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Broadband is a type of internet connection that links your devices to the internet so you can do
things such as
streaming, online shopping or browsing social media.
In the past, the only way to access the internet was through a dial-up connection. But broadband is much, much faster.
Broadband comes in a variety of forms, and availability depends on where you live.
The most common types of broadband are:
ADSL: the most basic and familiar type of broadband internet connection, ADSL works over the same technology as your landline phone. It’s the slowest and cheapest of the three main types of fixed-line broadband available to buy for your home.
Fibre: Significantly faster than ADSL and offers a more stable performance to boot. It also tends to come at a higher price. It’s not accessible everywhere but as providers extend their reach availability is increasing all the time. Fibre optic broadband comes in two forms: Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP).
Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), relies on a mixture of fibre optic and copper wiring to reach your
home. Conversely, fibre
to the home is delivered to your property entirely through fibre optic wiring. For that reason,
true FTTH broadband is
the fastest type of internet connection in the UK.
Cable: While ADSL broadband is dependent on BT’s copper phone line infrastructure, cable broadband providers like Virgin Media use coaxial cables instead. They offer faster speeds but Virgin Media’s service isn’t as widely available.
Mobile broadband: Mobile broadband is a service you can connect to at home and on the go. It’s convenient and doesn’t require a landline, but it can be expensive. You’ll usually get a USB dongle to plug into your computer, or portable wireless router known as a MiFi. There are no wires or cables and you can choose between pay as you go (PAYG) or a contract.
Satellite broadband: broadband transmitted through satellite signal is a good bet if you live in one of the few areas where a good ADSL, cable or fibre broadband connection isn’t available. Downside is, satellite broadband isn’t as reliable as fixed-line broadband and generally works out more expensive.
Many providers also offer other services alongside broadband, including phone and/or television packages. It can sometimes be cheaper to combine services into bundles as your provider might offer a discount or certain incentives if you go for this option, however it’s always worth comparing your choices. Here are some common tariff types:
Keep in mind that many broadband tariffs come with landline already included, as ADSL and cable broadband connections are established through phone lines.
Whether you’re looking for a broadband deal for the first time, or you’re thinking about switching suppliers, there are various factors to think about when comparing providers and deals. Read our guide to discover everything you need to know about broadband and how to find the best broadband deal for you.
The main things you should be thinking about when deciding between broadband providers are:
As a rule of thumb, the more people using the internet at any one time,
the slower the connection will be.
To that end, if you live in a large or shared household with four or more regular broadband users, a fibre optic broadband deal, with speeds of over 34Mbps, will be the best option.
However, if you live with fewer than four users, a standard 10Mbps service will do the trick. Should you find that streaming movies and playing games online becomes a struggle, though, it’s worth going for a faster package.
Lastly, if you live alone or only use the internet occasionally to open emails or check in on social media from time to time, a low cost package will do the job just fine.
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Right now, fibre optic isn’t available to every household in the UK – and
if you live in a rural area, your chances of getting fibre optic broadband
are even smaller.
If you live in a large city or a town, you’re more likely to be able to get a fibre optic deal. Use our quick and easy postcode checker to find out if fibre broadband is available in your area.
Generally, broadband contracts come with 12-month, 18-month and 24-month
terms. Typically, the longer the contract, the less you’ll pay in the
long-run as they tend to come with special introductory offers.
30-day contracts are also available from the likes of Now Broadband and Direct Save Telecom. You’ll be able to chop and change your services whenever you need with these types of contracts, though they tend to come without introductory offers, perks or other incentives.
Many providers offer free gifts alongside their broadband tariffs, such as
cashback, gift cards, vouchers or rewards cards.
While these can be useful extras, they don’t have any bearing on the quality of service you’ll get.
For information about claiming free vouchers you get from your broadband, phone, or TV package, read our guide.
It can be tempting to pick a deal on the basis of having nothing to pay
upfront. But this isn’t always the best option.
You see, a deal with slightly higher upfront costs might also come with a lower monthly charge, so you’ll actually pay less overall.
