How to find the best broadband deals
If you want to compare broadband deals, you’ve come to the right place! BroadbandDeals.co.uk is one of the few broadband comparison sites approved by the UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom. They reckon we offer fair and accurate results from a good range of providers.
In fact, we compare the widest range of UK broadband deals online, so you are probably going to want to narrow it down a bit. Here are the most important factors to help you choose the best deal for your all-important internet connection:
If you’re on a budget, the very cheapest broadband offers can save you a small fortune, but they might not win any awards for speed or service. Households in receipt of some benefits may also be eligible for low-income broadband discount options.
If you feel the need for speed, the fastest broadband around requires a fibre connection of one kind or another. To get gigabit speeds you’ll need an FTTP or full-fibre network – check your postcode to see if they’ve reached you yet.
12 months, 18 or 24 months? If you lock in for longer, you should be able to delay any nasty price rises – but you are normally stuck with your new provider for the duration. If however you don’t want to commit, try broadband with no contract. You’ll pay more upfront, but you can leave any time.
It’s always helpful to find out what other people think. We collect ratings and provider reviews from verified customers who have switched broadband with us, so you can check out how things went for them before you buy. Don’t forget to ask your neighbours too – they might have valuable insights into the best internet provider in your area!
Broadband deals with free gifts, vouchers and rewards
Sometimes providers offer incentives to sweeten the deal. The best broadband offers with free gifts come with gift vouchers, reward cards, bill credits, or cashback. Actual presents in the post are quite rare, but some include add-ons such as free antivirus software. Beware of paying over the odds just to get a freebie, though!
Unlimited broadband deals are now the norm for home and business users these days, but data’s still an important factor with mobile broadband which uses the 4G and 5G networks. Going over your limit can be expensive, so make sure you’ve got enough data included!
Which broadband deals are available in my area?
Not so long ago the only broadband offers to compare were for sluggish ADSL connections.
It took a while, but now over 96% of UK households should be able to get deals on fibre broadband and the competition to roll out more full-fibre optic cables (FTTP) is heating up.
It’s still a postcode lottery for now, so your neighbours a street away could have blazing fast full-fibre wifi while you’re still crawling along on old-fashioned ADSL.
Enter your postcode in the box below. You can search by postcode only, or refine your search to compare broadband deals at your address.
Our Ofcom-approved broadband checker will find out what technology is available where you live and check which ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are able to help.
We cover more broadband offers than any other comparison site, so your chances are pretty good!
Next, our supercharged database will hunt down all the available broadband offers in your area. Finally, one click takes you straight to the provider’s website to get set up.
Which internet providers offer the best broadband deals?
It depends who you ask! We collect reviews from verified customers who switch through this site and ask people to leave ratings, so you can compare broadband providers by average rating on all our deals. To read the full reviews, you can click through to provider pages from the menu at the top, or just click the star ratings.
Low cost broadband deals
Full fibre deals
Broadband deals for bad credit
Most broadband providers will carry our a credit check when you sign up. If that’s a problem, find out about getting broadband without a credit check. You’ll need to make sure you can afford the monthly bills – unfortunately if you can’t pay, providers may cut off your service.
How to switch broadband deals
Switching to a better broadband deal is getting easier – Ofcom are even working on one-click switching.
Firstly, make sure you’re free to leave your current deal. If you’re still in a contract, it may not be worth your while switching just yet, as you may have to pay anything up to the full remaining amount to exit a contract early.
Compare broadband deals
Next, check your postcode, find out what’s available and choose the right broadband package for your needs.
Many of the best broadband deals are only available online. You’ll just need to fill in some order information, and then your new provider will get in touch to arrange a date for installation.
Get set up
If you need an engineer to visit, they will normally be happy to set everything up, get it working and talk you through it.
If not, you might need to sort a few things out yourself, such as plugging in your new wifi router. Of course, your new broadband provider should help you with full instructions.
What about my old provider?
In most cases your new provider will contact your old one to let them know about the switch, and you don’t need to do anything. If you’re switching to or from Virgin Media, or certain FTTP providers, then you may need to let your old provider know.
Broadband offers with TV and phone bundles
Are you always on the phone? Like a nice boxset binge in the evening?
If so, you should think about bundling up for the best value deals. By getting your internet service, landline and a television package all with the same provider, you can lower your bills and save a lot of hassle!
BroadbandDeals.co.uk features more bundle options that other broadband comparison sites because we want you to have as much information as possible when you’re choosing.
Keep it simple:
Broadband Only Deals
If you only ever use your mobile and haven’t watched live TV since 2009, you don’t need anything else.
The cheapest deals are always going to be for broadband only.
If you’re on a tight budget, switching to a basic wifi deal could save you a bundle.Broadband Only Deals »
Talk for hours?
Broadband + Phone Bundles
If you like a nice natter without worrying about the cost, it’s worth getting a calls package included.
Almost all broadband deals include a landline anyway, and it’s often only a few pounds extra per month.
Most providers offer evening & weekend or anytime calls – but make sure you check what’s included as some don’t cover mobiles.Broadband & Calls Deals »
Entertain your eyeballs!
Broadband + TV Bundles
If the the Disney channel gets you an extra hour in bed on a Saturday morning, it has to be worth it.
Need live sport? You could be looking at a fairly pricey subscription, so it’s worth shopping around.
Plenty of channels are available from more than one provider – do you really need that dish?Broadband & TV Deals »
The whole shebang
Broadband + Phone + TV Deals
You can always combine the lot into one big deal – it’s handy to keep it all on one bill, and going with one supplier generally offers the biggest savings.
