We are the generation who lives our lives on the internet. I don’t just mean letting the world know what we had for dinner on social media – so many more aspects of our lives rely heavily on the internet for convenience.
We do our weekly shop online, we purchase emergency fancy dress outfits for school online.
I work from home and rely on a decent broadband connection. The children’s maths homework is and school feedback is all done online and, of course, we watch most of our TV on demand or via Netflix.
Given that our broadband and TV package plays a large role in keeping our life and family harmoniously, deciding which provider to use should not be taken lightly.
Here are my tips for choosing your next broadband provider.
You may have been with a certain company since the dawn of time and this will, without doubt, tell you they are providing their very best deal. They may well be, but there may be another company out there who can offer better. Use a simple comparison site to check out all available broadband and TV deals – you could save a lot of money by switching.
Do you have the need for speed?
If you’re just using the internet for basic browsing and want standard channels then the 11MB average speed will suit you just fine. If you are the parents of the next big YouTube sensation who is constantly want to to stream movies and is a gamer extraordinaire then you need a connection with a bit more oompf. Just be sure to clarify with the provider that this higher MB connection is available in your area and remember – it may not necessarily run at that speed at all times…
Consider how many channels you need, is 301 channels a little excessive if you primarily want Kids TV. Are the channels you will mostly watch available in a smaller package with a different company? Are you REALLY going to watch enough movies to justify paying for that larger bundle? It’s easy to get swept up in the hype of all the channels but there really is no point in paying a lot more for a bundle you will barely use. Saying that, we chose the slightly higher than basic TV bundle simply because it included Movies 24 – which we all know turns into Christmas 24 – the most magical channel of them all!
Take note of the contract length – this sound obvious but the longer you take a contract for, the more likely it will be that you have to buy yourself out of it in order to take up a better deal. Also, be sure to read the small print and know if the price is going to rise considerably at the end of the contract.
Be sure to check and check again that the package you choose is unlimited, you don’t want to find yourself with sneaky charges because you have downloaded one too many funny cat videos. Just like with your mobile phone – using any data above and beyond your contract will prove costly.
Bear all this in mind and you should be able to find yourself a decent broadband and TV deal that will perfectly suit the needs of you and your family.