BT Broadband Buyers Guide

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

  • Wide range of packages available with truly unlimited usage
  • Faster than average basic fibre with Superfast Fibre averaging at 50Mb
  • Free access to over 5 million BT Wi-fi hotspots
  • Free technical support over a variety of media
  • Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back
  • Wide range of TV inclusive options with BT TV and the exclusive AMC channel
  • Superfast Fibre comes with the fastest and smartest hub of any major broadband provider
  • BT Sport Pack, exclusively covering UEFA football and 42 Premier League matches

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BT Broadband with Weekend Calls
£24.99 for 18 months
£32.99 thereafter

£29.99 upfront cost

  • Ending £30 BT Reward Card
  • 18 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back
  • Free BT Sport app and player
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access
  • BT Home Hub 4 with n-rated Wi-Fi
  • BT Virus Protect on 2 devices
  • 200GB Cloud Storage
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 18 month contract

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BT Superfast Fibre 2 with Weekend Calls
£39.99 for 18 months
£58.99 thereafter

£9.99 upfront cost

  • Ending Choice of tech + £60 BT Reward Card
  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 67Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • BT Smart Hub with ac-rated Wi-Fi and smart technology to give faster connections in more rooms!
  • Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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BT TV Entertainment with Superfast Fibre and Weekend Calls
£51.99 for 18 months
£66.99 thereafter

£19.99 upfront cost

  • Ending Choice of tech + £30 BT Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 50Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • AMC channel free with BT TV
  • BT Smart Hub with ac-rated Wi-Fi and smart technology to give faster connections in more rooms!
  • Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 18 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
  • Superfast Fibre 2 - BT were the first to offer the higher fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) speeds, now at 67Mb average speed, and ultrafast 160Mb and 300Mb fibre to the home products are rolling out in some areas
  • Faster basic fibre - BT's Superfast Fibre 1 fibre products offer speeds averaging 50Mb, beating most competitors' approximately 36Mb average speed products
  • Complete Wi-fi Guarantee - add W-Fi discs for £10 a month to increase coverage around your house
  • Variety of packages with truly unlimited usage
  • BT TV - enjoy a range of TV channels, movies, sport and catchup TV powered by YouView
  • Comprehensive security - with BT Virus Protect, Web Protect and True Key
  • Extensive support options - you can get in touch with BT in a variety of ways, including the phone, online chat, online forums and Twitter
  • Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back
  • Smart Hub for Superfast Fibre - router with the latest 802.11ac wireless technology and smart techology to get faster Wi-Fi connections in more rooms of your home. BT claim this beats the latest hubs from other major UK broadband providers
  • 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

Possible downsides

  • 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
  • Best Hub not on standard broadband - If you're not opting for BT Superfast Fibre you need to pay £50 extra for the BT Smart Hub, or opt for the slower free Home Hub 4
  • No short contracts - All products are on 18 month contracts and prices rise from the 19th month
  • No fixed price term - Prices may rise during your 18 month minimum contract

Features at a glance

  • Download speeds average at 10Mb for standard broadband, 50Mb for Superfast Fibre and 67Mb for Superfast Fibre 2

  • 18 month contracts on all deals

  • Truly unlimited download allowances

  • Many deals with free or discounted activation

  • Free 24/7 customer support

  • Security includes fre BT Virus Protect for between two and 15 devices, Web Protect and True Key, plus Parental Controls

  • BT Home Hub 4 802.11n wireless router as standard or 802.11ac BT Smart Hub with BT Superfast Fibre

  • Range of BT TV packages available from BT TV Starter to Total Entertainment with exclusive channels and Ultra HD

  • Inclusive phone calling to UK landline numbers with some packages

  • Free access to thousands of wi-fi hotspots worldwide

  • Line rental required for all packages

  • BT Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.9 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 16175 customer ratings since 2018-06-19. See more BT customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-06-14

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BT Broadband with Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £30 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
10Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£330 £24.99
£32.99 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£29.99 upfront cost

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BT Fibre Essential More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + no activation fee!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£358 £28.99
£44.49 after 18 months

