The internet, what most people use on a daily basis, whether it is through our phones, work or at home on a computer, most people consider this an essential expense.The median cost of broadband is $80 according to Point Topic. Highspeedinternet.com says the average internet bill should range from $35-$42 per month. How does your bill compare to those numbers?
Here are some tips to lower your cost.
Tips to Lower Your Internet Bill
1. Negotiate your plan
You are the customer, and you have the leverage to negotiate. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will cut deals if you say you will take your business elsewhere.
ISPs have limited competition. However, alternatives to traditional internet providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable have come into the market. Phone companies like AT&T and Verizon offer internet packages. Here are some things to consider when shopping around and negotiating your bill.
Current amount you pay per month
Amount you paid when you signed up
How long you have been a customer
Any issues you have had with the service
Alternative internet plans in your area
Special offers or sign-up bonuses being offered by your provider
Be polite when you contact customer service, they might just end up lowering your bill. Mention that you have been a long term customer, that the price is too high and compare it to what other companies are offering. They will likely provide a special offer.
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2. Cut the cord on bundle options
Companies often offer customers cheap promotional rates that bundle internet and TV packages. Then they hike up rates, and before you know it, you’re paying double or triple what you signed up for. That can be a huge cut to your budget every month.
There are plenty of alternatives for entertainment like NetFlix, Hulu and Amazon Prime TV. SlingTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV and Hulu Live are cheaper options for cable channels.
Shop around and see if getting cable without the bundle is cheaper.
3. Switch to mobile hotspot
If you really only use internet for basics like checking emails, paying bills, looking at the news, then you might be able to get away with hotspot. A hotspot is a wireless device that creates a personal WIFI network through cellular data. You can purchase a stand-alone hotspot device or use your smartphone to transmit the signal. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all have various plans that can be prepaid or added onto your cellphone plan. Just make sure you are watching your data, so you avoid overage charges.