It’s widely known that internet prices in North America are some of the highest in the world. This guide will show you 13 ways to lower your bill by up to 50% every month anywhere in North America GUARANTEED.
Whether you use it for work, streaming TV and movies, playing video games or sending emails, it’s hard to live without the internet. As the coronavirus pandemic has most people housebound, your internet use might be going up even as your income is going down. But you don’t have to let this crisis wreak havoc on your finances. To keep your budget in check, here are 13 ways to lower your internet costs — you just need to know where to look.
Group Rates – Potential savings of $50+/month. Live in an apartment building or condo with multiple units? Get together with your fellow tenants and ask your landlord to order WiFi for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) and Condo Complexes. There are several companies, including Dunn Vision Telecom, that offer high-performance Wi-Fi across thousands of units and tens of thousands of users. Here are a few to start:
- Dunn Vision Telecom (U.S.A and Canada)
- Rogers Wireless (Canada)
- Cloud WiFi (Canada)
- CommScope (U.S.A)
- Made By WiFi (U.S.A)
- Verizon (U.S.A.)
U.S.A. Government Programs – Potential savings of $50-60/month. Lifeline is a government program backed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It provides a monthly phone or internet service discount for low-income households. There are two ways to qualify for Lifeline; You can qualify through your income if your income is 35% of the federal poverty guidelines or less. The guidelines vary by household size and the state you live in, but the average federal poverty guideline is generally an annual income of about $34,000 for a family of four.
Canadian Government Programs – Potential savings of $50-60/month. – Started in 2017, the Connecting Families initiative is investing $13.2 million over five years to help bridge the digital divide for Canadian families who may struggle to afford access to home Internet. The Connecting Families initiative will help connect hundreds of thousands of Canadians to the Internet and will distribute up to 50,000 computers to eligible households through the Computers for Schools program. These efforts will ensure that more Canadian families and youth have access to the valuable resources available on the Internet and give them access to the tools they need to be successful and thrive. Click here to learn more about the initiative.
Get Paid to Unplug USA & Canada – Potential savings of $300/year. California, Texas, and Toronto, Canada residents can sync their utility accounts to a program called OhmConnect (https://www.ohmconnect.com). It will encourage you to reduce your electricity usage, and give you money for doing so. Dunn Vision Telecom will give you the first $10 for signing up. OhmConnect monitors real-time conditions on the electricity grid and when it looks like energy usage may peak, the Independent Electricity System Operator works with Ohmconnect to reduce demand and avoid turning on additional power plants. In exchange for the community providing relief during peak hours, they pay OhmConnect the savings. OhmConnect keeps 20% of that savings and rewards the rest to those that sign up with OhmConnect. Sign up for OhmConnect today and start saving!
U.S.A. – AskTrim.com – Potential savings of $645/year. Have Trim do the work for you. Trim is a financial health company. Their mission is to solve your financial problems so that you can live the life you want. In 2015, they started by tackling spending. Need to cancel an old subscription? Is your cable provider overcharging you? Trim can automatically take care of it. Trim finds your subscriptions, you tell them which ones to cancel, and they essentially do it for you.
Canada – BillBusters.ca – Potential savings of 35%/month. – If you’re paying for services with a Canadian telecom company, there’s a good chance you’ve been paying too much for too long- and Bill Busters can help. They will renegotiate your services on your behalf, resulting in lower monthly bills and/or credit added to your account. Your services won’t change unless you want them to, and they will never pressure you to switch providers. Just straight savings. Once you’re happy with the help you’ve received, we’ll send an invoice for 35% of your savings over the first 12 months. If we can’t save you money, there is no fee for our time. It’s that simple!
Switch Responsibility for the Bill– Potential savings of $10–$30/month. Look for sign-up deals. This may require you to cancel your current plan and have another member of your household signup but if you can get your services for cheaper for 6 months to a year, then why not? If you can’t find good sign-up deals, try disabling the Wi-Fi on your phone and searching over LTE. Internet provider websites can tell if you’re using their service to get online and will show less enticing deals if they know you’re already a customer.
