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Internet… In the 21st century it has become pretty much essential like water and electricity. I honestly don’t think I know ANYONE that doesn’t have internet – even if they don’t pay for internet service at their home, they have it on their phone or use their phone for a hotspot. I even looked it up and Wikipedia said 81% of people in the United States use the internet. People use internet to pay bills, correspond with work and friends through email, social network, watch movies, do research, read blogs, browse Pinterest for recipes or decorating ideas, check the weather/news/sports scores, do school online, work online… the uses and possibilities are absolutely endless. For me – I work completely online from home. You are reading this post … online … either on your phone or on your computer.
If you read consistently here at The Frugal Homemaker, you know I have been partnering with XFINITY and Ty So Fast for the last few months to introduce some of their services to you. But I want let’s go back to September before we had XFINITY and talk about a day in the life of our internet (we had the fastest DSL service our provider offered.) I work from home blogging, I also keep some financial records for my church, and some other things so I spend many hours online. During the day the internet would work about 80% of the time – I would have to disconnect/reconnect several times a day, reset the modem about once a week, and there were times when it was just so slow. I remember sitting there waiting for a page to load or something to save thinking, I am wasting so much time – I could have had this done in half the time if the internet was working fast. And in the evenings it had gotten to just be HORRIBLEI My husband would be browsing the internet and I would be trying to work or edit pictures or upload a post and it would CONSTANTLY go out. And if we tried to stream a show or movie on our playstation from Netflix – forget trying to use the internet on the computer. It was off more than it was on. We could never make it through even a 50 minute episode on Netflix without it stopping and having to “buffer” and load again. We had decided we had no option but to change so I asked my friends on facebook for recommendations for internet and almost everyone recommended XFINITY for speed and reliability. DSL internet just can’t compete with cable internet like XFINITY. So I had already decided to switch to XFINITY internet about a week before they contacted me – I just hadn’t had a free day to schedule the appointment to get it set up. Getting to enjoy their TV and phone service has just been icing on the cake!
So how is our internet now that we are with XFINITY internet, you ask? Absolutely amazing! In about 4 months I can only remember 1-2 times I have had any problem at all connecting, or it kicked me off, or it was even sluggish. I could immediately tell a difference in how much faster pages were loading and if we watch Netflix (which we haven’t been doing very often since we have so many options with On Demand and DVR) it never stops in the middle of a show to reload.
XFINITY internet also offers Constant Guard – provided by Norton Security. It guards against identity theft, viruses and more. This service doesn’t cost any extra – it is just included with your XFINITY internet. And since so many of us have so much information online – banking info, credit card info, personal information, and so much more – having security is very important.
And one last feature of their internet that I am loving is you have access to tons of hotspots nationwide – at no extra cost. You can download the XFINITY WIFI app and it will automatically connect you whenever a hotspot is available or you can search for an available hotspot. This is great if you travel and need to do work or if you have limited data on your cellphone – you can just connect to a hotspot on your phone to save your data.
So how about you? Know anyone that doesn’t have any kind of internet connection whether in their home or on their phone? Are you satisfied with your internet service? Computers and internet can be amazing…. but if they don’t work, they can be the most frustrating thing EVER!
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Disclosure: XFINITY partnered with bloggers such as me for their Fast Life program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. XFINITY believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. XFINITY’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.