Switching to a new internet service provider should never be an abrupt decision. Admit it. You feel anxious about renewing or opting for a new Netflix or Disney+ subscription even when it doesn’t cost you much. You can only imagine how taxing shifting to a new internet service would be. The switching process can only go smooth if you follow a few basic steps. There’s no rocket science behind it. Just some prerequisites you should consider for not making the transition to a new internet plan bumpy for yourself.
Reason for switching your current provider
It’s almost uncanny to think you would switch your current internet provider just for the ‘sake’ of it. Being unaware of the reason to switch and have no solid reasoning for it will only lead to unforeseen issues. Rethink your decision if you keep having doubts since it’s not as easy as you believe it to be.
Suppose, you are currently connected to a wired internet service but you intend to opt for satellite internet without carefully looking into the pros and cons of it. You might just end up regretting your decision. Primarily, know your ‘whys’ and ‘whats’. Why you are seeking a new connection? What benefit will get eventually get? These are the type of questions you should always ask yourself.
When I decided to change my connection, my main concern was affordability. I wanted an internet and phone service in my area that isn’t too heavy on my monthly bills. After all, living in the metropolitan of Henderson isn’t always a luxury. What reason did I have? Affordability. But yours could differ from mine.
Maybe you are a gamer and have become fed up with constant ping fluctuations. You have had enough of your 20 Mbps connection and seek an internet speed receding to at least 150 Mbps. The reasons can be aplenty but you should shortlist only a few of them. After all, only you’re the only one who knows your internet requirements best.
Leaving your existing internet service
Leaving your current internet connection doesn’t mean it will be a temporary switch and you can avail the services whenever possible. It doesn’t work that way. Switching requires a cancellation process that varies for every internet service provider. Some might give you a few months’ time but the usual practice is to sign a 2-year contract with the provider. Canceling your service earlier than the given time means you must deposit a cancellation fee and the fee itself usually exceeds a hundred dollars.
While it is a tricky decision to make, you can make it simple by figuring whether an early ISP switch would be needed or not. However, make sure you convey it to the provider in complete transparency or go to their official website and thoroughly read the given terms and conditions.
Selecting a new internet service provider
Now, this phase is a lot trickier than canceling your prior plan because you cannot go in blind. Supposedly, you have already paid the cancellation fees yet you fail to conduct detailed research on the available internet providers in your city. What will your lack of research lead to then? Only to more shortcomings.
Keep in mind you would require fast download and upload speeds that don’t lie under 100 Mbps especially if you own a business. Despite being available in the metros and suburbs of the U.S., satellite internet isn’t fast enough. For gamers and businesses alike, going wireless won’t suffice and wouldn’t be worth the investment either.
The safest option is to stick to a wired connection in the long run. But in wired providers, you have multiple options. Ensure to choose a developer with wider city coverage, better internet speeds and of course, reliable reviews and ratings. Some platforms for ISPs even have a separate section for inputting your zip code and getting details of a relevant provider near you immediately.
Install the new internet service
Are you content with your decision and ready to proceed to the installation process? Simply fill in the installation date of installation form or call your chosen provider to save time. It’s better to have a thorough talk with your new provider, as well. You can sort out any possible concerns you have and not hesitate to greenlight your decision. Don’t choose an installation date where you cannot ensure your availability. It’s important to settle on a date and time where you can be guided through the process so no important detail or concern is overlooked.
You are good to go!
Once the installation process is done, you are good to go. Simply lay back, grab hand over yourself some snacks to munch on and spend the weekend night away watching your favorite Netflix shows. All the aforementioned steps will surely prove useful in helping you shift over to a far more reliable and speedy internet connection than the one you have now.