Sadly, it is not possible to 'try before you buy' your internet connections, and if you're not ultimately happy, then you're going to be that way for a long time until you reach a point in time when you can switch to an alternative ISP.
Our advice is to follow these bullet points;
- Before your current contract is up, look around, read reviews and ask your friends and neighbours which ISP they use and whether they are happy or not
- Decide what your requirements are - do you heavily download of simply browse the Internet and read email? Do you stream video content from sites such as Netflix and YouTube?
- Check your contract end date as some ISP's insist on a minimum 12 months contract but with a 30 day cancellation notice, which means that if you don't do something about it in the 11th month, you will be stuck in contract for a total of 13 months.
- Once you have chosen your new ISP, contact your existing supplier and ask them for a migration (MAC) code, and tell them that you intend to move away from them. Be aware though that they will try every sales tactic in the book to try and get you to stay with them.
- Once you have it, pass on the migration code to the new ISP.
- Make sure you confirm with them whether they will send you a new router, or whether you will have to use your existing router and if so, also make sure that you know how to change the settings.