BT

The UK's largest telecoms provider offering nationwide broadband availability with the same low prices even in rural areas

  • Wide range of packages available from 10GB to truly unlimited
  • Fibre broadband up to 76Mb with BT Infinity
  • Free access to over 5 million BT Wi-fi hotspots
  • Free technical support over a variety of media
  • Wide range of TV inclusive options with BT TV
  • BT Sport Pack, exclusively covering UEFA football and 38 Premier League matches

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BT Unlimited Broadband and Weekend Calls
£7.50 for 12 months
£18.00 thereafter

Line rental from £14.16

  • £25 Sainsbury's gift card
  • Online only: 12 months better than half price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • BT Sport Pack only £5 extra
  • Free BT Sport app and player
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access
  • BT Home Hub 4 with n-rated Wi-Fi
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • Free connection
  • 12 month contract

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BT Infinity 1 with Weekend Calls
£12.50 for 12 months
£18.00 thereafter

Line rental from £14.16

  • £50 Sainsbury's gift card!
  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Up to 38Mb download speed
  • Up to 9.5Mb upload speed!
  • BT Sport Pack only £5 extra
  • 20GB monthly usage
  • Free BT Sport app and player
  • 5GB BT Cloud storage
  • BT Home Hub 5 with ac-rated Wi-Fi
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 12 month contract

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BT TV Starter with Unlimited Broadband and Weekend Calls
£7.50 for 12 months
£18.00 thereafter

Line rental from £14.16

  • £25 Sainsbury's gift card
  • Online only: 12 months better than half price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • BT Sport Pack free with BT TV
  • Free BT Sport app and player
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access
  • BT Home Hub 4 with n-rated Wi-Fi
  • 5GB BT Cloud storage
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 12 month contract

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Reasons to choose BT

  • Established reputation - BT have been operating for a very long time, and it's a name that people know and trust
  • Available nationwide - BT Broadband's lowest prices are available at all BT telephone exchanges, even in rural areas
  • Infinity 2 - BT were the first to offer the higher up to 76Mb speeds, and plans are under way for upgrades to Infinity 3 (160Mb) and Infinity 4 (300Mb)
  • Variety of packages with allowance from 10GB to truly unlimited
  • BT TV - enjoy a range of TV channels, movies and catchup TV powered by YouView
  • BT Sport - not just on BT TV, all BT broadband customers have access to BT Sport Lite via the online player at BTSport.com - BT Sport Pack with exclusive live UEFA matches is free on BT TV and only £5 per month for BT Broadband customers via the app or an existing Sky TV package
  • Line rental saver - pay £159.84 for a year up front, a saving on paying it on a monthly basis
  • Comprehensive security - with Family Protection and Net Protect Plus from McAfee
  • Extensive support options - you can get in touch with BT in a variety of ways, including the phone, online chat, online forums and Twitter
  • Home Hub 5 for Infinity - router with the latest 802.11ac wireless technology
  • BT Wi-Fi - free and unlimited access over 4 million wi-fi hotspots in the UK - the UK's largest hotspot network
  • BT Cloud storage - for storing your personal files, the amount depends on the size of the package
  • SmartTalk app - lets you use your mobile phone via wi-fi to get the same rates as yout BT landline

Possible downsides

  • Line rental - BT's line rental may not be the cheapest to pay on a monthly basis, but paying for a year up front offsets the costs
  • BT line rental required - this is not a problem for a lot of customers as they may already use BT for their phone needs
  • Must use BT for phone - unlike some providers, such as Plusnet, it's not possible to take your call plan and line rental from another phone supplier
  • Longer contracts - minimum contracts start at 12 months, with many packages on an 18 month contract

Features at a glance

  • Up to 17Mbps download speeds or up to 76Mbps via fibre optic BT Infinity Broadband

  • 12 month contracts on all deals

  • From 10GB to unlimited download allowances

  • Many deals with free connection

  • Free 24/7 customer support

  • BT Yahoo email accounts that don't get full included with all deals

  • Security from basic to advanced McAffee protection

  • BT Home Hub 4 802.11n wireless router as standard or unbeatable 802.11ac BT Home Hub 5 with BT Infinity

