How to get cheap internet service
I don’t know about you, but I was pretty frustrated by my internet bill. When I first signed up for high speed internet service several years ago it only cost me about $25/ month. But I have been with them for several years and every year they raised the price on me until I was paying over $40 per month for the lowest tier of high speed internet they had available. This last spring I got another letter from them that they were raising the price another couple of bucks per month and that was the last straw for me. I use the internet a lot, so I needed high speed service, but I was determined to find a lower price
Searching for a lower price.
When I looked at the options for high speed internet, I was pretty disappointed in what I saw. My cable company gave a discount on high speed internet if I bundled the internet service with cable television. This didn’t work for me because I had television service through dish network which was quite a bit lower than the cable TV service I would have to buy, so that didn’t make any sense.
Since I had low cost TV through Dish Network, I looked into their internet service, but that wasn’t going to work either. It seems that the technology to get high speed internet into your home through a satellite dish just isn’t very good, and this option is usually the most expensive way to get high speed internet. If you live out in the country without cable or DSL service then this might be your only option, but if you have other options then satellite should be your last choice.
Next I looked into DSL. There are several companies that offer DSL, but only the monopoly phone company is able to offer you naked DSL, which means DSL without a phone line. A quick internet search revealed an avalanche of bad reviews of the monopoly phone company’s customer service, so this wasn’t an option only.
Next I looked at wireless internet. Wireless internet requires you to have an antennae with a clear line of sight to the antennae that is broadcasting the wireless signal, so it may not be available to people in less populated, or very hilly areas. I found out that wireless internet was available in my area, but the price was higher than I was already paying for cable.
Finally, I looked at getting internet through a cellular company. This is a fine option for light internet use for those on the go, but low limits and fairly slow speeds mean this probably is the best idea for people who are heavy internet users at home. If you like to watch streaming video, then this isn’t for you.
So it looked like cable internet was my only option, and as luck would have it, getting the cable company to lower my bill was easier than I thought.
Just ask for a lower rate
To get a lower rate, all I had to do was ask. I was shocked at how easy it was. I literally just called them up told them I wanted to pay less, and they lowered my bill down to $25/ month which was about $20/ month less than the published rate. When they thought I was thinking about canceling my service they gave me the discount without any hassle. This lower rate only lasts for a year, but guess what I am going to do when the year is up? I’ll just ask again.
Leverage is all you need
I told a friend of mine how easy it was, so he tried to the same thing but failed, no discount at all. The difference is that he had no leverage. My friend lived a little ways out of town where there is no DSL available, so cable has a monopoly on high speed internet in his neighborhood. Because they have no competitors the cable company can just charge whatever they want. I was able to scare the cable company into thinking I would fire them and get DSL, but they knew my friend was bluffing, so they were able to call his bluff.
In the near future more options will be available which will drive down the price of high speed internet for everyone. Until then a lower price may be available to anybody with multiple options, and all you have to do is ask.
Photo courtesy of IK’s World Trip