Post Office

Good value broadband and home phone from a brand you trust, with the option to pay over the phone or at your local branch

  • UK-based customer support helpline
  • Inclusive weekend calling with a wide range of options and upgrades available
  • One of the cheapest broaband line rental options available if you pay a year upfront
  • Wide range of payment options, including the ability to pay in cash at your local branch
  • Available with the same low prices even in rural and remote areas

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Post Office Totally Unlimited Broadband
£20.99 for 18 months
£26.99 thereafter

£6.95 upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Up to 16Mb downloads
  • Free wireless-n router
  • Free UK-based support
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • Free connection
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Post Office Broadband

  • Affordable - with some of the cheapest saver line rental around, Post Office broadband offers reasonable pricing, especially if you're in a more rural and remote area outside of other providers' low cost areas
  • Range of phone options - add phone upgrades and features as needed or stick with inclusive weekend calls
  • Saver line rental - if you pay for line rental a year upfront it's equivalent to £14.99 a month, less than the cost of 11 monthly installments
  • Same price everywhere - even if you live outside of most providers' low cost areas, you still pay the same monthly price and line rental
  • More payment options - as well as the usual payment by direct debit, you can also arrange to pay your bill over the phone or in person at your local Post Office
  • Free PC security on Premium - includes anti-spam, anti-virus and parental controls

Possible downsides

  • No fibre broadband - currently Post Office Broadband is only available using standard telephone broadband of up to 16Mb, with speed depending on your distance from the telephone exchange
  • No standalone broadband available - you have to switch your line rental and phone package to the Post Office, switching may be a hassle for some, though others may find combining the bills to be more convenient
  • No short contracts - while 12 month contracts are shorter than some providers, there's no shorter 1 month or 3 month options
  • Not truly unlimited - although Premium is advertised as unlimited, it has peak time traffic management for certain types of unusually heavy usage
  • Poor performance - Post Office test as much slower than expected and have some of the most negative customer reviews

Features at a glance

  • Up to 16Mb download speeds

  • 18 month contract

  • Unlimited usage allowance

  • Free connection (£6.95 router delivery charge applies)

  • UK based customer support

  • 5 email accounts

  • Free basic email anti-spam and anti virus with Post Office SafeGuard

  • Free N-rated wireless routers (£6.95 delivery charge applies)

  • Range of phone calling plans and features

  • Option to pay over the phone or in branch rather than via direct debit

  • Save on line rental by paying £179.88 per year upfront

  • Post Office Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 1976 customer ratings since 2016-01-23. See more Post Office customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-01-19

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 Post Office.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.3 stars
  • Speed
    1.9 stars
  • Reliability
    2.1 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.5 stars