  • YouView from BT TV packages available

  • Phone packages available with some deals

  • Free access to thousands of wi-fi hotspots worldwide

  • Mobile broadband available with some packages

  • Line rental required for all packages

  • BT Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

Details last checked on 2015-08-28

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BT Broadband and Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: 12 months better than half price + £25 Sainsbury's gift card + BT Sport Lite + free connection!
Free BT Sport Lite or add full BT Sport Pack with UEFA football for only £5 extra per month

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
17Mb
10GB 12
months
£67 £5.00
£12.50 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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BT Unlimited Broadband and Weekend Calls More Info

Online exclusive: £25 Sainsbury's gift card + 12 months better than half price + BT Sport Lite + free connection!
Free BT Sport Lite or add full BT Sport Pack with UEFA football for only £5 extra per month

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
17Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£97 £7.50
£18.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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BT TV Starter with Unlimited Broadband and Weekend Calls More Info

Online exclusive: £25 Sainsbury's gift card + 12 months better than half price + Free BT Sport Pack!
Free BT Sport Pack with UEFA football on BT TV or the app!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
17Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£132 £7.50
£18.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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BT Infinity 1 Unlimited with Weekend Calls More Info

Online exclusive: £50 Sainsbury's gift card + 12 months better than half price + 12 month contract + BT Sport Lite!
Free BT Sport Lite or add full BT Sport Pack with UEFA football for only £5 extra per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
38Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£162 £10.00
£25.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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BT TV Starter with Infinity 1 and Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: £50 Sainsbury's gift card + 12 months better than half price + Free BT Sport Pack!
Free BT Sport Pack with UEFA football on BT TV or the app!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
38Mb
40GB 12
months
£176 £10.00
£22.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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BT Infinity 1 with Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: £50 Sainsbury's gift card + 12 months reduced price + BT Sport Lite!
Free BT Sport Lite or add full BT Sport Pack with UEFA football for only £5 extra per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
38Mb
20GB 12
months
£192 £12.50
£18.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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BT TV Entertainment Plus with Unlimited Infinity 1 and Weekend Calls More Info

Online exclusive: £50 Sainsbury's gift card + 12 months reduced price + 12 months reduced price + Free YouView+ Box + Free BT Sport Pack!
Free BT Sport Pack with UEFA football on BT TV or the app!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
38Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£252 £17.50
£33.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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BT Infinity 2 Unlimited with Evening & Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: £50 Sainsbury's gift card + BT Sport Lite!
Free BT Sport Lite or add full BT Sport Pack with UEFA football for only £5 extra per month

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
76Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£397 £30.00

Line rental from £14.16

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BT TV Entertainment Ultra HD with Unlimited BT Infinity 1 and Weekend Calls More Info

Online exclusive: £50 Sainsbury's gift card + 12 months reduced price + Free BT Sport Pack + BT Sport Ultra HD!
Free BT Sport Pack with UEFA football on BT TV or the app!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
38Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£446 £30.00
£38.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £14.16

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Details last checked on 2015-08-28

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for BT.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction 3 Stars
  • Speed 2.5 Stars
  • Reliability 3 Stars
  • Customer Service 3 Stars

Based on 16231 customer ratings since 2014-08-28

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Awful. Absolutely awful. Contrasting 'advice', huge call queues, one of the worst customer services i have ever had. I would rather give my money to a charity and have no internet than fund these clowns.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Rico Scotland BT 2015-08-11  
BT are a terrible service provider.
SLOW SPEEDS, CONSTANT DROPS, TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SUPPORT.
They LIE.
They don't fix your problem.
They lie about sending engineers.
They are a joke and a disgrace.
THEY ARE A JOKE
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
jane thomas woking BT 2015-08-11  
BT is a terrible phone and internet provider.
The overall service is poor.
Internet speed slow, customer support is awful.
In my case I have had no phone line for 6 weeks and my internet connection is lucky to last an hour at a time before dropping.
THE MAIN PROBLEM is that when you call for support, you get put through to an organisation that is impossible to communicate to. THEY DONT fix your problem and LIE that they will send engineers. If the engineers come they DONT DO THEIR JOB.
BT ARE THE WORST.
Go to virgin, sky or plus net.
This review site didn't give me the option to leave a star based rated, but If it did I would give them the highest possible negative rated possible.
BT are finished.
Tom Martin` Surrey BT 2015-08-11  
My broadband speed is 0.13Mbps and keeps dropping out. also heavy packet loss. The local engineers (openreach) know where the issues are, however there has to be a long, totally pointless and useless conversation with BT everytime before they'll ever get round to sending an engineer out. Overall the support and efficiency of the BT customer service is truly awful
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Andy Salisbury BT 2015-08-10  
Beware of this company, they don't honour their offers..