£9.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre with Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! Choice of tech + £30 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + Smart Hub + no activation fee!
Tech choices are JBL 650 Live Headphones, a Samsung Tablet A or an Amazon Echo
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
50Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£394 £31.99
£46.99 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£9.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Starter + BT Sport with Broadband and Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £30 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + BT Sport Pack + free AMC channel!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
10Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£470 £34.99
£42.99 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£49.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre 2 with Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! Choice of tech + £60 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + Smart Hub + no activation fee!
Tech choices are JBL 650 Live Headphones, a Samsung Tablet A or an Amazon Echo
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
67Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£490 £39.99
£58.99 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£9.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Entertainment with Superfast Fibre and Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! Choice of tech + £30 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + BT Sport free for 3 months + free AMC channel + Smart Hub!
Tech choices are JBL 650 Live Headphones, a Samsung Tablet A or an Amazon Echo
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
50Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£644 £51.99
£66.99 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£19.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre Plus with Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + Smart Hub + BT Plus + no activation fee!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
BT Plus offers BT's Keep Connected Promise and Double Data for BT mobiles

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
67Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£670 £54.99
£58.99 after 18 months

£9.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Entertainment with Superfast Fibre 2 and Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! Choice of tech + £60 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + BT Sport free for 3 months + free AMC channel + BT Sport Pack + Smart Hub!
Tech choices are JBL 650 Live Headphones, a Samsung Tablet A or an Amazon Echo
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
67Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£740 £59.99
£78.99 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£19.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Max 4K with Superfast Fibre 2 and Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! Choice of tech + £60 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + free AMC channel + BT Sport Pack + 4K UHD BT Sport channel + Smart Hub + no activation fee!
Tech choices are JBL 650 Live Headphones, a Samsung Tablet A or an Amazon Echo
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
Stay Fast Guarantee - get your promised speeds or £20 back!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
67Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£790 £64.99
£83.99 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£9.99 upfront cost

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  • Wireless Router
  • 802.11n Wireless Router
  • 802.11ac Wireless Router
  • Phone Calling
  • Television Service
  • Line Rental

Details last checked on 2019-06-14

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
    2.9 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.9 stars
  • Speed
    2.7 stars
  • Reliability
    2.9 stars

Based on 16175 customer ratings since 2018-06-19

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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.

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promised fibre broadband was available in our new home however BT engineers say we are too far away from the distribution box. called BT and they said we were still eligible for fibre broadband. very poor customer service
Currently have ADSL speeds of 1.6
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sandhoe Hexham BT  
Awful, awful, AWFUL network, they set you up with a contract and little by little make your internet speed worse and worse, they promise good speedy internet (which just isn’t what they provide) and then they expect you to pay £400 to get out of the contract, it’s a cheap scam and no one should deal with internet like this, disgrace and embarrassing company
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Meltham BT  
I have been a business customer for several years with BT and had the worst experience ever. For a few months I had one constant issue with BT business broadband in connecting to my card machine which is a lifeline to my business,a lot of customers do not carry cash,so after they dined and wanted to pay, they had to walk quite far to use an atm and a few times customers did not return to pay. I phoned BT faults department and they would take me through a few procedures to reset the connection and after a few attempts the fault re-emerged ‘Connection failed ‘. I contacted World Pay card machine provider and over the few months they changed the card machine twice in an attempt to see if it’s their machines are faulty. This was not the case and World Pay kept asking me to contact my internet provider (BT) I had enough of this constant issue that I decided to change internet provider and giving BT a months notice to terminate my contract. I was furious when I received my final bill payment and BT charging me an extra month for leaving, when I contacted BT about this they said there’s nothing they can do as they don’t have any record of any previous complaints. After wasting so much of time and effort to try to resolve the issue and to remain with BT this is what I get offered a £30 reduction, it’s an insult to all I have been through . I have never experienced such a bad level of service and this is a warning to all and specially businesses to keep their distance from BT.
I find it an irony that when one calls BT one is constantly reminded that the phone calls could be recorded for customer service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London BT  
Terrible experience.

We received our router and set it up but the service didnt start on the date promised. Many calls later we were told that they forgot to add our address to the system.

They cancelled our order and said that they would add it to our account again and start the service the next day.

