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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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Cheapest internet access in Toronto without existing cable or telephone?

I'm moving to a new apartment and I need internet access for a Mac.

For phone service I use a cell phone and I have really no use for cable TV, so

What are my choices to get reasonable speed internet access.

Seems the assumption is that one has either cable or land line telephone service already and you just piggy-back internet on either one of those.

Dry DSL is an option, but it really bumps up the price.

I came across this service provider, CIA,
https://www.cia.com/index.do

but none of the service reps and technicians I spoke to really knew what the options were if I have no cable or telephone service to start with.
There is nothing on their web site indicating that there would be an additional charge to what they advertise, one rep suggested there may be an additional charge of $4.95 for dry DSL but he wasn't sure.
They also don't support the mac which doesn't help.

Any suggestions how to approach this?
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 01:52 PM   #2
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Check out Teksavvy:
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.

5 Mbps/ 800 kbps service is $29.95 a month. Plus they get excellent reviews:
Detail : TekSavvy Solutions Inc. - dslreports.com
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 02:02 PM   #3
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Does TekSavvy work as DryDSL??

If you're downtown (like in the square bordered by front/spadina/bloor/jarvis) then there's also the Toronto Hydro "One Zone" wireless network to think about. I had them for a month, and it was pretty good. $31 or so taxes in for a month -- no contract.

Toronto Hydro Telecom - One Zone High Speed Internet
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 02:22 PM   #4
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I came across this service provider, CIA,
https://www.cia.com/index.do
All I have to say about CIA, alias 3Web, alias Cybersurf, is do your research before signing up with them. Yes, they're cheap. Yes, you can get great speeds...especially with their cable Internet (when they're not down) but there seems to be a lot of people (and I mean alot) complaining about them for one reason or another. Take a look:

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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #5
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Does TekSavvy work as DryDSL??
Yes. There's a guy in my workplace who has Dry DSL from Teksavvy.
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #6
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I somehow don't think Toronto Hydro's wireless offerings will make it to Belleville.

I'd suggest having a look at this site :Canadian ISP - Select a city and service requirements for your ISP search

Hideous, yes, but it does work.

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Oops. My bad. I didn't notice the Toronto in the subject header. The link will still work for Toronto.
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 02:51 PM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions.

The location is just north of Dundas and just west of the Don Valley.

I looked at Toronto Hydro, maybe worthwhile to check it again. When the ISPs quote rates, I assume they assume you already have a working telephone line and the fee for dry DSL is extra.

Cable in the building is provided by Rogers. Wonder if they have an internet option without having to sign up for cable TV.
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You can also do some research at DSL Cable VOIP Security Satellite Fiber News Tips Reviews Community Tools - dslreports.com which, before it rationalizes the URL, is simply www broadbandreports com .
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Old Jul 30th, 2007, 02:57 PM   #9
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Check out Teksavvy:
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.

5 Mbps/ 800 kbps service is $29.95 a month. Plus they get excellent reviews:
Detail : TekSavvy Solutions Inc. - dslreports.com
I had already looked at Teksavvy.

It's actually $29.95 plus $7 or $9 (band rate) plus $10 (modem rental) per month for the first six month, so a total over $50.00 with tax.
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Does TekSavvy work as DryDSL??

If you're downtown (like in the square bordered by front/spadina/bloor/jarvis) then there's also the Toronto Hydro "One Zone" wireless network to think about. I had them for a month, and it was pretty good. $31 or so taxes in for a month -- no contract.

Toronto Hydro Telecom - One Zone High Speed Internet
Hydro One at $30.- would have been ideal but I'm outside the coverage map.
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