Comcast Helps you Avoid Bundling Blunders

by : Julia Hall

It seems like these days every major telecommunications company is offering some
sort of bundled service package. Typically this is a way of marketing
telecommunications services to private consumers in such a way that two or more
services are invoiced on the same bill and the consumer is often given a major discount
in exchange for entrusting that particular company with extra business. Generally,
bundling services like this is a good idea for both you as a consumer and the company
that's providing the services for you. You get great convenience and savings and the
company gets more business.

Despite the apparent benefits of bundled services, there are some pitfalls that you could
experience if you don't shop around carefully. On the other hand, you can avoid many
of the pitfalls completely by choosing a higher quality company to provide you with your
telecommunications needs.

One of the major pitfalls that you could encounter is the possibility of getting a bundled
service package from a company that outsources one or more of the services that
you've signed up for to another company. This is extremely common among satellite
TV companies and traditional phone companies. That's because phone companies are
decidedly ill equipped to provide TV and satellite TV companies are similarly ill
equipped to handle phone services. Neither are particularly good at providing Internet
service either. For example, when you sign up for a satellite TV service that can
theoretically be bundled with a home phone calling plan and a high speed Internet
connection, you're probably getting the phone service from a traditional telephone
company (with all of the expense and frustration that goes with it). The high speed
Internet service will either come from the same phone company in the form of DSL or
through a satellite Internet company. Neither of these options is particularly good
because DSL tends to be relatively slow and satellite Internet service is both slow and
expensive. Plus, as if to add insult to injury, the satellite Internet service also comes with
a built in time lag which makes it impossible to use with real time applications like multi
player video games, VoIP, and video conferencing!

The difference between this type of bundled package and the one that's provided by
cable is that cable company uses digital cable technology instead of the pie in the sky
technology of satellites and the archaic technology of phone lines. Digital cable
technology is able to do at least as good of a job of providing TV service as satellite TV
and with the implementation of new technology, it will likely be significantly better than
satellite in the near future. Digital cable technology also does a better job of providing
Internet access in terms of speed, response time, and value. Broad band high speed
cable Internet access has about four times the speed that DSL or satellite are capable of
and doesn't have the time lag of satellite. A cable based Internet connection is also a
much better value than either of the others because, despite its greater speed, it doesn't
cost any more than the typical DSL service and only costs about half of the monthly rate
for satellite.