Based on 1976 customer ratings since 2016-01-23

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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
Cannot wait for contract to end. Internet virtually unusable in evenings an at weekends due to slow speeds. Can never get through to customer service as always put on hold. Avoid at all costs!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Warwickshire Post Office  
been with them since the 9 of this month Internet slow keeps cutting off been calling them loads of times with no help telling you to turn off reset over and over upload is about 1mb they keep saying its our phone line box which was just new last year with EE we going over to talk talk in 7 days but this service is a joke I read so many bad reviews on it I regret it charging to them they changed me £35 only been with them 2 weeks with a not working broadband yours love taking money £140 for someone to come check don't think so don't go with them
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
saltcoats Post Office  
How I wish I had read these reviews before signing up in August last year! The broadband speed is appalling. I have phoned several times to complain, the latest being last week when I was advised to submit three speed tests per day for a week through their support website. I followed this to the letter, phoned today and was told none had been received! Was also informed would have to pay £140 if I wanted an engineer to come out to check. In five months I have rarely been able to watch anything through my android box.Terrible service. Avoid at all cost.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Newark Post Office  
First off, Iv'e been with broadband for many years (Since 2009/8) Which, i will admit was easy going and no issues up until around 2014. The speed's is Horrible, and Should not be sell able in my opinion. I have given chance after chance. (My speed Fluctuates well below 1mbps and 0.09 Upload) Im disgusted at this service, Avoid this service And go to a better provider. The router also decided to stop working at random intervals. and has to be rebooted. Im going to be swicthing over to BT Infinity in the coming weeks to get away from all this. The only decent thing about PO Broadband is the fact that you may, if your lucky enough will get someone who can actually help and NOT waste your time! Also, if you go over your usage limit your speeds drop horrendously! I mean, they give you Horrible speeds when not capped, and they have the cheek top cap you lower, even though your already under 1mbps. Im absolutely done with this company! Avoid like the plague
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Scotland Post Office  
The availability of Internet services is so limited it unbelievable. After suffering for nearly two years with limited services and no actions taken by the Post Office I can only say avoid the broadband it's worth paying a little more with another provider. Customer services have several stock phrases and rarely deviate from it. Do not consider this supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
nantwich Post Office  
Very poor customer service. They just send automated reply to complaints and no other response. A 1 star ratting is too much. Deserve zero rating on all categories. Worst broadband provider in my experience.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Wrexham Post Office  
I have had no internet for a while now. I was late paying my bill. But it was paid in full on friday 13th january 2017. for the amount of £48.70. It was paid by visa so it was an instant payment. I have rang your VERY rude customer service twice. once on saturday 14th january and once on monday 16th january on saturday i was told it would be back on with in 36 hours. When i rang monday i was told i was still going to have to wait further. Most possibly until wednesday 18th january 2017. WHY do i have to wait 5 days to get resumed service? Most companies have it back on with in 24 hours. When my bill comes at the end of the billing month i want those 5 days payments refunded. I do not see why i should pay for almost a week of having no connection. This is not acceptable. Yes i was late with the bill as i had cash problems. But i still paid the bill as soon as i could and i think this is discusting service. I have had this problem before having to wait 3 days to get my service resumed. I made no complaints as i know i was late. That being said. I can not help if i have had cash flow problems. I HAVE ALWAYS sorted things as soon as i could and i want that to be recognised. I completeley understand the restriction and cut of service until a bill has been paid. That is common sence for a company. But i also believe as soon as your customers side of the bargain has been met. In which MINE HAS BEEN. they should be treat as well as any other customer. I could not help my circumstances. You may not understand that. Your probably a millionaire with no cash worries at all. But i am not. I am just an ordenary person in an expensive society trying to make the best of a bad financial situation. i need reconnecting the internet is mostly the only form of communication i get as i have MENTAL HEALTH issues which stop me from from going out and communicating. I have nervous breakdowns when im in public situations that i can not handle. Saying this. i still need to communicate or i would be compleatly alone. I do not appreciate this at all and i seriously want every day you have made me become a social leper by having no internet refunded off my bill total at the end of the month. your company is disrespectful and so is your call centre. This is not acceptable.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Worksop Post Office  
The worse broadband I've ever had, and very bad customer service. It actually shocked me how bad and ignorant the customer services was. Should of sticking with sky for the extra few pound.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Post Office  
Please friends dont go for post office boarband and phone .They hided everything and cheated us anytime calls what they added to my account without my agreement and they charged me £120 extra and the boarband speed is rubbish.The Customer service peoples are so rubbish and head weighted peoples .They should change train those peoples to speak politely.I hate the time the time we wait for them to answer us and the way they response is not acceptable.please dont go for it
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Winchester Post Office  
the broadband really bad not even 2 weeks with them it keeps cutting off going slow preamble alter problem the custom help line not any better its the worse broadband out I can see with so many reports on them I have changed but my first bill is £35 and I only been with them 1 week that's shocking you internet not been working since it went live just last week 2017 people don't go with them avoid them you be dissepiment
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
saltcoats Post Office  

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National Average Speeds March 2016

Average mobile broadband speeds rising in 2016 while fixed line home broadband speeds coast at late 2015 levels

Posted on 2016-04-08 16:59 in Announcements News 4GEE EE Hyperoptic Vodafone Three Sky Virgin Media BT Post Office

Each month hundreds of thousands of broadband customers test their speeds with our broadband speed test. Since the end of 2015 there's been little change in average speeds from home broadband with average download speeds for March 2016 coming in at 20.41Mb and average upload speeds at 3.73Mb.

However, our test also supports users testing on tablets and smartphones, meaning we can report on mobile broadband speeds from 4G and 3G networks. While home broadband has been stable, mobile broadband average download speed has risen by a full 2Mb since December and upload speed by 1.6Mb, the average mobile broadband speeds for March 2016 were 15.31Mb download and 3.71Mb upload.

