Internet Costs Making Your Blood Boil?
Save $100’s in your internet costs by reading this article.
Internet costs can be a huge part of your budget, especially when you have it all bundled together with phone and tv. About a year ago, I moved into a new home. Spectrum gave me a good price for my new internet plan. I asked at that time, “How much will my new plan cost me in a year when this plan renews?” They told me $25. Meh – not the end of the world but still a good jump. I knew I’d be calling them back at that time to negotiate.
Friends, let me tell you… it’s definitely worth calling utility companies (in this case – Spectrum, T Mobile, Verizon, etc.) to discuss your bill from time to time. How often? The minimum is ONCE A YEAR. These companies change their plans often and your needs can change as well.
I’ve had a client that hadn’t called Spectrum since they first had internet. You might be thinking, “My internet works just fine – why should I?” This couple had 3 tv internet boxes and slower than molasses internet. It was 30 Mbps. At one time in our lives, this was a great number. Not anymore. Mine averages around 400 Mbps right now. On average, in our area, Spectrum customers for residential accounts get around 200 Mbps. You still might be asking why this is a problem.
Life has changed. We now have more need for Wi-Fi than we used to. Our cell phones are attached to it when we are at home. We now have more devices (tablets, kindles, watches, etc.). We also stream television now as well. Our internet needs to be high enough to support the extra items we all have. Not only do we need faster and stronger internet, but we also need updated modems. If you haven’t updated your internet in the last few years, you will receive a new modem/router (unless you own your own). These devices age and we need to keep them updated and in working order.
You might be saying, “Land the plane woman!” Ok ok! I called Spectrum and told them I was considering going to T Mobile’s home internet. It’s only $50 a month. A friend had raved about how much he liked his plan with them and the service. (He has since told me his internet isn’t as great as he once thought and to stick with Spectrum) It took a little time, but the long and short of it, I got put through to their retention department which took my leaving seriously. By the time I got off the phone with her, she managed to save me $50 a month off my bill! That’s $600 a year! What can YOU do with an extra $600 a year?
Yes, it took up part of my day. Yes, I had to demonstrate patience by being on the phone for a bit. She was amazing though and extremely nice and it was nice talking to her. My mom taught me a long time ago you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar, so I try to go into these calls expecting the best outcome. It definitely makes my day much more pleasant.
If you haven’t spoken to your internet provider recently (or ever), give them a call and tell them you need to cut back on your bill but still want the fastest internet available in your budget. Remember the client above that I told you about? Well, one phone (I made for them while I was at their house) saved them over $100 a month and increased their internet speed from 30 Mbps to 200 Mbps! Huge savings and a lot faster speed so they could stream tv using their Fire TV stick! It was a win/win!
Your results may differ – these were just mine 🙂
If you need help with this, feel free to reach out to me for help at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Interneting Everyone!