Around the world people are looking for the best way to connect to the Internet. Some look for the cheapest, while others looks for the best. In truth what’s best for each person actually depends on their circumstances. There is no “best plan for everyone”. There’s only a “best plan for you”. Following “what’s trendy” blindly will likely disappoint you. Instead arm yourself with this question and make a smart move from there: “what am I going to use it for?”
So what do you need? An Internet connection? No, be more specific here. When talking about broadband connections there are a lot of types out there, from DSL to mobile, and each one has different characteristics. Would you like you DSL to come with a phone or would you like to have a naked DSL package, as the new service trend entails? Do you need it fast, regardless of the price tag? Do you move or travel often and need to have a broadband connection that can travel with you anywhere?
Do you like gaming that would need to have your Internet fast enough for your online games? Do you run a business that needs a stable Internet connection? Do you live in a place where there are no phone lines? From here on its just a matter of matching the characteristics of each broadband type with your needs. You might need to compromise because not all types and plans have the same speed or the same availability. It depends on the location.
A good example is the comparison between DSL and Fiber. DSL plans can be availed of by anyone who lives in an area with a phone network, while fiber networks are still uncommon. Fiber Internet is fast, no doubt about it. But unless your ISP or government is voluntarily laying out a fiber network connecting to your area then you’d probably have to pay a lot of extra if you do pursue having a fiber Internet. If you live in a city live in the range of a fiber optic network, chances are you live near your ISP’s facility. So unless you’re rich, running a business, or is a professional online gamer, why would you apply for a fiber when a DSL connection is just as good?
Another example is the fight between fixed or mobile/wireless. Wireless Internet means you can bring your device anywhere and it will still be connected to the Internet. There are a lot of plans and ways to do this and it is very popular with people who need to be always online, on the go. Sadly this isn’t the type of Internet you’d want if you plan to play online games, unless you live near your chosen ISP’s ground station. Wireless is generally slower than DSL. It’s generally not made for gaming, and streaming music and videos might be too hard for some ISPs when it comes to wireless.
In contrast, DSL, Cable and Fiber are fixed. You can’t bring them everywhere. When you move from one place to another, you might need to wait for a few weeks before getting connected again. But the connection is usually stable, continuous and fast.
So, what’s next?
Now when you have answered that question and know what type of broadband you need, the next step is to contact your ISPs and ask them to provide you with a plan that matches the type of connection you need. Do remember that not all ISPs offer all types of broadband so you must ask them specifically what you need. They’ll always be happy to help when you give them a call.
And that’s it, you’ll soon be connected to the Internet. Congrats and enjoy that new plan of yours.