A basic guide for maximising your connection
Internet services have two options: a plain plan that only provides the service, with one main speed per each type of broadband connection. The other is a bundle or package deal service that has an extra thing or two – it is offered with a bundle to add extra value, provide a device along with the connection or offer two similar services in one package. These bundles usually have a special price and can save money for the customer, especially if it’s perfectly suiting, and according to how it’s used.
Internet service bundles available today are peppered with so many options to help the customer get a perfect plan that suits them and also fits their budget. This is important in order to get the most out of a plan or bundle. A short basic guide follows to help make sure the plan fits well and works well.
Identifying the bundle specifics
When getting a bundle, it is important to know the details of the deal, if there is a locked in period or contract, how long the plans are and more importantly, the coverage area. Some areas are not suitable or reliable for some specific connections, and might not work optimally for some customers. This is to ensure the connection is good and reliable before getting into it. This can be checked or inquired ahead of time with the companies offering it in the vicinity.
Main types of connection to choose from for broadband and high speed internet are cable, ADSL, NBN and Wi-Fi. The most commonly bundled broadband service is usually these formats. There are also other less popular connections, depending on availability: T1, satellite, 4G LTE among others, but some of these are used strictly for high speed mobile access or for businesses and large networks, and might be limited in coverage areas.
There are also a few types of bundles to consider here: with phones (home phone or mobile / smartphone plan), with a handheld gadget or tablet or Wi-Fi device or router. Check which one is most applicable, or if the pay plan gadget is really needed, depending if a new phone or device is necessary and fits the budget. Other options include a home phone and a VoIP or voice over internet phone service as the bundle extra.
Individual use or family / household use: for both, it is necessary to check how much data is actually needed or used in a billing cycle, as some plans have levels of data that might meet the needs of the user or users and can be cheaper, and save money in the long run. If the usage is always beyond the given data packages, that’s the time unlimited deals become the best option, however it is usually more expensive than limited plans.
There are bundles with set or limited data packages, designed for those with limited or minimal monthly internet use, mostly for emails and low-data online activities. It is important to know how much is used, to determine if a bigger plan, an unlimited plan or a set plan is applicable. This can often spell the difference and save money.
Another thing to check is the type of usage: stationary, mobile or combination of both. This will determine if the customer would want to put the service to a smartphone or mobile as the main connection or if a computer at home will need it more. It also determines if there will be two similar connections needed for two different devices.