Bundling for TV, Phone & Web For Savings

If you haven't reviewed your bills for phone, Internet, and TV, Consumer Reports says now is the time to do it.

Prices have dropped a lot in the last year, so you may be paying more than you need to.

"Prices for bundled services are down as much as 20% in the past year." said Consumer Reports Paul Reynolds. "And because of competition, your rate may not go up once the promotional period is over."

But Consumer Reports says most people don't need to pay extra for the highest-speed-Internet plans.

"If you don't download or share a lot of lengthy videos or large files, it's probably not worth paying for that premium options," said Reynolds.

If you don't watch a lot of TV or make a lot of calls, you may save money buying your TV and home phone separately.

A just-published Consumer Reports' survey of its subscribers found the Internet phone service Vonage is a standout for value.

It has plans as low as $17.00 a month.

"It can take a lot of time to sift through the offers for TV, phone, and Internet even within one carrier. But in today's competitive market, it can really pay off," said Reynolds.

The Consumer Reports National Research Center says subscribers were very satisfied with Internet, phone, and TV from the fiber services-AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS. These are regional companies that are moving into more and more areas.

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