How to Decide if a Cable and Internet Bundle Package is Right for YouAccording to a Consumer Reports survey, one in three readers chose to bundle their basic home TV, phone, and Internet services from one provider. Of those who chose to bundle, 27 percent said they would certainly bundle again with the same company and 55 percent said they were likely to do so. Why should I bundle Internet and Cable services? Internet and cable companies are fighting to get you as a loyal customer. In order to win your business, many companies offer bundled services at a reduced rate. Couple the cost savings with the simplicity of one monthly bill and it’s easy to see why so many are choosing to bundle with cable TV and Internet packages.
- Savings: The biggest plus for choosing to bundle is the cost savings. When you bundle two or more services together from the same company, you can save a significant amount of money. A May 2013 Consumer Report estimates that customers can save 40 to 60 percent simply by bundling. When you choose to get your services from one company, your cable and Internet are coming from one wire, making it cheaper for the company to offer the service. The amount you save depends on where you live and how many competitors are in the area.
- Convenience: With a bundled service, you’ll only have one easy-to-manage bill each month. Plus, when it comes time for services calls, you can make one phone call instead of several. It’s all about creating a relationship with a single company.
- Features: Companies are vying for your business and willing to roll out the best incentives and features to get you as a customer. Most bundles get you extras like faster download speeds, premium programming, HD service, or even On Demand.
- Light Users: You typically have one or two people in your household using the Internet to surf online, check email, or play simple games. Speeds up to 3 Mbps will likely work for you.
- Medium Users: If you typically have three or more users online at the same time, you’ll want more speed. Anywhere from 6 to 12 Mpbs should be best.
- Heavy Users: If you use a lot of data and have multiple people on multiple devices online at the same time, you’ll probably need at least 15 Mbps of service.
- Installation fees. Is there an additional fee for installation and activation? Some companies charge as much as $100 for a setup fee.
- Promotional prices. Is the price you’ve been quoted a promotional price? If so, how long will the introductory period last? After a set number of months, usually 3 to 6 months, promotional rates end and higher prices could appear.
- Contracts. Are you locked into a contract for a specific amount of time? If so, how long? Is there a penalty if you terminate early?
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