I switched from TalkTalk to BT in August 2015 after signing up with then on 20th June 2015. The package was for b/b and w/e calls + bt sport free for the duration of the 12 month contract. Now that the football season is here I tried to activate the sport on my pc but nothing happened.

After making several calls to BT and spoken to their chat line I have been told that the deal changed and I now have to pay £5.00 extra per month for the something which was a free gift.

I just got thru talking to a very nasty c/s dept who would not pass me over to a manager or supervisor, had the cheek to ask why I had only just noticed the service was missing and said that the deals were changed in July. I am guessing that the internet offer was only there to get the business.

Disgrace all round

  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 4 Stars
  • Customer Service 3 Stars
Trevor Owen Ormskirk / West Lancashire BT 2015-08-09  
Worst experience ever with a company. They sell themselves are the premium option in the broadband market. This is far from the truth.

They're over a month late with my order and keep wasting my time with missed appointments and excuses.

They've now had the audacity to bill me for service which isn't even connected and say I must pay the bill and be refunded the following month.

They claim the order has become 'stuck' and must be re-ordered.

Avoid at all costs.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
James Durham BT 2015-08-08  
Have been with BT 7 Years now ADSL and fiber broadband.
Contract up for renewal this December.
Moving to wightfiber, had enough of BT'S poor customer support and lack of knowledge
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Brian Isle of Wight BT 2015-08-06  
Been a BT customer for a number of years and currently have BT Infinity. I moved from Eclipse who for me were the best but at that stage didn't kprovide fibre. Fortunately I have had few problems with BT, if I did I would have gone elsewhere. My gripes:
I upgraded to super fast fibre last year, apart from a slight increase in upload speed I did not notice any difference. Numerous online tests followed until I discovered that BT cannot provide superfast fibre in my area. When I spoke to customer services it was "my fault" as I did not formalise a complaint.

In my view BT don't take care of their own customers - you will wait between 30 minutes to get through to customer services. Horrendous.llloll

BT won't negotiate at renewal, fantastic offers for new customers but unlike competitors and for the rest of us no incentive to remain. I was offered a £1.15 discount on broadband on the basis I had paid a whole year for a service BT couldn't provide.

I've renewed again this year to allow me to find a reliable ISP that takes care of its customers - if there is one out there.



  • Satisfaction 3 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 3 Stars
  • Customer Service 4 Stars
John, Croydon BT 2015-08-03  
Dreadful, just dreadful.

I was told I could upgrade to faster broadband - so signed up for it. On the (delayed) activation day the service did not work. I waited all day for it to activate, it didn't. Ended up on the phone to India for an hour - they arranged for an engineer to visit 3 days later.
The engineer arrived one hour early - luckily my son was in, I wasn't.
The engineer confirmed that faster broadband was not available - I am apparently too far away from the exchange (3 miles) and I will NEVER be able to receive faster broadband. I asked him if he could reactivate my old BT broadband - he said 'No'. Apparently my 'old protocols had been wiped, by BT, in the Exchange'. He then told me I (yes, that's right, me!) needed to contact BT - I thought I was already speaking to BT! Apparently not - I was speaking to an engineer from BT Openreach...and that's different to BT Retail.
So I call BT Retail - speak to 2 people in India who can't help me, then 2 in the UK - one of whom can help me (this call takes 1 hour 20 minutes). The BT UK Agent can 'help me' by 'passing on a request to reactivate my old service' - but I'll have to wait 5 working days (a week!) for them to put right what they turned off because they couldn't deliver the service I was sold and didn't even check it first!I will be without broadband for at least 2 weeks in total thanks to BT misselling a service, cutting off my old service and putting me back in a queue to wait whilst they fox what should never have been broken in the first place.
Oh, and I've complained too but I've been told that I'll have to wait 18 days for a response because they are 'very busy right now' - sounds like that's a major signal that your service is utterly crap, BT.
Appalling.


