The internet is becoming a necessity, and every home or office needs it. Considering that smart gadgets are now finding their way into our homes, we can’t operate without internet access. But in a market with so many options, picking the right broadband plan can be a complicated undertaking. In this post, you will learn the things you need to consider when choosing a broadband plan for your home or office.
What Type of Broadband User Are You?
Before picking a broadband package, you must first establish how much broadband you will be using and what you will be using it for. Here are common broadband user types and the internet plan they will require:
- Light user. If you only use your internet at home for browsing, checking emails, and your social media accounts, then you won’t require a fast plan or big download limits.
- Medium user. You are a medium user if you browse the internet and check your emails and social media accounts frequently. You also stream YouTube and other streaming services every so often. You may be sharing the internet with others, which means you need a reliable broadband plan with decent speeds to support all your internet activities without latency. You will probably need 20Mbps or higher.
- Heavy user. You are a heavy user if, in addition to browsing and social media, you stream TV or HD movies a lot, you probably download movies and games, you enjoy gaming online, and you have multiple devices accessing WiFi. If that’s you, you need fast speeds that meet your demands and unlimited data allowance. You might opt for fiber rather than ADSL to ensure sufficient speeds. More often than not, families fall into this category.
- Working from home. As more companies are shifting to remote work, the number of employees working from home or telecommuting is also increasing. If you are an independent freelancer, you also fall into this category. In that case, you will need a really reliable internet plan to ensure that you always stay connected. Fiber or ADSL may be good options.
- Students. Some providers offer special student packages, which are usually unlimited considering the number of students living together. You also need fast speeds and decent WiFi.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Broadband Plan
- Options in your area. Not all providers offer services in every area. So, you might first want to check which providers serve your location, before you consider other factors.
- Price, speed, and packages. Now, when you have a list of the providers servicing your area, you can start comparing their prices, regarding speed and packages. Here, you have to determine the best speed to suit your needs and the type of connection that’s being offered.
- Reliability. You also want to pick a company whose services are reliable. Unreliable internet service can cost you a lot of money or even clients, especially if you’re in an industry that can’t risk internet interruptions.
The Best Internet Service Providers
Here are some of the top internet providers in the US that you might want to check out.
Verizon Fios Home Internet
For the most reliable internet, you may want to go for fiber. Verizon leads the list offering the best fiber prices and download speeds in the market. Plus, their customer service team is reliable. You can choose one of the following plans, depending on your usage:
- Internet 200/200 Plan – you get 200Mbps, fiber connection at $39.99 per month
- Internet 400/400 Plan – you get 400Mbps, fiber connection at $59.99 per month
- Fios Gigabit Connection Plan – you get up to 940Mbps, fiber connection at $79.99 per month
Verizon also offers some amazing TV and internet combos that you can combine with any of the plans above. For example, the 200/200 plan will cost you an additional $50 if you choose a TV bundle.
For a truly competitive price, consider Comcast Xfinity. They cover most of the US, and they are known for fast speeds. However, prices may differ based on location, but generally, the prices remain the same – or less – in most areas. Some of the bundles they offer include:
- Performance Starter Plan – prices start at $24.99 (may vary by location), for download speeds of 25Mbps, cable connection
- Performance Select Plan – $34.99 for 100Mbps download speed, cable connection
- Gigabit Plan – prices start at $84.99 for 1000Mbps, cable connection
Xfinity also offers multiple services that you can bundle together, which include internet, TV, mobile, and home security. Another plus for Xfinity is that it offers Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation, accessible through the Xfinity Wi-Fi app.
If you prefer service bundling, AT&T Fiber gives you the best money-saving plans. The company owns DIRECTTV and AT&T TV NOW streaming service, which is why you might want to pay for one of their bundles. The best part is that there are dozens of ways that you can pair your AT&T internet with either AT&T TV NOW or DIRECTTV. Some of the plans include:
- DIRECTTV Entertainment All-Included Package + AT&T Internet – $94.98, 100Mbps, and 160+ TV channels
- AT&T TV Entertainment + AT&T Internet – $89.98, 100Mbps, and 65+ TV channels
- DIRECTTV Premier All-Included Package + AT&T Internet – $114.98, 100Mbps, and 250+ TV channels AT&T also offers Wi-Fi hotspots across the US allowing you to work or stream your favorite content when you are out and about.
Ready to Choose Your Broadband Plan?
Be sure to thoroughly research the ISPs before settling on an internet plan. Compare the different broadband plans available in your area, factoring in things like speed, price, the type of connection, data limits, and if you require bundled services.
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