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If you’re headed on a long trip, spending time in a seasonal home, or away, here’s a smart way to save money: Pause your cable and internet. Yes, you can do that and retain many of your service privileges.
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When you are on a long trip, there is no need to pay for internet service in your country. You might think that canceling and reactivating is the way to go. This is a bad idea.
• You will often face cancellation fees.
• Canceling your service is frustrating and time consuming. You will likely be bombarded with questions about why you canceled and offers to keep you. Once everything is done, you will have to take some time to return the equipment to your service provider.
• You will often pay an activation fee to reactivate your previous service or sign up for a new one.
• Resuming service also takes time. You will need to prepare your plan, payment, and equipment.
The good news is that many internet search providers and cable/satellite service providers allow you to pause your service, which is much more convenient.
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Xfinity’s Seasonal rest plan It allows you to suspend TV, Internet and audio services while you are away. You keep your equipment, phone number, and email address for Comcast.net, which you can still access while booking.
If you upgrade to Seasonal Internet Access, you’ll still be able to control your smart devices at home while you’re away, too. There is no call-back fee, and you will not need a service call upon return.
Xfinity charges $8 per month to pause TV, Internet, or audio services. If you want to keep online, it’s $29.95 for seasonal internet access. The amount of time you can activate a seasonal rest plan varies by region, from three to nine months.
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If you are using Spectrum, use Seasonal condition Option to suspend TV, Internet and Voice services for a monthly fee. You can do this for two to nine months.
You keep your phone number, email address, voice mail, and Spectrum TV or other television, Internet or audio 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 be able to access the internet for the duration of your seasonal status. Your services will resume without a technician’s visit when you return home.
You will either need to provide a forwarding address for billing purposes or sign up for an automatic subscription payment in a seasonal state. You can put your account into seasonal status once every 12 months.
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Seasonal Cox’s Program It allows you to pause your services and keep all your devices starting at $9.99 per month. No reconnection fee or tech visit necessary to get you up and running again like other options.
You may suspend your Services for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of nine consecutive months. You can plan up to twice each year, with a 30-day break between pauses.
AT&T Holiday Commentary Allows you to pause your internet, phone, or U-verse TV service. If you suspend all three, you’ll still have access to your email IDs to use AT&T’s Wi-Fi 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 suspend. You can use Vacation Hold twice a year for two to nine months.
Important security warning
If you have a home security camera or other monitoring equipment connected to the home, make sure you still have access to them before suspending your account. Some plans have this option while others do not. Check with your ISP to make sure your home is protected while you’re away.
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