For those who have been rudely denied ADSL service without a guarantor by our buddies at Chunghwa, here’s a flash:
I made yet another trip to the friendly offices of Chunghwa the other day, this time in Hsinchuang, and they told me that each office has its own policies (!), so that in Hsinchuang, at least, it would be no problem at all to give me ADSL service without a guarantor. The “discounted” plan required a 2-year commitment.
However, it is also possible to get ADSL for a 6-month minimum, (no fixed IP address) unlimited usage for $998 per month (including the ADSL fee and the line fee). You have to be a student to get this particular deal. Why they feel students are better credit risks than ordinary garden variety foreigners in Taipei I do not know, but if you want ADSL and you qualify as a student, sign up before they change their minds (as they have been known to do in the past.)