Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011

How to Get Cheaper Internet Service

In today’s world, the internet is a necessity for many people and it is easy to see why. Almost anything can be done online, from researching countless subjects to shopping to paying bills. The problem for some folks is the price of internet service. Depending on the type of service you have and which provider you use, the internet can get pretty expensive. Luckily there are some simple things you can do to get cheaper internet service.

Shop Around

If you think you’re paying too much for internet service, it is definitely a good idea to shop around and check out some other options. Call around to all the internet service providers in your area to get price quotes. Also ask about any specials or promotions that are taking place at the time. You can shop around online as well, which is sometimes the easier way to go since the information is displayed right in front of you. There are many websites that use your location to pull up a list of local providers. From there you can usually get all the details on plans and pricing. You can also visit the websites of any specific providers you may be interested in. If you take just a little time to shop around, you will most likely be able to get cheaper internet service.

Share Service

There are other ways to get cheaper internet service, too. If you have a neighbor that you know well, sharing internet service is always a possibility. This would cut your cost of service in half, as well as your neighbors. Wireless internet makes it easy to share service, since it uses a strong signal that could reach both of your homes. Just remember to set up the proper security features on your wireless network, so no one else can use your shared signal. If you are thinking of sharing service that is not wireless, you will have to decide whose house will hold the internet connection.

Look for Free or Low-Cost Internet Service Providers

You can also look around for providers that offer free or low-cost internet service. NetZero is a provider that offers both free and low-cost internet service options. The free service is dial-up internet, which is best for people who only use the internet for simple tasks. Your service is limited to 10 hours a month with the free option. If that is not enough time for your needs, check into some of the other options NetZero offers.

Another provider that offers free internet is Google TiSP. This service uses the power of your toilet to bring you high-speed internet service for free. When you sign up, Google TiSP will send you a self-installation kit that includes everything you need to get online. A router that sits on top of your toilet tank attaches to a fiber optic cable, which is then flushed down your toilet. The cable continues into your local sewer system until it reaches an access node. When it does, a Google TiSP worker is dispatched to the location, where the cable is plugged into the access node. This connects you to Google’s global networking system, which gives you internet service. Sounds crazy, but it is true.

Use Your Smart Phone

Another easy way to get cheaper internet service is to use your cellular device for a wireless hotspot. If you do not need an actual computer for your internet needs, this can be a great way to save money. All you have to do is make sure your phone’s data capabilities and plan will be enough to sufficiently support your needs.

All of these options are great, easy ways to get cheaper internet service. With the internet being as important as it is these days, no one should have to go without it. If you find yourself stressing about your internet bill, give one of these options a try today.

Guest post from Karen Schweitzer. Karen also suggests doing a search for “internet service providers in my area” to find other free and low-cost internet options.

One Response to “How to Get Cheaper Internet Service”

  1. Laura Says:

    Um, that google one was an April Fool’s Day joke. It’s not real.