Three Reasons to Choose a Cheap Internet Provider

Posted by: T. Lacoma on Monday, February 4th, 2013

Cheap Internet is defined by low monthly prices. DSL services tend to be the cheapest connections (around $20 to $50 per month), but also offer the lowest speeds. Advanced options such as fiber optic Internet are often the most expensive. Prices vary widely based on the types of plans, and regions as well, but fortunately, pricing has grown more accurate and consistent in recent years. This means your individual situation can dictate how much you want to spend for Internet services. Here are three circumstances conducive to selecting a low-speed Internet solution.

1. You use low amounts of data

Low data usage means that you use the Internet for simple activities, such as online shopping, looking up breaking news, and monitoring email or social networks. These basic online activities only consume a small amount of data and do not require your ISP (Internet service provider) to shift large amounts of data at once. You can safely choose an inexpensive plan with a low data limit and relatively slow speeds, such as DSL or even dial-up. This allows you to save money without worrying too much about overage charges.

Videos, online games, frequent downloads, and streaming services all require far larger amounts of data and higher speeds in order to function. If you frequently use your Internet connection for these more heavy-handed activities, a cheap Internet service may not be the best choice. You are better off choosing a high-speed cable option with a higher data cap.

2. You already have phone/TV/data Services

Buy for the Internet that you will use, not the Internet you assume you need. This requires an examination of lifestyle. Do you do much of your Internet surfing from a phone or tablet device? In this case, you can pay for a data plan through a cellphone provider and base most (or all) of your Internet data usage off of this service. If you still want home-based, landline Internet services, you should be able to purchase a single, inexpensive service for your local needs.

Likewise, if you already have TV services or do not use a TV, you can forego the more expensive bundle options and choose a simpler, cheaper service that only includes Internet.

3. You Have Future Plans

Always make ISP choices with an eye on the future. If you are only planning on renting an apartment for several months in an area before moving to a different region, save money by using a no-contract Internet plan. If you have plans to move out of the area within a year or two, then an inexpensive Internet plan can help you save money for the relocation and avoid paying for extra services or data that you will only use temporarily.

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