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Bundled Internet Deals


Posted: 08/18/14 by Tim Bean

Managing the monthly household expenses can be difficult, especially if a consumer needs several utilities and additives. Internet service is just one element that the modern household needs. Internet service providers try to make life easier by offering bundled deals. Bundled deals are deals that include several services along with a company’s reliable Internet service. Additional services usually include telephone service and television service. The following provides some information on bundled Internet deals.



The Benefits of Bundled Internet Deals



The savings are the most prevalent benefit of purchasing bundled Internet services. Buying ala carte services is always more expensive than buying bundled services is. For example, Internet service alone may cost $50 a month, and telephone service might cost $40 a month. A provider may bundle both of those services and add cable services for the same price that the two aforementioned ala carte services would cost. Taking a bundle is almost like receiving a free service.



Another benefit of purchasing a bundled deal is convenience. Customers only have to concern themselves with one monthly bill instead of three bills. Such an arrangement can alleviate stress for the person who has to keep track of all the payments.



The Disadvantages of Bundled Internet Deals



The only element that may seem negative to some consumers is the contract aspect of bundled services. Many providers ask their new customers to sign contracts for one to two years to receive their amazing discounts. However, alternative options are available. Therefore, a person who does not appreciate long-term commitments can still find a package that he or she can appreciate.



Bundled Internet Pricing



Internet bundles vary in pricing depending on the service provider, the number of channels that one might choose for cable services, and the type of service the company is offering. Companies may also have additional promotions. For example, one company is currently offering cable television service with 140 channels and 25 Mbps Internet service for $99 per month. The offer includes a $100 Visa prepaid card. Another company is offering telephone, Internet and television services for $79 a month. Extensive research and comparison tools can help a consumer to find the right package for his or budget and needs.



Competition between providers is so strong these days that a consumer can often obtain an amazing deal that places money back into his or her family account. Consumers who have just moved into new homes or offices can take advantage of a smashing bundled deal today.
 

Sprint cupped: Phone carries back of merger so now it's time to deliver on own


Posted: 08/10/14 by Tim Bean

Breaking up is hard to do. But not getting together at all is just as difficult, particularly when you're talking about struggling cell phone providers.

T Mobile and Sprint no longer are the proverbial cell phone match made in heaven as the merger that would have brought these two companies together to help fight off the clear cut champions in the industry (AT&T and Verizon) is no more.

Industry experts and cell phone enthusiasts are rallying behind this non merger as means for celebration for customers who won't have one less provider to choose from moving forward. The obvious reasoning behind consumers championing against the merger is clear: the less options, the more prices can be raised. Without competition that is viable or, quite frankly, just available at the basic level, companies have a tendency to bend pricing in the wrong direction.

Now, T Mobile and Sprint not only are going to have to keep pricing competitive but may have to do even more to lure customers away from AT&T and Verizon now that they're back to being individual entities without the help of the resources from one another.

For T Mobile, the ball has already been in their court and they're taking plenty of half court shots to see if they can get anything to sink in with customers. They're giving away free music without costing customers data, offering four lines for a mere $100 and even telling current AT&T and Verizon customers that they'll buy out their contracts so they can walk into a T Mobile store or kiosk and start a new deal with them.

And, of course, they can do all this without a contract.

T Mobile really isn't the company of the two that has a lot of work to do.

Sprint and its advertising campaign has been a little lackluster, probably due to the fact that they've been potentially waiting on the merger to lift their spirits and stock. It wasn't that long ago that Sprint started a full scale commercial war against their competitors with Super Bowl ads that cost plenty but obviously didn't do much to move the proverbial needle in their favor.

For Sprint, it's going to take all that and more to at least get back onto the radar in a cell phone world ruled by the “big two.” Sprint and T Mobile might be exercising options that could eventually be deemed as futile but waiving the white flag after the merger fell through isn't going to help anyone's cause, either.

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