Gone are the days where limited number of companies used to monopolise the provision of broadband services. Today, the number of service providers range household names such as BT which used to dominate the telecommunication service provision, to relative new comers like TalkTalk. They are all competing for the attention of the ordinary consumers, trying to outdo one another not only in the provision of quality service, but the price tag as well.
This of course is a good thing for the consumer. But the abundance of choices is not without its own problem. Customers might get drown in the hype of the individual service providers. This has the potential to make it difficult knowing which service provider is offering a better value for your money in relation to the kind of service suitable for you. So how do you go about choosing the right provider that offers an outstanding service at a competitive price? Certain factors need to be taken into consideration to prevent spending more on service one do not require.
What Type Of Internet User Are You?
The first thing is to know what type of internet user you are. It is easy to oversight this important factor. If it happens one might end up paying for a service that is not really needed. Take for instance, the kind of user who uses the internet only to access emails or watch some odd youtube videos. If such a person wants to get broadband from a provider such as TalkTalk, he may be better off to choose TalkTalk Fast Broadband which comes with 17MB for twenty pounds per month, twelve month contract. But if he decides to go for TalkTalk Faster Fibre Broadband because it has higher MB (38) which costs twenty seven pounds per month with eighteen month contract, he may end up paying more for a higher service he does not actually require. Worse he may be tied up to an eighteen month contract rather than twelve. This will limit him from seeking cheaper option from other providers.
There may as well be other providers who offer the same service as TalkTalk but at a cheaper rate. It is always best to shop around especially if one falls into the Beginner’s Broadband User category. These providers are always trying to out one another. Competition is fierce. So knowledge of what other providers are offering is a recommended sensible practise if the aim is to have a better service at a cheaper rate. But this is not only a beginner’s problem. Heavy Broadband Users also require to shop around to enable them compare what are being offered by competitors, not only to seek cheaper service, but a service that is good with a cheaper price tag.
Heavy broadband users such as gamers, people who use internet to stream movies, families especially those with millennial children (who are reputed to see internet as second nature), would find slower download capacity making it difficult to concentrate on the purpose why they have internet in the first place, if they opt for a package much more suitable for the beginners. But that is not the only problem. One needs to know what kind of heavy user he is.
Suitable Broadband Packages
Each provider has more than one package suitable for heavier users. Let us take for example, BT. BT has the following packages for heavy broadband users – (1) BT Infinity Fibre Unlimited Broadband and Calls 52MB, £29.99 per month, twelve month contract. (2) BT Unlimited Fibre Broadband, Calls, and TV Entertainment Plus 52MB, £37 per month, twelve month contract.
The similarities between these two packages are obvious – both are 52MB and they both have calls added. Even the differences seem obvious. In addition to the broadband and calls, one has TV Entertainment; the other does not, which makes the price tag of one higher than the other.
The choice here is simple, one might say. But a heavy user who watches his TV only on terrestrial channels, would be spending on a service he does not need if decides to go for the number two option. It is always best to carefully look at the service one is opting for or else one may find himself stuck with a higher contract where he is paying more because of failure to have that second look.