If you've had Charter/Spectrum's service you might have a quick opinion on this blog title but heres the real deal. Spectrum will charge you for equipment. The modem, the cable receiver boxes and back up battery for example can count as equipment that comes with a fixed monthly rental charge.
When people speak of being hassled for nickel and dimes they are really talking about feeling the sting of the added monthly equipment fees. For example, Spectrum charges $5 per receiver box, per room, per month. In that receiver box example, when you have four rooms of cable, thats an extra $20 per month on your cable bill. $20 per month over the course of several months can add up to be a lot of money! DirecTV gives you up to four rooms of receiver boxes for free. So for a new Spectrum customer who just left DirecTV where there were no equipment fees the extra monthly charges can feel like a bit of a rip off.
Somebody said that blog post don't all have to be as longs a book. I'm keeping this one short. LOL! Good but short! It's about internet.
Everyone should have be able to enjoy affordable internet. Spectrum is doing its part to make sure low income households are connected with WiFi for around $20 per month.
High Speed 30MBPS internet deliver for your family to enjoy regardless of credit or income. Check it out: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html
It's true. AT&T offers a $10/month Access Internet Program for low income families. You or someone in your household must receive Foodshare (Food Stamps) to qualify. Not even bad credit can disqualify you. I recommend you sign up because the offer will not be around forever. Not a fan of AT&T? Spectrum has a similar offer.
Having AT&T Internet also qualifies you to lock in a price savings for 24 months on your DirecTV. Typically, after 12 months your cable bill price will skyrocket! However, if you bundle your AT&T internet with DirecTV you can enjoy the new subscriber promotional rate of $50 per month for 24 months. Not bad!
Visit chitchatpro.com to get started with the AT&T Access Internet Program or to add the $50/mo DirecTV bundle.
When it comes to saving money on your cable bill, after the first 12 months, many times the grass is greener on the other side. That's because after 12 months your sweet new customer promotional rate expires and you're smacked with a bill so big it looks something like a joke. What's not a joke is the fact that such price increases are industry standard. It's not a scam. It's a practice used by DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum and others.
There are only a couple of ways to protect yourself from this price hike and still enjoy all the features of your current cable package. Your first option is to renegotiate your cable bill to a lower price. This option takes some guts and you are not guaranteed to get the discounts you're looking for. However, with some persistence, you can succeed in getting your bill back down to a reasonable rate.
The second option is to cross over to greener pastures. Switch providers after 12 months otherwise known as 'the 12 month jump'. Some service providers encourage a jump by making it super easy for you to switch over to them. For example, let's say you're considering a switch from DirecTV to Spectrum. Spectrum will help you pay for any fees associated with leaving your current provider at anytime, after 12 months you can definitely just walk away and switch to Spectrum penalty free. This switch makes you a new customer and grants you access to those sweet new customer rates once again.
The 12 month jump sounds like a lot but when you're talking about saving yourself $1000 or more per year, it could be well worth the effort. It just depends on your situation. Some people would rather spend top dollar and avoid all the hassle of changing service providers. Some people are downright satisfied with their existing service which is great. But if you're focused on saving money or unhappy, a good place to start regaining your happiness and cutting costs might be found in your cable bill.
Antoine Miller, ChitChat TV VOICE DATA Broker
So who is this guy? Oh, it's just billionaire Jeff Bezos the owner of Amazon. His yacht is sick! See his helicopter launch pad on deck! Let's just say, he's got expensive taste and he's certainly not hurting for money.
What does Jeff mean to your start up? About a $1K credit line through Amazon. His company Amazon is notorious for handing out lines of credit to worthy start ups. My first line of business credit for ChitChat TV VOICE DATA was through Amazon. In fact, Amazon found my business. They emailed my business account with details about opening a line of credit. I signed up after agreeing to the terms of the $1000 revolving line of credit and the rest is history. Office supplies, tablets and anything else Amazon offers is available to you. When the banks won't lend, Amazon has the capacity to help you out.
If you need some quick tips for help growing your business credit, contact me. Otherwise, apply for an Amazon line of credit for your small biz.
If you're paying over $100 per month for your business phone and Internet service, you may be paying too much. As a one or two person start up, keeping your business overhead low can help your small business survive when you're just starting out. It can be tough to find areas to cut in your overhead, but consider lowering the amount you pay for phone and Internet.
Did you know you could be paying for more Internet speed than you actually need? Most small businesses only need 60 Mbps. Unless you were downloading large cad files or transferring huge amounts of data, one of the easiest ways to save money for your business is to downgrade your internet service to just 60 Mbps. You will quickly find that 60MBPS is a lot cheaper and provides enough bandwidth to keep an office of 2 to 3 people zipping along the Internet without suffering buffering.
