Cheapest Home Broadband
For many broadband customers price is the most important factor when looking for the best supplier and offer for them.
When cost is your main priority be aware that products that cost the same may vary in terms of the service they offer. Always be sure to compare the deal’s features such as download allowance, download speeds and bundled equipment.
In some cases, the biggest savings can be made by paying in advance for either the line rental or all broadband costs. To see these savings, click More Info on the offer you're interested in, or compare using the Biggest Savings tab.
The table below will help you compare the features and costs of deals to find the one that covers all your requirements at the cheapest price.
Fastest Home Broadband
As the popularity of streaming video services such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix spreads, more and more customers are looking to get the fastest home Internet service they can to keep up.
The fastest broadband available will depend very much on where you live. The very fastest suppliers use fibre optic technology but they are not available in all areas of the UK.
If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a fibre optic enabled area then your speeds will be determined by how far from your telephone exchange you live.
The table below will help you compare the speeds and prices of deals and check availability in your area.
Broadband, Phone and Television Bundles
An increasing number of broadband deals now come bundled in with TV and phone services. This includes the obvious Sky and Virgin Media offerings but more and more Internet service providers now also offer TV services, such as BT and TalkTalk.
These deals can offer excellent value for money but, as always, there are a few things to look out for when comparing deals:
Hidden extra costs, are you getting the best price on phone calls and line rental? Is the download limit going to be big enough for you and what are the costs of top ups should you exceed your monthly allowance? Are the best advertised prices available in your area?
TV bundles sometimes require providers to have upgraded your local area or telephone exchange, if this hasn't happened in your area then you may find bundles are not available or may cost considerably more than advertised.
It's really important to compare the bundle features between suppliers and the table below will help you do just that.
The Biggest Savings - Paying Upfront
Many broadband offers are cheapest if you pay a year or more upfront, rather than spreading the line rental and/or broadband costs across monthly payments.
Whether it be just the line rental or all the costs, significant savings can be made by paying several months in advance at the start of your contract. But not everyone wants to put down so much money in one go. Some people prefer to spread the costs and pay in monthly instalments.
The table below is optimised to show the maximum savings available by paying upfront, the amount you save vs monthly payment and exactly how much extra you'll need to pay at sign up to qualify for that. Not all providers offer upfront savings, some focus on making their monthly costs as low as possible, see how they compare below.
Broadband Only Deals
Many broadband deals are bundles where you buy Internet and phone (or even TV) services from the same supplier with one monthly bill.
However not everyone wants to bundle all these services together and in this case you’ll be looking for a broadband only contract.
In most cases you’ll still need to have a working phone line which you will arrange and pay for separately.
The table below contains all those deals that stand alone, allowing you to use the line rental and calls of another supplier.
Unlimited Home Broadband
If you don’t want to have to worry about how much you are using the Internet on a monthly basis then you need an unlimited deal.
Unlimited deals don’t have a monthly usage allowance cap so there is no need to worry about exceeding any limits, which means not having to worry about potential charges or slowdowns for over usage.
Unlimited deals aren’t usually the cheapest but, as webpages and videos grow in size, we download more and more data every month. So if you're a heavy user, it’s worth the extra to know you won’t run out of bandwidth.
The following table lists all the unlimited allowance deals in our database.
Fibre Optic Broadband
Fibre Optic broadband is generally accepted as being any Internet service provided by fibre optic cables either as far as the street cabinet or your building.
Depending on the type of service, fibre broadband can deliver speeds that are super-fast, 25Mb or higher, ultra-fast, 100Mb or higher, or hyperfast, 1Gb or higher.
The majority of fibre deals are provided via fibre optic cables travelling as far as a street cabinet, then taken to your home via stadard copper phone cables which offer super-fast speeds. Virgin Media's fibre service uses steel cables from the street cabinet and so offers ultra-fast speeds. Currently fibre to the cabinet is rolling out across many parts of the UK. As a general rule the larger the town or city, the more likely you are to have fibre services available now or in the near future.
Fibre coverage is much more patchy in the more rural areas of the country as the cost of installing the infrastructure is so much more expensive. There's also the factor that street cabinets also need to be upgraded to support fibre connections, so those living on the outskirts of an enabled exchange may have to wait longer for their area to be hooked up.
The table below shows details of fibre optic broadband deals in the UK.
No Contract Home Broadband
The majority of broadband deals come with minimum term contracts, these can be quite lengthy with some up to 24 months. Once the minimum term is over, the service usually switches to a monthly rolling contract with a shorter notice period.
While for many people being signed into a contract isn’t a problem, for some people this can be an issue, especially those in short term accommodation but who still need a broadband connection.
The solution is a no contract broadband deal, these usually run month to month with no minimum term. This flexibility usually means a slightly higher monthly price, but this will still work out less than the cancellation charges of a long term contract.
The table below shows all the no contract broadband deals in our database.