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If you’re going on a long trip, seasonally spending time indoors, or otherwise far away, here’s a smart way to save money: Stop your cable and internet. Yes, you can do so and reap the many benefits of your service.
Here’s Why Canceling Isn’t Your Best Option
There’s no reason to pay for internet service back home when you’re going on an extended trip. You might think that canceling and reactivating is the way to go. it’s a bad idea.
• You will often face cancellation charges.
• Canceling your service is frustrating and takes time. You’ll likely be bombarded with questions about why you’re canceling and offers to keep you. And once you’ve done everything, you need to take the time to return the equipment to your provider.
• You will often pay an activation fee to reactivate your previous service or sign up with a new service.
• It also takes time to restart the service. You’ll need to set up your plan, payment, and equipment.
The good news is that many internet search providers and cable/satellite providers allow you to pause their service, which is a lot more convenient.
Below I’ve gathered information about some of the largest providers in the country. If you don’t see yours, check its website or call them.
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Xfinity’s seasonal facility plan You can put your TV, Internet and sound services on hold while you are away. You keep your device, phone number, and Comcast.net email address, which you can still access during the hold.
If you upgrade to seasonal Internet access, you’ll still be able to control your smart devices even when you’re away from home. There is no reconnection fee, and you won’t need a service call when you return.
Xfinity charges $8 per month to stop your TV, Internet or voice services. If you want to have your own internet, it’s $29.95 for seasonal internet access. The time you activate the Seasonal Convenience Plan varies from three to nine months by region.
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If you use spectrum, use weather conditions Option to put TV, Internet and Voice services on hold for a monthly fee. You can do this for two to nine months.
You keep your phone number, email address, voicemail, Spectrum receiver, and other TV, Internet, or voice equipment. You’ll still be able to access your Spectrum.net account to pay your bill online and check email, voicemail and account status – but you won’t have access to the Internet for the duration of your seasonal status. When you return home your services will resume without any technician visits.
You must either provide a forwarding address for billing purposes or enroll in Autopay to sign up for seasonal status. You can put your account in seasonal status once every 12 months.
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Cox’s Seasonal Program Allows you to pause your services and access all your devices starting at $9.99 per month. There’s no reconnection fee or technical travel required to get you up and running like other options.
You can stop your services for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 9 consecutive months. You can plan for up to two holds per year, with a 30-day break between breaks.
AT&T’s Vacation Hold Allows you to pause your Internet, phone or U-verse TV service. If you put all three on hold, you’ll still have access to your email ID to use AT&T’s Wi-Fi network while you’re away. You will keep your number and can receive calls and access voicemail.
AT&T charges $7 per month for each service you stop. You can use vacation hold twice a year for two to nine months.
an important safety warning
If you have a home security camera or other connected monitoring device at home, make sure you can still access them before putting your account on hold. Some plans have this option while others do not. To make sure your home is secure while you’re away, check with your ISP.
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