Nobody likes the word fee.
Ugh! It just made my skin crawl typing it.
As you’re probably well aware, Comcast charges a $10 fee per month (which is up from $8 dollars in 2014) for using their modem, which conveniently doubles as a public WiFi hotspot that any of their customers can connect to.
Well, being the control freak and penny pincher that I am, I didn’t like the thought of either of those things and was determined to find a way out of Comcast’s vice grip on my wallet.
It turns out that it’s actually quite easy to save $120 a year by buying your own modem and returning the rental. Here are some step-by-step instructions for you to follow to ditch this fee once and for all:
- Buy your own modem,
preferably this refurbished model that is $30 off for today only(That was fast! The refurbished model is already sold out. This version of the modem is still a great deal, and is brand new) . Make sure that you have your own router, which provides the Wi-Fi signal to your devices. Comcast’s new modems have the Wi-Fi router capabilities built in.
- Call or visit a Comcast office and let them know that you purchased your own modem. They will ask for some identifying numbers on the back or bottom of your new modem so that they can connect the modem to their systems.
- Return the modem/router that Comcast provided you.
- Commence saving $10 per month on your cable bill each month.
There are a few caveats:
- If you have phone service through Comcast, this will complicate things for you since the voice signal is now being sent through your modem.
- If you don’t purchase the modem I have recommended above, check out this list to make sure the modem you are buying is on Comcast’s approved modems list.
If you have any questions about this process, leave a comment below!