I have a friend who asked me to blog about giving up cable for a mere wireless lifestyle. No cable. No phone.
It's funny to me, because that is what I am used to. I've lived without a TV since 2006. I gave up a landline phone in 2000.
I bought a "really big ass" TV last year when i got a "real job." That television has been sitting idle (forgive Doctor Who and Saints games) since that time.
$125 a month for TV that you don't watch is a lot. Not to mention the issue with being assigned a recycled phone number that was originally assigned to a lass with a lot of unpaid debts. Those collections call (not due to me, requiring that I justify that I was NOT that person) caused a lot of hassle... so I just unplugged my phone. My Triple Play was down to a deuce, half of which I didn't use.
So I called it quits. It took two calls.
The first time I was shamed out of it. The second time I stood on hold for 20 minutes and finally cut it. My rep, Jack, was fine once I clearly told him I did NOT want local TV access. "Why bother," I said, "no NBC." Silence. "Can you wait while I disconnect your service?"
"Yes, Jack. I can wait. Thank you."
My internet access is now $65 bucks (plus tax). That's still a lot to me, but I use a lot of internet so I have a higher connection speed, which I'm willing to pay for.
I set up a Skype "land line" today for $30 for the year, and another $30 for unlimited long distance calls in the US and Canada. I live in a steel box, so my cell doesn't work inside... requiring the land line. I tested it with my mom. It works. We'll see if I buy a hand/head set.
I ripped out the cable box, and relocated the router thingy. That required a bit of a tech support call because it reset itself when I plugged it back in. It is now back online, and so am I. My ChromeCast is broadcasting my music, and I'm typing this.