Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Ludicrous Speed... GO

For the past year we've been on a plan with SBC, getting our phone service + long distance + DSL for a packaged price. Factoring in the price of our monthly average for long distance, we were paying right under 90 bucks a month. The DSL portion of the bill amounted to $26.99.

The term of this plan ended in March. SBC has all sorts of new bundles now, including a package with Dish Network service. We didn't elect to add dish service through SBC at this time (I'll explain later), but we did re-up everything else. For a hair under 90 bucks a month we could get the same phone service, unlimited long distance, and 3 megabit DSL service. What's not to like about that? The bill will remain steady now, no matter how much long distance we generate. We could have also re-upped with the phone & long distance package and our existing 1.5 megabit DSL service for a bit under 80 bucks a month.

Anyhoo, after ordering the service last week SBC said they would "flip the switch" this past Monday. After running some tests a few times late in the evening it seems the new speed just sort of kicked in. No new equipment required. I just rebooted the DSL box.

Before, 1277kbps downstream.

After, 2507 kbps downstream.

Roughly double the speed downstream and an incremental increase upstream, although it seems that we were getting a bit more upstream (320 kbps) than what the service advertised (256 kbps).

[1] Bandwidth tests via BroadbandReports.com. I chose the Speakeasy test site in Boston.

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