With the drop in the economy since 1999
came a drop in usage of network capacity. This spells opportunity for broadband buyers. Carriers are bending over
backward trying to get people to use their networks.
A few years ago hardware was something you had to worry about yourself. Today, most service providers are willing
to throw in a T1 router line valued between $750 to $3,000 with your new service contract.
Providers have become extremely competitive and
one of the ways they are trying to attract customers is by making the start-up process as simple as possible.
Service providers have tried many different methods of attracting customers and simplifying the start-up process.
Credit checks have been simplified, application paperwork been reduced in size, and there are increasingly discounts
available for new customers.
The free router when from a special promotion offered to increase month end sales to becoming a standard part of
the product offering. It is now the exception to the norm to find providers that do not offer a router with their
If you're in the market for a new T1 service be aware that you should be able to get a router with your service.
If the provider does not offer this service don't be afraid to ask for it and if they do offer it make sure you
get the best router possible.
Remember, it's a buyers market and you will likely be able to add on a few "extras" when you get your
The best way to ensure that you aren't leaving anything on the table is use a broker who knows the service providers
and knows how to get you as much as possible.