I live in Taylors, SC, and around here my best option for Internet service has always been BellSouth/AT&T DSL. I didn’t want television or phone service, just fast enough Internet to perform common tasks. That meant I was stuck at paying about $40 a month—more before I discovered (they didn’t tell me) that I could cancel the obligatory phone service.
But just today I got my package in the mail from the new WIMAX provider OpenRange. So far I’m happy with it, and the numbers tell the story:
My download and upload speeds are slightly better than those I had with BellSouth.
(Not sure why the ping is different—perhaps someone can enlighten me.)
Also, I don’t have to have a separate wireless router, something which has caused hassles for me in the past. There is a wireless router built into the OpenRange device.
We’ll see how it goes over time, whether bad weather will affect it or even an increase in other subscribers. Right now I’m happy to be saving $5 a month. Every little bit helps.