AT&T Offers $10 DSL

by Ash Dyer

A friend just sent me an article from the Boston Globe about AT&T lowering the price of it's entry-level DSL service (768k/128k ick) to $10. Right now it's only for current landline subscribers (little help there), but they are supposed to lower the price of their dry loop offering in the near future as well. Both price drops are concessions to the FCC as part of the AT&T/Bell South merger.

The Boston Globe article is here: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2007/06/18/att_quietly_offers_10_dsl_plan/?p1=MEWell_Pos3

3 Comments

mr magoo
2007-06-20 11:44:18
Unable to find anything about the $10 dollar a month service on AT&T's web site and only passing mention of it on the BellSouth web page I decided to give AT&T a call. They are my local phone provider here in Pennsylvania and I also have their cell phone service (my wife got me stuck in some 2 year plan.) After being passed around and given multiple numbers to call I was finally given 1-800-967-5363. This will allow you to talk directly to the DSL department with any questions regarding this matter. I should note that all representatives I spoke with were obviously outsourced, probably Indian, so it made communications difficult and frustrating.


My first go resulted in the representative saying that the $10 offer was not available to me so I asked to speak with the manager. The manager said the "special offer" was only available in 22 states. I asked him to list them and he gave me the following: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. I asked him why it is only available in those states. He didn't know. I then told him that I had family in California who would be interested in this DSL price, how do I directly access the AT&T web page that details this "special offer." He directed me to att.net which uncovered nothing, then to att.com/localhelp which also uncovered nothing, finally he told me to go to newatt.com which redirects you to attfashion.net a site selling shoes. At this point he was getting frustrated and said he would connect me to one of his "DSL specialists" to resolve the matter.


Can you guess what happened? He redirected me back to the main menu of 1-800-967-5363. *sigh* I waited on hold again for another outsourced Indian representative. This lady was armed with a lot of information. She was obviously reading a printed statement and basically said that the $10 offer is only available where BellSouth owns the land lines. Because Verizon owns the land lines in Pennsylvania the service is not available. I asked when the offer would be available to Pennsylvania and she said she did not have that information.


She then tried to sell on the 19.99 DSL offer. No thanks. Much faster than the $10 offer! No thanks. How about AT&T dial up? No thanks. Its very fast with an accelerator! No thanks. Would you like AT&T wireless? I have it already, it sucks and is overpriced. How about adding another line? *CLICK*


That was my experience. I say to hell with AT&T. Although if you're in one of those 22 states you might be in luck and your best bet is probably ordering it over the phone.

james crouse
2007-10-19 12:45:10
I would like to purchase DSL for Florida How do I go about it?? Our telephone service in Fl. is ATT. But I want to keep my pennsylvania E-Mail address and access it from FL.
Denise Marie King (HUMPHREY)
2007-11-30 17:26:25
LEGACY of EFNET irc channel? uhm... nice company... sounds familiar and ash looks familiar. Need more info on it all.. At the moment I work through a call center that does AT&T sales so basically an AT&T representative? Hrm I AM Dutch *INDIAN* . AT&T has more loyal customers happy with their service with us but we do appreciate your comments regarding AT&Ts' lack of trained professionals at the call centers.