Choosing the Right Service Provider

Choosing the Right Service Provider

Jesse Leikin
May 3, 2011

AT&T or Verizon? Xfinity or Fios? When it comes to choosing a cellular carrier or cable provider these types of questions always seem to emerge. There are always arguments about which service is faster, how fast is fast enough, and which provider has the best feature set. What most people seem to always overlook at first is coverage, and beyond that, how the entire package fits their lifestyle and needs.

As mentioned before, coverage should be the first thing you look at when choosing any type of provider. Unfortunately, sometimes you won't have much of a choice, as only one company will provide coverage to where you live. So before digging any deeper, it would be wise to check out coverage maps. For cell services, CellCoverageMaps.com is a great starting point, while for broadband internet providers we recommend calling or doing a quick Google search, as we have not come across a reliable and trustworthy data source for this information yet.

While not important for cable providers, when researching cell services remember to check the coverage map for other places that your frequently visit besides your house. A good example is if you work in a city other then which you live. This is especially true of major cities like San Francisco that have a few providers that are clearly a step above in terms of service then others.

After checking the coverage, its time to decide what is important to you. For starters, is price the determining factor. If so, then be sure to set your budget before hand and to not let the sales person up sell you on unnecessary features. Other things to consider when choosing a provider include hardware costs, upgrade availability, and of course customer service.

If you have any additional questions, be sure to ask them in the comments. As always we are here to help.

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