This didn't happen. Weeks and many phone calls later they still haven't sorted out our internet. On top of this they're threatening to charge us for the BT Hub that they sent us! It's not my fault they haven't set up the service on their system yet. Appalling.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
BT  
BT has been amazingin both advertised and achieved speeds (currently getting 82/18 on Infinity unlimited), as well as reliability. I have literally forgotten when the last time my internet connection was down due to a fault.
HOWEVER; a huge caveat is that I'm using my own router. I consider the router that BT offers to be extremely subpar in router specific functions. I'm not talking about wireless signal or USB ports, I'm talking about routing; WAN, NAT, DMZ, internal bandwidth, portforwarding and the stuff that routers need to do! In all of these, the BT routers are not suitable.
Same goes for their support. It is one of the least helpful and cooperative I've encountered, so it is a great pleasure to me that the reliability of the line is so great as I've only ever needed to call them once in 7 years, and that was NOT to discuss connectivity, but router problems.
Provided you have your own good router, BT is a dream.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Hayes BT  
Terrible: First month the internet speed was good. After, little by little in a few weeks from 52 MBs was going down to 2 MBs
Was impossible to use internet. But They advice me upgrade package for a better speed!!!
Also the bill was increased little by little and end up paying 5.65 pounds more. See your bills regularly, you may have a surprise !
I have give up BT.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
cf44 8ll BT  
During 18 month contract broadband speed disappeared almost every month for a whole weekend. Even contract said that speed should be 52 MBps, I never get more than 32 Mbps with a Green Box located 25 meters from the house. During contract time monthly Direct Debit fluctuated several time by increasing from 34 to 35, then back to 34, then it increases to 38. If it is fixed monthly Direct Debit. It should be fixid. But not with BT. When contract ends they switched you automatically to the highest price service, without properly informing you and offering something instead of your ending contract. They making changes to your Monthly direct debit without properly informing you about that.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bournemouth BT  
I pay for a 30mbs service and never receive more than 10mbs.

It is impossible to speak to anyone at BT

Could anyone recommend a better service?
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
COBHAM BT  
BT Broadband customer for over 10 years, poor service, speed maximum DL 2.2 Mb/s. Complained many times over last 10 years same results. BT says I live too far for exchange, I live less than 6 miles from a major city centre & less than 1 mile from 20 Mb/s plus locations. This in 2019!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South Derbyshire BT  
Just switched from BT to Talk talk today and what a relief. I was initially promised a monthly bill of £27.99 a month for 18 months....and...since that "promise" my bill has steadily increased to £42.99 over that period for simply Internet (no TV package and I don't use a landlines phone). It's simply annoying as they cannot keep their word. When I phoned up today I was hard balled for about 15 minutes by a sales rep claiming they were much better than TakTalk and as a "valued" customer they would revert my bill back to £27.99 a month for, yes you guessed it.....the next 18 months. I actually laughed at her down the phone and said "you promised me that last time and TakTalk are offering me the same speeds etc for £25 a month". I was simply met with "you will receive an inferior service". Wow, desperate, unprofessional and simply rude. I will never return to BT as they are a dinosaur company, over charging loyal customers and using hard ball selling techniques best suited to time share agents of the 80s.....au revoiur BT. Xxx
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Whitby BT  

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Are broadband bundles or standalone deals right for you?

Posted on 2019-04-11 14:01 in Features EE Hyperoptic TalkTalk NOW Broadband BT Sky Virgin Media

Is it better to get your broadband, TV and phone services as part of a single bundle from the same provider, or should you shop around for the best standalone deals?

Is it simply a question of convenience versus flexibility? And does one work out cheaper than the other?

Let's take a look.

What kind of bundles can you get?

There are three types of broadband bundle. Where providers offer more than one you might see them described as triple or quad-play providers.

Broadband and call bundles

Most broadband services need you to have a traditional phone line, the price of which will be included in your broadband bill. Many providers - even some of the smaller ones - make the most of this requirement by offering you a call plan as part of a bundle. You can add off-peak, Anytime or International calls for a few extra pounds a month. If you don't add a plan the price for any calls you make just gets added to your bill.

