When it comes to choosing broadband for your home, it can be difficult knowing where to start. From BT infinity deals to Sky phone and broadband, there are numerous packages out there catering for just about everyone’s needs. However, if you’re no expert, it can also be easy to opt for the wrong package just because it appears cheaper or advertises quicker download speeds than one of its competitors.
With all this in mind here are a few things you might want to do or consider before taking the plunge with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Consider what you need it for: This is the best place to start, as if you know exactly what you want, you will be able to find a package that is tailored to your needs. Will you be using it just for sending e-mails or will you be looking at downloading from the iTunes store or sending files? A package may appear to be cheap, but if it has a download limit and you are going to be spending a lot of time downloading, you could end up facing a huge bill at the end of the month that will leave you needing a stiff drink.
- How many people will be using the internet in your home: This is also important, if you have a slow connection and you have several people using the internet at the same time, it can grind to a halt at times. If you have multiple users, give this some thought.
- Check forums & broadband comparison sites: Whilst there are always commercials advertising how cheap and quick a service might be, it’s always a good idea to look at forums and see what kind of service customers are actually receiving. Comparison sites are also useful for well, comparing prices, speeds etc. alongside each other. Some ISPs have a better reputation than others and you don’t want to opt for one that may be £1 a month cheaper only to find the service is terrible.
- Speak to your neighbours: There is no better way to learn how good a service is than to ask people in your street who currently use that service. Whilst a provider will advertise speeds of up to a certain amount, this does not mean that you will necessarily get it.
- Should I consider a package: Many providers now offer packages that include telephone and television. If you opt for a complete package, you could end up saving a reasonable sum, so this is definitely worth considering.
- Check what comes with the package: Some providers may seem cheaper but have an initial outlay for hardware such as a modem or installation costs. Make sure you know exactly what you will be paying before you commit.
It’s important to do all of these things before choosing and going with an ISP, as once you’re committed, there’s often no way back. If you take out a contract and are not happy you could find yourself tied-in for a year with no way out. You could even find yourself having to pay a fee to release you from said contract. If you do your homework and take your time, you’re much more likely to find an ISP that gives you everything you need.
Author Bio: Kerry Butters writes on behalf of www.broadbandgenie.co.uk, where you can find all the latest broadband deals from BT, Sky and Virgin.