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I’ve used Comcast for the last two years and have, on the whole, been satisfied with the service they’ve provided. My only complaint is that they’ve been really expensive and there hasn’t been much I’ve been able to do about it. You can get their high speed internet package for $20/month for six months but then it jumps to around $40 a month. The basic cable is about $50 a month with little wiggle room. Packaged together, basic digital cable and high speed internet comes out to $80 plus tax and service charged. That’s when I learned about the rebate games and the “Ditch the Dish” program which saved netted me a few hundred dollars in rebates, a free cable modem, and $25 off a month for 16 months.

Ridiculously Generous Rebates and FreebiesUpdated 6/8/08
It used to be that the various companies taking Comcast high speed internet and digital cable signups didn’t communicate so you could sign up to multiple rebates and have them all fulfilled. It’s still possible that they don’t communicate but people have been having problems lately. Below I’ve listed the best (highest dollar rebates) for the high speed internet signups.

  1. Triple Play – Comcast just improved their ComcastSpecial offer by replacing a broadband internet only rebate offer with a ‘triple play’ that includes broadband internet, cable television, and digital voice telephone with up to $325 back in rebates:
    1. Comcast High Speed Internet Deal – The standard $19.99/month for six months offer plus, $150 CASH, a D-Link DCM-202 Cable modem (may not be this unit), a wireless router, and no contract required! Getting your own modem will save you $3 per month.
    2. Comcast Cable Television Deal – While the rate you’ll pay isn’t disclosed (starts at $39.99/mo), you’ll get a $75 statement credit which is as good as money in the bank just for signing up!
    3. Comcast Digital Voice – A flat monthly rate, $100 cashback and your first month free. I use a cell phone as my primary phone so I’ve never used Comcast for this service.
  2. Dell and Staples Rebates – I originally listed a couple rebates from Dell and Staples but they’ve since expired and haven’t been replaced, so I’ve removed the links.

“Ditch the Dish” Program
In their constant battle with DirectTV and similar satellite cable providers, Comcast has implemented the “Ditch the Dish” campaign. Basically you sign up for service, turn in your satellite dish or cable box, and you receive $25 off your bill for the first sixteen months. Details of the program are here (The page says New England but it’s a national program). If you don’t have a dish and don’t know anyone who is getting rid of one, try Craigslist or Ebay. A cable box on Ebay can be purchased for around $15. Sometimes you’ll be lucky and the guy coming to do the installation won’t even take the box with him (installations are contracted out to local companies).

Extending the $19.99/month plan past 6 months
Threaten to quit. Usually they’ll extend it, if they don’t then hang up and try again later. Eventually a customer service rep will give it to you.

Avoid Installation Fee
Get the self-installation kit, it’s some coaxial cable and a cable modem, and hook up the stuff yourself. They’ll charge you $35 to do it for you, a complete waste of money.

If you are looking for high speed internet and cable deals but don’t have Comcast (or hate them), Broadband National (who runs the listed below) has the capability to search for all sorts of providers including Time Warner, Qwest, AT&T, Covad, and many more providers.

There are more offers out there if you poke around at other sites but they come and go month to month. Office Depot, Office Max, and a few other places usually offer deals that allow you to double or triple dip. The most bang for your buck is the Comcastoffers free cable modem offer because it’s worth the $90 for the modem but also $3 each month so it’s “worth” $126. You may be able to find free after rebate cable modems though, so then the Staples $105 back is the best deal. Regardless, always do the “Ditch the Dish” promotion! Good luck!

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43 Responses to “Comcast High Speed Internet & Cable Deals”

  1. I hate Comcast says:

    August 28th. Just got off the phone with Comcast. The rate I did have for cable, phone and internet with 2 DVRs was $154.94 including taxes. The discounts listed on my bill were -30 Service Discount plus, -10 under the DVR category. That expired Aug 15th +/-.

    I called to renegotiate. All I could get was a -30 discount. You do need to let them know you are sick of the b.s. and ready to have Quest take over. They claim my bill will now be $159. with tax.

    I encourage others to share information on their bills. It is the only way to force the market to be efficient.

  2. I hate Comcast says:

    The latest bullshit from Comcast is them selling us by activating the red message light on the DVR. Just what you what to go through. They are selling pay per view events and it forces you to see the add because you naturally want the damn light off.

    I called to opt out and the technician said it’s not possible.

    I really…really wish there were a better option that didn’t put us through this.

  3. Rah says:

    I agree they aren’t the best company. Being an employee with DISH and consumer I know how it is to not want to spend so much on cabling. I take a chance on all their offers sometime it cost a little for more of what you want. Like me I have the Google TV cause I love to relax on the couch after a long day and don’t want to be in front of my computer. So I can now do so and it only cost $179.00 and it’s $4.00 a month for the integration fee. I love my DISH service.

  4. Rick says:

    I have Comcast basic high-speed internet and cable, now Comcast is offering a better and faster internet service. Ever since my internet connection has ran slower. I complained to Comcast and they tried to hustle me into up-grading. Has anyone else had this problem and is this a Comcast scam?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have AT&T and i am satisfied with speed but very bad customer service. I called comcast and i got good customer service and very high price.All internet provider are boolsheet.

  6. Nayan says:

    I have AT&T. Boolsheed customer service. I hate AT&T. I am aslo not satisfied with Comcast.Think about………….

  7. Sherry L. Pearson says:

    With the high prices for cable, internet and phone, we should be able to choose some of the cannels we get to watch. Moviplex, Bounce TV and THIS are generic, decrepid movie cannels that not only show OLD movies, but the show them over and over and over……
    Give us, the PAYING customer,some choice.
    Let us pick 3 channels, other then premium movie channels, of course, and we are all happy. At this point, I am checking into AT&T and the HD antenae. Money is too hard to come by to not have a choice on what you buy with it.

  8. JoJo says:

    Sherry L. Pearson says: “…Give us, the PAYING customer,some choice….”

    No Sherry… you are not the customer. You’re the product. You, along with 22 million other subscribers are bundled up and offered as a “potential buyers” of advertised products.

    Commerciaks already paid for the shows and they are seeking to recoup their investment.

    Your opportunity to view these commercials is what is being bought. That’s what Comcast sells.

    You… should stay home… buy lots of things “as seen on TV” and help lower the price for the rest of us.

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