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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billsblots 12/5/2012 | 4:16:14 PM
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5GB is sufficient for my monthly iPad ATT 3G subscription, but adding in replacement for home computer use I don't know if 10GB would be enough, especially if one streams much video at all.

No doubt the similar situation to what began 10 years ago with folks discontinuing their home land line phone and going exclusively wireless/cellular could take place with interwebs data soon with the maturation of 4G.


Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

somedumbPM 12/5/2012 | 4:16:17 PM
re: LTE Meets the 'Cord Cutters'

Caps and latency will keep me from considering a cord cut. 

I love the cord -but I want the naked cord that is and I do not mind paying more for it.  I just want to get to the interwebs and I want that connection to be both quick (latency wise) and fast (bandwidth wise).  I will take care of my own content, as I watch less and less of what is delivered via the traditional providers every month -and I have never used Netflix

I currently have Uverse and the latency of the interweaved channel for data is making me start to look elsewhere - along with me now being on my 3rd 2wire gateway since having the service for less than 18 months and finding that the DVR has to contact ATT to show content I have already recorded compounding the frustration.

Having a phone device via POTS or VOIP in my house?  I do not see a reason why I would ever want one.  I have multiple mobile phones and the service on those are more resilient than my landline during weather events.

Actually most of my friends and myself would have already cut the cord if it were not for the inablility to get all of our desired sports content delivered live - so we are stuck with basic content packages until the next redo of the contracts with the networks.

I'll assume the comparison of a shakeweight to a gym is one of those sacastic remarks that does not translate well via text.

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:16:22 PM
re: LTE Meets the 'Cord Cutters'

Kiss Me Deadly -- one of the most powerful endings in the history of cinema

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:16:23 PM
re: LTE Meets the 'Cord Cutters'

Not that it applies to your situation, but knocking on doors in general can be very effective -- Verizon was fairly successful with that strategy with FiOS.


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


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
re: LTE Meets the 'Cord Cutters'

Top 3:

Kiss Me Deadly


Out of the Past


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).

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:16:30 PM
re: LTE Meets the 'Cord Cutters'

It's gonna happen, I tell ya.

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