Ordering cheap phone and Internet bundles can help people save on their monthly bills. These days, having high speed Internet in your home is almost as necessary as having electricity. Phone services are also highly useful -- a phone line can be used for DSL Internet or to connect an alarm system, and cheap landline service can save minutes on your cell phone plan. With this in mind, many Internet service providers offer bundled broadband and phone services. The top three national ISPs offering bundled phone services include Verizon, Comcast and Century Link. Ask the following questions to find the best deals when shopping for cheap phone and internet bundles.

How do you plan to use your Internet service?

You have probably noticed that each ISP has different levels of service when it comes to Internet service connection speeds. Will you just be doing simple browsing and social media, such as Facebook? If so, you will be able to go with one of the slower speeds which are ultimately the lowest price. On the other hand, if you will be gaming, or streaming videos, such as Netflix, you might need to opt for a faster speed.

Do you need long distance or call waiting with your phone service?

With Internet and phone bundles, more of the features will have an additional charge. So, if you are like most people and use your cell phone the most, you just need the basics to have a dedicated land line. Though it may sound crazy, having the phone service attached to your internet service through a bundle will most times lower the price. Even if you just need the basics, always add the phone.

How many people will be using your Internet and phone services?

With just one or two users, the lower speed internet should be just fine. The more users that come on, the most bandwidth that is taken up. (Bandwidth is the amount of usage that can happen at a time.)

Does this cheap Internet and phone plan have any hidden fees?

With regards to internet service, the hidden fees can add up quickly; the biggest being the equipment charges. Companies with charge you "rent" for using their modems and routers. There is an easy way to avoid this, if you want to spend money up front. Simply go to an electronics retailer and purchase your own equipment. The only down side to that, besides the price up front, is that the company will not warranty equipment that is not theirs.

Can I find a cheaper phone and Internet plan in my area?

Finding the lowest rates in your area means getting different quotes and comparing rates. Before agreeing to one company's service, call another provider and see if they can beat the previous company's quote. What a lot of people don't know is that most companies will lower their rates to win your business! This is why you can't simply look at ads to find the cheapest phone and Internet services.

Which type of Internet connection is best for me?

There are several types out there. However, all might not be available in your area. The three main types are DSL (usually through telephone lines), Broadband (usually through cable companies), and satellite. If at all possible, avoid going with satellites because of the response. (Imagine your internet signal going from the company to a satellite in space and then to your home. The lag time can be about 2 to 3 seconds sometimes. ) Broadband internet companies can usually offer faster speeds, but DSL companies are usually cheaper. Fiber optics is another type that gives the fastest speeds around, but unless you are running a business, the price is not worth it right now.

Should I sign a contract for a phone and Internet plan?

If you can avoid it, don't ever sign a contract. Most companies are going to where a contract is not required. Not signing a contract gives you the power to shop around every few months. Though you don't want to have to change providers every few months, shopping around gives you leverage to get better deals from your current provider.

What is a data cap?

Most companies, to lower their cost, are now putting a limit to how much internet that can be used in a month. They do allow for you to purchase more usage, or even go unlimited, but it will cost you. That's another reason to determine what's going to be done on the internet and how many people. If you're just using the internet for basic needs, chances are the cap won't have an effect on you.