When the big mobile broadband and home broadband providers' average speeds compete on the same table, it's only Virgin Media's DOCSIS 3 cable broadband that outperforms mobile broadband, clocking in 46.95Mb, with upload speeds at 5.9Mb. 4GEE is ahead of BT Broadband with download speeds clocking in at 18.71Mb, faster than BT by 1.07Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 2nd and 4th places beating all home big broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media, with Vodafone's 16.26Mb average mobile download speed only 1.38Mb behind BT.

Of the home broadband providers Post Office Broadband still has the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 4.38Mb average downloads and 1.67Mb average uploads, well below the average speeds expected for copper phoneline broadband. Three tested with the slowest mobile broadband at 12.09Mb downloads, but this still beat home broadband offerings from Sky and EE.

When the supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) is included we can see that fibre to the building provider Hyperoptic tested as the fastest broadband overall with 91.7Mb average downloads and 77.3Mb uploads.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for March 2016

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National Average Speeds December 2015

Average fixed line download speeds remain stable over December 2015, average mobile broadband speeds see minor increase

Posted on 2016-01-08 12:21 in Announcements News 4GEE Hyperoptic Vodafone TalkTalk Three O2 Virgin Media BT Post Office Plusnet

December 2015 saw average download speeds for fixed line providers recorded by users of our broadband speed test remain stable in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 20.56Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.15Mb drop to 3.68Mb.

Of the big 5 home broadband providers, Virgin Media remained in first place but their average download speeds appear to have levelled out since rolling out their 200Mb service, remaining stable at 46.57Mb, with upload speeds at 5.66Mb. BT Broadband retain second place with average download and upload speeds steady at 17.58Mb and 4.42Mb respectively. TalkTalk move up to third place, with download speeds stable at 12.8Mb and upload speeds dropping by 0.21Mb to 1.86Mb. Plusnet drop into fourth place, dropping by 0.59Mb to 12.6Mb for average download speeds with a 0.39Mb decrease to 2.85Mb for average upload speeds. Finally, Sky remain in fifth place with a 1.1Mb fall in download speeds to 10.92Mb, while their upload speeds decreased by 0.41Mb to 2.47Mb.

Results from users testing with mobile-enabled devices including phones and tablets suggests that mobile broadband speeds saw an overall rise since November. Taking mobile broadband separately from home broadband, EE Mobile retain first place, with download speeds increasing by 1.1Mb to 17.55Mb and upload speeds holding at 3.87Mb. Vodafone are in second place, seeing download speeds fall slightly by 0.19Mb to 13.76Mb and upload speeds steady at 2.82Mb. O2 are in third place with download speeds at 11.78Mb - a respectable 1.4Mb increase over last month - and upload speeds at 2.53Mb. Three are still in fourth place, with average download speeds of 9.84Mb and upload speeds of 2.56Mb.

When mobile broadband and home broadband average speeds compete on the same table, 4GEE is head-to-head with BT's second place with a difference of only 0.03Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 3rd and 4th places beating all home broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media and BT. This suggests that 4G broadband may have higher uptake levels relative to 3G compared to uptake of the fastest possible fibre broadband products relative to cheaper options.

This month's supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) found Post Office Broadband had the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 2.55Mb average downloads and only 0.33Mb average uploads. Hyperoptic was fastest overall with 102.1Mb average downloads and 92.13Mb uploads.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for December 2015

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Post Office Buyers Guide

Can I get Post Office Broadband?

Post Office Broadband is available at all BT telephone exchanges.

In order to be cost efficient, Post Office Broadband uses TalkTalk's low cost network where this is available, but these savings are passed on to all customers so you'll enjoy the same low prices even if you live in more rural or remote areas. The same offers and features should be available to all customers, regardless of where you live.

What packages are available?

Post Office Broadband only offer standard broadband (ADSL) with speeds of up to 16Mb, there are currently no superfast fibre-based services offered.

However this standard service is available paired with homephone and line rental. There are also a range of phone options allowing you to add all the upgrades and features you need.

  • Post Office Premium Unlimited Broadband - Unlimited (subject to fair use policy) and free PC security software

The package is even cheaper if line rental is paid 12 months in advance at £179.88, equivalent to £14.99 per month. The standard call plan comes with inclusive weekend calling, including UK landlines, 0845 and 0870 numbers.  For an additional £2.50 per month this can be upgraded to include evening calling to the UK and weekend calling to the Post Office's top 40 countries, alternatively £7 per month upgrades that to anytime UK landline calling. There are also options to add anytime top 40 international calling.

