Let’s face it, we all want lower telecom bills? There are three surefire ways to get a better deal on your telephone and internet bills.
These tips three tips to lower telecom bills pretty much work across the board, in residential and commercial settings. These tips are better to keep in mind for larger companies with multiple offices in diverse locations.
Dealing with many carriers can be time consuming, having the wrong mix of services can be expensive! Here’s what you can do to fight back and get lower telecom bills.
- Cancel service and order new
New customers get better deals because the ISPs and telephone companies value new connects over disconnects. The same holds true for cell phones and it frustrates us all. Who wants to see an ad promoting service for $100/month for new customers when you, an established customer, is paying $200/month? Can I get the same deal? Nope. You have to move to a new provider and then back to your old provider. Either way you’ll be dealing with the Win Back team who’ll be responsible for that cancelled account for a particular window of time, after which you can order new service. Carriers do this because its such a painful process to cancel and re-order to lower telecom bills.
- Long term contract
This will save money since telecom providers want to lock in their rates and revenue. A contract will certainly guarantee lower telecom bills and the longer the contract the lower the rate. Questions is, how long of a contract makes sense? Will prices go down so much that it’ll make sense not to contract? Probably not, the rates on bandwidth and dial tone have been commoditized to a historical low. That said, changes often happen like the shift from copper to fiber, point to points to MPLS and SD-WAN. The correct configuration of services can do wonders for your telecom budget.
- Bundle or separate
That leads us to the good ole bundle. Phone companies want you to buy their internet and cable companies want you to buy their internet along with their TV. What’s the right product mix? In enterprise environments bundling is more complex and entails network routing like MPLS and SD-WAN mentioned above, as well as, ad danced security services like DDoS and Managed DNS or Network Based Firewalls. Additionally, mobility services may be bundled in but whats’ the right product mix? Whose reselling, whose the actual underlying services provider, and where can you get the best deal?
Expertise in these areas is cheap compared to the amount that can be saved. The right product mix and contracting can help you do a lot more with your telecom budget or simply get you lower telecom bills. Apples to apples comparisons are infrequent since every provider has its nuance. If you just want to save money, that’s easy… If you want to do more with less or, better yet, accomplish your goals for whats in your purse, you’ll want an expert… and guess who I’m gonna recommend… That’s right the Ogre!