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Are We Paying for More Internet Than We Need?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2024 6:29 pm
by Admin
Fast Broadband Connection No Longer a Luxury, But When is Too Fast Too Much?


In the digital age, having a reliable and fast internet connection is no longer a luxury but a necessity. However, the question arises: Are we paying for more internet than we need?

With the cost of living on the rise and shrinkflation becoming increasingly prevalent, finding ways to save money is more important than ever. One area that could potentially offer significant savings is our monthly internet bill. It's time to reevaluate whether we're paying for more internet than we actually need.

Many of us subscribe to the fastest, most expensive internet tier offered by our Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Xfinity. However, it's worth considering whether we truly require such high speeds for our daily needs. This thought may cross your mind when exploring alternatives like Verizon's 5G home internet, which offers up to 300 Mbps download speeds. For households with a daily average of 8-10 devices connected to the internet – including streaming devices, iPhones, iPads, a Mac Mini server, and two MacBook Airs – it's natural to wonder if a lower speed would suffice.

Upon testing Verizon's 5G Home, many users find that it works seamlessly, with only a few initial stability issues that are quickly resolved. This successful experiment might encourage you to reconsider your current Xfinity plan. The insightful video "Your Internet Is Too Fast" by Linus Tech Tips further supports this notion, highlighting why we might be overpaying for advertised internet speeds that we don't necessarily require or can't fully utilize with most of our devices. We highly recommend watching this video to gain a better understanding of the situation.

By reassessing the need for the highest internet speed tier, it's possible to reduce your monthly internet bill significantly. For example, you might find that switching from a $95 plan offering roughly 940 Mbps down/200 Mbps up (plus gateway rental) to a $45 plan with 500 Mbps down/100 Mbps up is more than sufficient for your daily activities. In fact, many households used to manage just fine with a 100 Mbps connection without encountering any significant issues, suggesting that even these lower speeds might still meet your needs.

Making the switch from Xfinity to T-Mobile 5G home internet has also proven to be a game-changer for many households. By transitioning from gig speeds to an average of 120 Mbps, numerous users have found that they can still enjoy a seamless internet experience without any issues. Recently, T-Mobile even boosted speeds for some customers, resulting in an average of over 200 Mbps.

For those who primarily use their internet connection for streaming TV and movies, 200 Mbps is more than sufficient. Although downloading games on an Xbox Series S might take around an hour, the ability to play cloud games without lag or stuttering ensures a satisfying gaming experience. This example demonstrates that finding the right balance between speed and cost can lead to significant savings without sacrificing the quality of your online activities.

We encourage everyone to share their current internet speeds and monthly costs. Are you satisfied with the speed you're getting for the price you pay? Or, like many others, have you started to question whether you're paying for more internet than you actually need? It's essential to find an internet plan that suits your specific needs and budget, rather than simply opting for the fastest and most expensive option available. After all, the 'best' internet speed is the one that caters to your digital lifestyle without breaking the bank.