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    Default Spark Free Modems??

    Just found out that Spark has stopped giving 'Free' Modem/Routers even to new customers. All of their plans are on OPEN Terms.

    I checked with them earlier today because my good old HG659b which is >6 years old now, is developing some issues. I used to get a new replacement unit at my door the next day years ago. It is discontinued now.

    In view of the above, what's the recommended reliable, and reasonably priced router now. I am a bit out of touch with new routers as my good old HG659b served me well for the past years.

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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    My Spark modem recently died, just out of warranty so I paid just over $100. for the new replacement 'VRV9517UWAC34'. This model only has three (3) ethernet ports compared to four (4) on the earlier modem.
    New one is doing all I need at the moment. Wi-Fi is good.

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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    They now offered me the Spark Smart Modem 2.
    The outright price of the modem at $106.20 or interest free options are:

    1) $8.85 per month for 12 months
    2) $5.90 per month for 18 months
    3) $4.43 per month for 24 months
    4) $2.95 per month for 36 months

    Don't know how good / bad the new so-called 'Smart' modem are.

    My Options are:
    1. May change to another ISP to get a FREE modem.
    2. Buy a 'third party' router. probably more expensive
    3. Buy the Spark smart router by their Interest Free terms.

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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterE View Post
    My Spark modem recently died, just out of warranty so I paid just over $100. for the new replacement 'VRV9517UWAC34'. This model only has three (3) ethernet ports compared to four (4) on the earlier modem.
    New one is doing all I need at the moment. Wi-Fi is good.
    Which modem were you using before?

    The new replacement is better than the old one, other than only 3 Ethernet ports?

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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    In the past I have found that a good way to get modems and such-like is to go to Church Opportunity Shops, they often have late models for $2 - $5 presumably from the previous owner expiring and the goods being donated to a church.

    Salvation Army Shop is a good source as well including hard to find connecting cables and all sorts of random goodies but much more competitive and the prices tend to be a bit higher.
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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    If you're on fiber your old one will top out at 100Mbits down. My fiber plan has just been upgraded to 300 Mbits so to get the full spped I need to upgrade the router. Just ordered their new one at $106. It's supossed to have good Wifi coverage.
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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    @paulw which router is that? my HG695B does 300/100 just fine Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    After a lengthy online (via WhatsApp) 'negotiation' with Spark, they finally agreed to replace the modem with VRV9517UWAC34, as I am a loyal customer since those 'dial-up' days; but I need to pay for the postage and handling fee of $14.95, which I think is fair.
    Sometimes, there's nothing to lose to use some nice, soft words in a negotiation.

    Hope the new replacement modem will be at my door in the next couple of days.

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    Default Re: Spark Free Modems??

    Quote Originally Posted by dugimodo View Post
    @paulw which router is that? my HG695B does 300/100 just fine Click image for larger version. 

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    My current one is a HG630B which maxs out a 100Mbits down. The new one is a "Spark Smart Modem - VRV9517UWAC34 " Not sure what its max speed is. Still waiting for it to arrive.
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