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Making the Best Decision When It Comes to Internet Service Providers

By Rizwan Ahmad - 26 September 2013 No Comments
If you're shopping for a new Internet service provider, you should make sure you are making the right decision. Now that competition has increased tremendously, chances are there are several Internet providers operating in your area. By comparing a few aspects of their service, you can come closer to selecting the right provider. Here are a few factors that you would want to consider:

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The Total Cost 
When comparing prices, you should carefully look at any terms and conditions associated with that pricing. Some providers offer you a discounted price for a couple of months, but then revert back to their standard pricing. You should also factor in the cost of installation. In some cases, there will be no setup fee, but most Internet providers charge you a certain amount to set up your service, even if you already have your own equipment and no technician needs to visit your location.

Speed and Monthly Data Transfer
Most providers offer several different plans. If you use the Internet just to check up on the news from time to time, access your social media pages and read your email, a package that offers download speeds of 1Mbps and a monthly cap of a few gigabytes will probably be sufficient. But if you do things that require higher speeds and that transfer a lot of data, such as playing online video games daily, using video conferencing apps or streaming movies, you should go with the fastest plan offered, which will also include a higher data transfer limit. You can even find an ISP that offers plan with unlimited data transfer.

Bundled Services 
Many Internet providers also offer home phone service in a bundle. This is often a good idea, as it allows you to save on the cost of the two services. You can shop for a plan that includes Internet access and the phone features you need, such as unlimited long distance, voice mail, etc.

Overall Service Quality
Even though your ISP may offer you all of the services you need at a good price, you will still need to consider the quality of their services. You definitely don't want to deal with a company that has uncaring customer service or whose network always seems to be going down. Take the time to read a few online reviews about the provider you're thinking of signing up with, as this will let you find out what other consumers think of them.
Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Andraea and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,

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