Sunday, May 31, 2009

I SUCK AT NEGOTIATING

So, this month, since my cell phone service is ending anyway, I thought I'd play hardball with Qwest like they said to do on Lifehacker in order to get a better deal, hint that I might have to drop something due to the bad economy and all that, but maybe with a good deal on faster DSL I'd spend less on the celly, since I don't use it that much. Well, Qwest's answer was pretty much "Do whatever you gotta do, we don't care". Apparently I have to get fiber internet to get faster DSL, which means dropping my beloved ISP Iphouse, which has always been awesome to me. I call a local number and get someone right away, how do you beat that? Plus, Qwest uses msn.com as an ISP. Imagine the horrors that could entail!

I called Iphouse, and they confirmed that my DSL never gets to the top speeds advertised because my condo is located in what is technically known as the "sucky" part of the DSL line, and that they indeed don't have fiber internet yet. See how great they are? So, my plans to get faster DSL is on hold until I see how this fiber Internet thing shakes out. Maybe Iphouse will offer it eventually, and Consumer Reports* says that Verizon and AT & T are offering it in some areas (not here of course), so in theory a consumer-friendly price war could ensue. With my luck, though, the condo association won't allow it (I think there has to be a box outside the building or something. Anyone know?)

*Save a bundle. Consumer Reports. February 2009;74(2):22-25. See your friendly local librarian for more information.

2 comments:

dr_somneblex said...

Well I can't offer any technical specifics on your problems, but I can say you are pretty persuasive with me. . . .
You can always count on your garbage being taken out upon your request, and if your back is hurting and you need me to do your laundry I can also be convinced. Sooo, maybe I need to get a job with Qwest and you will be in business with a super high speed fiber optic plus digital line and an Iphone compatible mega cell account with free unlimited calls to Indonesia.
Sound good?

ash966 said...

Sounds like a plan!