The headline speed of up to 16Mb means that this speed is experienced by at least 10% of the Post Office's broadband customers. What speed you'll be able to achieve varies due a range of factors such as how busy the network is (speeds will be slower at peak times like evenings compared to late at night) and how far you are from your nearest BT telephone exchange - the further away you are, the lower your potential broadband speed. You can find out your distance from your nearest telephone exchange using our postcode checker.

Broadband is affected by a traffic management policy that may artificially slow down your connection or some types of activities on your connection. However this should only happen if you're a heavy user of the network and is only likely to occur at peak times (i.e. in the evenings). It's also unlikely that anyone with slower connection speeds (due to distance from the telephone exchange) will be significantly affected by traffic management.

Which package should I choose?

As the Post Office only offers the one package, it's a question of whether or not they are the provider for you.

Points to consider before you choose

  • Is the lack of superfast broadband a deal breaker?
  • Do you live in a rural or remote area where other budget providers aren't available?
  • How does the competition compare when you factor in more expensive line rental?
  • Can you live with a traffic management policy or are you likely to be a very heavy user who makes use of filesharing?
  • Is the option of avoiding direct debits and paying over the phone or in your local Post Office branch a selling point for you?

Compare all Post Office Broadband deals

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.

  • Wireless router provided free - New Post Office Broadband and Homephone customers get a free 802.11n compatible wireless router when signing-up. The router supports 'N', 'G' and 'B' wireless technology and also comes with 4 ethernet ports, so should be compatible with all your computers and devices. The router uses WPA encryption to secure wireless connections and is supplied with a setup CD compatible with both PCs and Macs to make it easy to get it online and securely sharing your connection with all your devices.
  • Free voicemail and caller display - Post Office Homephone comes with the option of free voicemail and free caller display. Other calling features can be added cheaply.
  • Post Office Internet Security - Premium customers get free PC security software featuring anti-spam, anti-virus and parental controls.

What are the benefits of Post Office Broadband?

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

  • UK-based customer service - Unlike some ISPs, Post Office HomePhone & Broadband’s customer service centre is entirely UK-based. The customer support number is an 0800 number free from UK phonelines and 8am to 8pm, 9am to 6pm on Sundays, closed bank holidays.
  • Good value line rental - If you're willing to pay a year upfront, Post Office Broadband has one of the cheapest monthly line rental costs available. If you aren't willing to pay a lump sum then their monthly line rental competes well with all their rivals.
  • Savings passed on to all customers - if you live outside of the Post Office network area, you don't pay a more expensive monthly price, the savings from their network are spread across all customers' bills.
  • Pay over the phone or in your local branch - If you prefer to pay by card or in cash rather than taking out a direct debit, the Post Office allow you to settle your monthly bill over the phone or even in person at your local branch. Of course direct debit is available too.

What are the drawbacks of Post Office Broadband?

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

  • No superfast deals - As yet there are no fibre-based options available from the Post Office. This may be a deal breaker if you're a long way from the telephone exchange and experience unacceptably low speeds on standard broadband.
  • No standalone broadband -  If you want to keep your line rental and call plan with your existing supplier, or mix and match someone else's line rental with the cheap broadband service, you're no longer able to take this option from the Post Office since they discontinued selling their standalone product to new customers.
  • No short contract options - The minimum contract length available is 18 months so you're unable to have the flexibility of a short contract if not sure whether you'll need to move or change providers in the next year, or if you know you only need the service for a limited period such as a 3 month job posting or 9 month academic year.
  • No 24 hour phone support - If your broadband goes down outside of support hours (after 9pm or 6pm on Sundays), you'll have to wait until 8am before you can contact support.
  • Traffic management and 'fair usage' - While the Premium deal is advertised with unlimited usage, there is a traffic management policy that will artificially limit the speeds of the fastest connections if they are making heavy use of the service at peak times. If you're not a heavy user, this can be seen as a positive as it means that other people's usage shouldn't damage your experience of the service.
  • Poor performance - Post Office's customer speed test results are consistently much lower than would be expected from even a copper phoneline broadband provider. Customer ratings of Post Office are also consistently among the lowest of any provider we list.
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