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December 2, 2013

How to get cheap or free internet access at home

NORMAN — Dear Savvy Senior, Can you help me find a cheap Internet service for my house? I’m retired and live on a fixed income, and the Internet service I use now is too expensive.

— Financially squeezed

Dear Squeezed,

There are actually a number of companies that offer low-cost or free home Internet services, but what’s available to you will depend on where you live and your financial situation. Here are some options.

Free Internet: If you are a light Internet user and you live in their service area, free high-speed Internet is now available through the telecom company FreedomPop.

Just go to freedompop.com and type in your address to find out if they serve your location. If they do, you’ll need to buy the $89 Freedom Hub Burst home modem that allows you to access the Internet. You simply plug it in and you’re ready to go.

FreedomPop is a non-contract service that provides 1 gigabyte of data per month for free, which is adequate for sending and receiving emails and surfing the web. If, however, you want more data for things like watching Internet videos or sharing photos, you can pay $10 a month for 5 GB or $18 a month for 10 GB.

Cheap internet: If FreedomPop is not available in your area, other providers offer high-speed Internet at a low cost.

For example, NetZero (netzero.net, 800-638-9376) and Juno (juno.com, 888-213-9093) now have DSL plans for only $10 per month for the first six months with no data restrictions, provided you live in their service areas and you have a home phone line. After six months, the price jumps up to $18 per month.

To search for other high-speed Internet service providers in your area, see ispprovidersinmyarea.com.

Another strategy to get cheaper high-speed Internet is to combine, or bundle it together with your TV and/or phone service. Check with the television and phone providers in your area to see what types of bundle packages they offer.

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