Cheap or Free Internet
Internet costs are expensive, and the prices seem to keep climbing. Maybe it’s because lots of people are choosing to drop cable television and subscribe to the many services for streaming television shows and movies online – so the cable companies are trying to make up for lost revenue by hiking up the prices of their internet service. This article will show you ways to negotiate for better internet pricing, and will provide you with other ways that you may qualify for cheap or free internet.
If you have really examined your internet bill then you’ve noticed the fees, taxes and whatnot that are added to the bill. You might be able to eliminate some or all of the additional charges that appear.
Always ask your service provider to waive the activation and installation fees.
If you are one of the households that have a DVR you may be able to negotiate the fees (rental and monthly service fee). Depending on the package you select, service providers may waive the fees for the term of the contract or for a select period of time. (When there are other options like Netflix and Hulu, the costs shouldn’t be so high)
If you are charged a service call fee for something that is not your fault, definitely dispute the charge.
Service providers lease modems to their customers, and some service providers also have a list of approved compatible modems that their customers are allowed to buy and use, thus saving the monthly fee that they would normally be charged for using the service providers equipment (modem).
If you already have a discounted or promotion rate be sure to call and re-negotiate before your promotion expires. If you wait until after the promotional rate expires you’ll be stuck paying the regular monthly rate. If you call before the promotional rate expires you’ll have the company wondering if you’ll be staying or if you’ll be leaving.
Be sure to shop around with the competitors before you call to re-negotiate so you know what else is available out there.
Don’t be too agressive when calling your service provider but don’t be too passive either. Ask open-ended questions such as how can you help me lower my bill. Don’t ask questions that require a yes/no response, and never accept the first offer they give you since they are usually trying to upgrade your package by giving you more selections and not lowering your price at all. Stick to your guns and tell them you are looking to lower your bill.
You may also qualify for low-cost internet via Connect2compete, a national nonprofit organization that offers low-cost Internet, affordable computer offers, and free computer training.
Checkout FreedomPop free internet where after an initial investment (purchasing a modem from them) you could receive 1GB of free data each month.
(1GB equates to approximately: streaming 165 videos or 570 songs, download 255 apps and games, post 2,850 photos, or send 2,500 emails.)
There is also pay-as-you-go internet. Buy a wireless internet card or Wireless USB Sticks at stores such as Walmart or even order online from Amazon. Prices vary depending on how much internet you want. Prices can be found for $30 or less.
Don’t forget about Wi-Fi Hot Spots often free at places like airports, libraries, coffee shops, restaurants/fast food, government buildings, universities and colleges.
You can locate the hotspots in your area through several websites including OpenWiFiSpots, WiFiFreespot, and JiWire.
If none of the above options work for you, or appeal to you, then there is always the option of sharing the expense with a trusted neighbor.
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