Most of us are not experts when it comes to tech stuff. We are mere users of the magical world wide web for online learning and more. Most of us still live with our parents in our family home, which most probably means we don’t pay the monthly subscription fee. From time to time we might be the “internet expert” at home to do some basic troubleshooting (read: restarting the router) when there is a problem with the internet connection.
Some of us are not so lucky. We moved out from the family house, and now we have to make a monthly spending budget which includes our internet subscription fee.
Whether we like it or not, we can’t be lousy spenders and choose whichever internet provider. It is smart to weigh the pros and cons before committing to an internet provider as they have very long contract deals with their services. It will be very pricey if you terminate the contract halfway through because you are not satisfied with the service or any other reason for that matter.
Here are some tips you can use when weighing your pros and cons, and I will use Unifi Broadband by TM Unifi Package internet service as an example:
- The price to speed and perks value
Some of us would be very tempted to subscribe to the “Unifi Basic” internet package. It will only cost you RM 89 a month. The basic internet package usually provides us with 30 Mbps internet speed which is very fast if you live in a one-bedroom loft. It is enough to even stream 4k quality videos, it is more than enough to sustain 3 – 5 devices using it simultaneously. So if you are very tight on budget and you only need the internet and nothing else, this will be a no-brainer. But there are other TM Unifi packages that you might want to consider if you have a more flexible budget, as it has more than just speed but also perks. The Unifi Plan provides 100 Mbps internet speed, and it costs RM 129 a month plus various perks like free 600 minutes of call-time to mobile and you might think that is not too useful, do you really remember the last time you bought credit for your phone? Exactly my point.
2. Review from people across the internet
This is very important. If we only conduct our research based on the company’s website, of course, the company is going to sound and look stellar! But in reality, is very important to dig deeper through the pockets of the internet and try to find as many reviews as you can from the existing customers. Some might be cheaper, but also have unstable internet connection from time to time. Some are more expensive but are more reliable and if you are lucky, you can find an internet provider that is not too expensive, available in your region and also provides a very stable internet connection for you!
Let’s be more vigilant and invest some time to decide because choosing an internet provider is not so different from choosing a partner.