?

So if i have u-verse internet modem previously bought from att, can i avoid renting fee?

I used u-verse internet for 2years and quit. And i am considering go back to u-verse internet. Can i use my modem? or not??
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Re: U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?


@qnasb00 wrote:
So if i have u-verse internet modem previously bought from att, can i avoid renting fee?

I used u-verse internet for 2years and quit. And i am considering go back to u-verse internet. Can i use my modem? or not??

 

Any new installs will incur the monthly lease fee.  No way around it.

 

Even if your modem worked, you'll still be charged the fee so you might as well use the latest equipment provided by the company.

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Message 29 of 76
Employee

Re: U-Verse Modem - Rent or Buy Options?

New internet customer details from Uverse Fine Print website....

For new residential customers. Includes U-verse® High Speed Internet Pro (3Mbps). 12-month term required. Must maintain qualifying services for continued receipt of bill credits. Up to $180 Early Termination Fee applies if Internet is disconnected before end of term. AT&T Wi-Fi Gateway required. Promotional pricing applies to service rates only; excludes taxes, up to $99 installation charge, and a monthly Internet equipment fee. Internet price includes 250GB of data per month. For more information, go to att.com/internet-usage. Credit restrictions apply. Internet speed claims represent maximum speed capabilities. Speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. Actual speeds vary based on Internet factors including site traffic, content provider server capacity, device capabilities, and use of other U-verse services. 45Mbps and 75Mbps services are currently available in select markets. Visit att.com/uverse to check service availability in your area. Offer ends April 13, 2016.

 

Internet introductory pricing for 12 months applies as follows: Basic Internet: $20, Express Internet: $25, Pro Internet: $30, Elite Internet: $35, Max Internet: $40, Max Plus Internet: $45, Max Turbo Internet: $55, Power: $65, and 75Mbps: $75. Offer ends April 13, 2016.

 

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