By Jonathan London on 8th April 2015

Choosing internet, phone and TV providers to suit your business

When shopping for a new internet, phone or TV provider, there a number of things to think about, particularly when you work from home as a freelancer.

Price is likely to play a major part in your decision. After all, you don’t want to be paying too much. However, there’s more to the decision just price, and it’s important to remember that you usually get what you pay for.

Before settling on a provider, be sure to also look at the terms of the contract carefully. Consider:

·       How long will you be tied to the contract?

·       What are the terms?

·       Are there any introductory offers that will expire in just a couple of months?

·       Will anything change – such as the price – once your contract is finished?

Here are a few other things to bear in mind:

Internet

The speed of your internet connection is likely to be the most important parts of your decision when it comes to selecting an internet provider. While a very fast connection is preferable, it’s not always necessary – and it will cost you more.

Consider how you plan to use your internet connection and whether it’s worth the premium price for the extra speed. Other things to think about include whether there are any limits to your usage – that is, how much data you can upload or download each month.

Phone

Phone packages usually include a certain amount of free local calls each month, as well as some to other locations in the UK. You may also be able to find a contract that provides calls to locations abroad. Be sure to check the price of the monthly line rental and what the set-up fees may be.

Before choosing a landline phone service, it might be a good idea to think about whether you actually need one at all. These days, mobile phone service may be enough for your needs, while other options like VoIP and internet video calls could be cheaper alternatives.

TV

In most cases, the difference between TV providers is the channels that are offered and what, if any, hardware is provided. There’s also the question of how the television receives its signal.

Providers like Sky and Virgin offer a huge range of television channels, as well as movies and TV box-sets on demand. Many of them overlap, but some channels are unique to each provider.

Sky works via satellite, while Virgin operates via your broadband or fibre-optic connection. Both are generally provided with a set-top box that can record live TV and which connects with the various catch-up options online.

Meanwhile, Freeview uses a digital signal and is free to use, but it has a limited number of channels.

Bundled packages

Another option to consider when shopping around for television, internet and TV is a bundled package. This brings everything together from a single provider and can result in saving some money. It can also make things easier in terms of set up and you only have one bill to worry about each month.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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