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Balancing Price and Needs when You Shop for Internet Connection

By Nathan Brown T Subscribe to RSS | February 7th 2012 | Views:
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Never before in the history of mankind did information flow so fast. Letters posted took three or more days to be delivered, and even a telegram took a couple of hours to reach the recipients. If you had to transfer voluminous documents across to another country, then the counting was usually in weeks; at least two to three to be precise. Contrast that with the today’s world; a few minutes or just seconds perhaps if you have a reliable fast internet connection.

The widespread use of internet has made traveling not an absolute necessity. You can use it for video conferencing, streaming movies across continents and even for watching TV. There is virtually no sector that does not rely on the internet, and that includes booking tickets for travel, movies; buying clothes, groceries; money transfers and so on. However, the internet was not originally intended to carry out all these chores when it was first conceived. When first conceived, the primary object was to transfer text documents for military use and for research purposes by interlinking computers across defense establishments and universities.

For the common man internet connectivity comes in many hues and colors. They are mostly based on speed (download/upload), bandwidth and the data limits. In fact most internet companies base their billing methodology on these three factors before they let know their pricing policy to the general users. Of course the internet companies insist that the subscriber pay a minimum rental even in the event that no use is made of during a billing cycle. And that they do because they have to spend substantially to maintain the network in good working order.

Subscribers for their part always look toward having a connection that will give them value for money; faster down/upload, more data and higher bandwidth. Making the right choice can be little daunting if there are no information related to past usage. Therefore choosing the minimum configuration is the key to minimizing the bills. But that is where the pitfall lay. If you choose a too small configuration there is always the possibility of getting limits exhausted, and if it too big then bandwidth gets wasted.

One of the most frequent use to which internet is used is for reading mails and browsing websites for information, and occasionally a couple of streaming videos. In which case, even a 2 Mbps is pretty high speed, unless it is being shared simultaneously on a network. If you are using it as an individual why not consider a 512 Kbps connection? You can save a lot of money on the bills. Will you need something like a jet to travel to your office two or three blocks away? However, homes are different these days. Internet connections are included with cable TV, and cable TVs require high speed internet connectivity to make it feasible and that is a major point to be considered when you order your internet connection.

Internet companies recognize that usage patterns vary a lot between the different segments of users. And that is the reason why some companies keep many choices before the customers. Xfinity internet for example has six different plans for its customers and from the customer’s perspective the more, the better it always is. While speed is definitely an issue when you go shopping for internet connections, there is another angle that you need to consider before you pitch for a particular player. Established companies with a good network and years of experience certainly deserve to be favored over the lesser known, because, with the connection, you will need good customer care and experienced personnel to attend to your needs.

Nathan Brown T - About Author:
Nathan Brown is a freelance writer and likes to write on internet, TV and home phones. It is his usual practice to scan the websites looking for offers relating to his subjects and call his reader’s attention to his discovery like the Xfinity Internet.

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