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Old 12-15-2000, 11:05 AM   #1
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Finally, they are offering DSL in my area, but it's from FreeDSL...just wondering if anyone uses their services, and if it's worth the money...I would pay 19.95 a month for 384bps, so no banners...but wondering what the maximum distance is to get those rates...heard within 6 miles of switching station, but I am not sure

Also, I know with the free service, they track your activity, then sell the info...do they do the same with pay services? ...hate for big brother to be watching me while I surf for...ugh...educational stuff
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Old 12-15-2000, 04:00 PM   #2
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I was just told 8,500 feet and 17,000 feet if they install repeaters. The 6 miles sounds like sdsl which is slow at about 144kbps.

BTW the company is called Winfire now not Freedsl. For $20 @ 384kbps it sounds excellent (that is what I signed up for but still can't get).
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Old 12-15-2000, 05:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info...Yea, 19.95 for the 384kps and they sell you the modem for $99.00 clams...could pay 34.95 for the 680kps plan and get a free modem, but I think I would rather get cable for that price...19.95 and I could keep my dish
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Old 12-15-2000, 06:08 PM   #4
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i'm using it now - i'm 11500 ft away.

it's been great btw. only took them 1 month
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Old 12-15-2000, 07:15 PM   #5
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Damn damn damn, I checked my phone # on their page and it finally says I am in their area. Sweet! And I get the free modem for the referral thing, so I go ahead and choose the free 144 kbps service cuz I'm a cheapass and fill out all the info. When I'm done, it says Verizon(GTE's my local phone company) doesn't provide DSL in my area. I am very sad indeed
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Old 12-15-2000, 07:41 PM   #6
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Okay, it says I am 3290 feet from a CO, which I thought was like an ISP's HUB, but it's the local phone company building, I see Yea, one right up the street....but I am unable to find any other providers that use it...so my question is, how can I find out if this is the CO that winfire/FreeDSL will use?

It may sound like a dumb question, but we have a *bazillion* of them in my area, since it's a bunch of cities all interconnected And, being 3290 feet away, I should be smoking on the throughput, right?
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