Choosing internet providers can be a daunting task. There are so many offers, so many specials, and so much competition. It’s important to know what you need, and check out the speeds available, contracts, and costs. How do you know what you need?
If you are looking for just basic internet, just email and a little web surfing, then basic DSL will probably do it for you. This is very inexpensive, and the major nationwide DSL providers AT&T and Verizon have great offers. This is not a very high speed, but it is better than dial up, and does not tie up your phone. You will find with basic DSL that video speeds are often interrupted for buffering, and sound files may take time to load. If you plan on using the internet for video, downloading music, or secure banking and shopping, you will want to consider a higher speed.
That’s why comparing plans in your area is a good idea. You’ll find that internet comes in several types of connections, DSL and fiber optic. Fiber optic connections are offered by cable companies, and both AT&T and Verizon have great ultra high speed fiber optic plans. Fiber optic connections travel on light, and so they have the least distortion. They are faster, and tend to be better choices for video, high memory, and heavy internet use. Ultra fast DSL will also be adequate for this purpose.
You will often find both fiber optic and DSL internet services bundled with phone and television. This can really save you money and get you high speed internet at a very low price. Be sure to check out the terms of the contract, and the types of other services you receive. Are you getting phone as a landline, as VOIP (voice over internet protocol) or is your phone connected to your television and internet so that you can answer the phone with the television remote or program your TV through the internet? Is the television connection coming through cable, does it offer HDTV choices, or is it satellite? Which type of service is most dependable where you live? Which offers you the best variety of channels? Are you looking for different languages, programming from around the world? Make very sure that the bundle works for you before signing up for a two year contract.
The best way to research internet service providers is to go online. Look up the plans that are available in your city. To check availability you can enter your zip code on sites that feature major providers to see what they offer. There are blogs and websites that allow you to compare different companies and their plans. This makes it easy to compare your options side by side, and make a decision that is right for you. You will also find the best deals online. Many promotions are offered online only and are not available if you call the company to start service. Signing up online is easy, you have the agreement in writing, and it is usually cheaper as well.