Trying to choose the best internet service provider can be very difficult. We are often bombarded with offers on TV giving “free broadband for 1 year” on a one year contract – oh, as long as you pay line rental at £18.99/month! With the use of landlines decreasing, it is important to concentrate on what sort of internet connection you are getting. Is there anything worse when you are watching a video and being greeted with a slow buffering connection which spoils the enjoyment of your viewing? So, what points should you consider? Availability of ISP in your area is an important consideration, especially with the advent of fiber broadband, some internet service providers don’t have total coverage. They may advertise nationwide, but the chances of getting a fiber connection in a rural location is remote.
Use a comparison website
Whether you are buying car insurance or booking a flight, comparison websites are very important to use before you go ahead and order a broadband connection with a new internet service provider. It is important to choose a connection which offers the correct combination of both speed and price. Sure, a connection may be cheap and kind to your pocket, but if it is too slow for your needs, the new connection will be driving you bonkers and you’d wish you’d order a connection with better speeds!
After choosing a connection on a broadband package comparison site, I would also recommend visiting the actual website of the company you are planning to order with. Sometimes, there will be setup fees or usage caps which may not be visible on the comparison website. Make sure you pay attention to the following:
- Download and Upload Speeds: In this day and age of video streaming and smart TVs, a good download and upload speed is essential. I would recommend firstly choosing your download and upload speed that you will need, then compare the prices of internet service providers who offer that speed in order to find the best package for yourself.
- Cost and Contract: Some services require you to buy the router, whilst others give it to you for free. Also, some internet service providers may charge an installation fee. If you have cable TV, sometimes your cable TV provider may package your broadband connection with the TV subscription in order to give you a better rate. It is important to not fall for the introductory rates. For example, they may charge $5 for the first 6 months, then after that period has elapsed, increase the price to $20.
- Data Caps: There may be limitations on the connection. A common one is data caps which limits the amount of data you can use. Don’t order a connection with a data cap if you are planning to stream video regularly.
- Reliability: Probably the most important feature. The features described above pale into comparison if you can’t get a reliable connection that doesn’t drop out. Check out reviews for the company you are looking to go with for uptime levels.
Choosing the best ISP can be hard, so consider these points above and you will make the right decision for your needs.