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Broadband 20GB with Evening & Weekend Calls
Primus Saver
  • Up to 15Mb broadband
  • 20GB download allowance
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • £1.20 for 12 months

£1.20 for 12 months

15Mb
up to
20GB
usage limit
1Mb
up to
£7.95
one-off-fee
£1.20
£2.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £13.99 line rental12 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £7.95
  • Average monthly: £15.85
  • First year cost: £190.23
  • Lifetime cost: £190.23
  • Contract length: 12
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Broadband Unlimited with Evening & Weekend Calls
Direct Save Telecom
  • Up to 14Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls

    14Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    fair use policy
    & traffic mgmt
    1Mb
    up to
    £24.95
    one-off-fee
    £1.95
    per monthprice details+ £15.75 line rental24 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £24.95
    • Average monthly: £18.74
    • First year cost: £237.35
    • Lifetime cost: £449.75
    • Contract length: 24
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
    Primus Saver
    • Up to 15Mb broadband
    • Unlimited monthly download
    • Evening & weekend calls
    • Only £2 for 6 months
    • £15 Credit on your first bill

    Only £2 for 6 months & £15 Credit on your first bill

    15Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    fair use policy
    1Mb
    up to
    £7.95
    one-off-fee
    £2
    £4 after 6 mthsprice details+ £14.50 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £7.95
    • Average monthly: £17.44
    • First year cost: £202.95
    • Lifetime cost: £313.95
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband
    Tesco
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • Unlimited monthly usage
    • Collect Clubcard points on every bill
    • £4 off for 12 Months

    £4 off for 12 Months

    16Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    fair use policy
    0.4Mb
    up to
    £6
    one-off-fee
    £2
    £6 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £6
    • Average monthly: £17.90
    • First year cost: £214.80
    • Lifetime cost: £214.80
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Weekends Calls
    Plusnet
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • Unlimited usage allowance
    • Inclusive weekend calls
    • £2.50 for 12 months
    • Free Activation

    £2.50 for 12 months & Free Activation

    16Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £5.99
    save £25
    £2.50
    £9.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £5.99
    • Average monthly: £18.95
    • First year cost: £227.39
    • Lifetime cost: £227.39
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    SimplyBroadband
    TalkTalk
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • Totally unlimited monthly usage
    • No calls included, pay for what you use
    • Free Connection

    Free Connection

    16Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    save £30
    £3.50
    per monthprice details+ £15.95 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £19.45
    • First year cost: £233.40
    • Lifetime cost: £233.40
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Broadband with Unlimited Weekend Calls
    BT
    • BT Sport app and online player
    • Up to 17Mbps broadband, weekend calls
    • 10GB usage, 5GB BT Cloud
    • £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card
    • £5 off For 6 Months
    • Cable Exclusive £40 next voucher

    £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card, £5 off For 6 Months & Cable Exclusive £40 next voucher

    17Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £5
    £10 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £22.10
    • First year cost: £241.88
    • Lifetime cost: £397.82
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Broadband Unlimited & Weekend Calls
    Sky
    • Up to 17Mbps broadband
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Free weekend calls
    • 12 Months Half Price Broadband
    • £25 M&S Voucher

    12 Months Half Price Broadband & £25 M&S Voucher

    17Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £6.95
    one-off-fee
    £5
    £10 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £6.95
    • Average monthly: £20.98
    • First year cost: £251.75
    • Lifetime cost: £251.75
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    100Mb Broadband and Inclusive Weekend Calls
    Virgin Media
    • Up to 100Mb unlimited broadband
    • Unlimited weekend calls
    • Virgin Media Super Hub
    • Exclusive £5 for the first 3 months
    • Free Installation
    • Order online for a further £50 off

    Exclusive £5 for the first 3 months, Free Installation & Order online for a further £50 off

    100Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    6Mb
    up to
    Free
    save £49.95
    £5
    £20.50 after 3 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £31.13
    • First year cost: £341.38
    • Lifetime cost: £560.32
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Fibre Broadband Unlimited & Weekend Calls
    EE
    • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
    • Unlimited downloads
    • Inclusive weekend calls
    • £14.95 off for 3 months
    • Half price installation

    £14.95 off for 3 months & Half price installation

    38Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    10Mb
    up to
    £25
    save £25
    £5
    £19.95 after 3 mthsprice details+ £15.75 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £25
    • Average monthly: £34.60
    • First year cost: £408.55
    • Lifetime cost: £622.75
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Broadband with 10GB with Weekend Calls
    Post Office
    • Up to 8Mb broadband
    • 10GB download allowance
    • Inclusive weekend calls

      8Mb
      up to
      10GB
      usage limit
      0.2Mb
      up to
      Free
      of charge
      £7
      per monthprice details+ £13 line rental12 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: Free
      • Average monthly: £20
      • First year cost: £240
      • Lifetime cost: £240
      • Contract length: 12
      Price details
      Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
      Tesco
      • Up to 16Mb broadband
      • Unlimited monthly usage
      • Inclusive anytime calls
      • £4 off for 12 Months

      £4 off for 12 Months

      16Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      fair use policy
      0.4Mb
      up to
      £6
      one-off-fee
      £7
      £11 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £6
      • Average monthly: £22.90
      • First year cost: £274.80
      • Lifetime cost: £274.80
      • Contract length: 12
      Price details
      Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
      Plusnet
      • Up to 16Mb broadband
      • Unlimited usage allowance
      • Inclusive anytime calls
      • £7.50 for 12 months
      • Free Activation

