Paying monthly for Internet can be costly, and these days it is becoming more and more of a utility, or need, rather than a 'want'. The big Internet service providers in Canada, like Rogers, Telus, Shaw, and Bell have a big hold on the pricing of the monthly Internet fee that you pay. Canadians pay an average of $45 per month on Internet (according to Financial Post). When you add taxes and fees that adds up to well over $50 a month. Some people pay even more for this for fast Internet, Internet "25" (high speed Internet that I use) starts at $65 a month regular price and on promotion sometimes you can get it for $35 a month.
If you are just paying for Internet (no cable) it is easy to say, switch to an alternative Internet Service Provider to save money, however, this is easier said than done. We are all attached to the security that well-known companies such as Telus and Shaw give us, and we pay for the around the clock (or more reliable at least) customer service. I am one of these people as well. I have always used either Shaw or Telus Internet here on the west coast. Although a foray into the alternative Internet Service Providers is alluring, I have found a way to continue to pay reasonable prices for Internet without having to go to an alternate Internet Service Provider. If I am forced to pay a lot of money for Internet then I will probably switch one day.
So, if you are interested in saving money on your Internet bill, here's how. It just takes a bit of organization, polite manners, some research, and a phone call.
How to Save Money on Your Internet Bill
I have been paying $30 for my Internet "25" regularly.
First, find out how much you pay for your Internet and what your speed is. You can find this information out easily by looking at your bill.
Second, find out if you are on contract or not. Here in western Canada, Shaw and Telus pride themselves on not tying their clients down to contracts. So I am not in a contract and this allows me to stop or cancel service on my whim and whenever I want.
Third, look for promotional pricing. For example, both companies are having a promotion for Internet "25" for $30 for the first six months. Sometimes I find that they have more promotional pricing closer to the September season when it is time for students to go back to school.
Fourth, call the company you are with and ask to cancel your subscription to their Internet (you have to do this close to the period that your promotional pricing ENDS). Keep organized, jot it down, write it in your calendar. I personally set a reminder to myself on my iPhone. Call them within one week of your promotional pricing expiry (please note that your Internet usually will be in service one month after your billing date).
Fifth, be nice, polite, your pricing is really at your CSR's (customer service representative) mercy. The more polite (but perhaps assertive) you are, the more they will accommodate your needs. It's easier to catch flies with honey right? Tell them that *the other company* has promotional pricing and you would like to cancel your Internet and switch to the other company.
At this point, the CSR usually offers you a deal to match the price of the other company for the same duration (e.g. 6 months). You should not have to sign a contract or anything.
Write the new date in your calendar or set a new reminder to yourself, and in about six months (sometimes three months), repeat steps 1 to 5 again and you are good to go!
Of course, it goes without saying that if you don't have cable (I just subscribe to Netflix) you will save more money, however Internet by itself is usually more expensive than when in a bundle. This strategy (making a phone call) should save you money so you do not have to pay for a bundle!
Bargainmoosers, how much do you pay for your Internet? Do you have a bundle or do you just pay for Internet itself?
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