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SBC Yahoo DSL offers fast, reliable broadband at a bargain price. In fact, it's cheaper than a lot of dial-up ISPs, including America Online. How cheap? It costs just $14.95 per month for SBC Yahoo DSL Express and $24.95 per month for the faster DSL Pro with a one-year contract. Without a contract, SBC's month-to-month plans are overpriced: $49.95 for DSL Express, or $55.99 for DSL Pro. Obviously, SBC's cut-rate broadband has proven popular; the service has 6 million subscribers in its 13-state region, which includes California, Texas, Connecticut, and a large swath of the Midwest. Overall, we thinkoffers a better package.
|Monthly price||$15.95 for SBC Dial (six-month contract), or $21.95 for month-to-month service. Or $9.95 when ordered with a qualifying package of SBC phone services.||With a one-year contract, $14.95 for DSL Express; $24.95 for DSL Pro. On the month-to-month plan, DSL Express is $49.95, and DSL Pro is $59.99.|
|Setup fee||No setup or activation fee.||No setup or activation fee. If you require a technician to install DSL, it'll cost $200.|
|Equipment fee||You supply the analog modem.||DSL Modem: price $99.00 - $49.01 instant credit = $49.99 - $49.99 mail-in rebate = $0 (taxes and a $12.95 shipping and handling fee apply). |
Wireless Home Networking Kit: price $149.00 - $49.01 instant credit = $99.99 - $49.99 mail-in rebate = $50 (taxes and a $12.95 shipping and handling fee apply).
Wireless Home Networking Bundle for laptops: price $179.00 - $49.01 instant credit = $129.99 - $49.99 mail-in rebate = $80 (taxes and a $12.95 shipping and handling fee apply).
DSL Router: price $199.00 - $119.01 instant credit = $79.99 - $79.99 mail-in rebate = $0 (applicable taxes apply).
|Contract length||Six months for $15.95-per-month package.||One year|
|Early termination fee||$25||$200|
|Support||(ex: Available M-F, 9-5 PT)||24/7 phone and Web-based support|
Setup is easy. Unlike cable broadband, SBC Yahoo DSL is a do-it-yourself install. (For $200, SBC will install it for you, though.) After ordering SBC Yahoo DSL via phone or the Web, you receive an installation CD, the required cables, and a DSL modem or router in the mail. Our setup kit arrived within a week. The well-organized CD uses illustrations to guide you through hardware setup, which consists mostly of connecting the DSL modem or router to the PC, an AC outlet, and a phone line. You'll also have to place a DSL line filter (supplied by SBC) on every phone, fax, or answering machine that shares the same line. Software installation involves a few mouse clicks and some minimal data entry and is painless. We were done within an hour.