Evaluate Internet Access Plans If you are planning to connect to the Internet from your computer or mobile device, you will need to subscribe to an Internet access plan. Cable companies, phone companies, and mobile service providers all offer Internet access plans, so it is important to evaluate the plans in your area to determine which one is best for you. The following steps guide you through the process of evaluating Internet access plans. a. Create a budget. Internet access plans are available for a monthly fee, so determine how much money you are able to spend for Internet access on a monthly basis. b. Locate and list the Internet access plans available in your area. To determine Internet access plans that are available, check the local cable or phone company’s website and search for available plans. You may have to enter your ZIP code to determine whether certain plans are available in your area. Alternatively, visit a local electronics store and inquire about wireless Internet access plans available in your area. c. Compare Internet access speeds. Each Internet access plan may offer a different speed, so determine which speed is sufficient for you. If you mainly browse webpages and send or receive email messages, you may not need a plan that offers the fastest transfer rates. If you plan to download files, play online games, and watch movies on the Internet, you should consider a plan with faster transfer rates. You also should consider a plan with faster transfer rates if you will have multiple devices accessing the Internet simultaneously in your household. If an ISP offers multiple plans with a variety of transfer rates, it often will let you switch back and forth between plans without penalty so that you can find the one with the transfer rate that is best for you. d. Check for package deals. If you already have service with an existing CATV or phone provider, they may be able to add Internet access to your current services at a reduced rate. Bundling multiple services can make each service (such as Internet access) less expensive, but you should be careful not to sign up for services you do not need.
1. What Internet access plans are available in your area?
2. Prepare a table comparing the Internet access plans in your area. Based on your current Internet usage, which plan appears to be the best? Why?
3. How can you determine approximately how much data you will transfer each month