Money Saving Phone and Broadband Options
1. Don’t pay for what you don’t need
When you sign up for a service, the provider shows you tempting offers. These may be offers for another of their packages at a lower rate, added channels for your TV subscription or even a trial for a fibre optic broadband that is faster than you currently have. Regardless of what the offers are you should ignore them. They are normally tempting, but if you don’t assess them properly they may end up costing you more than you expect. These offers will only save you money if you were already planning on buying them anyway. If your only plan and budget was to pay for a broadband package, do not let any skilled salesperson sway your thoughts to something else you clearly do not need.
2. Think about signing up for a bundle
Only very few people rely exclusively on their landlines for communications without going back to their mobile phones and only a few people use the internet without watching the TV at one point or the other. Therefore, when looking for a broadband package, look for one that offers you a combined package of broadband, calls and TV. Most providers refer to this as a bundle. If the provider offers you such a package and you find out that it could actually save you money then go for it.
When you take different services from a particular provider, you will find out that it works out cheaper when compared to taking the same service from multiple providers. The majority of the providers around will automatically offer you some basic broadband packages free of charge when you take up their TV packages. While accepting these offers, still keep in mind the first rule which says you mustn’t pay for what you know you do not need.
3. Think about disconnecting your landline
It is very rare to find anyone who doesn’t have a mobile phone. With inclusive calls being given out by most providers, people are making more calls on their mobiles than on their home phones. Even when at home, most people still do not make use of their landlines! By ditching the landline, you will end up saving over 150 pounds over the course of the year. The major reason why some people still keep their landlines is because they do not know it is possible to have a broadband connection without a landline.
Bear in mind though, that ditching your landline means you will no longer be able to call 0800 numbers free of charge. Landline providers do not charge for these calls but mobile phone providers do. Again, calls to 0845, 0870 and other non-geographical numbers will likely not be covered by the free call minutes on your mobile phone either.
4. Consider transferring your line rental
If you decide not to get rid of your landline, you can save yourself money by moving to another provider. When you make the switch you will still be able to retain your number and the provider you are moving to will gladly undertake the switching process for you. As soon as you switch, your new provider will likely give you free calls to other numbers during the weekend and even at off peak periods. Some providers will give your free minutes to call any lines on their network so ask around to see what the deal is with your friends and colleagues before you decide on what network you are switching to.
5. Consider paying your line rental upfront for one year
If you still want to keep a landline, you can save yourself some money by paying the rental up front for a year at once. You will not save a ton of money but when you save a few pounds here and there, it adds up at the end of the year!
6. Avoid paying by any means other than Direct Debit
With most broadband companies, you will find that the preference is for their customers to pay for services using direct debit. The reason for this is that direct debits provide the companies with an easy and direct way to collect their fees thereby keeping running costs down. So to ensure that their customers only pay through this means, many companies have levies that you have to pay using any other type of payment that isn’t direct debit. These charges may not mean much but over the course of the year, it could work out at as much as 60 pounds. You can talk to your provider to see how much you are being charged for not paying through direct debit. This will help you know if you should switch your payment method in a bid to save yourself some money.
7. Consider Switching to eBilling
Similar to the point above, paying your bills through the old method of sending it by post at the end of the month can cost you more money than the alternative, which is electronic billing. Paper bills are out dated as ebilling allows you to see all that you are being charged for on your provider’s webpage. If you are not happy with any item in the bill, you can query it from that webpage. Switching to ebilling could immediately chalk off a few pounds from your bills.
8. Don’t be afraid to switch providers, especially to fibre optic broadband
Many people simple do not like change and this comes through even in the internet and broadband world. People feel that changing providers is a process that is highly time consuming, stressful and also confusing, but this is not so.
When you are considering switching, your new provider takes it upon themselves to complete the switch for you. Even the MAC code for the switch can be got from the provider you are leaving without your interference.
With all of this in place, you will be surprised at the amount of money you will end up saving at the end of the year!
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