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SSE Unlimited Broadband with Line Rental
£18.00 for 18 months
£28.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • 60-Day Happiness Guarantee
  • 11Mb average download speed
  • 18 months free subscription to Internet Security Suite
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  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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SSE Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Line Rental
£23.00 for 18 months
£33.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 35Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • 60-Day Happiness Guarantee
  • 18 months Internet Security Suite
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  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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SSE Unlimited Fibre Plus with Line Rental
£28.00 for 18 months
£38.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 17Mb average upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • 60-Day Happiness Guarantee
  • 18 months Internet Security Suite
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  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Please note, customers taking out phone & broadband with SSE may be charged an upfront cost for their phone line. If customers don't have a phone line they will need to pay a 'New line provision' charge of £60. If customers need a 'LLU line conversion' to take SSE's phone and broadband service there will be a charge of £36.91.

Reasons to choose SSE

  • Affordable - one of the cheapest providers in the UK
  • Phone bundles - bundles include pay as you go or anytime calls◊, other options available on request
  • The SSE TG589vac v2 high-performance router with its strong signal, security and transfer speeds, was awarded a Which? Best Buy August 2018
  • 18 months fixed price plans - only changes to VAT or a similar taxes can increase it
  • Stand-alone broadband available - give SSE a call to sign up without a call package, connection charges apply#

Possible downsides

  • No short contracts - all packages are on an 18 month contract
  • Limited extras - the free router and security suite are the only extras
  • Budget provider - may prioritise low price over other considerations

Features at a glance

  • Download speeds average at 11Mbps for standard broadband, 35Mbps for Fibre and 63Mbps for Fibre Plus

  • 18 month contracts, with fixed price guarantee

  • Unlimited monthly usage, traffic management and fair usage applies

  • Free activation#

  • Customer support by local rate phone or email open 8am to 8pm on weekdays, 8am to 2pm on Saturday, closed Sundays

  • SSE Internet Security Suite free for 18 months†

  • High-performance 802.11ac wireless router using dual 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies band steered together for greater stability

  • Only pay for the calls you use on standard bundles◊, Anytime available for an extra fee

  • Peer to peer and similar traffic may be limited during peak times to ensure priority is given to other traffic and not slow down other customers

3.2 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 598 customer ratings since 2017-11-16. See more SSE customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2018-11-06

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 SSE.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3.2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.6 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3.1 stars

Based on 599 customer ratings since 2017-11-15

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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
Switched over from Sky a few months ago and that was where the issue started. 7 weeks without broadband because SSE cancelled the first 2 orders. 1 was because I purchased the fibre package but there wasn't enough space in the cabinet (not their fault) but they didn't even bother to tell me... I had to wait until the connection date and to call them. The second was because they forgot to go through the verbal contract with me. Again they didn't tell me and cancelled the order.

Immediately after I finally got connected I started having issues with WiFi.

Note: there are never more than 2 devices actively using the WiFi at any one time.

Note: The speeds are good. Not great... but good.

The issue with the FiFi is every 5 minutes it will stop working. videos will stick on the buffering screen for about 10 minutes then resume for another 5 minutes. This only happens with my laptop, Tablet and 2 phones. PS3 seems to work ok for Netflix with only a slight drop in quality. A fix for this issue is to manually disconnet the device from the router and re-connect. Were good for another 5-10minutes.

Phoned them today after finally getting fed up and i am try explaining to them that there is an issue with their provided router. There is something fundementally wrong with these devices and they are not up to par with others on the market. The response i recieve and i quote "the router if adequite for the service we provide".

I'm sorry but it isn't.

On top of that she ADMITTED she is also with SSE AND HAS THE SAME ISSUE WITH HER ROUTER!!!!

My options are;

Buy my own router at my own expense (no discount on my broadband for my issues) or go to a different provider.

Thats what i was told by the SSE rep on the phone.

Customer service - shocking!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Inverness SSE  
I am very pleased that I didn’t read the reviews before I signed up, I was with plusnet prior to changing to sse, the service was crap and was ages getting a decent signal.
Since joining sse which is about 6 months been extremely satisfied. I had to call help line today as could log in to access antivirus, The lady I spoke to was very helpful (uk call centre ) and nothing to much trouble. Well done SSE
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
North lincs SSE  
We had limited choice of broadband provider as we're renting temporarily and didn't want to be tied into a yearly contract. SSE offer a monthly contract so despite a lot of bad reviews we went ahead and we were impressed right from the start. Customer service has a call back service so we don't have to hold on forever (and they really do call back!) and the advisers are friendly and helpful. We were connected earlier than expected which was great and we've been using it for over a month now with no problems. When we move to our permanent home, we're considering SSE for a longer term contract. Highly recommended!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Drumnadrochit SSE  
I read an Ofcom review of SSE broadband - they have one of the worst drop-out rates on their ADSL service, presumably to drive people to upgrade to the more expensive (nearly) fibre service. I contacted SSE about the number of service drop-outs I am experiencing (2 or more every day) and they said it was because I was using my own router - replacing with SSE's router has not improved the situation. I cannot wait for the contract to end to I can get out and use Plusnet which I use at another location and is much more reliable - even though this location is out in the sticks and the infrastructure is mostly on poles and is old and noisy. I couldn't recommend anyone using SSE for broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wirral SSE  
After reading many of the reviews of SSE Broadband, one could be easily mistaken for thinking SSE broadband is a pile of s__t. What nobody ever seems to realise is the quality of your ‘fibre’ broadband is going to be wholly dependent on the quality of the copper line from the node, to your premises. Seemingly a lot of people whinging on this website, simply have a crap copper line, or are miles from the fibre node, and therefore, will have issues with their VDSL regardless of the provider.