Some providers will even give you discount sim cards as part of the package. Have a look at Virgin’s Oomph deals, or add one on to BT deals at checkout.Broadband, Calls & TV Deals »
The need for speed – how fast is fast enough?
We’ve moved on from screechy dial-up and waiting three days for the latest N-Sync single to download, but with more choice comes more difficult decisions.
These days most of us have several devices online at any one time – and we want our broadband to keep up.
That said, faster isn’t always better, especially if you’re on a budget. When you compare broadband deals, remember that offers with a lower-end speed could save you big bucks.
Before committing to a broadband deal, ask yourself: what broadband speed do i really need?
Are ‘Super/Ultra/Giga Fast’ broadband deals really worth it?
For lots of us, the answer is: maybe not. If you’re only using the internet to check your email, catch up on your fake news and look at pictures of cats, a bog-standard speed of 10 or 11 Mbps (Megabits per second) is just fine.
Assuming you’re the only one using it, you should normally be able to stream HD video (5-8Mbps) so you can keep your Netflix and chill. It’s certainly cheaper, and who doesn’t want to save a few quid? Just be warned, if you’re already used to fibre speeds, it can be a bit painful to go back.
Fed up with arguments over slow wifi?
If you’ve got a brood of data-hungry teenagers, they aren’t going to be happy with slow internet. They might not be happy with fast internet either, but what can you do?
Families and shared houses are likely to want a deal on fast fibre broadband to cope with all their devices. Between phones, tablets, laptops, TVs and even smart fridges, it all adds up.
You’ll also need at least 25 Mbps to stream 4K video, though 50+ is recommended. Online gamers might want more – not so much for playing, but for downloading all those huge patches.
I need professional-grade broadband, and I need it yesterday.
If you’re working from home, you don’t want to be waiting around for downloads. The boss needs that TPS report, stat. Professional applications can be bandwidth-hungry.
Anyone who moves a lot of data around will benefit from upgrading to ultrafast, and large households will enjoy the increase too.
Plenty of us can get 60-80 Mbps through a phone line now – and if you’re in a Virgin cabled area, there are options all the way up to 350 Mbps for those who take speed seriously.
Gigabit Broadband: for when ultrafast just isn’t fast enough.
We’re not really sure what anyone is going to do with 500 Mbps or more – but we used to say that about 50 Mbps!
Whatever it is, you’ll be able to do it really, really fast with 100% fibre optic broadband – eventually.
For now, the best broadband speeds are only available to a lucky few. However, there’s big money being pumped into the roll-out of full-fibre, so who knows? It may just arrive sooner than you think.
Connection types: Are you getting enough Fibre?
The most affordable broadband offers usually come with basic, standard broadband which comes through copper wires.
If you’re not lucky enough to be in a fibre or cable area, it could be all you can get – for now. You can check when fibre is coming to your area through Openreach.
Average speeds are around 10 Mbps. However, if you’re a long way from the exchange, your actual speed could be much lower.
Most ‘fibre’ customers still get their internet through the copper phone line connected to a green cabinet in the street.
Providers have focused on upgrading the connections between the exchange and the cabinet with shiny new fibre optic cable.
Speeds can be anywhere from 20 to 80 Mbps. It’s been a long time coming, but Fibre broadband deals are now available to 94% of homes and businesses.
We include this in results for fibre broadband deals because it’s practically the same thing, but technically Virgin Media customers get their internet through a Co-Ax cable.
There is still plenty of fibre-optic cabling involved, and they call it fibre – probably to keep things simple.
Speeds go from about 50 to 500 Mbps+, but it’s only available to around 60% of households.
For most of us, this is the broadband of the future – because only about 15% of UK households can get it.
That said, it’s hands-down the best connection there is. And the government have promised to spend big on getting more of us connected.
You can get cheap deals from 30 Mbps, but Full-Fibre is really for the very highest speeds – over 1,000 Mbps is possible.
How do I find out what’s included with broadband deals?
We’ve already found out everything there is to know about the internet offers listed on BroadbandDeals.co.uk.
After entering your postcode, you’ll see a full list of the deals available in your area. Each deal can be expanded by clicking the ‘more info’ button – for the most accurate broadband comparison, this is essential!
How much does it really cost?
You can see a full breakdown of all the costs involved in the ‘more info’ section of our broadband offers.
We show you both up-front and monthly fees, including line-rental.
You can also compare broadband deals based on the cost of a full year of service. This can offer a more accurate idea of the price differences.
Our ‘Bottom Line’ let’s you know exactly how much you’ll pay, and for how long, so you can choose a broadband deal with confidence.
But cost isn’t all there is to a broadband service…
Let’s talk hardware – what about the wifi?
We know you need the full picture before choosing a broadband provider, so we include detailed information on wifi routers with each deal. The router can make a big difference to the broadband speed you get, so it’s worth looking into.
All providers include a free router, but they’re not always the best quality. If you need lightning-fast gigabit wifi, then you may want to factor in the cost of an upgraded router.
More more more… That’s how we like it at BroadbandDeals.co.uk
We believe you can never have too much information when making a decision on how to spend your hard-earned cash.
If you want to see broadband bundles that include TV, then we have you covered with a full channel list. If you’re a home phone user, then we can show you the exact call charges with each broadband and calls bundle.
Our broadband comparison tool has loads of handy filters, meaning you can really narrow things down. So, if you’re looking for an unlimited fibre broadband deal that also includes a subscription to the Disney Channel and unlimited landline calls – there’s a filter for that!
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