Just to clarify things, which monthly fee are we talking about? How much for the phoneless options among which you can choose (24/2 and 50/5)?
Phoneless ADSL options:
768k/384k = $30/mo
1.5M/384k = $38/mo
3.0M/512k = $43/mo
6.0M/768k = $48/mo (I have the POTS subsidized version of this service - I see about 5Mbps in reality)
The POTS line takes $5 off each of these tiers. I currently get the 6M service at a very discounted price because I threatened to leave.
The published U-verse rates do not include a "High Speed Internet equipment fee". They don't say what that fee is, and reports online are $3, $4, or $6 per month (!?), so maybe it depends on what other services you subscribe to.
U-Verse options are:
3M = $38/mo
6M = $43/mo
12M = $48/mo
18M = $53/mo
24M = $63/mo
Time Warner offers the 50/5 service, but I have been unable to get pricing through their website for about a week ("We are unable to complete your request at this time due to a system error. Please try again later".) But I think it is $100/mo.
In which sense are they restrictive?
U-verse VDSL requires you to purchase their modem/gateway. This is another $100. There have apparently only been 2 models to choose from: one from 2wire and the current model from Motorola. Both are feature-restricted, the Moto unit more-so. Neither can be set to pass-through to act as just a modem - which I want because I want to keep my existing router. The 2wire can add lan devices to a sort of DMZ, so you can essentially achieve the same effect. The 2wire gateways can be purchased used.
Do they clearly state that they put a bandwitch cap on some ports/services/time-of-the-day? Some months ago I had a chance to try 24mbps U-Verse in a house around Wisconsin Ave. and 27th, and it seemed everything but throttled and limited to me.
How much data is included in my AT&T Internet service? Residential AT&T High Speed Internet service includes 150 gigabytes (GB) of data each billing period, and residential AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet service includes 250 Gigabytes (GB) of data each billing period. The data you send and receive each month contributes to your monthly data plan.
They charge fees for going over. This doesn't affect me given my usage, but caps didn't exist when I last shopped. Traffic shaping
is harder to pin down. As far as I know, only Comcast has ever admitted to traffic shaping/throttling. Lots of conspiracy theories WRT other ISPs, though.
I wonder why you can't keep using your 5Mbps.
That's my current plan.