View Full Version : PacBell DSL DEAL starting FRIDAY
07-05-2000, 05:49 PM
Hi everyone. For first time customers you they are going to provide you with a new computer, monitor and speakers. Intel Celeron 566 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 10 Gig HD, 40X CD-Rom. Here's the catch... 2 year commitment. And you pay a little more. I think it's 19 bucks a month... so you will end up paying regular price and the computer is going to be $480. Not a bad price though for fast internet connection. Good luck!
07-05-2000, 07:35 PM
Where did you hear of this special? Is it good in SoCal or some other part of the country? I am interested, seems like a really good deal.
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07-05-2000, 07:39 PM
will this be coming to the san diego area? i have a coworker in desperate need of a new PC.
give us more info..... hook me up baby!!!!
07-05-2000, 08:21 PM
come brainsmile...more info
i am about to order dsl from pacbell
this offer would be cool....
07-05-2000, 09:38 PM
So it's regular price ($40 per month) plus $19 per month for the computer?
Hmmmmmmm. I'm not quite regretting already getting my DSL just yet.
07-05-2000, 09:55 PM
What if you don't need the computer just the DSL? How much would that be.
07-06-2000, 09:17 AM
Hi... I talked to the DSL rep at length and he is unclear as to which states will be included in the deal but it will certainly be southern California and probably most of the western states. Seems like it's on the up and up... definitely worth the while... I'd advise calling in on Friday and asking.
07-06-2000, 09:18 AM
P.S. Monitor is 17"
07-06-2000, 09:41 AM
Jeez, if this is for real, you could e-bay the monitor and make most of the investment back. In cash! The time value alone would more than make up for it. Plus, my computer crashes Diablo every 25 minutes, so this has GOT to be better than that, even if it is a Celeron. However, you're locked into a 2 year commitment for the DSL service?
Brain, what's the phone number, I have some more questions I'd like to ask...
07-06-2000, 09:49 AM
My parent's are in need of ditching that Pentium 166... and that 28.8 connection http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
If you know if it's going to be in Norcal let me know... The sad thing is that I work at Pacific Bell and I don't know this, haha.
Is it $19 in addition to the $40/month fee?
07-06-2000, 03:38 PM
OK, I'm on the line with PacBell right now, here is the deal as stated to me:
Avail everywhere PacBell does business (yes, that's SoCal).
$40 for the DSL, basically self-installable, so you can waive the $99 installation fee.
$20 per month for the computer PLUS $198 for shipping!
566 Mhz Cel
56k PCI modem
Now here's the weird part. Brain, you said 17", but the PacBell rep told me 15". He's going to check on that for me, but with a 15", it may not be as great a deal. You can pick those up for under $150, not even enough for shipping...
I dunno, folks, it's kind of up to you. If you're looking for a new comp, and needed DSL anyway, it's a pretty good deal. If you just want to the computer, you can probably get a PIII Dell for the same money you'd be spending on DSL + Computer fee + Shipping.
07-06-2000, 03:42 PM
07-06-2000, 04:41 PM
However, you can call Compaq and upgrade. No word on how much to upgrade to larger screen. Pricewatch has new Compaq 15" for $130-$160.
That seems stupid. they are including a modem, but no NIC for the DSL modem
07-06-2000, 05:04 PM
Oh, I'm sorry, the rep said all hardware needed would be prepped inside the computer before shipping. Installation would be a matter of plugging into walls, etc.
07-06-2000, 05:12 PM
Doesn't seem that great to me..
So it would be $1,614 after 2 years of DSL (@$40/month), $19/month for the computer and the initial $198 to ship...
I guess it's NOT TERRIBLE, though not the greatest.
Also... I don't want to hear ANY gamers bashing Celerons. They perform just fine. They are not server cpus, as they were not made that way..
That's my piece.....
07-06-2000, 07:09 PM
I guess my rep was wrong... I was told 17". I'm sorry for getting your hopes up but it is a good deal if you have a lame computer or was thinking of upgrading the internet connection. Good luck to you! Thanks for the encouraging words!!!
07-06-2000, 07:13 PM
If you can upgrade to a 17" for a little more it's still worth it. That's my take... later
07-06-2000, 07:17 PM
This was posted by my dsl provider, which is why I didnt use pacbell (although this topic had little to do with the merits of dsl, I thought you might like to take this into consideration):
"How does HotLine DSL performance compare to other providers such as Pacific Bell DSL? Is performance guaranteed?
Yes. HotLine DSL performance is guaranteed from your location through the telephone Central Office, through CTSnet's DSL Partner equipment (DSLAM), through CTSnet's Data Centers, and all the way to CTSnet's Internet routers. A DSL connection to the Internet involves more than just the wire between your location and the telephone company Central Office. Other providers such as PacBell only guarantee performance on the physical phone line itself between your location and the Central Office, and no further. PacBell aggregates all its DSL customers (residential and businesses together) within its own ATM network ("cloud") before they even get to their Internet routers. This "pooling" area can adversely affect performance in a manner similar to the "shared connection" model used by cable Internet. This results in inconsistent performance and is why PacBell guarantees service only up to the Central Office (as is stated in their ads). But it cannot manage or control variable usage from its collective customer base beyond that. In this model, PacBell DSL is no better than cable Internet and may not provide the best value possible."
Just thought I'd spread the word. There are probably others like my provider.
[This message has been edited by Dionysus (edited 07-06-2000).]
07-08-2000, 10:53 PM
DSL cost $39.99 a month.
DO you even knoe the wait to order DSL, it is around 6 weeks until pacific bell person comes to your place to configure DSL line. (THAT IS A LONG TIME!!!!!!!!!)
There is a commitment of 1 year for DSL.
Cable modem there is no commitment.(it depends, but mostly)
I dont think so their giving free computers away, pacfic bell cant even satisfy the demand for dsl when people order it.
This is why stock of semiconductors are soaring because of huge demand.
[This message has been edited by visualMAN (edited 07-08-2000).]
07-09-2000, 11:21 AM
It took me 2 weeks to get mine installed... Peace...
07-10-2000, 02:19 AM
From what i hear,
There is a 10-20 delay on all orders due to understaffed pac bell ofices. In addition, it is not available in all areas due to the fact that you must be within 17,000 feet of the pac bell office or one of their dsl-lans.
This is because they guarantee the bandwidth that you pay for. The best thing to do is to call and check. If it is not available, tell them you are interested and they will give you a nice discount when it is available. One other thing to note, If you have an Intel Pentium 3, Intel will pay the first 2 months of your contract for you. That is a nice $80 savings. check out http://www.intel.com. They check your computer while you are online, so don't try to scam them.
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07-10-2000, 02:24 AM
I've had Pacbell DSL for over a year now, and I have to say I'm very happy with it. I get pretty close to the max bandwidth they advertize (1.5mbit i.e. 150-220kps downloads), and the reliability has been on par with every other ISP i've ever dealt with (i.e. not perfect but about a 98% uptime.)
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