Pros Above average reliability and consistency
Cons Guaranteed max speed never a reality.
Summary When I first signed up for this deal, it cost $26.95/mo for 1500/384 service. I tried many different testing sites for speed gauging, and I never even got close to 1300kbps download. It was more like around 1200kbps.
In all fairness, however, I have gotten up to 1440kbps speed during larger downloads, but this has only been once, maybe twice, during my lifetime with this company. 1200kbps is the usual top speed.
A few months ago (in June, I believe), they lowered the price to $14.99/mo, but I hesitated in changing my service to that billing. Only recently did I 'upgrade' to their Pro package, now at 3000/512, for $24.99/mo--less expensive than what I started with.
Moral of the story? Keep up with their pricing deals and you will get your money's worth.
Other problems include sporadic email problems (mainly on their yahoo mail servers), and intermittent service interruptions that happen maybe once or twice every 3 months. They don't last long, however.
Pros Tech support is quick
Cons Speeds are slow and having to sign a contract sucks
Summary SBC Yahoo DSL is pretty good. It is better than dial-up but not better than cable. I pay for the 1.5 Mbps speeds and the fastest I've ever gotten to download is 40 kbps. My contract is up in about a month so I will be switching to cable because I need faster speeds. But if you don't game or don't care if you have to wait a little bit to download big files, it's for you.
Pros Very reliable connection, consistent D/L and U/L speeds, cheap, & fairly good customer service.
Cons Not so good tech support (average) & transfer speeds slow vs. some cable connections
Summary I've had various cable and DSL services over the years, and so far SBC has really been the best. I can't even remember the last time my SBC DSL connection went down. Not to mention the fact that my connection speed and transfer rates are extremely consistent regardless of what time of the day I'm on the internet.
Unfortunately, while the speeds are reliable, they are somewhat slow. And honestly, with a 1.5mb/385k connection - it's almost too slow for my needs. But it's either DSL, or go with the unreliable cable provider in my area. Sure, they offer 4/5mb speeds, but who knows if/when you'll get these advertised rates, or how long. And even if cable was more reliable, it's still hard to justify going from $15-20/mo to $50-60/mo.
If SBC would at least offer a 3mb connection in my area, or speed up the fiber upgrades I keep hearing about, they would most likely get a 10 rating. Fast, reliable, perfect.
Pros Decent web browsing and download speeds when its working
Cons it never works (at least in central Indiana)
Summary Absolutely awful where i live, service is non-existant or from out of the country. Switched from cable modem to save money, i thought i only needed web browsing and email. DSL speeds are fine for that function when it works. It said to wait 10 days for full speed (what?), even after the prescribed time reliabilty was horrible. It said it was connected to the internet, but there was no flow going between host and user. Some of the extra yahoo features are welcomed, but the other sbc and yahoo software are so annoying. My friend across town though recieves delightfull service, albeit with the unwanted software.
So unless you have good reviews in your area, stay away.
Pros Fast internet access at Dial Up prices
Cons None-Ok not as fast as calbe
Summary With DSL at $15 why would anyone still be on dial up? It's pretty hard to justify cable internet access as well for $44.99 a month either.