Hey, guess what? As part of their bid to win regulatory approval of their purchase of BellSouth, AT&T agreed to offer a $10/month DSL plan — cheaper than service from many dialup providers. The trouble is, they’re not advertising it.
Here’s the deal: If you live in a former BellSouth market and haven’t had DSL in the past, then you’re likely to be eligible for a 768 kb DSL connection for $10/month. This deal requires a 12 month agreement, and the price will remain at this level through the end of 2009 (after the contract is up, you can maintain service under a month-to-month agreement that can be cancelled at any time). The only real downside is that you apparently don’t get a free modem ($75) with this plan.
If you’re interested, you can enter your phone number on the FastAccess homepage to find out if you’re eligible – notice that the cheapest plan they offer up front is DSL Lite for $19.95/month, but you can get this same plan for $10/month if you qualify.
Having switched to broadband about five years ago, I can say with confidence that I’d never go back. And 768 kb is actually a pretty decent connection, especially considering the price. No, it’s not really suitable for online gaming, but it’s 3X faster than their DSL Lite offering used to be, and way faster than dialup. Plus, it’s always on, which is incredibly convenient. If you’re still on dialup, or if you’re on cable and don’t really need that much bandwidth, then this is definitely worth checking out.