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!
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 ;-)
Since we had some “very pleasant” experiences with Alice, we decided some time ago that we will switch to another internet service provider, to Deutsche Telekom actually. This friday on the 27.02 the switch is supposed to take place. The thing is, besides the confirmation I have not received anything yet from Telekom: no modem, router, connection info, etc. I wrote them an email some time ago but I got no answer so far.
Today in my lunch break I went to the local T-Punkt in an attempt to find out what’s going on. Unfortunately the lady there was not so helpful. She has to get in touch with the Porting department (since I come from Alice) and she can only give me some news tomorrow, so I have to go there again. She did give me a good news though, apparently if I dont get the connection info in time, I can request some kind of instant login/password so I can use the internet temporarily. Which should be enough because the router I am using now (a Fritz!Box 7270) should work just fine with Telekom.
I hope things will go smooth because it’s gonna suck big time if friday comes and no internet is available. It’s going to be some really dark times for the internet junkies in that house!
Well, today we finally got an answer from KabelBW to our request to move the access to our new house. The house does not have a cable connection but the house next to ours has it. So we thought there should be no problem, in our naivety. I mean, how hard can it be to extend the cable to our house ?
Very hard, as it seems. In the letter we got today they say they are unable to provide their services to our new address because of “economical reasons“. So instead of extending the cable to our house (for which they would’ve charged us anyway, some 400-500 Euros) they would rather lose us as a customer. Good riddance! As a result we just wrote them a letter of cancellation for all our subscriptions: internet, telephony and television.
So it seems we will have to stick to DSL because there are no other alternatives. But not from the idiots at Alice, that’s for sure. I will send them too a letter of cancellation, they were a temporary solution anyway. I looked around to see what else is available and so far the most reasonable offers are from Deutsche Telekom and 1und1. The one from Telekom is a bit more expensive but you have 25Mbps or 50Mbps VDSL, starts at 60 Euros. The one from 1und1 is a bit cheaper but you only have 16Mbps, starts at 35 Euros. Both are with everything inclusive: flatrate internet, telephony (flatrate in the fixed network), IP television, free modem/router, free (or almost) set-up-box. I am still looking around, trying to find out which one is really worth it.