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Anyone using the free internet from upc cablecom?

I am moving this week to a new apartment and while in the long run I am considering getting a fiber connection (Fiber7), I need a short-term solution. I saw that upc cablecom is offering free (a bit slow) internet. I put in my address and seems like that connection is available for me. CHF 0 total...they even advertise a free modem. How long does it take to get the modem?

Does anyone use this at home? I understand it is only a wired connection, no WiFi. Is it easy to "cancel" the free internet once I get a real internet connection?

And, are there any hidden costs? I am not sure if my Nebencosten include the cable connection that they mention but the website also says that "The costs for this connection (usually CHF 29.95/month) are normally covered by the ancillary costs in rented apartments."

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Also, if anyone has experience with Fiber7, I'd love to hear about that too!
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Re: Anyone using the free internet from upc cablecom?

I wouldn't mess with Cablecom if I didn't have to. They are a pain to cancel, and there is probably a 1 month minimum contract period. If you have fibre, you can cancel the 25chf monthly socket charge and get reduced NK from your landlord.

I have had Swisscom fibre tth installed, and I get 1ms ping times hard wired, 2ms over the Swisscom included wireless. I am really only interested in latency.

I would make do with a mobile solution until you get fibre.
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Re: Anyone using the free internet from upc cablecom?

It works fine, albeit not that fast. You can connect a wifi router to the modem. It's not free - the 30Fr/month charge is in your "Nebenkosten" and you can ask Cablecom to block the socket from use and the landlord will then stop taking this monthly amount from you.
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Re: Anyone using the free internet from upc cablecom?

See this thread:

Cablecom Basic Offer

Delivery of the modem is usually quite fast. And you may even get a wireless modem (see OP from that thread).

Note you might get hit with activation costs (which recently increased to 69 francs!).
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Re: Anyone using the free internet from upc cablecom?

About the activation cost, just tell them that you want to waive it before you subscribe. They'll do that.
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