In a world of so many options and so little time, home internet customers find it difficult to discern which internet providers are available, what speeds are available and how they can make it as painless as possible. Here are some quick tips we have found to assist you in your home internet service selection.
- Know What’s Available In Your Area
The most difficult part for new homeowners or those moving from another state is which providers are available in my area? For this, Internet Service Partners created a zip code qualification where you can enter your zip code here, and find out what offers are available near you. This gives you accurate pricing, an easy to access phone number and an associate available within minutes to help you decide what is best for you.
- Do you have more than one service you can bundle?
Most internet service provider companies will offer higher discounts for the more services you bundle with your internet. In a world where streaming all content is becoming the norm, prices for internet and TV are dropping to entice users to purchase both. Depending on the company, many offer internet and TV programming (Such as AT&T) or internet and satellite programming (AT&T and DirecTV or Centurylink/DirecTV). AT&T also has options where you can bundle your wireless with your internet and/or TV package.
- Can I transfer my current service to my new house?
For those moving in state, many times you can simply transfer your service from your old house to your new house. Many times, the provider will do this at no charge, especially if you ask. Have questions about moving, check out some simple tips you should know here.
- Will you need wifi?
Most smartphone users are highly interested in finding the next wifi hotspot. When visitors come to your home, one of the most frequent questions asked is “what is your wifi password?”. This is a common concern because if not addressed, wireless customers are forced to use their data plans from their smart devices which can be pretty costly if not contained. WiFi is always recommended but be sure that your connection is made secure. You don’t want your neighbors stealing your wifi signal.
- Who will set up your router?
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will often have a technician come out during the first install to set up your wired connection. If you are renting a modem from your ISP, many times they will install your internet and install your router. This is important for you to check with your ISP and the technician who services your home to find out what the process will be.
- Is Your Connection Secure or Public Facing?
In a perfect world, everyone would have 100% secure connections and no public facing options for an internet router. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. When Comcast created the Xfinity Home Hotspot, many users were apprehensive that they might be losing the guaranteed speed offered in their area. The speed typically will not change as much as the security and potential exposure to hackers or those wanting to steal your information. The good news? You can deactivate it on the spot. Other web companies like Time Warner Cable, Spectrum (formerly Charter), AT&T, Sprint and others offer similar wifi hotspot options as part of their product offering. Be cautious but know that as long as you follow the precautions and ask the right questions, you can keep your internet secure.