Phone companies make a killing off small business owners because small business owners buy unnecessary services. Each month, the phone companies can count on your check to pay for the few features you actually do use and the many more costly features you will never use. For the most part, small business owners just need their phones to do one thing – ring! Getting your phone to ring has more to do with marketing and less to do with the actual phone system itself. Questions to ask yourself: Do I need a desk phone or can a second wireless line suffice? Do I need a landline or can a VoIP phone work? Do I need multiple phones or multiple lines in the office?
With cloud based phone packages priced at $10 per month and internet packages at $30 per month, you should be paying under $100 for a cloud based phone system and no less than 60MBPS internet speed. Double check your phone features to see if you are paying for cloud based features that you never use. Then adjust your phone package accordingly. Are you paying for cloud based features in your phone system that you will never use? Below are some of my most popular small business packages. Give me a call to get the most honest quotes on business phone and internet service. I can be reached at 414-719-2270 or email@example.com
Line2 - $9.99 per month
Ring Central - $24.99 per month
Spectrum – $29.99 per month
Vonage - $39.99 per month
All Internet Service Providers have 50-60MBPS internet speeds available. Just ask for the $59.99 or cheaper plan.
As a condition for AT&T's merger with DirecTV, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that it offer $5 or $10 internet service to people on the SNAP low-income assistance program. If internet speeds are between 3-5 Mbps, folks should pay $5 per month, or $10 per month for speeds between 5-10 Mbps. Sign up at: https://accessatt.solixcs.com/#/home
Not 6:50PM but 650 your credit score. That's what AT&T is looking for if you want to sign on with them for DirecTV. 650, according to MyFico, is a fair credit score. Not good, just...fair. But many people don't have 650. They have bad credit. And, if you don't know, there are two options for cable and internet in the Milwaukee area: AT&T and Spectrum. If you won't pay your bill with Spectrum and can't qualify for AT&T because of bad credit... You see what you just did there?
So what does this mean? It means DON'T BURN Spectrum is what it means! It means pay your cable bill. Unless you don't want cable and internet. This is important because even with the Firestick action going on right now, you will need internet to push it. If you can't get AT&T and you've burned Spectrum, no internet for you. No TV for you. Unless, you like basic. Don't be basic.
Hey, my business partner Shawn Ward and I are telecom brokers. We offer every major telecom and cable provider for business and residential locations all over the United States. Of course we have a vested interest in our consumer base. If you are running into issues with your cable/telecom provider contact us. We may be able to help. There are ways to help you out of a jam with your cable provider. As with anything, the worst thing you can do is just ignore the problem because it won't go away - your cable and internet will.
You may be wondering how cable can help your organization meet its fundraising targets. The answer is simple and has to do with margins and likability.
It is an obstacle for an organization to find a consumer likable product that can be sold at a high enough price for them and the vendor to make money. However, traditional fundraising products and services aren't lucrative enough and take way too many man hours to deliver a quick return. More than a telecom company, ChitChat came up with a solution for raising more money in less time through selling cable.
Whenever a member of your organization purchases or gets a friend or family member to purchase cable, your organization gets a significant share of the capital raised from each sale. To give you an idea, a single cable sale through a member of your organization would be worth more than 25 frozen pizzas and containers of cookie dough combined! This means, you can raise more money in less time for you organization. Even more, people actually enjoy TV entertainment and will be happy to purchase their cable through your organization knowing that they are helping a great cause along the way.
If your organization wants help fundraising, contact Shawn Ward or Antoine Miller for a consultation and let's discuss next steps.
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When it comes to residential cable service in Wisconsin, I get the question of which is better, AT&T DIRECTV or Spectrum Cable, all the time. I sell them both so I do know more than a little about them both. If there were a clear winner, I'd say so. They both have high points. For example, AT&T outsources a lot of their call center activity overseas so customer service can sometimes leave a little bit to be desired. Poor communications from a communications company is never good. But did you know you can request a customer service representative from the United States and you will get one?
When signing up for services Spectrum doesn't give you a hard time about your credit. AT&T does. However, Spectrum will charge you a lower rate for 12 months and then jack the bill up year two. I mean the bill can literally double overnight. AT&T will lock you into the same low price for 24 months with no bill increase surprises. Want to leave Spectrum, it's okay because they don't lock you into contracts residentially. However, try to leave AT&T and BAM look out for the early contract termination penalties and fees. But don't worry Spectrum will pay up to $500 to buy you out of your contract with AT&T. The list goes on and on. For example, up to four rooms covered for TV receivers with AT&T. Spectrum will charge you $5 or so per month for each receiver.
So who is better? It's up for you to decide. However, I say, if you're really uncertain, try them both. You get 30 days to decide. Stick with the service provider you enjoy best. Life's too short to have lousy TV service.
Now you know.
Antoine Miller is a telecom professional with over a decade of cable, voice and data experience. Miller shares his most useful tips and experience with individuals looking to save money and get the best value from their cable, phone and internet service.