I took the leap to SSE broadband a few days ago, the reason namely due to the fact I already was with SSE for electricity and didn’t want to sign up to an 18 month contract with another provider for fibre. I have had TalkTalk and Sky on the same physical line, with absolutely no issues.
The result?

Three days of a solid connection of 10 mbit up, and 40 mbit down. Uploaded 40GB to Google Cloud in a day without issue, speed tests using fastest.sh (on Linux) have been consistent:

2018-10-19, 18:55, None, 37.2, None
2018-10-19, 12:03, None, 37.2, None
2018-10-19, 12:06, None, 37.2, None
2018-10-19, 15:35, None, 37.1, None
2018-10-19, 15:55, None, 37.2, None
2018-10-19, 16:55, None, 37.2, None
2018-10-19, 17:55, None, 37.2, None
2018-10-19, 18:55, None, 37.2, None
2018-10-19, 19:55, None, 37.4, None

What can you ask for really? YMMV. If you have a poor quality copper line to your house, you're going to have poor internet regardless of the provider - blame Openreach.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
London SSE  
Terrible broadband, slow, unreliable. Disconnecting every 5 min. While I'm writing this I have to use my mobile data because wifi is not working. I cant believe that such bad broadband still exists in 21st century. I'll be forced to switch to another network ASAP.
Not to mention that they sent engineer to the old address when I was moving so I was waiting for internet for 1 month. Overall really terrible.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Reading SSE  
Had issues for the length of the contract. Using an old Plusnet router helped but as soon as I have switched back to the SSE router I am having problems with internet dropping though the router shows no problem and being connected. Continuously unable to load a web page.
Customer service are helpful but go through the same process every time meaning you are repeating previous checks and wasting your time. Not sure how many times I have taken the socket of the wall to do their checks for them as I have lost count.......
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Kent SSE  
do not bye this it will put an end to gaming and netflix 6kbps is the ussal speed
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
place SSE  
No doubt this company has 1 star it's sooooo horrible. Please do NOT use this as your broadband provider. You'll speak to some lady in UK somewhere who will not do a thing to help other than follow some BS manual and ask questions like, "is your router not working because it is on a wooden stand?" I mean... are you flippin' kidding me?

5 days later on most expensive service tier and my internet drops out literally every couple of hours. I've talked to 3 different people, lodged a complaint, been incredibly patient and now I just want to clunk all their stupid heads together and get my money back.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London SSE  
Had problems with my phone from the start and broadband, they transferred all my calls to my mobile saying it wouldn't cost me or callers a penny, but I got a massive bill and so did someone else, my phone was never fixed and I called them to ask about this bill, they said I was refusing to pay my bill, I said I wasn't, but the woman said that I was refusing to pay it and as we spoke on the phone I noticed my Internet had gone off, so I told her and she said she had switched it off, then after the call I needed to call social services regarding my Lifeline pendant but my phone has been switched off, I have had letters sent to me saying that I am using my phone quite a bit more than usual, how can I be when its not on? Also one letter is dated 4th October 2018 and one 9th October 2018 saying I'm using my phone a lot, I'll let the scientists in America know not to continue their study in Time Travel because SSE have beaten them to it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham SSE  

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SSE Buyers Guide

Can I get SSE?

SSE are a relative newcomer to the broadband and phone market but are well established in the energy sector, trading in Scotland as Scottish Hydro, South England as Southern Electric, Wales as SWALEC and Northern England as SSE.

Despite only selling energy services in particular regions, SSE broadband is available wherever there's a BT telephone exchange. They offer the same prices regardless of where you live.

In some areas SSE may make savings by using their own equipment installed in the BT telephone exchange, but these savings are shared with all customers. The same standard broadband prices and features are available wherever you live. Fibre to the cabinet services are also available, to get these both your exchange and street cabinet must have been upgraded to support fibre.

You can find out which SSE Broadband products are available where you live with our postcode checker.

What packages are available?