  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Keith Bennett Dunblane BT 2015-08-03  
Absolutely appalling service and I haven;t even received my internet package yet.
Two weeks 4 different people and no home hub?
I would never recommend BT to anyone after this and I wouldn't have them myself had I not already been given a BT open reach box when buying my property.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Bethan London BT 2015-08-03  

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National Average Speeds March 2015

Minor drops in download speeds for majority of ISPs during March 2015

Posted on 2015-04-02 16:22 in Announcements News TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

March 2015 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop slightly by 0.32Mb in comparison to the results from February, coming in at 21.11Mb. Average upload speeds remained stable at 4.22Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds dropped by a further 1.29Mb to 39.69Mb, with upload speeds remaining stable at 5.34Mb. BT Broadband hold second place with average download and upload speeds remaining stable at 19.85Mb and 5.81Mb. Plusnet remain in third place, with download speeds taking a 1.15Mb hit down to 14.59Mb with a 0.29Mb increase to 5.08Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk stay in fourth place, with download speeds increasing by 0.78Mb to 14.26Mb and upload speeds holding stable at 1.76Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with a 0.57Mb decrease to download speeds, putting them at 12.8Mb, with upload speeds falling slightly to 3.24Mb.

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National Average Speeds February 2015

Average download speeds see slight decrease over February 2015, with increase in speeds for Sky

Posted on 2015-03-02 18:16 in Announcements News EE TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

February 2015 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop by 0.48Mb in comparison to the results from January, coming in at 21.43Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.23Mb increase to 4.32Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds dropped again by 0.63Mb to 40.98Mb, with upload speeds remaining stable at 5.5Mb. BT Broadband remain second place with average download speeds dropping by 0.53Mb to 19.87Mb, though upload speeds increased by 0.29Mb to 5.97Mb. Plusnet hold third place, remaining stable at 15.74Mb for average download speeds with a 0.38Mb increase to 4.78Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk are also stable in fourth place, with download speeds at 13.22Mb and upload speeds at 1.75Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with a strong 1.34Mb increase to download speeds, putting them at 13.37Mb, with upload speeds increased by 0.49Mb to 3.44Mb.

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BT Buyers Guide

Can I get BT Broadband?

BT Broadband is available at all UK telephone exchanges (excluding those in Hull) and doesn't vary in price according to whether these exchanges have been upgraded to faster ADSL2+ services (up to 17Mb rather than up to 8Mb).

As such they have one of the most widely available broadband services and may be attractively priced in areas where no competitors have installed their own equipment to offer cheaper alternatives. Due to BT's size, they are also able to offer special offers and bundles that smaller competitors may be unable to match.

BT's fibre-optic service, BT Infinity, is less widespread, currently available to around two-thirds of UK homes with BT continuing the rollout to more and more areas every month. BT Infinity is based on fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology meaning that both your telephone exchange and your street cabinet need to have been upgraded to support fibre before you can sign up to the service. Urban and central areas tend to be activated first. You can check to see if BT Infinity is available in your area with our postcode checker.

Does BT Broadband have a technical advantage or faster installation time?

BT Broadband are one of many consumer broadband service providers using BT Wholesale Connect technology.

As British Telecom, BT provided the nationalised telecoms service for the whole of the UK, controlling all telephone exchanges (except those in Hull). Since then British Telecom were split into three companies; BT Wholesale, who sell telecommunications services to phone and broadband suppliers, Openreach, who maintain the technical aspects of the BT infrastructure including phone lines, exchanges and street cabinets; and BT Retail, who sell BT phone and broadband products to consumers. This separation was enforced by the Competition Commission to ensure that BT did not have a monopoly or unfair advantage over other telecommunications companies.

BT Broadband is therefore provided by BT Retail, not directly by the companies who administer telephone exchanges, street cabinets and phonelines. There is no technical advantage over any other provider reselling BT Wholesale Connect; they have to wait in the same queues for BT OpenReach installation or home visit engineers and use the same systems of contact as any other reseller.

What broadband options are available?

BT provide a wide range of packages catering to different speeds, download restrictions, and associated extras including TV options.

BT also allow you to build your own package on their site by choosing from a range of broadband speeds:

  • BT standard broadband - up to 17Mb, limited to up to 8Mb in some rural areas
  • BT Infinity 1 fibre-optic broadband - up to 38Mb download speed and up to 2Mb upload speed
  • BT Infinity 2 fibre-optic broadband - up to 76Mb download speed and up to 19Mb upload speed

You can then choose whether you want to have unlimited usage, allowing you to use as much Internet as you like each month, or whether you will pay less and have a download limit. There are a range of limits available with smaller limits usually costing less, although special offers and promotions may apply to make unlimited options more affordable.

