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Get a Motorola SB6141 cable modem for $52.99

Finally, an easy way to lower your monthly cable bill. Plus: free stuff!

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This is an update of a post from last year. And like all good updates, it means a lower price on a better product.

Cable bills only go up, right? Here's your chance to bring it down.

See, most folks pay a monthly lease or rental charge for the modem supplied by their cable Internet provider (Comcast, Time Warner and so on). Typically this is $6 to $8, which works out to as much as $96 per year. But guess what? Many providers will let you use your own modem instead, meaning you can do away with that monthly fee.

So here's some easy math: today only, and while supplies last (cable modems rarely last long, alas), Woot has the refurbished ARRIS/Motorola SurfBoard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem for $52.99, plus $5 for shipping. Price for a new one: nearly $90.

Even if you're paying just $6 per month to rent your existing modem, you'd recoup your investment in about 10 months -- then pocket that $6 every month thereafter. It adds up!

Take note, however, that this is just a modem; it's not also a router. If your existing modem is responsible for delivering Wi-Fi throughout your house, you'll need to BYO router to this equation -- and that will require some extra expense and setup.

Because this is a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, it's capable of delivering lightning-fast data both upstream and downstream. If your current modem is older, it might be a 2.0 model, in which case you enjoy see a huge performance boost.

The SB6141 is certified to work with pretty much every North American cable provider. Better still, the nearly 5,000 (!) user reviews on Amazon average out to 4.4 stars (out of 5), which tells the whole story: the modem is fast, easy to set up and reliable.

I bought a cable modem years ago and never looked back. It's crazy to rent one from your cable company, so if that's what you're doing, here's an inexpensive way out. Finally, a chance to actually lower your cable bill!

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Bonus deal: The good news: Google Play is giving away another movie! The bad news: that movie is "Transformers." Hey, I'm all about getting an $18 download for free, but I have far too much respect for my brain to sit through that affront against filmmaking. Of course, 8-year-olds are likely to eat it up with a spoon, so if you have one of those (an 8-year-old, not a spoon), by all means grab this. It's priced exactly as it should be. (Ironically, only the HD version is free. If you want it in SD for some reason, it still costs $10.)

Bonus deal No. 2: More good news: Google Play is giving away another album! And this time, no bad news, not to my thinking anyway -- the album is Coldplay's "Ghost Stories." It's their latest, the one with "Sky Full of Stars." I suppose some people feel about Coldplay the way I feel about "Transformers," so I should probably retract my previous comments and respect your -- NO, DANG IT, "TRANSFORMERS" IS TERRIBLE! WHY, MICHAEL BAY, WHY?!