Should you switch to a new internet provider when you move?
The answer depends on a lot of factors. Check it out.
Moving is a great time to go through your stuff and purge what you don’t need. Most people think that just applies to books and clothing, but it can apply to your internet provider as well.
Does Your Internet Provider Offer Service in Your New Area?
Internet providers vary from area to area. Your current provider may not offer service in your new area. Call your provider and see if moving the services is even an option. If not, it’s time to start looking at new companies. Try to do this early. That gives you time to shop around.
How Much Does It Cost to Move Your Internet?
Unfortunately, a lot of internet providers charge a fee for moving your service. The fee is usually only around $50, but it can be more. It covers the cost of sending out a tech or whatever else needs to be done. Check out the fee before agreeing to move your service.
In some cases, you may be able to get the fee waived if you talk with the loyalty department. In other cases, you may be able to get the fee waived if you upgrade to a more expensive plan.
Does Your Internet Provider Offer the Same Services in Your New Area?
It’s also important to see if your internet provider offers the same service in your new area. Infrastructure varies from area to area. One place may have fiber optic cables, while another place may be running the internet over 30-year old phone lines. As a result, the available speeds may vary.
To explain, imagine you live in a city right now, and you have super fast internet. However, you plan to move to the country. Your internet provider offers service in the country, but it can’t give you the same high speed you’re used to. In cases, like this, you may want to look into other options. For instance, you may want to consider switching to satellite internet.
Can You Get a Better Internet Deal?
Even if your company offers service at your new address, you may want to look at alternatives. Internet companies tend to offer the best deals to brand new customers. When you’re moving to a new home, that’s the best time to get a great deal.
Plus, if you plan to get phone service or cable, you can get an even better deal. Most companies offer deals for bundles. A bundle is when you get TV, cable or internet from the same company or from companies who are willing to work together. Then, you receive a discount.
In a lot of cases, bundled services are cheaper than standalone services. For instance, a lot of CenturyLink plans combine phone and internet service. If you got the internet on its own, it ends up costing more than both services together. Similarly, AT&T offers bundles deals for cell phone and internet service. Almost all internet providers offer some way to save through bundling.
Moving deals can be the best internet deals. Don’t just pack up your old internet service and take it to your new home. Consider looking around to see what else is available.
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