So tell me about your experiences with USI Wireless.
I don’t like getting stuck with Comcast’s $42/month cable internet fee, so I’m once again considering USI Wireless, the Minneapolis-wide Wi-Fi service. With the lowest speeds coming in at around $18/month, it’s a lot cheaper. My internet needs are simple – just general web browsing – no gaming or anything, but I am easily frustrated when the internet doesn’t work correctly. Alert readers will recall that I used to be a USI Wireless customer for several months in early 2008, but I found that it did not meet my needs, so I switched to Comcast about one year ago.
I have heard reports, though, that USI Wireless has made modifications to their network that eliminated the need to constantly log onto the network each time you open a browser window and that also eliminated the highly annoying forced logouts (timeouts) every 2 or 3 hours or so. It was my previous experience that USI Wireless made programs that require a continuous internet connection (like weatherbug, email notifications, or instant messaging) completely useless.
I sent an email to USI Wireless asking them to confirm whether this was the case. The reply email I received included only a brief & cryptic response “Indeed things have changed,” followed by a canned message about their pricing information. On a side note, the canned response also indicated that professional intallation was required, as is the use of their preferred modem, neither of which was the case when I was a customer one year ago.
So an open question to all USI Wireless customers: are you still required to log into the USI Wireless network at the beginning of each browsing session or is the service more like a cable internet service where you’re just always connected? Also, how about forced timeouts?