You may have pulled the plug on your cable and your landline, but that means you depend on your wireless internet service to do double and triple duty. You may use your Skype phone, stream the latest films on your computer and feel that you have eliminated the need for extraneous services, but the key is to do this without paying exorbitant fees for internet. Learn to decode your bill and figure out exactly what you are paying for.
Internet Is Becoming Expensive
Internet bills are creeping up. They are now around $50 per month, where the 30-day rate was around $40 ten years ago. You may find a wide variation when it comes to what kind of service you have. For instance, if you have a bundled service or a high connectivity speed, your internet costs could be affected. You may risk paying more if you are confused about how your bill is structured and what you are actually getting charged for.
Understanding Your Internet Bill
Get to know the anatomy of an internet bill. You should examine the bill for base price, equipment, and speed surcharges. You could save money on simple things, such as purchasing your own modem and router rather than paying a rental fee which could be up to $10 a month. A router will cost between $50 and $100. In the old days when people received paper bills through snail mail, there was a tendency to study the bill, but with automated bills delivered onto mobile devices, it is easy to let your eye skip through to the bottom amount and simply pay it. Don’t be in too much of a haste, but study your bill to make sure you are getting what you are paying for and you understand what you are being charged.
The Need for Speed
Many people feel they need high-speed internet, but they should ask whether it is really worth the cost. The standard Internet service for households is 10-25 megabits per second, and even higher speeds are typical. While streaming movies requires high-speed internet and people who depend on the web for their work may require internet that works at a high speed, not all families need high-speed internet. Think it through, because it makes a substantial difference in the price of your service.
You could save a substantial amount of money if you decide you don’t need high-speed internet. Some cable providers have a discount service of $15 for basic users. If you use DSL, which is a relatively slow internet that is delivered over phone lines, you can pay significantly less than for your current service. This probably isn’t the kind of service to use for streaming movies, but for basic email and occasional browsing, it will save money.
If speed is important to you and you do not want to sacrifice it to save on internet bills, at least see if you are getting the speed you are paying for. There are a number of services on the web that can help you test the speed of your internet connectivity to ensure you are getting value for money.
Another way to save money on your internet bill is to compare services offered by internet providers. Don’t always accept the price of the plan quoted to you, but see if you can negotiate a cheaper rate. Then call up your company and see if they are willing to charge the same price as the competitor. You can also threaten to cancel your plan if the internet provider raises the rate. The competition between these companies is fierce, and there is a good chance that a company will want to match a low price offered by a competitor.
Don’t Take High Prices as a Given
Internet service is something that many of us feel we can’t live without. Even having an internet outage for a few hours can feel like a serious inconvenience. Even though internet may seem like a bare necessity after food, shelter, and clothing, that doesn’t mean you should be content with the price you are paying for your internet service. See if there are ways you can save money, such as opting for a different speed of connectivity and understand your bill. Shop around and negotiate your service if you want to get the lowest price.
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