SSE offer standard ADSL and Fibre broadband packages:

  • SSE Unlmited Broadband + Line Rental - average speeds pf 11Mb with unlimited usage and only pay for the calls you use◊
  • SSE Unlmited Fibre + Line Rental - average speeds of 35Mb with unlimited usage and only pay for the calls you use◊
  • SSE Fibre Plus + Line Rental - averatge speeds of 63Mb with unlimited usage and only pay for the calls you use◊

The speed available to you will vary based on various factors including the time of day (speeds are likely to be slower at peak times like evenings when lots of people are online), the wiring in your home, and the distance from your nearest BT telephone exchange or cabinet, with speeds decreasing the further away you are. You can find out how close you are to your nearest exchange by using our postcode checker.

Which package should I choose?

If you're interested in a budget provider like SSE, it's likely that cost effectiveness and value for money are important factors to you.

SSE packages cover a range of needs for the budget user. Ultimately your choice will be based on how much you make use of your landline, how big an allowance you need, and if you think a superfast fibre connection is something you would benefit from.

If you're a frequent downloader, rely on Cloud storage or make heavy use of HD video streaming services like iPlayer, Netflix or NOW TV, or you need to make a lot of calls during the week, then the Everyday Broadband option may be a better choice.

For those looking for higher speed fibre packages, the Fibre package offers unlimited broadband at fibre speeds. Be sure to get a speed estimate before you sign up, if your predicted speed isn't much higher than Everyday broadband, it may not be worth the extra cost.

Points to consider before you choose

  • Is low price the most important factor for you?
  • Is having the best, reliable high-performance wireless router important to you?
  • How often do you use your landline to make calls and at what times of day?
  • Are you a heavy user of streaming video or a heavy downloader?
  • Do you need the higher speeds offered by a fibre connection and is your exchange and street cabinet set up to support this?

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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.

  • Which? Best Buy 2018 wireless router - SSE Broadband customers receive a free, easy to set up, wireless router when they sign up to help manage their connection. The SSE TG589vac v2 high-performance router with its strong signal, security and transfer speeds, was awarded a Which? Best Buy August 2018. The router uses both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency with band steering technology for optimal performance.
  • SSE Security Suite† - The SSE Internet Security Suite includes antivirus, firewall and parental controls, free during the 18 months of your contract, then an extra £2 per month. Users must download the application to receive these benefits, the subscription may be cancelled at any time.
  • Free connection - SSE offer free installations on their broadband and phone packages#, saving on some of the ‘hidden costs’ that ISPs can surprise you with.

What are the benefits of SSE?

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

  • Long fixed price plans - One of SSE’s main selling points is the length of their fixed price plans, although you are able to leave at any time with 1 month's notice, the price you'll pay each month you stay on is fixed for a huge 3 year term. Only changes to VAT or another relevant tax or levy can increase the monthly cost within that period.
  • Discounts for SSE energy customers - Energy customers enjoy the best offers.

What are the drawbacks of SSE?

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

  • Few extras - SSE currently only offer a free router and Internet security software with their broadband packages, and lack extra incentives in comparison to many other providers. However, this more 'no frills' approach means they are able to concentrate more on the provision of your broadband and phone services.
  • No short contracts - All of SSE's packages are on 18 month contracts.
  • Limited information - There's very little detailed information on the SSE website about telephone support opening hours and the typical ADSL headline speeds. We would usually recommend that customers research these before signing up to a provider, though SSE should provide you with information about what speeds your line can support during the sign-up process.

Δ The estimate of your download speed is a guideline of what you're likely to experience using the broadband service. Your actual speed may vary due to other factors, such as your home environment, the weather or network capacity.

# 1.Free connection is available to existing energy customers purchasing a fixed term talk and broadband bundle. 2.Subject to availability. SSE have the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

† Internet security suite includes antivirus, firewall and parental controls to restrict internet access to minors. Customers have to pro-actively download the application to benefit from these features. Subscription can be cancelled any time by contacting SSE's customer service line. After the 18 month initial term, the subscription price is £2 per month.

◊ Inclusive Talk calls are for (i) local and national numbers beginning 01, 02 and 03 and (ii) 0845 & 0870 numbers. Excludes indirect access numbers and dial-up internet access. Inclusive calls are free up to 70 minutes. Any call duration over 70 minutes will be charged. Redial before 70 minutes to avoid charges. Fair use policy applies - maximum 1,000 minutes or 150 calls a month; whichever you reach first. If either of these limits is exceeded SSE will charge for these calls at the equivalent rate for non-inclusive periods. Daytime calls mean from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday; Evening calls before 7am and after 7pm Monday to Friday; Weekend calls midnight Friday to midnight Sunday. For more information about call charges, see the Call Charges and Tariff Information PDF available from SSE product pages.

ºº For more information see the Call Charges and Tariff Information PDF available from SSE product pages.

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