All packages come with free unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines, but this is again flexible, allowing you to extend the option to unlimited anytime calls.

What TV options are available?

You can also combine your broadband and phone service with a TV service by adding BT TV - BT's digital television service - to your package.

BT TV can only be taken with a BT broadband subscription as it uses your connection to stream content which is not available on Freeview. Speeds of 5Mb or more are required to view high definition content, 2Mb or more for standard definition. If your connection falls short of this minimum you won't be able to sign up.

Those on standard BT Broadband can choose between:

  • BT TV Essential - Freeview, YouView and the option to pay for On Demand content as you use it
  • BT TV Unlimited - As above but get all 4 On Demand packs pre-paid - Kids, Music, Film and TV

Those on BT Infinity can also access:

  • BT Sport Pack on your TV - BT Sport 1 and 2, and ESPN free in SD or £3 a month in HD
  • 18 Extra channels - £2 extra a month, including FOX, Watch, British Eurosport and Discovery Channel
  • Sky Sports 1 and 2 - £15 extra a month for one or £20 for both (requires a different set top box)

All BT TV packages come with over 70 Freeview TV and radio channels, plus access to 7 day catch up TV and on-demand shows. The YouView powered set top box also gives you high definition versions of the 4 main terrestrial TV channels via Freeview HD and allows you to pause and rewind live TV or record your favourite shows for later. You can also access a large library of on demand TV shows, music videos and more, or pay per view blockbuster films for £3.50 each.

BT TV customers with BT Infinity also get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, BT Sport Europe and ESPN for free and have the have the option to add even more channels including Sky Sports 1 and 2, FOX, Watch, Comedy Central, British Eurosport and Discovery Channel. These channels are broadcast as linear IPTV streams, this means that rather than using the Freeview system over your TV aerial, they are streamed over your broadband connection. Content from the Extra channels can also be viewed on demand.

BT TV's streamed channels and on-demand films and TV shows do not count towards your broadband usage allowance. Viewing rival services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or NOW TV will count towards any usage limit you might have on your BT Broadband service, so bear this in mind when deciding between limited or unlimited packages.

BT Sport Lite is free to all BT Broadband customers and the BT Sport Pack with UEFA matches can be viewed by the app or through your existing Sky TV package for only £5 extra per month. If you have BT TV then BT Sport Pack with exclusive live UEFA Championship matches is free.

Which package should I choose?

BT’s option to let you build your own package from a range of options makes it much easier to tailor your broadband package to meet your budget and requirements. It is worth working out what these are in advance as there is no need for you for to pay more than you have to, such as paying for extra bandwidth that you won't need.

BT Infinity provides much faster speeds than regular broadband and this can be an attractive option, it also gives you more channels and more options on BT TV. However, if you're close enough to the telephone exchange, BT Broadband's speeds of up to 17Mb are still fast enough for the vast majority of Internet users, allowing you to stream live television or communicate over Skype without encountering problems. You might benefit from faster internet speeds if you do a lot of online gaming, regularly download a lot of large files or stream large amounts TV and films, especially in larger households where more than one person might be doing these things at any one time. BT Infinity packages will help prevent slowdown in households with many heavy Internet users, such as student households or households with large families. However, for individual users or smaller households, this is unlikely to be a major issue.

When considering your usage limit, it is worth asking yourself what you use the Internet for, and how often you use it. Those who use the Internet regularly for downloading files, gaming or watching a lot of streaming video (outside of the unmetered BT TV service) will hit a usage limit faster than those who only use the Internet for email, websites and social media, or go online less often. If you can find out your current monthly usage, it will provide a useful estimate for what limit you might need. There is no need to pay for capacity you will not use, but it can also provide peace-of-mind not to worry about if a YouTube video might take you over your limit.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband connection?
  • Are you a heavy downloader, or do you regularly play online games?
  • Will you only watch streamed TV and films on unmetered BT TV or will you also use rival services like Netflix or NOW TV?
  • How heavy is your Internet usage and how often do you use it?
  • Would the expense of the faster speed or larger download capacity be worth it for you?

