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Comparing high-speed internet plans: the need for speed or not

BY Allconnect | Tue May 24, 2011
Comparing high-speed internet plans: the need for speed or not

As we download bigger files, play more sophisticated online games and stream more live video, internet providers keep up by offering faster connection speeds. Depending on how you use the internet, you may be paying for speed you don’t need.

Speed you need to download photos

Time is money and if you download large files, you may not want to spend time waiting. For example, according to Earthlink, you can download 45 photos in 1 minute at 6.0 Mbps vs 11 photos in 1 minute at 1.5 Mbps. A dial-up connection would download half the photo in a minute.

Speed you need to download music

When downloading music files, 15 songs can be downloaded in a minute at 6.0 Mbps while only 4 songs would download per minute at 1.5 Mbps. The dial-up connection would take 6 minutes to download a single music file.

Speed you need for video conferencing and streaming

For video conferencing, downloading movies and streaming video, we recommend internet speeds of 15+ Mbps so you can use Skype, watch Netflix in Standard Definition and stream YouTube. For example, a 1.7 GB movie downloads in less than 10 minutes at 24 Mbps vs approximately 38 minutes at 6 Mbps.

You can still download larger files, they just take longer. There are also speeds in between the lowest and highest mentioned here, allowing you to purchase the optimum speed for you. You should learn what the minimum speeds required for your favorite activities are and then consider faster speeds depending on how many devices you have at home.

When you’re ready to compare internet plans available at your address, Allconnect.com provides recommendations based on your needs after you enter your address and select the Internet icon. You can then compare prices for different speeds from different providers, ensuring that you have the best internet deal for the speed you need.

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