Cut The Cord With Unlimited Data

In the month after Christmas, we’ve seen a high demand for our Internet service with unlimited data. Much of it is from people wanting to use their new streaming device (Fire Stick, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc.) to cancel their expensive cable TV service. This is commonly referred to as “cutting the cord.”

There are many low-cost streaming services (Hulu, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Netflix) to replace cable, but it can be challenging to get it all working. Fortunately, there are some great websites to help you out — we recommend the Cord Cutters News. Be sure to check out their introductory article on cord-cutting for some great tips on how to get started and make it a smooth transition.

And if you’re not using TOAST.net for Internet, check out our Cable, DSL, and Fiber service. Cord-cutting is a great way to save money, but it needs a lot of gigabytes, so our service with unlimited data is the perfect match!

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Fiber Expansion

TOAST.net is pleased to announce fiber Internet service in 12 new metro areas:

  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Beaumont, Texas
  • Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Florence, South Carolina
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Northeast Mississippi
  • Panama City, Florida
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Waco, Texas

A fiber Internet connection from TOAST.net lets you connect faster for gaming, streaming, and video-conferencing. Eligible residential customers can choose from three plans which have the same speed up/down: Fiber 60, Fiber 100, and Fiber 1000

Fiber service is also available to businesses. Fiber lets businesses take advantage of new solutions like cloud computing, video conferencing, collaboration tools, and VPNs.  See Fiber Internet for Business plans.

This brings our total footprint to 10 million locations across 84 metros in 21 states. The network, powered by AT&T Fiber℠, is expected to reach 14 million locations by mid-2019.

Is your iPhone or iPad having trouble with Wi-Fi connections? iOS 7 may be to blame.

ios7Apple released a major update on September 18th for its popular iPhone and iPad products. The iOS 7 update brings a new look to go along with a number of features and improvements. As with any major overhaul, those improvements don’t come without bugs, and there are a few popping up in this new release. The most annoying of which appears to be broken Wi-Fi connections.

It seems the original release of iOS 7 has difficulty locking on to wireless connections that use the “auto”channel settings. WiFi connections can use up to 11 different channels in the US, and your router may be set to automatically select which channel is the best for broadcasting. This channel may change several times during the day, but your Apple devices may not be able to follow those changes, and this results in a lost connection.

The official fix for this problem is to upgrade to iOS 7.0.2, which is available right now. However, if you’re only able to connect to Wi-Fi on your device, upgrading can be a bit of a problem. Here are some workarounds to get your iPhone or iPad running so you can get the upgrade: Continue reading “Is your iPhone or iPad having trouble with Wi-Fi connections? iOS 7 may be to blame.”

Save Money On Your Tablet Purchase

tablet_hotspotTablets are hot! Sales of the Apple iPad, the Google Nexus 7, and others are quickly outpacing laptop sales as consumers begin to realize a full computer is overkill for most of the things done on the Internet. With their compact size, simple interface, long battery life, and relatively inexpensive pricing, tablets are making Internet use more accessible and convenient for a wider range of people. Unlike PC’s, there are not a lot of technical options that you have to deal with when purchasing a tablet. Basically you make sure the screen looks good, it’s responsive, and there is enough storage space for your needs and you’re all set. Tablets are mainly designed to be “viewers” to a content provider’s offerings, and to reach this content, you need an Internet connection.  That’s where an important decision comes in: should you get a Wi-Fi only tablet, or spend more and get one with built in 3G/4G access? Continue reading “Save Money On Your Tablet Purchase”

High-speed Internet can save you money? Turns out “Yes!”

A study released last week shows that Americans save an average of $8400 per year on food, clothing, entertainment, and other expenses by subscribing to a high-speed Internet connection.

The study was conducted by the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), showing that the average savings actually increased from $7695 last year. The savings mostly comes from the extremely competitive pricing of online retailers, social media, comparative shopping, and “deal-seeking” community websites that aggregate low prices. “Consumers are spending more, and there are more opportunities for differential pricing” says Bruce Mehlman, the IIA’s co-chairman. Continue reading “High-speed Internet can save you money? Turns out “Yes!””