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What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • BT Home Hub router - Standard BT Broadband customers will receive a free BT Home Hub 4 802.11n wireless router for their connections, while Infinity customers get the enhanced Home Hub 5 which is supercharged for fibre with 802.11ac Wi-Fi. These routers use dual-band technology to reduce wireless interference and come with an easy online set-up without the need for CDs or fiddling with passwords.
  • BT Cloud storage - BT Broadband comes with access to BT Cloud, which allows you to store your files online. This enables you to have a back-up of important documents on your devices so that you do not lose them if something happens to that device. You can also access BT Cloud from anywhere if you have an account, which makes it easy to transfer and share files. You have 5GB of storage available to you initially (unless you opted for the Infinity 2 package, in which case you have 50GB!) but you can upgrade to various sizes for an extra cost.
  • Internet security - Unlimited Broadband extra and BT Infinity packages come bundled with BT NetProtect Plus online security with McAfee. Up to 7 PCs and Macs can be protected through firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and site rating systems. Other BT Broadband deals can still get BT NetProtect Plus for a small extra cost. BT Family Protection is also available to restrict and monitor children’s internet usage, including blocking access to social media and setting time limits.
  • SmartTalk - BT provide a SmartTalk app that BT Broadband users can use. This allows you to use up to 5 smartphones for landline calls through your router, potentially saving a lot of money on expensive mobile calls, and even allowing you to use your landline while abroad with a wi-fi connection. No other provider offers this option.
  • BT Sport - You don’t have to be a BT TV subscriber to have access to BT Sport, if you are a BT Broadband customer then you can use the BT Sport app or the online player to access BT Sport Lite for free or you can pay £5 extra per month for the BT Sport Pack and the exclusive sports coverage they provide, including live UEFA football, 38 Barclays Premier League matches and all Aviva Premiership Rugby matches. You can also add BT Sport to your existing Sky TV service for only £5 per month.

What are the benefits of BT Broadband?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Wi-fi access points - All BT Broadband customers benefit from free unlimited broadband access even when not at home through free access to BT Wi-fi (formerly BT FON/BT Openzone), the world’s largest wi-fi network with over 5 million wi-fi hotspots across the UK. This lets you access the internet without the restrictions of mobile broadband from coffee shops, airports, high streets, stations, and many more places - including international hotspots.
  • Free technical support - BT Broadband provide many support options for when things go wrong. Customers can call their helpline for free from their landlines at any time of day, and access hundreds of free online guides complete with videos. BT Broadband also maintain a social media presence through forums, Twitter and YouTube, helping you solve any problems that may occur.
  • Free installation for BT Infinity- BT Infinity customers can get their fibre broadband installed at no extra cost.
  • Available in rural areas - BT offer the same prices at all telephone exchanges, making BT a good choice for those living in rural and remote areas where choices may be limited. In areas where Virgin cable TV isn't available, BT TV may be a good alternative to Sky.
  • Home Hub 5 for BT Infinity - Supercharged for fibre with the very latest 802.11ac advanced wireless networking technology.
  • BT Sport Pack - If you're a sports fan and intend to sign up for BT Sport in order to see UEFA Championship, Premiere League Football, FA Cup, Rugby etc matches, it can be very attractive to switch to BT TV and get these channels for free, or to switch to BT broadband and get them through the app or your existing Sky TV package for only £5 per month.
  • No satellite dish needed for TV - If you don't want or aren't able to install a satellite dish for your home, BT TV is available using your standard Freeview aerial and BT broadband connection.

What are the drawbacks of BT Broadband?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • Costs - BT Broadband is rarely the cheapest option for all the services they provide, however this is made up for by BT providing a wider range of included extras than many other providers.
  • Must take BT phone and line rental - BT Broadband is only offered bundled with BT phone services, you can't take your line rental or call plan from someone else, or sign up with broadband from BT without having a phoneline.
  • No short contracts - BT’s contracts are for 12 or 18 months, which requires a greater degree of commitment and less flexibility than other providers that offer shorter contracts. Those looking for one month contracts may be better off looking elsewhere. However, as BT Broadband is available at all BT telephone exchanges, you're unlikely to find yourself moving home to an area with no BT Broadband service at all, which can happen with some providers.
  • Complaint levels - The communications regulator Ofcom keeps track of the customer complaint levels of for broadband and TV services. The Ofcom complaint figures for late 2013 show that BT has the highest level of complaints of the big 5 broadband providers, well above the industry average, and by far the highest level of complaints for pay TV, several times the industry average.
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