Is it time to take out a new subscription for your internet at home or are you moving and your subscription won’t move with you? It is good to check once in a while whether your current internet subscription still suits you. Maybe you pay way too much for what you actually need and use. If you are looking for a new subscription that suits your situation, there are a number of things you should pay attention to. In this article we tell you what those things are!
What internet speed do you need?
This is the most important aspect to look at when purchasing a new Internet subscription. It is also the reason that people sometimes pay too much, for example because they have chosen a speed that they actually do not need at all. These are generally the internet speeds you can choose from and what you can do with them:
- 20 Mbit/s: This speed is sufficient for surfing, emailing or streaming movies and series on a maximum of two devices at the same time.
- 50 Mbit/s: It won’t bother you if you’re using the internet with several people at the same time. Downloading and uploading takes less time than with 20 Mbit/s.
- 100 Mbit/s and above: This speed is ideal if you download a lot, even with multiple devices at the same time. Online gaming and watching Netflix on multiple devices at the same time is no problem at all with this speed.
Fiber optic internet or not?
The majority of households in the Netherlands are now connected to the fiber optic network. Is fiber optic available at your address? Then you can choose to take out a fiber optic subscription for internet. Fiber optic internet is ideal if you live afterwards, have a slow DSL connection and live far from the local exchange. fiber optic subscriptions are offered from a speed of 50 Mbit/s second and a fiber optic connection is generally a lot more stable than a DSL or cable connection. Another advantage of fiber optics is that the download and upload speeds are the same. So you can upload videos to YouTube just as quickly as download files via your connection. Ideal if you do a lot with YouTube or if you like to stream via channels such as Twitch. You often pay a bit more for fiber optic internet, so consider carefully whether you need this or not.
Save on your internet subscription
If you would like to save some money on your internet subscription, it is first important that you clearly list what you really need in your subscription. This way you avoid paying for extras that you don’t use. In addition, it is possible with many providers to get a discount if, for example, you also take out your mobile subscription with them. This is often offered as an all-in-1 package. Of course, this means that you are tied to the same provider for all your devices and that switching can become a bit more difficult, especially if you want to go to a provider that does not offer mobile subscriptions.
Do you want TV channels or not?
Nowadays you can also take out subscriptions without TV channels. More and more people choose this because they hardly watch TV anymore, but mainly watch series and films via Netflix or other streaming services. It’s a shame to pay for something you don’t use and you can already save a few euros a month.