      £7.50 for 12 months & Free Activation

      16Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      traffic mgmt
      1.3Mb
      up to
      £5.99
      save £25
      £7.50
      £14.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental12 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £5.99
      • Average monthly: £23.95
      • First year cost: £287.39
      • Lifetime cost: £287.39
      • Contract length: 12
      Price details
      Infinity 1 Broadband with Weekend Calls
      BT
      • BT Sport app and online player
      • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 20GB usage
      • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
      • £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card
      • 6 Months Half Price Broadband
      • Cable Exclusive £40 next voucher

      £50 Sainsbury's Gift Card, 6 Months Half Price Broadband & Cable Exclusive £40 next voucher

      38Mb
      up to
      20GB
      usage limit
      2Mb
      up to
      £30
      one-off-fee
      £7.50
      £15 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £30
      • Average monthly: £26.82
      • First year cost: £296.88
      • Lifetime cost: £482.82
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
      Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Eve & Weekend Calls
      Plusnet
      • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
      • Unlimited usage allowance
      • Eve & weekend calls
      • Free Activation Save £50
      • £7.49 off for 9 months

      Free Activation Save £50 & £7.49 off for 9 months

      38Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      traffic mgmt
      19Mb
      up to
      £5.99
      save £50
      £7.50
      £14.99 after 9 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £5.99
      • Average monthly: £27.53
      • First year cost: £309.86
      • Lifetime cost: £495.50
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
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      What you need to know

      • Prices last checked and verified 22nd July 2014
      • Broadband speeds may vary
      • Monthly costs exclude line rental unless indicated
      • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
      • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract

      Broadband in Scotland

      Broadband in Scotland is available in a number of different types. The availability of the fastest broadband packages in Scotland, especially fibre optic broadband, can suffer as a result of the large area that Scotland covers, and how sparsely populated many areas of the country are.

      Broadband providers in Scotland

      There are several different providers that operate in Scotland, with some being more active in certain areas of the country than in others. Probably the most widely available broadband provider in Scotland is BT, as it is BT's phone network that has connected the towns and cities of Scotland for generations. In some areas of Scotland, broadband is also provided by many of the other big names in UK fixed line broadband including Sky, O2, Orange, TalkTalk, Plusnet and Tesco.

      Broadband availability in Scotland

      To find out exactly which broadband providers operate in your area of Scotland you should use our postcode checker at the top of this page. Once you do we’ll show you a list of all the different broadband providers and packages that you have to choose from, and we’ll also be able to give you a good idea of the actual broadband speed you’ll be able to enjoy in your home.

      Broadband reach issues in Scotland

      One of the principal problems with providing broadband in Scotland is what is known as ‘broadband reach’. Simply put, homes that are more than a few miles from the local exchange aren’t able to receive traditional broadband that is transmitted along the existing telephone network. This is because as the length of the copper wire that connects the home to the exchange increases so the speed and reliability of the connection decreases.

      Residents in many rural areas of Scotland will often find that their homes suffer from broadband reach problems, and they will be unable to receive anything approaching a reliable broadband service over their phone line. Unfortunately as these areas are also, by their nature, sparsely populated, it is very unlikely that a fibre optic broadband will have reached them.

      Mobile Broadband in Scotland

      In some areas, Scottish broadband is only available at very low speeds while, in others, fixed line broadband is not available at all. These areas suffer from exactly the same issue with rural broadband that are experienced by village residents across the rest of the UK. As so many of Scotland's residents live in areas with broadband reach issues, and/or in such sparsely populated areas, consumers’ best option for Internet access may actually be mobile broadband.

      Users with a mobile broadband account use a mobile broadband dongle to access broadband via the mobile phone network. These dongles come in two basic forms. The first, and most well established type of dongle, is a plug-and-play device that slots into a computer’s USB port. The second, and newer, type of dongle doesn’t connect directly to the computer, instead creating a localised Wi-Fi “hotspot” within a few metres of the dongle. The great thing about this kind of mobile broadband receiver is that it can work with devices that don’t have USB sockets, such as some tablet computers including the iPad.

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      Fibre optic broadband in Scotland

      In cities and larger towns in Scotland fibre optic broadband may be available from Virgin Media, BT or Plusnet. To find out if you can get fibre optic broadband from any of these providers where you live just enter your postcode into our availability checker at the top of this page and then select “Fibre Optic” under the broadband type on the left hand side of our package filter.

      As with the rest of the UK, more often than not, fibre optic broadband is only available in the most densely populated areas such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. As Scotland has such a large surface area this means that the majority of Scottish residents cannot receive fibre optic broadband from any provider. One of the main exceptions to this is an area of western Scotland. In Dreghorn, Irvine, Kilmarnock and Troon a regional cable company, Smallworld, offers fibre optic broadband along with cable TV and home phone services.

      Comments (3)

      26th February 2014

      Hi Liz

      If you sign up here we'll drop you an email as soon as fibre broadband is available.

      Hannah - Cable.co.uk

      Liz Mowatt
      26th February 2014

      Hi - Fibre Optic cable was being laid down our road at the weekend but currently on-one has been notificed that this facility may be available to us in the future.

      Please could you advise

      sandro magro
      19th January 2014

      i will be living in Edinburgh for 7 months with a friend in a rented flat. we need broadband service for 2 laptops and 2 pay as you you go sims. which provider would give us the best offer. we will be arriving on the 14th of feb. thanks

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