The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that competition is heating up among high-speed Internet service providers, resulting in consumers being able to save money on their Internet service. Problem is, providers still require bundled services to get the best rates.
You may not want or need cable TV or a home phone service.
In fact, subscriptions are the first place to look when you need to trim your budget. If all you use the Internet for at home is checking movie times, sending a few emails, and using Facebook, do you really need it? Of course, if you are a student, a blogger, or otherwise work from home, you probably laugh at the thought of unplugging at home.
In that case, you can try saving on Internet service by:
Shopping around frequently. Most Internet service contracts start at a low “teaser” price and then go up after a year. It’s a hassle, but you’ll save money by switching over to a competitor every year or two.
Negotiate, negotiate. The telesales reps hawking Internet service work on commission and have lots of pricing flexibility. Work them as hard as you can for a better deal, then a better one.
Share (but don’t steal) a neighbor’s wireless. I know there are a lot of cheapos out there mooching off of other people’s wireless Internet service. Maybe someday we’ll have public wireless, but we don’t yet, and somebody else paid for that bandwidth you’re using. A more ethical alternative is to find a neighbor or two that you can go in with on wireless Internet together. (Obviously this works best if you live in an apartment). Split the bill three ways and you can knock down even a pricey $60 monthly Internet service subscription to $20.
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