Have you thought about how many things you’ve done online today? We shop online, chat with friends, send emails, apply for jobs, watch videos and TV, listen to music, book holidays, study, browse websites, and many of us also work online, either as a remote team or sharing documents within the office.
Nine in 10 households in the EU have internet access and two-thirds of people in the EU buy or order goods and services over the internet. It’s convenient and means you can shop around for the best deals.
Having internet at home is considered a necessity, therefore. For many people, from students to retired people, budget is an important factor when looking at internet packages in Spain.
In this article, we’ll look at the best internet options for low-income households and for those of us who like to find a great deal.
Take out a fixed monthly contract for internet in Spain
If you’re living in Spain full-time or most of the time and use the internet a lot for streaming, working or gaming, then a fixed monthly contract is a great option. You know how much you’re paying each month.
Different packages exist at various prices depending on whether you opt for high-speed fibre optic, wireless internet, ADSL or 4G and how much data you get for your money. The best thing to do is to work out how much you and your household use the internet and whether it is heavy use – a lot of gaming, video calls or streaming – or occasional use for checking emails or using social media for example.
Prepaid internet or Pay As You Go (PAYG)
With this, you just pay to top up your phone or wifi as and when you need to or can afford to.
If you don’t use the internet as much or if you’re not in Spain full-time, you can look at paying upfront for your internet. For instance, you can get a PAYG SIM card and decide how much money to put on it.
Deductions are made from the prepaid amount only when you use data for making calls, texting or browsing the internet. Once the data is used up, you can put more money on the SIM card.
You just need to remember that often the SIM card has an expiry date – it could stay active for 60 days as an example – after which you will need to top it up with more money or the SIM will expire.
Stop-and-go internet contracts
Some internet companies in Spain, including Telitec, offer a start-and-stop service. This is very handy if you’re living in Spain part-time or have a holiday rental and the property is empty for part of the year.
You simply let the company know when you want to stop the service and when you want the internet to be switched back on. This is a super way to save money as you only pay for the internet when you are around to use it.
How to get free internet in Spain
- You can your phone as a wifi hotspot. It isn’t advisable to use this too often as it can drain your battery and eat up your data allowance or run up data charges on your monthly bill. You’ll find out how to set up your hotspot under Settings, Connections or Network & Internet on your phone.
- You can use public hotspots as many bars and hotels have public wifi. So for the price of a coffee, you can get internet access, although using public wifi poses security risks. You can use a VPN, so your information is encrypted and, therefore, protected. However, you do have to pay a small fee for the best VPNs and your money could be better invested in one of the internet packages mentioned above.
Talk to Telitec about the best internet package in Spain for your household, whether you want a full-time or part-time contract or PAYG. Let us know your internet usage and budget, and we’ll advise you on the right deal.