LTE Meets the 'Cord Cutters'
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