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Moving to California

Guide to Cable TV, Mobile, and Internet Providers

Moving to California

The state of California, all on its own, has the sixth largest economy in the world—larger, in fact, than that of France’s. With your recent plan to move to California, you’ve probably already given plenty of thought to the robust nature of the state’s economy, and the many jobs available across the tech, entertainment, agriculture and tourism industries. If you’re moving for a new job you’ve landed, congratulations! SmartMove is here to help you during your upcoming move.

Moving to California requires a fair amount of preparation and planning, whether you’ve bought a home or you’re planning to rent. With SmartMove, we can help you save money and find great deals on moving-related expenses. This moving to California guide will help you prepare for your upcoming journey to the Golden State.

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Internet Services in California

There are many Internet service providers to choose from in California, featuring various packages and connection options.. You’ll likely  want high-speed Internet with strong WiFi and fast upload speeds and download speeds, especially if you're working from home, streaming movies and TV shows, or gaming. You’ll also want an Internet service provider with good customer service, in case you need help troubleshooting any issues. Here are the top providers SmartMove recommends in California:

Keep in mind that there are different Internet plans and packages, as well as different types of connections — like fiber optic and cable — available through these different providers. Be sure to consider your household’s Internet needs, as well as your budget when choosing a provider.

Cable Services in California

Cable TV providers in California offer a variety of channels, including local channels, sports channels, movie channels, and international channels. You can also get premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz. Most cable TV providers in the Golden State also offer high-speed Internet service, so you can bundle your cable and Internet services together to save money and to reduce the number of bills arriving at your new address.

There are many cable providers to choose from in California. Some of the more popular ones include Spectrum, Cox, Optimum, Suddenlink, Xtream by Mediacom, Sparklight, GCI, Fidelity, Xfinity, and Armstrong. Each one offers a different selection of channels, features — such as DVR and on-the-go viewing — and pricing options. You'll want to compare all of your options before making a decision.

Mobile Phone Services in California

Last but not least, there are also several mobile providers to choose from in California. Whether you’re switching services or confirming that your current plan will be optimal in your new location, you'll want a provider that offers a good selection of plans with different data allowances, as well as reliable and helpful customer support in case you have any problems with your service.

Some providers offer family plans that include multiple lines and shared data allowances. Others offer plans with unlimited data, which can be great if you use a lot of data each month. Mobile phone providers in California include XfinitySpectrum, and Optimum.

Tips for Moving to California

Along with getting your digital life in order, you'll need to relocate from your current location to your new one. Here are some tips on how to relocate to a new California location.

Picking a Relocation Company

If you've decided to hire a moving company, do your research ahead of time so you can reserve their services. Around six months before your relocation date, start looking into what companies are available in both your current location and your new location. SmartMove provides a free online resource to help you find and compare moving companies in California.

Use reviews to narrow down your list once you've identified which companies are capable of transferring you. Look for excellent customer service, reasonable pricing, and dependability. Once you've chosen your pick, book their services. Then, to prepare for the rest of your trip to California, complete SmartMove's free moving checklist!

Self Moving Tips

If you want to save money on your California move or simply enjoy the feeling of having complete control over your belongings from point A to point B, moving yourself is a more affordable option. Consider the following points before making a decision to relocate:

  • Do you want your relatives and friends to help you move boxes and furniture?
  • Is it physically possible for you, your friends, or your family to move?
  • What plans do you have in place in the event of bad weather or an accident?

Remember that you can always hire local movers to help you at the start and/or end of your travel.

Whether you move yourself or use a professional moving company, keep your receipts for your tax preparer. If you're relocating for work, see if your employer will cover your relocation costs.

You should have all of the tools and knowledge you need to make the move — and your arrival — as smooth as possible after reading our Moving to California guide.

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With so many options for cable TV, mobile, and Internet providers in California, you'll want to compare each choice before making a decision. 

Still have more questions? Let SmartMove help you transition to life in the Golden State. Our experts can assist you in finding the best technology providers with simple tools and resources to ensure your move to California is as smooth as possible.

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