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Is wireless 128 kbps okay or frustrating?

I'm considering cutting my home internet (US Dollars $65/month lowest price available to my home). Instead, I am considering a basic AT&T prepaid smart phone data plan ($30/month for 1 GB high speed which will be used-up quickly, then slowed to unlimited 128kbps for the rest of the month). Never have had a data plan before; just calls & text.

I don't use home internet to watch movies, tv shows, sports, YouTube, Skype, upload photos/video, Facebook/social media, and I don't play video games.

At home, I use internet connection for e-mailing people (text characters only/no pics), online banking & bill paying, reading news articles, and participating in online discussions, like here at CNET forum, (about 3 hours per day).

Is 128 kbps wireless service frustratingly slow (to load pages due to pics and ads on every new page) or okay for my wireless usage purposes?

Post was last edited on July 8, 2018 8:04 AM PDT

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It will feel sluggish

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But hey, if you're not upset by the slow system, why not?

The other problem I have with Cellular Internet access is sometimes it just doesn't work. Be sure your carrier works with the phone or such before you pull the other plug.

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When a major Windows 10 update arrives.

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This will be when you will curse this connection. Any chance to move to other than Windows 10?

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This plan is not viable for home Internet

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The AT&T basic smartphone plan for home Internet use, is not viable for home Internet speeds in terms of download and upload speeds. In less than 3 minutes, a download rate of 6 Mbps will use up more than 1 GB of bandwidth at the maximum. At the minimum, it is the following.
1 GB in 3 to 5 days

Data plans are not made to be used as Home Internet plans. Given that the 1 GB of high speed Internet will only last a very limited amount of time, I would recommend, keeping your $65 per month Internet plan. Slow data speeds make using a modem or router to get Internet from phone lines or Cable lines more practical. Data transfer will be too slow once the 1 GB has been used up every month.

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Depends

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Basically it depends of the website data you are opening, e.g if the webpage only consists text it will easily open but if the webpage will have images or any other media it will consume time to open the webpage. I'm not saying that its bad, it can be good but sometimes it may be slow. And at that time you will be frustrated by it because of slow speed. It can also slow down your work if it not give you the speed in your work hours.

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