So I am a big football fan and think of myself as a very tech savvy guy. I am in the process of getting Direct TV installed for my condo and then will cancel my comcast TV service. I would love to cancel comcast altogether, but only if I can get a fast, reliable and decent price for internet service.
I live in Billerica, MA, about 25 miles north of Boston. My development is wired for Verizon, but every plan I look at online is a lot slower than comcast. My current comcast plan I believe is set for up to 15mbps down and 3 up. The Verizon plans I see on the website show 1.5 to 3mbps, but don't mention the upload speeds. It looks like my area is not wired for Verizon's Fastest plans of 4 to 7 mbps so that's out of the question. Recently I have heard some about Clearwire and how they can provide up to 6 mbps down and 1mbps up. I am not entirely sure I can get Clearwire at home, but I am curious if it's worth it. It also seems that they are expanding everyday, so it's something I am thinking about ( I know that Comcast is an investor, but I don't think that changes anything.)
So far the prices seems to stack up as:
Comcast = $45/month plus at least $10 in fees (from personal history)
Verizon = $35/month, plus fees and installation $$
Clearwire = $35/month plus fees? and buying a router? (I would only get a home plan)
And the speeds:
Comcast = 15 down, 3 up
Verizon = 3 down, ? up
Clearwire = 6 down, 1 up
Being a normal techie guy I do enjoy playing CoD and Madden online with my PS3 and often my wife and I will be browsing with our laptops at the same time. We both also have smartphones, and occasionally I download torrent files, but I don't want to overemphasize these last two points.
My main questions are:
1) How fast of a connection do I need?
2) Is anyone else in the same situation?
3) Is Clearwire legit? Are there any other options?