Sometimes you don’t see the forest for the trees anymore: all those flashy commercials with the best deals for the fastest internet connection, the most complete TV package and also a stable phone line. But how do you find the subscription that suits you best?
Many people stay with their provider for years, often out of convenience. However, it is advisable to also target other providers. You may have started paying more without realizing it, or the subscription may be relatively more expensive than comparable subscriptions after a few years. It is also possible that your current package no longer suits your wishes, for example because you have started working from home more.
First: find out what you need
Before looking at specific offers, it’s wise to find out exactly what you need. Many providers have all-in-one packages, but do you need all of this? Perhaps your Netflix account and smartphone are enough, so you’re really just looking for a stable internet connection.
If you think you’ll need a landline phone, check how many calls you’ll make with it. Do you sometimes spend hours on the phone? Then it is advisable to be able to make unlimited calls. If you don’t call very often, it’s best to opt for a package with a limited number of minutes.
And regarding the TV, it also differs depending on the person which package is needed. For example, there are people who still watch the classic TV channels every night, but it is also possible that you only really use online streaming services like Netflix and Videoland. Or that you would like to receive extra sports channels to watch your favorite football club or Formula 1 driver. So check for yourself what you need before closing a package. In another Radar article, we’ve listed how you can save money without a fixed TV connection.
Internet: what speed and connection?
Your Internet connection is perhaps the most important thing. And you can go in many directions with this, so it’s also good to find out what exactly works best for you.
First of all, the speed. The speed of your internet is reflected in the price of the subscription, so if you only want to surf a little, it is not necessary to have the fastest connection. But if you want to make a lot of video calls, stream, or play games, you’ll need a faster connection.
It also influences the number of people you use the Internet connection with. If you live alone or with two people, an Internet speed of about fifty Mbit/s is usually sufficient; with a family that makes heavy use of the internet, you can quickly reach between one hundred and two hundred Mbit/s. Radar explains in another article when you need what Internet speed.
Then it is still important what technology your Internet connection uses, for example, through fiber optics or cable. In any case, it depends on what is possible in your home (for example, some neighborhoods do not yet have fiberglass), but it is also good to be aware of the differences between the different techniques. In this Radar article we will talk about the differences between fiber optic, cable and copper internet.
Also a mobile phone in the package?
Then there are also providers that have a combo package where you can also get a mobile phone subscription. See for yourself if this is beneficial and necessary in your situation. Is your current phone contract expiring? So it might be interesting to investigate this option. But if you still have a contract and you’re happy with it, then it’s best to ignore that phone plan.
Learn more about what to watch out for when signing up for a mobile phone subscription.
Are you going to change? use comparators
Have you clearly outlined your wishes and decided that your current subscription no longer corresponds to this? Then it’s time to check out comparison sites. Think, for example, of sites like Pricewise, Consumers’ Association, or the Independent.
In addition to your preferences, you naturally pay attention to the price, but also to the duration of the contract. How long are you stuck with it? And also pay attention to the one-time costs, for example, for the connection, a modem or a television decoder.
Also know that providers often try to entice customers with extras, like sports channels or antivirus packages. The following also applies here: See for yourself whether you really need this and don’t be tempted like that. A channel you never watch shouldn’t be a reason to choose a particular provider.
Beware of possible switching costs
Before you switch, check if you can do it for free. If you have a contract for a period of time, you may have to pay for the remaining months, although there are also providers that have specific arrangements for this. At ACM Consuwijzer you can find out more about when you can cancel your subscription.
If you do change, your new provider will convert your old contract. You then have fourteen days to change your mind and cancel your new contract.
Will you stay with your provider? Negotiation can pay off
If you don’t want to switch, you can always try to get a better deal with your current carrier. If you indicate that the current package is less suitable for you and you are considering switching, a discount can be arranged.
Source: Consuwijzer / Consumers Association / Radar