Bundled home telecommunications services are really popular these days, and there are a number of reasons for this. The most obvious reason is that when companies bundle various telecommunications packages together, they tend to offer discounts that save consumers money. It makes sense for these companies to offer discounts because they’re sure to make more money by providing their customers two or three services than providing them with just one, so it’s really a way of saying thanks for the extra business. Of course, consumers also like bundled services because they’re more convenient in the sense that bundling allows consumers to pay for all of their home telecommunications services through just one bill. This means having one bill to remember to pay every month instead of three and one check to write every month instead of three separate ones.

Having said that, some telecom service bundles are better than others and there are a number of things to look out for when shopping around for them. For example, the same company should be able to handle all of the services that it offers without farming them out to other companies. In that sense Comcast is a really good choice as it provides its customers with digital cable TV, high speed Internet access, and digital voice home phone service all by itself.

Other companies aren’t able to do this. For example, it’s not unusual for phone companies to have deals with satellite TV companies that allow them to offer bundles of home telephone service, satellite TV, and high speed Internet on a single bill. But while the satellite TV company takes care of the television, the phone company will take care of the high speed Internet and the home phone line. Another common scenario is for a satellite TV company to offer its own services bundled together with high speed Internet service through a satellite Internet company and home phone service through a traditional phone company.

All of these scenarios have their problems that Comcast is able to avoid with its monolithic approach to bundled services. For one thing, whenever more than one company gets involved customer service becomes less convenient for the customers. That’s because it’s not always clear which company is responsible for which situation. For example, in the case where you get your TV and your Internet service through different companies but the same satellite dish, it’s entirely possible that each company could claim that the other company is responsible for taking care of some technical problem associated with the satellite system, and your left with compromised service. Then there’s the issue of having to deal with a traditional telephone company. Traditional phone companies have been hiking their rates, making them prohibitively expensive, yet unlike Comcast these bundles don’t provide you with an alternative to the traditional phone company.

The technology that’s included in these bundles is often inferior as well. For example, if you get your Internet service through the phone company, you’ll be getting DSL which can barely be considered high speed in any sense of the term. If you get internet access through a satellite company, you’ll be getting faster service than DSL but you’ll also be paying a small fortune for it. Plus, satellite Internet access has a built in lag time because of the distance that the data has to travel to and from the satellites, which makes it unsuitable for a variety of Internet applications.

Comcast presents a much better type of bundle that provides superior customer service, better technology, and real savings.

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