Why would I want a seasonal hold?
Seasonal holds offer several advantages over simply cancelling your service:
- Avoiding early cancellation fees for terminating your service before the end of your contract.
- Avoiding fees associated with reactivating your internet plan when you get home.
- Reactivating your service quickly when you need it again.
There are also other perks of pausing service rather than canceling it. If you get phone service or an email account through your ISP, a pause will let you keep your phone number and email address. Some ISPs also let you stay connected with a lower bandwidth during this time. This lower bandwidth means that your home security system or other smart devices in your vacation home can keep working, even when your internet is paused.
The trade off is that even when your service is on hold, there’s usually still some kind of fee, although much lower than your usual monthly bill. Some ISPs simply charge you a single fee up front, while others charge on a monthly basis. In either case, it’s still almost always going to save you money compared with keeping your full internet service active when you’re away.