Access to the Internet is becoming an important part of every American’s life. Not just for cord cutting but everything from work to banking is done online; however, the cost of Internet can easily get out of control if you are not careful.
The following are a few tips on how to lower your Internet bill.
Shopping around is most important when you are looking at downgrading from a bundle to Internet only. Cable companies especially seem to hate giving any type of discount to someone who wants to downgrade. For example, my local cable company will charge a new customer $29.99 for 100 Mbps down, but customers who downgrade to the same plan pay more than double at $70 a month.
Take a moment, do some research, and do not discount DSL. I often switch between DSL and cable. You may be surprised to see AT&T DSL in some areas even offers a 1 Gbps option and 100 down DSL is more common than you may think. Don’t want to go with AT&T or CenturyLink? Maybe look into some of the smaller DSL companies such as Toast.net.
Even If You Don’t Want to Switch IPs Know What They Have To Offer
I often hear people say they don’t want to switch Internet providers. I do find you can still often get the best deals when you know what the other providers have to offer.
Saying “I hear your competitor is offering a cheaper Internet price” is a lot more effective than just asking for a price drop.
For example, AT&T is offering 50 Mbps down internet for $40 a month plus a $50 Visa rewards card.
Fios has a special on its Internet service. Right now Fios from Verizon was recently offering 50 down and 50 up for just $39.99 plus it will pay any early termination fees up to $500.
These are just a few examples of great deals to take advantage of or to use to get your current ISP to offer a lower rate. So shop around, do your research, and find out what is available in your area.
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