How To Lower Your Internet Cost

Avatar for cmerin
Registered: 01-20-2004
How To Lower Your Internet Cost
Mon, 02-03-2014 - 12:27pm

Q. I'm paying too much for too little — almost $200 for cable, Internet and phone. How can I cut those costs?

A. You're definitely overpaying, and you're not alone: I've heard this lament from many people, up to and including my own mother.

Your easiest and first option should be to threaten to fire your current service, then see what kind of a discount it offers you to stay. If it isn't sufficiently generous — as in, compare its proposed price break to the deals its site touts for new subscribers — it's time to look for alternatives and then make good on your threat.

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Have you tried to threaten to fire your current service? Has it worked?

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Avatar for khatru1
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Registered: 06-07-2004
Tue, 02-18-2014 - 2:34pm

I switched from Directv and Centurylink to Comcast not long ago because my DSL suddenly became flaky. Centurylink couldn't fix it, and wanted you to pay for any service calls. Instead of really trying resolve a customers issues, they would rather have me quit. Comcasts customer service is no better but their services are working well at least for now. Neither is a real bargain. I need another alternative in my area but we don't have one for fast internet. Now Comcast wants to buy Time Warner? Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, that would make it worse.

Here is an idea, go in halfsies with your neighbor. Share a wireless connection or run a wire bewteen houses. :)