At first, glance, looking for the cheapest broadband deal may not seem like a big deal that requires a lot of time. Yet, it should be noted that choosing the broadband plan without any previous research is like taking part in a lottery. You will either win great quality service at an affordable price. Or you will overpay for it and the quality will let you down. So where to start? How to find cheap broadband options? Here are some steps that should help you to make the decision.
Ask yourself a few questions. First of all, it is important to figure out what you are looking for and what you expect to get for the amount you intend to spend.
How many people are going to use the internet?
How fast Internet do I need?
Am I going to be playing games? If so, how often?
Am I going to be listening to music a lot?
Do I need a home phone?
Do I want some extra features such as TV?
How much am I willing to spend on it monthly?
After answering them to yourself, it will be clearer what exactly do you need. For example, let’s say you are planning to use the internet only for your own purpose. If you neither listen to music much nor do you like watching movies very often you may do without the fast Internet quite well. However, things are different when the Internet is used by more than one person. Then the faster Internet is a must. Try to imagine sharing the Internet with at least two of your friends. Let’s say that they need to download some important stuff from the University page. Or they need to download some movies for your pajamas party. I do not want to make sad predictions, but it is possible that the beginning of the party may be delayed until very late in the evening.
There are some companies which do not have any exit fee. In other words, if you do not want to use particular broadband any more, you may switch to another. And you will not have to pay them anything. That is a wise choice. Especially when considering a number of similar options and not being able to decide which one is the best for you. Doing your “homework” may save a lot of money and that is the only possibility to discover the cheapest plan. Well, another way is to trust the friend who has done such research recently.
Compare the deals you have found
Never take the first offer you see, no matter how attractive it would look like. You need to look through the benefits and drawbacks very carefully in order to get the full view and make the right decision. Think, which features you will need? Which are important to note?
What is more, it is highly recommended to draw a table on a sheet of paper or in your Word document. Then to use it for marking the pros and cons. In this case, the answer will be clearly visible. It will make decision-making easier and quicker.
Double-check the price
Do not forget that the price you see is the price for the deal. There might be extra costs for extra equipment as well as for setting it up. Check, whether the plan includes a fixed price or the price may go up after the agreed period. If the cost of a plan that caught your eye is much lower than its competitive plans, look into it once again. There might be some inadequate hidden additional costs. Your wallet will thank you for double-checking.
Make sure there are no hidden fees
Unfortunately, there are companies that do not miss the chance to profit from their customers. Thus, you should always read the contract completely. And what would be even better – reading it several times before signing a contract? If you have difficulty understanding one or another paragraph, consult with confidence. It is better to work it out completely so that you are not disappointed with the services you choose. Even worse, if you are dissatisfied with the services. After all, you are still forced to use them for a long time due to a binding contract.
It may sound weird, but don’t be afraid to negotiate. Distributors are almost always able to offer a discount when needed. Of course, they simply do not do it when they need it or ask for it. Even a few percent discounts on the price per year will become quite significant. And for the money saved, will it be fun to go with a good company to eat pizza? Asking costs nothing. And as they say, knock, and it shall be opened unto thee, and ask, and it shall be given unto thee.
Let’s hope that these steps were beneficial to you. And you’re ready to choose the best plan that meets your expectations. Of course, reading the contract to the end and especially those written in small letters.