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Getting the Best of Internet Plans: the Plain Facts You Need to Consider

By Nathan Brown T Subscribe to RSS | February 28th 2012 | Views:
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The most common mistake that internet users make when subscribing to an internet service is overestimating their need for speed. Faster doesn’t mean the best for your wallet remember. You may unwittingly even buy a 50 Mbps connection when a 1 Mbps is all that you need. Remember that ordering a 50 Mbps speed for checking mail is like using a formula race car for driving to your office. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it. Similarly a 1 Mbps connection will hardly fit into your scheme if you plan to download a 3 Gbps HD movie every other day. So evaluate your needs just as I did when I ordered my Cox Internet connection.

Having a fast connection can be advantageous overall, but not the bill if you don’t use the speed to its full potential. That you have a high speed connection doesn’t mean your download is going to be as fast as you may have naively calculated. In fact the speed at which you receive a file is only as fast as the slowest link in the chain that leads your connection to the servers that hold the file. The truth is that cable companies will not promise you steady speeds, at the best they will only promise speeds in an ideal situation and hence you will see the word “up to” included when speeds are indicated.

The higher the speeds of your subscription the greater will be the cost. So the amount of data you download during a billing period will have a direct relationship to the bills you receive. If your operator fixes 50 GB as the standard download during a billing cycle, remember that if you have not fully used it, then you have actually wasted a lot of money. However if you exceed the limit you will be either billed separately for the excess download, or sometimes your speed may be throttled, and neither will work to your advantage.

If you are subscribing to an internet connection for the first time, then sit down to make an honest evaluation about what your download and uploading is going to be. You will be charged for both, and that is seldom publicized. A fixed amount of download/upload is a more prudent way to choose a plan but that again will depend upon how accurately you are able to make an evaluation. If your operator can give you a tailor made plan that will take into consideration the speed, data volume and validity period then you can be on surer footing. Find out if they will. It should be more helpful to you in the long run. Operators will even give you go-as-you progress plans under which, at the end of the billing cycle you will be placed under the most economic plan depending upon your usage and speed.

Getting a bundled package is often advantageous both for the user and provider, provided that you use their TV and phone services as well. The normal tendency nowadays is to go for it, rather than for individual services. But that will work to your advantage only if you make optimum use of the TV and phone. Don’t fall for baits that you cannot use. Honest providers keep plans simple and easy to understand. Still, making a comparison between the plans can be painfully difficult. In the event you are unable to make an evaluation see what similarly placed families around are doing, and go by that. You can always switch to a different plan provided that you have not bought a long time one. At the end of the day it’s always the same; make an honest appraisal of your needs and go by it. If you can’t then choose a low-end package and then upgrade as you go.

Nathan Brown T - About Author:
Nathan Brown an independent freelance writer and during his leisure time likes to write about internet, cable TV and digital phones. He is also a profuse reader and uses the internet for making his views known and welcomes visitors to know more aboutCox Internet.

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