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Online for good

After only three weeks ago I had murderous thoughts towards Deutsche Telekom, now I came back to more peaceful feelings. Finally the internet works decently at home. I still don’t have VDSL because it’s not yet available in my area but I do have 16 Mbps ADSL2 with the Telekom’s package Entertain Premium. A couple of the interesting features of this package:

  • fixed telephony flatrate
  • internet flatrate (of course!)
  • decent actual speed, 12-13Mbps
  • good upload for DSL: 1Mbps
  • IPTV which works, good quality
  • flatrate for all Telekom hotspots in Germany, 8000 of them or so

So I am kinda pleased so far. I am also in the process of setting up the multimedia system in the bedroom. After quite some searching we decided for a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo SL 3230T 23 inch monitor and a Zyxel DMA1000 digital media streamer. We’ll use this to watch the movies and episodes we have on the network server and for the TV part we’ll just get another receiver for Telekom’s IPTV. We don’t need a DVD player because we don’t really watch them but should the need arise, I can always just rip it and put it on the server.

I really hope the internet problems are gone, knock on wood!



No Internets!

What a shitty weekend, excuse my french. As I was saying earlier, Deutsche Telekom was kinda late in sending me the access information. To cut a long story short (not to mention that I get pissed off again if I think about it too much) on friday I manged to get a temporary DSL connection after a LOT of “discussions” with the people from the T-Punkts. The idea was that I can use this connection until the stuff that I ordered becomes available (16 Mbps Entertain package with IPTV and all kind of flatrates included). Surprise, surprise, they even activated it on friday afternoon. It worked fine until saturday before noon when it died again :evil:

It seems there was a bigger problem in our area and monday morning it was solved but we were left without internet access during the weekend. That was really bad. Anyway, we did all kind of things in the house, it’s not like we don’t have stuff to do. And I started to play again Mass Effect :oops: It’s an excellent game, I recommend it.

Still, in order to avoid such painful moments, I ordered a USB UMTS stick from Vodafone. From what I read it should even work with my Fritzbox. It’s a prepaid deal so access is not really cheap (4.95 € per 24h) but this is only for backup so it’s acceptable. What kind of speeds I will get, I don’t know yet. In theory we live in what Vodafone calls “UMTS Broadband” area so I should be getting speeds up to 3.6 Mbps but we’ll see.

In other news: Freya makes some delicious “Red Rice”. More details and pictures in a future post ;-)


I’ve got the Internets!

After the really stupid email exchange I had with the retards from Alice hotline, today things went really smooth. The Telekom dude showed up at around 11:00h or so, he tested something on the line, told me it was fine and that in 30 minutes I should have a DSL signal. I already had my state-of-the-art testing bench neatly set up:

To my complete amazement, the DSL modem synchronized and everything actually worked perfectly. I did a quick speed test and I got the full 6Mbps I ordered. I hope everything will keep working fine, I just need this for 2 months or so until KabelBW installs their stuff.

In other news, as you can see in the picture, we fought with the wallpaper and the stuff on the ceiling but eventually we took it off in two of the rooms on the first floor. We have a LOT of big 120l trash bags now. And since we live in a civilized country, we will have to pay to get rid of them. This is considered special trash and you can’t just dump it wherever you feel like it. Speaking of paying, those big old heaters we have now in the house will have to be thrown away too. Guess what, that’s special trash too and you have to call a special company which takes care of it. For 250 Euros a piece :-( Well, what can you do.

I am beat. I will just go take a shower and crash, since I have to leave to München at 5:00 am  tomorrow. Yay …

Nightmares with Alice-DSL

At our current address we have internet via cable, 16Mbps download, 1Mbps upload, 29 euro flatrate. Works perfectly. The thing is, KabelBW (the only cable company in this land) are not present at our new address. They are at the next house, but not at ours. Which means they will most likely make us pay a LOT for the connection. Anyway, I am still waiting for an answer from them.

In the meantime though, we need temporary internet access. Everybody in the house is a heavy internet user so we can’t do without. I ended up deciding to go with Alice-DSL since they don’t force you in a 24-months contract, you can cancel every month. So I go to their website, I choose one of the tariff plans and I start filling out the formular. Only to discover it’s not working in Firefox. Damn it :evil: Ok, I fire up Internet Explorer, everything goes ok and at the end I tell them I want the service to be activated on the 5th of December, there is an option for that.

A few days later I get couple of phone calls from hidden numbers. As I was in a meeting, I ignored them, of course. After a while I realize it may be the guys from Alice-DSL so I plan to answer the next one. I still don’t understand why are they hiding their phone number ? And since they called anyway, why don’t they leave a voicemail ?

Anyway, it turns out it was a guy from Alice-DSL afterall. We’ll call him Idiot1. Idiot1 starts and asks me all kind of questions which I have already answered in their online formular. I try not to get annoyed and I answer the dude. Until he tells me the service will be activated as soon as possible. I reply that no, that is wrong, the service should be activated on the 5th of December, as I told them in the online thingy. I ask him why doesn’t he look over that data but Idiot1 starts to babble and tells me that he will correct it (correct what ?!) and that 5th of December is ok.

2 days later I get an confirmation SMS which says everything is ok and the service will be activated on 10th of December. WTF ?! I look up their last email, see a contact link, I get from there the hotline number (free call) and I ring them up. Their stupid system make me input my new phone number before they connect me. Of course I don’t have yet anything like that, this is a new connection. Another automated message tells of another hotline number that I can call, if I don’t have a number. So I call that (not free anymore, of course). I talk with a lady, we’ll call her Idiot2. I try to explain that I spoke with someone else from the hotline for 5th of December but she has no idea what I am talking about. Since 10th of December is not good for me, we set it up for 15th of December.

Yesterday the nightmare begins. I get another confirmation email, with the contract attached, which states that on 10th of December my service will be activated and that the Telekom dude will arrive sometime between 8:00 and 16:00h! I start to get really annoyed. The email comes from a generic address, some like info@bla.bla , so I reply and explain that the date is wrong, correct is 15th of December and that I need a certain time, I can’t wait the whole day for the guy. I get a reply from Idiot3 ([name removed]) which confirms the 15th of December and also slaps some copy/paste shit with all kind of info about the Telekom guy, how they have no control over his schedule, that I have to be home between 8:00h and 16:00h, etc. She also informs me that if the guy comes and I am not there, next time they will charge me with 50 Euros.

I answer that it’s completely absurd, I live in another city, the house is empty and I drive there especially for this appointment. I can’t waste all day, without going to eat and so on, waiting like an idiot. I ask them to talk to the people at Telekom, to give them my mobile number and have the technician call me before he arrices. How hard can it be ? I get an answer from Idiot4 ([name removed]). She just tells me that they can’t get in touch with the guy. I answer that I don’t care about that, they should get in touch with someone who can contact the guy.

I get another answer from Idiot5 ([name removed]) who tells me that it’s not possible and then slaps the same copy/paste crap. I get pissed, I reply that I am sick and tired of theyr copy/paste useless information and that if they don’t deal with this, I am canceling the contract and look somewhere else for internet. Finally, another lady replies, she appologizes and tells me that they will give my number to the Telekom guy (aha, so it CAN be done!) but she can’t guarantee that he will call me. Ok, I find that resonable so I answer and thank her for the first helpful email. Only to get another reply from Idiot6 ([name removed]) who gives me again some copy/paste totally unrelated to my email. She didn’t even bother to read it.

I just sent them an email which says that if the guy does not show up on the 15th, or if he shows up without calling, I am canceling the contract because I had enough of their incompetent hotline people.