• September 17, 2021

Starting a new semester at college or university is hard enough without having to worry about the cost of your latest round of textbooks, which may or may not actually get used. An average college-level textbook costs between $80 and $150 in the United States. The average 3 credit college course requires 2-3 textbooks per class! That’s a lot of books, and a lot of money spent on them. Sometimes, your classes don’t even use the books you just paid for. There has to be a better way, and there is!

Downloadable textbook PDFs are a fantastic way to get around the annual textbook bill. There are quite a few ways to find a good PDF of the books you need, Amazon, Google, and even your campus library are great places to find inexpensive or free resources!

Amazon offers many online versions of the textbooks that college courses require. Although not usually free, these are most likely the best quality PDF versions of the textbooks. Performing a quick google search for the book you need will also turn up a lot of great resources, from scanned pages to professional PDFs. Other students are always looking to help each other out! 

Your campus library is also a great resource for finding your required readings. Although they may not have everything, they should have a few copies of most books the professors use. Just remember to photocopy the pages you need and leave the book for other students to do the same! There are plenty of ways to access textbooks online and get around that bill, but one of the most important factors here is your WiFi. In order to get those downloads fast or load your next page, you need high-speed reliable internet. As always, we are here to help with plans from U2C starting as low as $79, which is less than the average cost of a single textbook! Get online and avoid the annual textbook bill today, with U2C.

  • September 3, 2021

The COVID19 pandemic has made a lot of changes in everyone’s lives. One of those changes is the way students and teachers are experiencing school. Remote learning has become a part of everyday life for the majority involved in the school system, and now more than ever school districts are evolving to hybrid learning schedules. That can be a tough transition when you’ve most recently adapted to learning from your couch or kitchen table full time for the last year and a half. Schools are adapting too by giving out equipment like laptops to students and teachers in case remote learning becomes full time again. But how do you make sure that those laptops continue to be successful tools for the classroom?

When learning or educating from your home, one of the most important things is a stable internet connection. When in a physical classroom, you are exposed to an environment where these kinds of factors are outside of your control. But at home, your WiFi may get spotty, your speed may drop, or you may lose your connection entirely and it is your responsibility to make sure you stay connected. In order to best teach or learn over the net, you need to make sure you have that high-speed connection and U2C offers this with unlimited data, wherever you are, at extremely affordable prices.

Your connection is not only important during this stage of remote learning, but for everyday in-person classroom learning as well. Most homework assignments are submitted and graded online. Doing research, reading textbooks, study sessions, building syllabi, and participating in some of the best tutoring services are all done on the internet. More and more of those vital years of education are reliant on having a fast, stable, and secure internet connection.

As students and teachers return to school this fall, whether in person, online, or both, make sure this school year is set up for success with U2 Connect Now.

These days less people are paying for cable and going to the movies, and more people are using streaming services. There are new streaming services popping up every day. How do you know what to subscribe to and what to skip? We have put together a list of our top 3 streaming services to help you out!

Hulu is one of the most well known streaming platforms. The app has been downloaded over 31 million times since it’s launch in 2007. This service is our top pick for serialized shows and movies. With a library of over 1,650 shows and 2,500 movies, Hulu always has something new to watch. Hulu tends to get new episodes uploaded very quickly after they premiere on TV, usually within 24 hours! They also stream live TV from over 75 channels. This service has 3 subscription levels, one with ads, one without ads, and one with live TV streaming. With ads is $5.99/month, no ads is $11.99/month, and live TV is $64.99/month (as of August 2021). If you can put up with a few ads, the basic subscription is a great way to gain access to countless hours of entertainment!

Netflix arguably started the streaming boom in 2010 after 12 years of being a dvd rental service. Once Netflix became streaming only, they had almost every popular movie available at the time. These days Netflix is more known for its original content. With shows such as The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power, and Stranger Things, Netflix has gained a huge following for its “Netflix Originals.” The Netflix app has been downloaded over 44 million times, and is our pick for best original content! With plans ranging from $8.99/month to$17.99/month (as of August 2021), this platform is a great way to see new and interesting content on a regular basis.

Disney+ just launched in 2019 and has already been downloaded over 45 million times, making it the most downloaded streaming app on the market in only 2 years. Of course, coming from The Walt Disney Company was a huge push for viewers to subscribe. Within the past year and a half, Disney+ has begun rolling out new releases from Disney, Marvel, and Pixar on the platform. Some of these can be watched as soon as they hit theatres for an additional fee using their premiere access (usually around $30 per title), but they do show up for free a couple months later if you can wait. With Disney movies and shows, Discovery channel, and Fox programming on this platform, Disney+ is our top pick for best family entertainment! Their subscription plan is $7.99/month or $79.99/year (as of August 2021) with an option to bundle with ESPN and Hulu.

We know there are many other streaming services available today, we have found these 3 to be the best at what they offer. Streaming from these platforms with U2C’s high-speed unlimited network is fast and easy. No lag, fast download times, and streaming anywhere is the way to go with U2 Connect Now!

Choosing the right kind of internet can be tough. When it comes to WiFi a lot of terms are thrown around but not always explained. Fiber-optic, broadband, DSL, it’s hard to know what these terms mean without doing a bit of research, and that can seem daunting. We’re here to help you out with all of that! U2C offers three kinds of internet. Fiber-optic, which we just call Fiber, DSL, which falls under our Fiber category, and Broadband, which we call Rural.

So, what is Fiber internet? Under the Fiber tab on our site, we offer both Fiber-optic and DSL internet services. Let’s start with Fiber-optic. Fiber-optic internet refers to a technology that uses fiber-optic cables to send data as fast as 70% the speed of light, which is really fast! Also, fiber-optic cables aren’t as affected by severe weather as traditional cables, which helps prevent outages. These cables can also effectively resist electrical interference. Having said all of that, what are the benefits of fiber-optic internet? Well, fiber-optic internet lets you download large files quickly and easily  (like a movie or game), have a smooth online experience, and is great for connecting multiple devices at once! Fiber optic cables are among the newest formats available for WiFi so they may not be available yet in areas outside of major cities. This is where DSL may come in handy for you!

DSL, or Digital Subscriber Line, uses telephone lines to transmit data. Since DSL uses inaudible frequencies, it won’t interrupt your landline phone calls. It’s similar in some ways to dial-up, but won’t block any of your calls. This kind of internet is good for those who may still be on dial-up and don’t want to switch over to wireless internet. Older homes and places far from large towns or cities are good candidates for DSL, but if you want upgraded services such as unlimited data, no throttling, and top speeds, rural may be your best option.

What do we mean by “Rural”? What we call Rural internet, is traditionally referred to as broadband. Broadband is the most used form of internet access because of it’s high-speed capabilities and availability. Broadband is wireless internet with unlimited data and no throttling. Our Rural plans are available in a wide range of places and provide our highest-speed internet.

No matter which service is right for you, we are here to help! Chat live with one of our agents to find out what is available in your area, or use our convenient locator to check for yourself.

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