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Re: Sprint vs Comcast For Phone Service

John McHarry (
Sun, 09 Apr 2006 23:55:50 GMT

On Sun, 09 Apr 2006 14:54:09 -0400, Rich Greenberg wrote:

> I am soon moving to N. Fort Myers, FL.

> I seem to have two choices for telephone and high speed internet.

> Does anyone have an opinion on which will be more reliable and more
> responsive to problems? This will be my first time with a non-Bell
> ILEC. Suggestions for CLECs would be welcome if there are any in that
> area.

It very much depends on the area, not just the local carrier, but the
part of town. You won't really know until you have been there a while,
although the opinions of neighbors should be useful. A rule of thumb
is telephone networks have more built in reliability, but the service
is a guess.

If you go with a cable modem, there are other voip carriers that you
can use instead of the cable company, that are probably less
expensive. I have had good luck with both Packet 8 and Earthlink. The
former uses less bandwidth, the latter has better audio quality. In
both there is a little noticeable delay, but not bad.

If you go with DSL, the phone company will probably only provide it if
you buy telephony from them. Also, DSL tends to have somewhat less
bandwidth than a cable modem.

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