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September is one of the biggest times of year for people to be moving. You have countless college graduates that are moving and settling into their new post-college life. You have hundreds of thousands of college freshmen moving to college and away from home for the first time. And then you have regular families who are moving before school starts, and more.
When you move, one of the first questions that comes up is: who’s our cable and Internet provider and when can we get it turned on? Nobody wants to go a single day without having cable and Internet (especially Internet), and moving is almost scary if there is a potential delay.
But if you haven’t noticed over the last few years – we are using more and more bandwidth. So, when you make your next move and get your next Internet plan, you definitely don’t want to compromise on Internet speed. Check out your options and why we think Verizon Fios is a great choice.
What Internet Plan Do You Need?
Have you ever taken a few minutes to think about how many devices you have in your home that connect to the Internet? I spent a few minutes and realized I had the following:
- My Computer
- Wife’s Computer
- My Cell Phone
- Wife’s Cell Phone
- Apple TV
- Samsung TV
- Ecobee Thermostat
- Amazon Echo
- Our garage doors
- SimpliSafe Security System
- My iPad
- My Son’s iPad
- Apple Watch
- Baby Monitor
And that list continues to grow. More and more things we have around our house use an Internet connection. What that means for you is that more and more things are taking up bandwidth. And bandwidth is what you pay for and hear about when it comes to Internet service. You’ll hear terms like 50 Mbps (megabits per second).
Think of this like the highway – the bigger the number, the more cars can fit (i.e. devices). If you use streaming services like Apple TV or Netflix, think of these like semis – taking up a lot of space on the highway.
When you’re looking at a new Internet plan, really think about how much Internet you need? Don’t be shy to estimate on the high side, because you likely won’t regret it. If you go to too low, you might start regretting that.
See how plans compare at Verizon Fios.
How To Find Your Internet Provider
Before you decide on exactly where you want to live, you should definitely consider who your Internet provider will be. While in many municipalities you only get a choice between two providers, you could also find that what you’re looking for doesn’t exist in certain areas.
For example, let’s say you want the Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection, which delivers internet speeds of up to 940 Mbps download and 880 Mbps upload. Unfortunately, it’s not offered everywhere. But you can check the availability of where it’s offered here: Check Availability.
If Fios doesn’t have the service you’re looking for, you can click the link and see what other solutions they might have in your area.
If you can’t figure out who services your area, you can check out BroadbandNow and enter your zip code.
How To Save Money On Your Next Internet Plan
Okay, now that you have an idea about figuring out what plan you need, and what providers might be a good fit, it’s time to start talking about money. Let’s face it – cable TV and Internet isn’t cheap. But it’s worth it to have fast Internet.
The great thing about moving is that most providers have great move-in specials or new customer pricing. You need to be taking advantage of this.
For example, right now, Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection plus TV and Phone is just $79.99/mo for 1 year with no annual contract. It also includes your choice of HBO for 2 years or multi-room DVR service for 2 years if you sign a 2 year agreement. Remember, there are taxes and other fees that likely apply as well.
Check out this deal and others here: Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection.
The big thing for consumers is to simply look around – there are great deals out there, but sometimes they aren’t obvious. Check the website, call the customer service rep and ask. Tell them you’re a new customer or switching providers, and you might get deals you wouldn’t have found elsewhere.
Nobody likes to pay for utilities – it’s a fact of life. But, at the same time, nobody likes utilities that don’t work well. The same applies for Internet. It might not be your favorite thing to spend money on, but if it’s slow – it will lead to annoyance, family arguments, and more!
The current deals for Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection are some of the best we’ve seen – check them out here. You can get a great deal and get the speed you need. And remember…
Don’t compromise on your Internet… seriously!
Robert Farrington is America’s Millennial Money Expert® and America’s Student Loan Debt Expert™, and the founder of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to helping millennials escape student loan debt to start investing and building wealth for the future. You can learn more about him here and here.
He regularly writes about investing, student loan debt, and general personal finance topics geared towards anyone wanting to earn more, get out of debt, and start building wealth for the future.
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