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I Just Cut My Internet Bill in Half… Here Is How I Did It

Worried couple reading a letter sitting on a couch in the living room at homeCord cutting is a great way to save a ton of money, but to use many of the services you need Internet access; however, finding inexpensive Internet can be a challenge especially if you stayed with the provider you had TV with. They are never willing to negotiate with current subscribers. So here is how I get around that.

I find if I switch back and forth between Internet providers every year or two I can save a ton of money. Every time my contract ends, I switch back to the other provider.

Just this week I did just that because recently my DSL provider raised my rates to over $100 a month. (I am on a very fast package mostly for the upload speed because I use it for work.) I switched to my cable provider, and my bill is now just $44.99 a month. In a year or two when it starts to raise my rates I will change back.

You may think you have no other options, but you may have to do some extra research. For example, if you have AT&T Internet you could look at a reseller from a place such as Toast.net, which resells AT&T Internet without the data cap and with US customer service.

I know this may not work for everyone, but I am amazed at how many people have options but don’t look around and end up spending way more than they should. Hopefully this post has helped some readers save some money on their Internet.

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  • S. Mays

    “I find if I switch back and forth between Internet providers.” Oh, you have more than one choice? Comcast or nothing in our little city.

    • Dogman

      Same here!

    • mau47

      I live in a fairly populated area and my only choice is Fios in my neighborhood. It’s a pretty good choice overall but there are zero other options outside of satellite internet which I don’t consider an option.

    • What phone company do you have?

      • S. Mays

        We only have cell phones (Google Fi), but Verizon supposedly has DSL somewhere in our town too, but no matter what address I enter on their website, none of them have ever been eligible for DSL, so it must be one tiny part of the town that has DSL (not that I’d want 3 MB down anyhow).

        • omar anderson

          If you have a modest appetite for data, you could connect your streaming device to your phone hotspot(tethering). Change the Playback resolution to LOW in Netflix, Slingtv or Vudu, so that it “sips” data at 480p, vs “guzzle” at 1080p. At that setting 1GB should last 4 hours, or 5 episodes of something. This setting looks good on a 24 inch tv screen, may be different on a 55 inch screen. Gophone(AT&T) offers 6BG for $45 ($40); Metropcs(T-mobile) offers “unlimited” data for $60, only 8GB available for hotspot/tethering; Boost(Sprint) offers “unlimited” data for $50, 8GB available for hotspot/tethering. Try dedicated hotspot devices from T-mobile ([email protected]$50 with autopay) or Boost(Sprint). Better Boost deal through Walmart([email protected]$55). As of May 2017.

          • Cyclist

            Not really viable options for anyone that uses even an hour of video a day. 5G will make that an option though.

    • CX1

      Comcast or 768k dsl in our area.

  • Sunny Rain

    Toast.net internet alone is more expensive than a bundle of unlimited U-verse internet and U-basic TV package. So, if I have to go back to AT&T lines, it would save more by just getting back that U-verse bundle… and I wouldn’t have to deal with 12-month contract and installation fee.

  • Pebo Bryson

    I complained on the xfinity reddit sub and knocked $35 a month off my internet bill for the next year. They do good work over there on their reddit sub.

    • CX1

      Thanks for the info!

    • thefishhawk

      nice. Contrary to the article, I just end up calling xfinity/comcast once a year and they always just knock to back to whatever the new customer rate is at the time. I never found them unwilling to negotiate with existing customers. Usually fairly easy once you get through the first layer and over to the customer retention area.

      • They may knock it down but you never get the new customer deal.

        • thefishhawk

          Your point was that they “never” negotiate, and in my experience they do. They seem to bend over backward to keep a customer if they can, especially if they can lock you in for another year. My experience has been more like BigO’s, when I call in I have all the research done and the website’s up for comparison and just have an honest convo with them. I may be lucky that I’m also in a large city with choices. Switching is certainly not a bad way to go if you have to, but then you also have other considerations such as hardware if you aren’t a leaser.

      • Pebo Bryson

        I tried that twice. Two different retention reps, got nowhere. That’s why I went to reddit. It was a surprisingly pleasant experience.

  • BigO

    I am lucky enough to have three providers in our area. The last time just called and said I am willing to switch – advised exactly what the promo price from another provider was – and told them (Spectrum) I wanted their promo price. Done.

    • Cyclist

      Competition is good. Too bad most local governments do not believe in it.

  • James K

    I cut my Comcast bill (internet only, no cable) in half by upgrading to a faster plan. I was paying $72 for 75 Mbps plus $50 for unlimited data. Comcast offered a 3 yr deal for 300Mbps at $60/month, including unlimited data. I hate Comcast with a passion so I was very happy to give them half as much money for 4X the speed.

    It is a 3-yr deal, which doesn’t thrill me, but I expect no better options anytime soon with Google fiber’s rollout proceeding at a snail’s pace. With a $10/month early termination fee I break even after just 6 months if I do leave early.

  • Darrell Delaney

    How do you actually do this because most ISPs have 2 year commitments by which the second year you are locked in is when the high prices come along. If you switch back and forth do you do it at the end of the second year or concurrently with second year? Do you neglect to pay the second year? I’m confused. help me understand so that I may save money as well

  • tommyr

    I’m not going through that switch crap every year. That’s ridiculous.