5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Broadband Provider

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Broadband Provider

In this day and age, it’s safe to say that we rely on the internet and on broadband for virtually everything. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but we do rely on it for a heck of a lot. Whether you need broadband for use in the home, or for use in your business, the important thing to remember is that finding the right broadband provider is essential. Without the right provider, your coverage will suffer, and life will become much harder than it needs to be. If you’re on the lookout for a new broadband provider, here are 5 things you will need to consider.

Your download limits

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a new broadband provider is whether download limits. If you rarely use the internet and don’t download a great deal, a lower limit may be beneficial and probably will be cheaper. If you do a lot of downloading, or you are a large household or a business, choosing a package with unlimited downloads should be high on your list of priorities. This package will probably cost slightly more, but if you do download a lot, it will certainly be worth it.

Price

Before you start getting sucked in with deals that sound too good to be true, a very important thing you will need to consider is the cost. If you’re looking to purchase a new broadband package, how much can you realistically afford and more to the point, how much do you want to spend? Before you begin searching for a new broadband provider, take the time to figure out how much you can afford and how much you want to spend and then give yourself a budget.

Service in your area

Another important factor to take into consideration is the service in your area. Some rural locations for example, may struggle to get a good service or fast speeds from certain providers. If you require fast speeds, it’s worth doing your research and finding out which providers happen to offer the best service in your area.

Customer service

Never underestimate the importance of good customer service. Remember, modern technology is wonderful when it works. When it isn’t working however, it can be a real nightmare. When your broadband goes down, and trust us, it will likely go down from time to time, no matter how awesome it is, you need to be safe in the knowledge that help is never far away. This is where friendly and efficient customer service proves to be so useful. When you’re searching for a broadband provider, try to find out about their customer service and find out whether people rate it or not.

Length of contract

Finally, the last thing you need to consider when searching for a broadband provider is the overall length of your contract. Unless you get an unbelievably good deal, the last thing you want is to find yourself tied down to a lengthy contract. If you aren’t sure in the early stages, it’s best to go with a relatively short contract, as that way if your deal isn’t right, you won’t have long to left before you can switch providers. If it does work out, you can always renew and perhaps opt for a longer contract the next time.

How to Haggle for a Great Broadband Deal

How to Haggle for a Great Broadband Deal

As you probably know, without the internet we would be pretty-much done for as far as society goes. We rely on the internet and our broadband deals for a variety of reasons, and without it you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. We use the web for our shopping, we use it to pay our bills, we do our work online, and we like to spend our free time online in the process.

Needless to say, broadband providers have picked up on the fact that we’re so reliant on them, and to be quite frank, some of them are charging their customers extortionate amounts of money for a service that can be obtained much cheaper from somewhere else. If your broadband provider is ripping you off, it’s time to haggle and get a better deal, either from them or with somebody else. Here are some tips on haggling for a great broadband deal.

Ask your provider for a discount

First and foremost, we understand that switching broadband providers, while not being the hardest task in the world, is still another job we could do without. Ideally, we’d stick with the provider we’re with now, but would pay much less. Believe it or not, but one of the best ways of getting a better deal from your broadband provider is to simply give them a ring and ask them. You’d be amazed by how many times a simple phone call and the request of a discount works. At the end of the day, you’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain, so give them a call, tell them you’re unhappy with the amount you’re paying, and see what they can do for you.

Get quotes from elsewhere

Another great haggling technique when it comes to obtaining a broadband deal is to speak to other providers and get quotes from them. Tell them how much you are paying now and they will almost certainly offer you a better price for the same deal and service, otherwise you’d have no incentive to go with them. Once you obtain these quotes you can then go back to your current provider.

See if your current provider can beat the quotes you obtained

Once you’ve obtained a few quotes from other providers, call your current provider, tell them you are unhappy and are thinking of leaving because of the price, and tell them the cheapest quotes you were offered. As they will likely want to retain your custom, they will likely offer come back with an even better offer then the cheapest quotes you received.

Play hard ball

If you are still not happy with the offers your provider has come back to you with, now it’s time to play hard ball. Assuming you are at the end of your contract, or are soon to be, simply tell them that if they don’t offer you a better deal, that you are going to cancel and not renew with them again. If they value your custom, they will offer you a cheaper rate. If not, and you seriously are looking to leave, go with one of the other providers who gave you a quote and see which offers they have for you.

Interesting Facts about Broadband and the Internet

Interesting Facts about Broadband and the Internet

Nowadays, the internet is as common in everyday life as the humble television set. It’s hard to believe then, that a little over two decades ago, having online connectivity was seen as a luxury that only the very privileged could afford. We rely on the internet for so many things in day to day life that in all honesty, if for some reason the world were to lose online connectivity, even for a short period of time, chaos and anarchy would likely ensue. As awesome as the internet is, we bet there are a number of facts relating to the internet that you weren’t aware of. Many of these facts are nothing more than just useless trivia, but they’re incredibly interesting nonetheless, and who knows when they may come in handy. Here are some interesting facts about broadband and the internet that you probably didn’t know.

There are a lot of websites online

Shock horror, the internet has a lot of websites, who knew? Yes, okay, you can hold the sarcasm however, because you’ll likely be surprised when you learn precisely how many websites there are. As of October 2018, there are more than 1.9 BILLION websites online, and that number is growing every single day. Some are awesome, some are horrendous, and some are just plain bizarre, but they are there nonetheless.

More than 1 in 2 people uses the web

We knew that the internet was popular, but did you know it was this popular? Currently there are 7.53 billion people in the world. As of this writing, just shy of 3.8 billion people are connected to the world wide web in some capacity.

We spend a lot of money online

Whether you’re buying your dog a cute outfit to wear during the holidays, or a brand-new processor for your work laptop, you can buy virtually anything online. Because of this, we spend a lot of money online in the UK, but do you know how much? Well, roughly each year, we spend an astonishing £1.7 Trillion on the web.

Hacking is a problem

Like it or not, online cyber crime is a real problem. Many websites, big and small, have been hacked in the past, and sadly that will likely be the case for the foreseeable future. Every single day however, around 85,000 websites are hacked by cyber-criminals, with WordPress sites being amongst the most vulnerable.

The first email was sent earlier than you thought

It wasn’t until the mid-nineties that the internet started to take off. The world’s very first email however, was sent way back in 1971. While the world’s first text message read ‘Merry Christmas’ the world’s first email was decidedly more boring. We know that because US programmer Ray Tomlinson sent it, and he can’t actually remember what it said.

We send a lot of emails

Talking of emails, while most of yours are probably spam, you do get the occasional useful one. But do you know how many emails are sent thanks to the internet and broadband? Well, you’re about to. We send 250 Billion emails every single day.