Estimate how much should you pay for Internet.
Test the real speed of your internet, from your device to the live website (thousands of miles away).
My internet speed test proprietary method measure whole client computer internet activity at the testing time to determine true speed you can really use, therefore results are lower than in other tests.
Most of them don't estimate cost.
Testing only a fraction of speed from your device to your ISP. (few miles away) can't be very accurate.
Measuring only maximum speed of your ISP's infrastructure (higher results). Most ISP's advertise a given maximum speed, but rarely match that in the real world.
Providers tend to offer best deals to new customers. Broadband customers could save more than 50% on their broadband just by switching their package or provider!
Estimation is based on average bandwidth prices in United States and may vary from country to country.
Based on online survey, it is clear that American consumers are frustrated with the amount they are being charged for internet access.Read More
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers often incorrectly estimate how much data they consume online and pay Internet providers for more downloading and uploading than they actually do, a U.S. government watchdog said.Read More
Broadband customers could save more than 50% on their broadband just by switching their package or provider, but millions of us are still missing out.Read More
it is clear that American consumers are frustrated with the amount they are being charged for internet.
In a nationwide survey of more than 30,000 online consumers, 94% believe they are paying too much for their broadband package.
When asked to rate their current broadband service provider, respondents said: 57% are somewhat satisfied with both service and price, 33% are not satisfied with service and price, And only 1% are highly satisfied with both service and price. The remaining 9% indicated they were highly dissatisfied with service and price.
Why Consider Switching Broadband Service Providers?
While not all US consumers have the choice between more than one Internet provider,the potential savings for consumers are huge. With an estimated 66 million households* with a broadband connection and a typical 2.5Mbs – 15Mbps broadband connection costing $38.11 per month according to the OECD’s latest report if even 10% of those households were to switch to a cheaper provider saving $5 per month this represents a combined saving of $396 million dollars per year.
66M US households have a broadband connection based on PEW Internets estimation.
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers often incorrectly estimate how much data they consume online and pay
Internet providers for more downloading and uploading than they actually do,
a U.S. government watchdog said in findings released last week.
The observations were preliminary from the Government Accountability Office’s review of the practice of usage-based pricing, in which consumers pay Internet service providers for a specific amount of data they agree to consume instead of a flat fee for unlimited data.
Users who go over data caps usually face extra charges or slower Internet speeds.
In a study requested by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found consumers often were unclear about what online activities consumed the most data and paid providers too much either for data they did not use or through overage fees for exceeding data caps. Most wireline providers told the GAO that usually only 1 to 2 percent of users exceeded their data caps.
However, data from Canada-based provider-research firm Sandvine showed that people relying on the Web to replace traditional TV services consumed an average of 212 gigabytes of data a month, which is close to many existing data allowances, the GAO said, and could mean more consumers may be exceeding their caps in the future.
All four top U.S. wireless carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile US — offer tiered pricing plans and so do seven of the top 13 wireline providers, though only three said they charged overage fees, GAO said.
Providers say usage-based pricing allows consumers who use less data to pay accordingly and, in the case of wireless carriers, helps manage congested networks.
Consumers in eight focus groups that the GAO conducted in Baltimore; Des Moines, Iowa; New York City; and Las Vegas expressed few serious concerns about usage-based pricing of wireless Internet plans but had “strong negative reactions” to such pricing of wireline providers
Those worries stemmed from the consumers’ heavy reliance on Internet access at home, where they were not used to worrying about data limits, and concerns that providers would use data caps as a loophole to increase their bills.
However, the GAO said that the worries were in part based on misconceptions about how little data is consumed by activities such as online shopping or social media applications. At the same time, automatic updates of programs or applications could be a hidden source of data use and providers themselves sometimes estimated data use of similar Web apps differently. The full GAO report is due in November.
The preliminary findings come as the Federal Communications Commission is looking to set new rules for how providers should manage Web traffic on their networks.
Broadband customers could save more than 50% on their broadband just by switching their
package or provider, but millions of us are still missing out.
According to new report, only in Britain broadband customers are throwing away almost billion $ a year by failing to switch their package or provider!
Research shows that 40% of UK households are paying too much for broadband having stuck to the same deal for years without switching - despite a huge drop in prices.
The study compared current broadband prices with historical market data. It found many customers can now get a broadband and home phone bundle for 50% lower price than it costs two years ago
A lot of customers are stuck on outdated packages and could get so much more for their money.
People are used to shopping around for energy, insurance or even petrol - but customers are still failing to regularly switch their broadband service, potentially pouring billions down the drain each year.
There are lots of steps consumers can take to make the most of their money. They can look to maximize their income by shopping around to get the best deal:
1. Compare the true cost of packages - Use only an Ofcom-accredited price comparison that gives details of hidden costs, such as installation charges and line rental. It's important to get a realistic pictures of how much you'll be paying each month.
2. Make sure your existing contract has expired, allowing you to switch without paying 'early exit' fees. Note that some providers have 18-month terms rather than the standard 12 months.
3. Read customer reviews - Unsure of your chosen provider's reputation? Customers are usually the harshest critics, so look for independent star ratings from users. This should give you an accurate idea of the service quality for each provider.
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