To see what the lowest-cost deals really are, sort your results by total first year cost. Or take a look at today’s cheapest broadband deals.
If there are lots of you at home streaming music, watching TV and films
via Netflix or Amazon or playing games online, an unlimited broadband deal
ensures you never go over your data cap.
Thankfully, most broadband connections nowadays come with unlimited data as standard, so you won’t have to worry about exceeding any data allowance.
Generally, bundling your TV and broadband services means you’ll save
money.This is because providers usually offer discounts to customers who
want to sign up to multiple products. For example, Sky and BT offer some
great incentives on this front.
Other perks might include cashback, vouchers or priority tickets to tickets to gigs. You may even come across free laptops and tablets sometimes too.
Moreover, getting your broadband and TV in one handy package allows you to manage your bills much better. So if you watch a lot of TV, bundling might be the best option for you.
Usually, yes. You’ll find that providers such as BT and Sky will typically
offer special offers for those wanting to bundle their services together.
You’ll find managing your bills a lot easier, too, as you only have a single, easy-to-manage bill to pay.
Because most UK providers use BT’s Openreach telephone line infrastructure
to deliver broadband, the majority of broadband deals come with line
rental as standard.
You can add extras to your line rental such as:
First, check if you’re still within your minimum contract term with your
current provider, before switching to a new one.
If you want to switch during your minimum term, expect to pay for the number of months you have left on your contract, in one go.
To find out more about your rights as a consumer, read our comprehensive guide.
If you’re out of your contract’s minimum term, you’ll be able to switch
without forking out early termination fees.
However, if you’re within the minimum term, you will have to pay early exit fees if you want to switch. Typically, this will mean paying for the number of months you have left on your contract, which can be pricey.
Lastly, if your provider has hiked the price of your contract in the last 30 days or you’re not receiving the speeds you agreed to, you may be entitled to switch early without paying extra.
Find out more about your consumer rights.
Comparing broadband deals, even when you already have a tariff in place,
is always a good idea. By shopping around, you may find a package that
offers more than what you currently have but for a cheaper price, a higher
download limit or a faster connection.
Today’s broadband speeds are much higher than they used to be. And switching your broadband provider can help you get faster download speeds at affordable prices, but you might also find a provider that offers superior customer service and even useful free gifts such as new gadgets or shop vouchers.
If you’re looking to switch broadband providers, comparing tariffs on
MoneySuperMarket is the best way to find a cheaper deal. We compare
broadband, TV, landline, and mobile services from leading providers as
well as the up and coming, so you'll be sure to find something suited to
Just give us your postcode and we’ll put together a list of broadband deals all available in your local area.
You can compare them by broadband speeds, download limits, and overall cost as well as anything else included in the deal, whether it’s a freebie, a TV or landline package, or a mobile SIM. Once you’ve found the deal you want, just click through to the provider to finalise your purchase.
*Based on average monthly bill of £32.69 from nationally representative sample (1000) vs cheapest monthly cost for superfast broadband (>55Mbs), Vodafone £22/m. Annual saving £128.28.
At the end of your contract, you’ll be free to shop around for a better
deal. Ask yourself if you’ve received the speeds you were promised and
if you’re happy with the customer service.
If the answer to these questions is no, it might be time to shop around for a better deal.
First, check what’s available in your area. You can do this by inserting
your postcode into our postcode checker at the top of this page.
Your new provider should contact your current provider and arrange the switch for you. And you’ll receive letters and emails updating you on the switch.
Comparing broadband deals, even when you already have a tariff in place,
is always a good idea. And by shopping around, you may find a package
that offers more than what you currently have but for a cheaper price, a
higher download limit or a faster connection.
Switching your broadband provider can help you get faster download speeds at affordable prices, but you might also find a provider that offers superior customer service and even useful free gifts such as new gadgets or shop vouchers.
Although price is an important in choosing a broadband package, it
shouldn’t be the deciding factor. And going for the cheapest package
doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll save money over the length of a
12-month, 18-month or 24-contract term.
With that in mind, consider things such as what speeds you’ll need, contract length and if you’d be better off bundling your services together.
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