Calling to get cable, the phone line, and an internet connection all moved over to a new address is a necessary pain when setting up a new home. But with just a little more effort, budget-conscious owners and renters can use the moving period to be sure they're getting the best deal from home entertainment and communications providers.
Sites like White Fence, MyRatePlan and All Connect make comparing rates easy. Enter an address and pick a service or service bundle to get a snapshot of which providers are available for service and at what cost.
There's more to keep in mind, though, than just cost. If you've decided to make a switch to a new service, you'll need to chat with both the current and future providers.
What to ask your current provider:
- Am I in a minimum contract period? Ending a contract usually means you're liable for early termination fees, which cut into potential future savings.
- Is my current service available at my new address? If you're moving out of their coverage area, or service is restricted for another reason (such as a landlord that won't allow satelite dishes), you may be able to get out of an existing contract if necessary.
- Will I be tied to a contract at the new address? Sometimes, in order to offer low rates at a new location, providers will offer contract deals at the new address.
What to ask a new provider:
- Is there a minimum contract period tied to this rate? Will the rate go up after a certain point? Great rates are often tied to locked contracts or introductory offers, and could be double the rate for existing users or out-of-contract.
Weighing all the options with each move will ensure that you're always getting the best deal for your phone, internet, or cable subscriptions.