Even some providers who don't require a landline will still offer you call bundles, and that can work out cheaper even if you don't intend to use them. For example, Virgin Media's broadband with phone options are cheaper than just standalone broadband for the offer introductory period of. After this, it goes up by £2 a month, but you always have the option of ditching the phone portion at the end of your minumum contract, or some people might consider the extra £2 worth it for extra piece of mind in an emergency. Of course, this isn't always the case, as with Hyperoptic who charge more for a phone bundle than they do for a standalone product. But it's worth investigating to see whether a potential provider requires a landline or not, and if you can make a saving by getting calls bundled in.

Broadband and TV bundles

Broadband and TV bundles are the next most common types of deal. These are generally restricted to the bigger name providers like Sky or BT, and can give you access to premium TV channels that show Premier League football or the latest movies. But beware, they aren't all like this. Some TV bundles, such as the basic TalkTalk or Virgin TV deals, don't offer many more channels than you can get with Freeview. You get a set-top box that lets you record or pause shows, but doesn't include any pay TV channels unless you choose to upgrade. Take a look at our guide on the cheapest ways to get pay TV for the full lowdown.

Broadband and mobile bundles

The other type of deal you can get is a broadband and mobile bundle. Again, these are rarer. Your options are split into two groups: either money off your bill, or a bonus added to your mobile plan, usually in the form of a bigger data allowance. The good thing about the latter is that you can add it to an existing plan if you're already a customer, without needing to take out a new deal.

How do the prices compare?

So how do the prices of bundles compare to buying all your services separately? And do they work out cheaper? Well, it's complicated. When you compare like-for-like services, bundles will usually give you a decent saving. But if you're willing to make compromises on what you need, they might not be the best option.

Here's an example. Let's say you want to sign up to Sky TV.

As of April 2019 you can get Sky Entertainment with 63Mb Fibre in a bundle from Sky for £42 a month. By contrast, if you took the cheapest fibre deal with an average 63Mb speed, from TalkTalk, plus the same Sky Entertainment package from Sky it would cost you a total of £47 a month. It's the same story for different speed broadband, and when you add more TV channels the gap increases further.

Bundles are cheaper when you compare like-for-like services. But - and there's always a but - it isn't quite as simple as that.

If you take that 63Mb TalkTalk Fibre plan and add a NOW TV Entertainment Pass instead of the Sky subscription, the monthly price plummets to just £33. In fact, add the NOW TV plan to Sky Fibre and it works out £7 a month less than the Sky bundle.

What gives? The important thing here is to compare the small differences in the services you're getting. NOW TV is cheaper and gives you the same channels you get through Sky, but it's also a far less premium service. You can't use it to record shows, access red button services, watch 4K broadcasts, or plenty of other things.

In summary: if you want the full monty, a bundle will almost always be cheaper. But if you're willing to shave off some of the extras, you might be able to make savings by buying separately.

Are bundles right for you?

Money aside, the big selling point of bundles is convenience. A bundle gives you one contract, one bill, and one customer service department to deal with. In most cases you'll be able to renew at the same time, too. And you could argue that getting all your services from the same provider will give you more leverage when it comes to negotiating the best deal. The more you pay, the keener they'll be to keep you.

But buying standalone deals has its merits, too. You get more choice, for a start, since there aren't many triple or quad-play broadband providers. And more flexibility, which lets you pick up a faster broadband package than your chosen TV provider can offer, for example. Plus, there's the possibility of taking shorter deals. Sky TV comes with an 18 month contract, Virgin 12 months, and NOW TV just 30 days.

Call plan bundles are the easiest to decide upon. Lots of us don't even have phones plugged into our landlines anymore, so don't need them. But if you make a lot of landline calls - especially international calls - then go for it.

For TV, make sure you know what you want before you sign up. For the full pay-TV experience a Sky or Virgin Media bundle will work out cheaper. If you just want a few extra channels, like from NOW TV or the handful of premium channels offered by BT, a standalone deal might actually work out better.

And as for mobile, keep an eye out for indirect savings. Sky TV customers, for instance, are automatically eligible for unlimited free calls and texts, which means they only need to pay for a data plan. The cheapest they offer is just £6 a month - almost certainly less than you're paying at the moment. EE give 5GB of mobile data to their broadband customers each month. This won't show as a saving on your broadband bill, but is likely to enable you to switch to a much cheaper mobile plan and make your savings there instead.

The main thing is to know what you need and how much it will cost you separately. The you can compare it to how much an equivalent bundle will set you back. Use our comparison tool to find your perfect broadband bundle to get started.

