If you are moving, one of your checklist items is problem “find a new Internet service” – and fast. But should you stick with your new provider, or look for new opportunities? Either way, moving presents an excellent chance to save on Internet costs. Here’s how.
Signing Up For New Internet Service
Internet service providers (ISPs, in the common lingo), have very strict parameters set by contract and strategy for where they offer services. Moving to a new location, even if you are still in the same city, can unearth all-new Internet provider opportunities. This is great news for your move, because it can give you a new chance to compare services and ultimately save. Once you have a new zip code chosen, start looking up all the providers in the area to see what packages they offer. Don’t worry: In this case, change can definitely be a good thing, especially if you’re moving to an area with something like Google Fiber or another exciting new opportunity.
Keep in mind that your new area may also offer a new level of services. You may find that you have new access to extra-fast Internet, for example. The extra speeds may cost you more, but you may also find the trade-off worth it in your particular circumstances.
Scout Out Moving Deals
Did you know that many providers actually have moving deals designed specifically for people who are moving? It’s true: you can access a variety of packages that offer particularly low rates for moving packages to a different area. If you stick with the same service, you can usually avoid fees or pick up extra services using these deals as well. The DirecTV version, for example, is called Movers Deal
Of course, it’s still smart to take these moving deals with a grain of salt. Part of their purpose is to get you hooked on new services or prices in the short term. Once the honeymoon ends, you’ll have to pay your traditional prices again or possibly more, so give the details a close review when making up your mind.
Compare Long-Term Prices Online
When you first look at online deals for a new Internet service, you’ll probably notice that everyone is offering better prices that what your current monthly bill say. That’s because you are seeing all the introductory offers, the monthly prices that only last for a year or so and usually come with a necessary contract or a required bundle. Yes, these prices allow you to save a lot by switching services in the short term, but you don’t want to end up paying even more in the long term.
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Talk To Your Old Internet Provider
While you are looking up new Internet service providers and searching for the latest deals, take time to call up your old provider, too. There are a couple reasons to do this. First, you need to know if there are any early termination fees that may apply when you cancel your Internet services in your old location (this is, of course, more likely if you’ve moved before in the past year or so). If you are willing to stick with the same provider, you may be able to get these fees waived.
But there’s another reason to contact your providers directly: If you tell them that you are canceling because of a move and are switching to another provider, they will be very eager to keep you as a customer. In fact, many providers have moving departments that may offer you special lower-than-ever deals as long as you stay with them throughout a move, allowing for some extra negotiation and even more savings.
Try to Avoid “Renting” Deals
No, we’re not talking about your apartment – just your Cable TV and Internet boxes. If you are getting a new service, double-check to see if you are renting your modem or other boxes or buying them outright. Renting is typically much more expensive, whereas buying outright can help you save a lot of money over time. When in doubt, ask. If the deal seems particularly poor, you can always skip cable boxes, purchase a simpler package, and use TV streamers.
Look to Your Data Caps
In addition to considering the price of your Internet services, you should also examine data caps. How much monthly data do you currently use, and how much do you need? What are the caps in your new location – better, worse, or the same? Any time you consider a new service, you need to look at the speed (for convenience) and the data caps (for data control). Do you have to pay more if you go over 200 GBs? What about 300? An especially active online home can easily go beyond 300GBs each month, which can lead to very high fees, so get a sense of your needs before you shop around.