Does Bundling Services Really Save Money?


Can You Save Money By Bundling?

The idea of bundling is simple: if you get multiple services like Internet, phone, and TV from the same supplier they will offer you a discount. You get all your services on one bill and only have to deal with one company. That company gets to make more money off you from multiple services. The problem, though, is if you get poor service you only haveone company to deal with. Ditching one or more services is a larger hassle.

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What You Need To Do

Before you decide to bundle you will need to figure out what the appropriate level is for each service you are interested in. Once you do that, the next step is to find out if the bundle offered provides them cheaper than getting them individually.

You might want really fast Internet but only the basic minimum number of channels. Most companies offer various levels, or tiers, of service which have roughly the same quality for each service. You areprobably not going to get a bundle that features 200 HD digital channels and dial-up Internet. Instead, it will probably have 200 HD channels and 20 Mbps cable Internet.

Comparing Bundles To Individual Services

Every major service provider offers bundling, you just have to do some research first before deciding to get a bundle.

Looking at Time Warner Service in Los Angeles the package deal for Internet, phone, and TV is actually the same price as each service individually. The “bundled” deal does not actually save any money. That does not mean a similar deal will not save money for someone in a different location. It only means for this location that is not true.

On the Comcast website the bundle for three services is only cheaperwhile the exclusive introductory rate applies, but once rate expires then it is actually cheaper to do it individually.

Always read the fine print and be careful because service providers can get tricky with pricing. When you initially sign up they will typically offer an introductory rate for 6 months or a year, and after that the price getsjacked up substantially. So in the beginning it might be worth it, but after 6 months it will not. Read the specifics and do not be afraid tonegotiate after certain rates expire.

SEE ALSO: How To Get The Lowest Price On Internet Service

The Bottom Line

Do bundles really save you money? Sometimes. It all depends on how many companies are in your area and what kind of service you need.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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