U.S.A. FreedomPop Freemium Plan – Consider switching to a mobile hotspot like FreedomPop. They offer two super-low data plans for FREE and other plans range from 2 GB to 10 GB per month.
Try Alternative Internet Sources – Potential savings of $20-$50/month. For most consumers, a wired broadband connection (whether via cable, DSL or fiber optic, if you can find it) offers the fastest and most reliable internet service. However, there are a few feasible alternatives such as Satellite Internet. Satellite internet is wireless internet beamed down from satellites orbiting the Earth. It’s a lot different from land-based internet services like cable or DSL, which transmit data through wires. Since it’s the only internet service that’s available nationwide, satellite internet is often the only way to get online for many rural homes and businesses, although it does still come with a few disadvantages (more on that later).
Use Old-School Dialup Internet for Free – There are some Internet providers like Net Zero and Juno that give ten free hours of dialup access per month. Obviously, these services won’t be as fast because they are dial-up, and they may have ads displayed in their browsers. But, if you really can’t afford anything else, these services can be a last resort if you just want to hop on the Internet to grab your email and things like that. It won’t be very fun though.
Stop Renting Equipment – Potential savings of $5-$15/month. Most Internet plans come with a modem, for the seemingly humble price of $5–$15 per month. That price seems a lot less humble when you realize it adds up to several times the cost of buying your own modem within a year. To make matters worse, modem rentals from major ISPs jumped as much as 33% last year. Providers like Dunn Vision offer the option to purchase your modem that way all you pay for monthly is your internet.
Cut The Cord – Potential savings: $15–$40/month. If your cable bill is over $100, you’re probably not just paying for the Internet. Cable TV, VoIP and other services commonly bundled with the Internet are only a good deal if you use them intensively. Assuming the shows you enjoy are available from FREE streaming companies like StreamMoreTV.com, cutting the cord and streaming 100% of your entertainment content over the Internet is a no-brainer. Cutting the cord doesn’t mean watching TV on a tiny laptop screen. Streaming devices like the Roku plug right into the HDMI port on your television.
Check out Smaller Providers like Dunn Vision – Potential savings: $5–$40/month. Broadband in North America has a monopoly problem. Some areas are better off than others, though, when it comes to competition. Small companies like Dunn Vision Telecom are working hard to bring high-speed low-cost fiber Internet to the public. Small ISPs can offer fixed prices and, faster speeds, and better customer service. Click here to check for available services in your area.
Referrals – Potential savings: $10–$20/month – Ask Neighbors, Co-workers, Family & Friends – You might know someone who is subscribed to a service where the provider offers referral bonuses for the person who helps them sign up a new customer as well as a discount for you – the new customer! One such company is Dunn Vision Telecom. You can also check on websites like Reddit or RedFlag Deals if you would rather do your own research.
Check Your Usage. Can You Settle for Less? – Potential savings: $15–$25/month. Sometimes the problem isn’t that your plan costs too much, but simply that it’s more than you actually needed. Click here to check out our Data Usage Table to see how much data you need to stream videos, download games, stream music, and more. Example: let’s say your primary use for the Internet is using Facebook and email. Occasionally you watch a YouTube video, but you don’t care if it’s crystal-clear HD. If this sounds like you, call up your ISP and ask for a lower package between 5 Mbps and 20 Mbps. If it isn’t enough, you can always switch back after a month.
Last but not least… Negotiate Your Current Plan. What you don’t want to do is call your provider during peak times when the customer service reps are overwhelmed. You want to call while everyone else is at work; not on weekends or weeknights when everyone else is calling to complain about their service or their bill. A relaxed rep improves your odds of getting your way. Oh, and be nice. 🙂
Here’s everything you’ll need to negotiate with a customer service rep:
- Current monthly bill amount
- Monthly bill amount when you signed up
- Amounts and reasons for any bill increases
- Length, to date, of your subscription
- List of any service issues you’ve experienced
- Competing plans and sign-up bonuses in your area
- Sign-up bonuses your current provider is offering