Bundling is an option with many service providers that allows you combine several different services into one bill. Bundling frequently includes phone (landline and/or wireless) service, Internet service, and TV service. You can choose bundles that include all of these services or a selection of these services.
Service providers created bundling:
- To encourage customers to buy all three services by allowing them to save money on each individual service.
- To encourage customers to stick with a single service provider for all services
Most major service providers for phone, Internet, and TV offer bundling service. But bundling may not always be the best way to save money as service providers will sometimes set very low starting prices and then increase prices dramatically later.
Use our comparison system below to see how you might be able to save money with a bundle deal.
While bundles can help you save, they aren't right for everyone.
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Triple Play Bundle Deals
Triple play offers include Internet, phone, and TV. Usually, you have to buy a bundled service through a cable or phone company. You can bundle services with a satellite TV company, but it’s usually done through a phone company.
Triple play bundling is perfect for anyone who wants TV, Internet, and phone service in their home. Individually, these services can be very expensive. For example, let’s say you bought the following three services:
- AT&T U-Verse Pro for Internet for $38/month
- DIRECTV Entertainment for TV for $29.99/month
- AT&T U-Verse Voice Unlimited for phone service for $35/month
You would end up spending $102.99/month. By contrast, if you got the AT&T U-Verse triple play plan, you would spend $89/month for 24 months. AT&T U-Verse also includes Internet protocol telephone and high speed Internet so you can use U-Verse to bundle services you receive from AT&T.
And even if you didn’t want to get the U-Verse service, you could get an AT&T triple play plan with satellite TV service with DIRECTV for $93.94/month.
Double Play Bundle Deals
If your service provider offers you a double play bundle deal, it means that you can pick and bundle two of any of the three services. This way, you can still benefit from the savings of bundling without having to pay for a service you don’t want. So you could choose a TV/Internet bundle, or a phone/Internet bundle, or a phone/TV bundle.
Bundling with Traditional Phone Services
You can bundle with traditional telephone companies in a couple of ways.
First, you can use a telephone company in conjunction with a TV company that doesn’t sell phone service like DIRECTV or the DISH Network. In this bundling service, you are basically paying two companies through one bill. You start off by picking your TV plan and you then bundle it with an Internet and/or phone plan with a telephone company.
You may be limited, however, on which carrier you bundle with your TV service. Certain carriers may not offer service in your area. But most TV companies partner with multiple different telecoms so that there will be at least one service available in almost every area.
Second, you can use your carrier for all of your services. Now lots of major carriers also offer a TV service. For example, AT&T has U-Verse TV and Verizon has Verizon FiOS TV. You can now get pretty inexpensive triple play offers through plans like U-Verse and FiOS.
These plans also have the advantage that you only have to do business with one company, rather than two. However, U-Verse and FiOS do not give you the option to use satellite TV service (if you like satellite). Both U-Verse and FiOS use fiber optic cables, which means that you can’t get a satellite service (which can often be cheaper), and some customers may not be able to use the fiber optic TV service if they live in a remote area.
Bundling with Cable Companies
Cable companies can provide Internet and phone service in addition to TV service, so you won’t ever see a cable company offering a bundle in partnership with another company. In some cases they may be the less expensive option. For example, Charter charges $89.97/month for a triple play bundle, while AT&T charges $94.94/month when you don’t choose the U-Verse option.
Overall, however, bundling is usually cheaper with a traditional telephone company. For example, a bundle with Verizon and DIRECTV can be as low as $65/month. This plan includes the DIRECTV Choice Extra plan with 205+ channels, high speed Internet, and unlimited local and regional calling.