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Broadband compensation

Automatic compensation for loss of broadband service goes live from today

Posted on 2019-04-01 16:56 in News TalkTalk Zen Plusnet BT EE Sky Vodafone Virgin Media Hyperoptic

A new voluntary code introduced by Ofcom goes into effect today. This scheme means that the broadband providers who have signed up will have to reimburse customers in the event of their broadband or landline phone service being down for longer than two days. Here's what you need to know.

The compensation you can expect

  • Delayed repair following loss of service - if a fault takes longer than two days to fix, you can expect £8 for each day after that period that your broadband is not repaired
  • Missed appointments - if the engineer does not turn up or your appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice, you can expect £25 per missed appointment
  • Delays with the start of a new service - if your broadband does not go live on the agreed date, you can expect £5 for each day of delay, including the missed start date

Homes and small to medium businesses who choose to use residential broadband are eligible for compensation on this scheme, and you should only need to report the fault for compensation to be paid out automatically.

To qualify for compensation, faults must not be of your own making (for example, your problem is down to your own wiring and equipment, you shove a spade through a vital cable on your property, or you're not at home for an engineer visit). You're also due compensation in the event of extreme weather causing problems and third-party incidents that contribute to the delay of repairs.

The providers taking part

Originally BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen signed up to the agreement back when it was proposed in 2017. Since then EE, Hyperoptic, Plusnet and Vodafone have also signed up, accounting for more than 95% of broadband and landline customers in the UK. While most of these providers will be participating in this scheme from today, Hyperoptic and Vodafone will start automatic compensation later this year, and EE should be ready to do so next year.

Find more information in Ofcom's press release.

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BT Broadband Buyers Guide - Is BT right for you?

Can I get BT Broadband?

BT's standard broadband services are available at all UK telephone exchanges (excluding those in Hull) so can be accessed in all but the remotest of rural areas.

BT's fibre-optic service, BT Superfast Fibre, is available to more than 85% of UK homes - more than 25 million premises - with BT continuing the roll out to more and more areas every month. BT Superfast Fibre 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 Superfast Fibre is available in your area with our postcode checker.

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

BT Broadband is provided by BT Retail, which is a separate company from those that administer telephone exchanges, street cabinets and phonelines. As a result, there is no technical advantage over any other provider reselling BT Wholesale Connect; they have to wait in the same queues for Openreach installation or home visit engineers and use the same systems of contact as any other reseller.

BT Broadband are just one of many consumer broadband service providers using BT Wholesale Connect technology. In many areas competiting broadband providers have installed their own equipment in telephone exchanges and may even be able to beat BT's standard broadband speeds.

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.

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 core broadband offer:

  • BT standard broadband - averages 10Mb download and 1Mb upload speed (limited to 8Mb maximum down speed and 0.75Mb upload in some rural areas), on an 18 month contract with unlimited downloads
  • BT Superfast Fibre 1 - averages 50Mb download speed and 9.Mb upload speed, on an 18 month contract with unlimited downloads
  • BT Superfast Fibre 2 - averages 67Mb download speed and 18Mb upload speed, on an 18 month contract with unlimited downloads
  • BT Superfast Fibre Plus - the same as Fibre 2 but with 'Plus' benefits. These include double data allowance on BT Mobile plans and a Keep Connected Promise, where BT will send you a 4G hub to use temporarily if your connection goes down

Whether you can enjoy BT's fastest speeds depends on factors like whether your exchange and street cabinet have been upgraded to the latest technology, and how much copper telephone cable there is between your home and the exchange (or the street cabinet for BT Superfast Fibre).

For the standard broadband and Superfast Fibre 1 packages you can choose whether 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. Superfast Fibre 2 is unlimited.

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. While you must take BT line rental with any broadband deal, you can save around £20 a year if you pay it all up front through the Line Rental Saver option.

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.

