Live in Washington? Your Comcast Bill is About to Go Up

TechFlashTechFlash is reporting that Comcast customers in Washington state are about to see a big increase on the Comcast Bill. They say that in August, the average customer’s bill will increase by 4%. For those of you paying too much already, maybe now’s the time to drop the service.

This latest rounds of price increases comes less than a year after their last increase. In September of 2009, Comcast increased their price by 2.5%.

Here are the details TechFlash is reporting from Comocast:

–Customers who subscribe to a video service will see an average monthly increase of $3.21 or 4.9 percent.

–The equipment rental fee for a cable modem, which also is sold at numerous retail stores, will increase by $2.

–Customers who subscribe to Limited Basic, the least expensive package of channels, will see no increase in their bills for this service. Limited Basic includes the broadcast channels and the public, education and government channels. Prices range from $13 to $18 depending on location.

–And customers who subscribe to the Digital Economy package of channels, which is the least costly digital package, will see a decrease in the monthly charge for the package ranging from 4 cents a month if they subscribe to two or more Comcast services to $10.04 a month if they subscribe only to the Digital Economy package and take no other services.

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Nine Reasons I Hate Comcast

Frustrated by Comcast? I’m sure I’m not the only one. In fact, I know I’m not.

I found this buzz the other day by one user who says “Oh god, I hate Comcast. I haven’t yet even signed up with them again, and I already hate them.”

After browsing through, he comes to several conclusions as to why he hates Comcast.

The big idea? Comcast bill price differences resulting in bill variance!

When will Comcast realize we all know they charge different prices to different customers. Even some of his responders point this out.

His reasons:

* Various parts of the site describe the same option with different specs. For instance, one page says “Performance with PowerBoost” is 12Mbps down while another says it’s 15Mbps down.

* But I have a paper brochure here that says the non-cable-customer pricing for speed half of what we currently get with AT&T is $58 / month. We currently pay $40 for twice the bandwidth with AT&T.

* Comcast basic cable in the bay area is identical to what you can get with an antenna, plus the Discovery Channel. Since it costs $16.80 / month, you are therefore basically paying $16.80 each month for Discovery Channel.

* They have special 6-month teaser rates with the actual copasetic pricing listed in a tiiiiiiny little font. They do do full pricing disclosure right on the page, but you can tell they only do it because the regulators are forcing them.

Read the full post on Google Buzz.

Unveil Bill Secrecy with ComcastBills Bill Compare

Unveil Bill SecrecyIn these difficult financial times, we all need to save money however possible.

It’s no secret that phone companies have flexible pricing. We sign up at one price only to realize 6 months later our bill has increased. It’s arbitrary. They know it. And we know it too.

However, even though the pricing models of major phone and internet companies are no big secret, it’s a mystery to me as to why so few people care. What if you knew that your neighbor down the street was paying less than you for the exact same service? Would you do something then? The truth is, this happens every day!

But now you can take your phone bill into your own hands and unveil bill secrecy. Why should one customer pay more for the same service? Only because they may not be savvy enough to know? Well, it’s time for the democratization of Comcast bill paying.

With you can now see what other customers are paying for their service so you can see how your bill compares!

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