When we're talking about cable bundles, usually what most people think of is the traditional bundle of television, Internet, and a landline phone system. However, do providers also offer bundles that included cell phone as well as Internet and TV?
Here are a few things to know if you’re on a hunt for a simple way to bundle everything you need when it comes to to these services:
Different Bundles Depend on Your Area
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Companies like Cox Communications offer a variety of bundles that include telephone, television, and Internet services in certain areas. They also have a partnership with Sprint Mobile to cover your cell phone needs so you can play Candy Crush or call your parents anytime, anywhere. (Or, call your parents to brag about your Candy Crush score.)
Some companies offer their own version of BYOB — that is, Build Your Own Bundles. In the age of paying bills in a smarter way, you’re more than welcome to have your own little party if you can figure out how to bundle like a pro and reduce your monthly expenditures.
Other companies offer incentives and gift cards for you to bundle your TV and cell phone plans. Xfinity, for example, has a mobile plan which can be combined with Internet and television services for competitive prices. They also have gift cards or deals on installation services depending on your area.
Spectrum also offers its own set of unique bundles, as do a variety of other companies: it’s all about locating what’s readily available in your area, which you can do through SmartMove’s tools.
Price Check Bundling vs. Purchasing Separately
Before you jump into bundling all of your services together, make sure you run the numbers for what it would cost to bundle without cell phone services, or what it would cost to purchase services separately.
This is especially relevant as some bundling deals expire. For example, they may only offer a discounted rate for 12 months, at which the services go back to being full price. Read the fine print and make sure you know what services are essential, and what you cancel when or if you decide you don’t need them any longer.
All of this goes back to identifying your household’s needs: if you use a lot of data and need an unlimited data plan for your cell phone, make sure to calculate that cost and see what bundling deals are available for the number of lines and amount of data you need.
Another thing to take in consideration is contracts: cell phone providers may offer lucrative deals, but they also often lock you into a contract for one or more years. While switching to another provider may not be an issue as some providers will buy you out of your current contract, it is something to keep in mind — especially if you think your households’ needs will change when it comes to television, Internet, and cell phone services.
Xfinity offers data plans of $12 per GB for up to 5 lines, or unlimited at $45 per month per line. Similarly, Spectrum offers data plans of $14 per GB or $45 per month per line for unlimited. Both of these companies offer contracts for as little as 12 months, whereas many competitors require a contract for a minimum of 24 months.
So the short answer? Yes, you can bundle all of your essential services together, and by doing so you can save money and manage all your services in one place. Use SmartMove’s tools to make sure you’re getting the most bundle for your buck!