  • Starter Bundle - a basic package offering the Freeview channels and BT Sport in standard definition. You can upgrade with several bolt-ons including Sky Sports Main Event HD. Comes with standard YouView box with no recording.
  • Classic Bundle - the same as above but with a YouView+ box, and AMC as an extra channel. You can add Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Cinema as bolt-ons.
  • Entertainment Bundle - a YouView+ box with 20 extra premium channels including Discovery Channel, Gold, History and more. You can add Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Cinema as bolt-ons.
  • Max HD Bundle - 62 premium entertainment channels including 21 HD channels and BT Sport in UHD. You can add Sky Sports and Sky Cinema as bolt-ons.

BT customers will be able to sign up to the full Sky Sports package plus all Now TV channels including Sky Atlantic in 2019.

All BT TV packages come with up to 80 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.

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.

Which package should I choose?

It is worth working out what your download needs 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.

At average speeds of 50Mb, the BT Superfast Fibre 1 package offers the fastest potential speeds for basic fibre broadband in the UK (at launch time, at least — it's likely that other providers will upgrade their basic services in due course). This is fast enough for virtually all online activities, including watching BT Sport in Ultra HD, and may now be enough for those customers who would have previously been considering the faster Superfast Fibre 2 connection.

BT Superfast Fibre packages will help prevent slowdown in households with many heavy Internet users, such as student households or those with large families. However, if you're close enough to the telephone exchange, BT Broadband's average speeds of 10Mb may still be fast enough, allowing you to stream live television or chat 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.

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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I already have Superfast Fibre 1, do I automatically get the new, faster speed?

Existing Superfast Fibre 1 customers will not be upgraded automatically to the faster speeds, and will continue on their current 40Mb maximum speed service.

You can upgrade by taking out a new contract, but unless you're already getting speeds of 40Mb, or thereabouts, it may not be worth it. For many users the internet speeds they get are limited by physical factors such as their distance from the street cabinet, rather than the speed limits of their chosen broadband service. Thus, upgrading to a faster service will not automatically mean faster internet.

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 Superfast Fibre customers get the enhanced Smart Hub which is supercharged for fibre. It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and uses smart techology to get faster Wi-Fi connections to more rooms in your home that any other major broadband providers' hubs. These routers use dual-band technology to reduce wireless interference and come with an easy online set-up.
  • 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. The unlimited packages come with either 200GB or a massive 1TB, depending on which you choose. 
  • Internet security - All of BT's unlimited broadband packages come bundled with BT Virus Protect with McAfee, which you can use on two devices on the Broadband and Fibre 1 deals, and up to 15 devices with Superfast Fibre 2 and Plus. You also get BT Parental Controls to monitor and manage children's internet usage.

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.

  • Very fast basic fibre - BT's cheapest Superfast Fibre 1 fibre cabinets offer average download speeds of 50Mb while most competitors offer basic fibre that maxes out at 40Mb. If you're close enough to your street cabinet to get the boost then the extra 10Mb to 15Mb could make a significant difference.
  • Public 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, 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.
  • Complete Wi-fi Guarantee - add W-Fi discs for £10 a month to increase coverage around your house. If you can't get a strong signal with just the one disc, BT will send you up to two more discs to ensure a strong signal in every room. If that still doesn't cover it, BT will give you a one-off £20 off your next BT bill.
  • Stay Fast Guarantee - if you don't get the speeds BT promise you and BY can't fix it within the first 30 days, then you can claim a £20 BT Reward Card (which is a pre-paid Mastercard). What's more, you can make up to four claims a year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Super Hub for BT Superfast Fibre - Supercharged for fibre with the latest 802.11ac advanced wireless networking technology, BT claims their smart techology makes the Smart Hub better than any major broadband provider's latest hub at getting faster connections into more rooms of your home.
  • 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 £6 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. BT line rental tends to be priced higher than many other providers.
  • No short contracts - BT’s contracts are for 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.
  • Smart Hub only standard on Superfast Fibre - If you want the lastest and greatest router technology, capable of getting faster connections into the 'dead spots' in your home, you only get the BT Smart Hub inclusive with BT Superfast Fibre. If you're a standard broadband customer then you get the previous generation BT Home Hub 4 or you need to pay an extra £50 to get the Smart Hub.
  • Complaint levels - The communications regulator Ofcom keeps track of the customer complaint levels of for broadband and TV services. The Ofcom complaint figures for 2017 show that BT had the third highest level of complaints among the major broadband provders. They also had the second highest level of complaints for pay TV, more than double the industry average.
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