austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I got no strings

Another bit of cable company oddness -- while I hadn't gotten a bill, I did get an offer of some free stuff for signing a new contract for cable modem service. Signing up for two years of the really high-speed cable modem offers the choice of an ``HP PSC 2355 All-In-One Printer; HP Photosmart R607 Digital Camera; 10 % off Monthly Subscription'', worth altogether S$1189; or ``Linksys Wireless G Broadband Router; choice of either Linksys Wireless G PC Card or USB Adaptor; Free Cable Modem; 15% off monthly subscription; waiver of installation fee'', worth S$670. One year with the lower-speed cable modem (the one I've got, though see below) gives a choice of the digital camera and ``Zara Fashion Vouchers'', worth S$699; or the wireless router and choice of card or USB adaptor, worth S$189.

I'm easily talked into getting free stuff for things I'd buy anyway, and since I've got a perfectly good digital camera I'll go for the wireless router. It's odd there's such a disparity in worth of the giveaways, though. It turns out you can't sign up for this in person; it's done online or by phone. The URL they gave for signing up, doesn't work, though the right one can be figured out by searching the web site.

Oh, and they've sent two letters -- one, that my cable modem was going to be slightly upgraded, improving speed and not changing cost. The other ... was my bill.

Trivia: Apollo 9 was the first Apollo mission for which the three crewmen all slept at the same time. Source: Chariots for Apollo: A History of Manned Lunar Spacecraft, Courtney G Brooks, James M Grimwood, Loyd S Swenson Jr.

Currently Reading: Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution through British Eyes, Christopher Hibbert.


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