3 Ways to Leverage 2012 Promotions from Internet Providers

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February 13, 2012

Getting a good price for your internet service can be a very positive thing for your pocketbook. But is there more you could be doing to leverage the promotions offered by internet providers? Definitely, and all it takes is a little research and a few minutes of communication between you and the company. Here are three ways you can use various offers to get the best value before you sign.

A Better Price

You can try mentioning a competitor’s deal to another provider to get the service you need for the price you want. This can be especially useful if you’re a business, as many internet providers are willing to negotiate their prices for business internet customers. Conduct some research before you haggle; finding out that a competitor is offering more than your desired ISP does for the same price can be a big wake-up call to a provider that is competing heavily for your business.

You can also compare a company’s online offers to those it features offline in TV commercials or newspaper ads. Online offers are often limited to those who subscribe online, so checking the web before you pick up the phone to get connected is a good idea.

More Perks

Some companies will offer a free router or modem, or free special services for new subscribers. But what if you’ve been with the company for awhile and want to take advantage of these perks too? A long track record with a clean bill payment history can actually be used to your advantage with some companies. The key point to consider is this: it doesn’t hurt to ask, and by not doing so, you could be missing out on a great deal.

The same is true for bundles. If you want internet service in addition to television and phone service, you can get these with some companies. Ask them about bundles, and find out details such as long distance calling rates and prices for particular TV packages. If your current phone and TV provider already provides what you’re looking for at a good price, it may not be necessary to spend the extra money each month on a bundle.

Better Speed

Are you seeing big differences in the speeds providers offer? If so, this could be your ticket to ultra-fast internet. A company offering high speed with big data caps will be no good to you if you can’t use that speed to its full potential. Bone up on recent media coverage about usage caps and go to your desired provider well-informed about what’s happening in the industry. Tell them that while you’d love to sign up with them, you’ve noticed that their data caps will place more limitations on you than you’re willing to accept, and you’re thinking about signing up with another company. While you may not get the speed you want, or even a deal at all, you will alert that company about your opinion on the hot topic of usage caps and how they could affect the business of all internet providers.


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