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4 Steps to Effectively Compare Internet Price Plans

Comparing broadband plans seems easy. In reality, it's a lot more complicated. This is because sometimes you get exactly what you pay for. Sometimes, you pay more but it doesn't seem worth it. Before even getting to comparing internet plans, you should start thinking about what you're going to use it for. Do you watch a lot of movies online? Do you download a lot? Are you a gamer? Figure out the internet speed sweet spot that you need and you can start comparing price plans.

  1. Look for Quotes

    It's easy to find pricing online. You can find a lot of quotes from different providers and compare them. The only drawback is that they sometimes aren't updated with the most current promotions that ISPs run, so it's still best to call them by phone. Gather as many quotes as you can both from the various online quoting sites. Next, call each ISP and ask if they have any specials for the month. Determine which the best plans are for you, and move to the next step.

  2. Look for Quotas

    Sift through the pricing plans you gathered and try to look out for those that don't make sense. For instance, a higher speed plan is cheaper than a lower one despite coming from the same provider. This could be due to bandwidth or download quotas. Perhaps the high speed plan has a monthly quota while the lower speed has a daily quota. This means that while the high speed plan slows to a crawl when it reaches its quota, making the lower speed plan the better choice. When you see any of these, ask for clarification from the provider.

  3. Look for Second Opinions

    Once you have narrowed your search a little further, it's time to take the matter to people you know. Ask for second opinions from people with the same interests as you. If you're a gamer, ask a fellow gamer what internet provider he's with. Ask him if there's anything that you need to know with that particular ISP, such as hidden charges if there's any.

  4. Look for Flaws

    This step isn't for the sake of nitpicking. All ISPs will have flaws. The trick is to figure out which one has the most fatal flaws. This is the final and broadest step. You will want to know how stable the connections are. You'll want to know how frequently the ISP does their maintenance, if any. You'll want to know how consistent the speeds are. You'll also want to know how good their customer service folks are at solving problems.

From here on, it's going to be personal preference. Perhaps you like consistent highspeeds at the cost of random infrequent disconnections. Perhaps you're too busy during month-ends so you don't mind having a low download cap. Overall, though, most flaws can be fixed by competitive customer service. So don't focus too much about the flaws and choose what you think will be best for your internet habits.

Author's Bio:

Zack Bauer is a blogger and web consultant for various companies that specialize in home improvement, organization, and landscaping. He believes in a better home, which includes helping people understand more about internet service providers, especially in the land down under. He encourages thorough research and price comparison on companies such as Optus packages before making the purchase.

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