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LTE Meets the 'Cord Cutters'

2:35 PM -- Outgoing Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) CEO Ivan Seidenberg thinks that mobile broadband could be a "modest substitute" to traditional cable service, I think that if it is a cheap enough option and works decently then it will be much more than that. "I think on the margin there will be some substitution," Seidenberg said, adding that "in time, 4G will be a modest substitute" for cable, Wireless Week reports.

If you're anything like me, you might already be considering this modest proposal. I know I've been strongly thinking about cutting the cord recently; to be honest, my cable service is hanging on by a thread right now. I could keep the cellphone, watch the TV shows I like on Hulu, get a suitable mobile data plan, and use the cash for the stupidly expensive gym I've signed up for instead. [Ed note: Or you could just sit around watching the tube with a Shake Weight instead.]

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is offering phone, Internet and cable TV for $125. The standard price for the combo service with premium channels like HBO thrown in is around $180. Even with just basic cable and Internet you pay $75 and then you get almost nothing worth watching.

In contrast, I could get a service like Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR)'s Rover Puck service for $50 a month with unlimited data or Verizon Wireless 's LTE for $80 a month with a 10GB cap. This becomes especially tempting now that Mad Men is done.

I need to figure out whether either service will work well in my downstairs apartment, although, to be frank, my wired cable service can be flaky at times anyway. I don't play online multi-player games, so I don't feel like I need the horsepower that wired cable can offer, mobility is more important to me.

I'm also not quite sure yet whether I would bust through Verizon's 5GB or 10GB cap for LTE. I doubt it, but it would be nice to have the extra headroom if needed.

Nonetheless, I'm definitely thinking about this and I bet some of you are too, if you haven't cut the cord already.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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krishanguru143 12/5/2012 | 5:15:11 PM
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Given that you are seeing more and more bandwidth caps or higher prices (Sprint now charging more for unlimited) then this won't be a viable option except for low usage consumers.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:16:31 PM
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I'm thinking about cutting the cord too. I think we're in the majority of people who think about it, but don't actually do it...But it's like, why go to the gym when you can buy a shakeweight, and way pay for cable when the Internet has nearly all the content?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:16:30 PM
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It's gonna happen, I tell ya.

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:16:30 PM
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And several MSOs... at least the major ones, are doing 4G too either through partnership or , like Cox, on their own, so some of that predicted modest substitute could end up benefiting cable, too, on top of the backhaul opportunity.  But agree that cord cutting offers a tempting option for some, but putting together the piece parts to make sure you're not missing anything you think is truly important, and doing it so the economics undercut today's bundles from cable (or some telco SPs too) requires some planning. But someone here on the boards takes the plunge, you gotta keep us updated on how well it goes, or not. JB

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:16:30 PM
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It is interesting that the MSOs used to be afraid that even 3G could be a direct threat to their business.  That is why there was an ambiguous relationship between Sprint and the cable TV companies in the past.  Of course now, perhaps ironically, the MSOs are gladly providing backhaul for 4G service, which is certainly a true threat.


Mark, Telecom Pragmatics

WrapperApps 12/5/2012 | 4:16:25 PM
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The only reason I still have cable TV is for live HD sports... so I'm probably throwing away a lot of money. I hardly ever watch my shows live; I just download/stream them the next day or when I have time. As far as replacing my cable internet, it's hard to imagine for me. I'm in the sector that would definitely burn through Verizon's 5/10 GB in a month, especially using Netflix/Hulu instead (see #2 of Top 10 Apps LTE Will Super-Charge).

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:16:24 PM
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Which film is your favorite?


Mark

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:16:24 PM
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Yeah, the caps are  my main concern. Also, I'm a film noir freak, so I'd definitely miss Turner Classic Movies.

FbytF 12/5/2012 | 4:16:24 PM
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I agree, there's lots of us thinking about cutting the cord but not actually doing it. Just this past weekend a Comcast rep came to the door with the triple play B.S. offer.  Told me I can get all three for the same price I'm paying now for 2 services.  I said if that's true why do you have to go door to door begging people to sign up?  Why not just give it to us if the price is the same?  No answer.  The fact is the triple play is not what most people have or want.  I want the triple play to include HD, DVR and at least one premium channel for the same price I pay now, but that's not the deal.  Over the summer I canceled Comcast broadband and signed up for Verizon DSL. A week later I was back with Comcast.  Verizon sold me 3meg DSL but failed to tell me they could only deliver 1.5 meg to my neighborhood. I only caught it when I received the agreement in my e-mail and actually read it.  The tip off should be if you can't order it online and need to speak to a live agent there's a problem.  The agent signed me up for 3 meg DSL but put an order in for 1.5 meg.  I filled an FCC complaint but Verizon lied their way out of it when the FCC investigated.  My point is there are very few places where there's a viable alternative to either the phone company or cable company's.  Maybe 4G wireless will be real competition for wired broadband but with data caps I doubt it.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:16:24 PM
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Top 3:


Kiss Me Deadly


Detour


Out of the Past


 

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