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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
Price details
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
    Essentials Broadband with Weekend Calls
    Plusnet
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • 10GB usage allowance
    • Inclusive Weekend calls
    • £4 off for 12 months
    • Free Activation

    £4 off for 12 months & Free Activation

    16Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £5.99
    save £25
    £1.99
    £5.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £14.50 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £5.99
    • Average monthly: £18.16
    • First year cost: £203.87
    • Lifetime cost: £326.81
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Broadband & Weekend Calls
    EE
    • Up to 17Mb broadband
    • Unlimited download usage
    • Inclusive weekend calls
    • 12 Months less than half price

    12 Months less than half price

    17Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £2
    £6 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £17.40
    • First year cost: £208.80
    • Lifetime cost: £208.80
    • Contract length: 12
    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

    Only £2 for 6 months

    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: £18.28
    • First year cost: £217.95
    • Lifetime cost: £328.95
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Weekends Calls
    Plusnet
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • Unlimited usage allowance
    • Inclusive weekend calls
    • £3.25 for 12 months
    • Free Activation

    £3.25 for 12 months & Free Activation

    16Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £5.99
    save £25
    £3.25
    £9.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £14.50 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £5.99
    • Average monthly: £20.33
    • First year cost: £218.99
    • Lifetime cost: £365.93
    • 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
    • £50 Credit When You Buy Online

    Exclusive £5 for the first 3 months, Free Installation & £50 Credit When You Buy Online

    100Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    fair use policy
    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
    Broadband Extra with Weekend Calls
    BT
    • BT Sport app & online player, BT NetProtect Plus
    • Up to 16Mbps broadband plus weekend calls
    • 10GB usage, 2GB BT Cloud
    • £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card
    • 6 Months Half Price Broadband

    £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card & 6 Months Half Price Broadband

    16Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £6
    £12 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £25.99
    • First year cost: £299.88
    • Lifetime cost: £467.82
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Broadband & Anytime Mobile
    EE
    • Up to 17Mb broadband
    • Unlimited download usage
    • UK landline & mobile calls
    • 3 Months Free Calls

    3 Months Free Calls

    17Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £6
    £11 after 3 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £25.15
    • First year cost: £301.80
    • Lifetime cost: £301.80
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Essentials Broadband with Anytime Calls
    Plusnet
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • 10GB monthly usage
    • Inclusive anytime calls
    • £4 off for 12 months
    • Free Activation

    £4 off for 12 months & Free Activation

    16Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £5.99
    save £25
    £6.99
    £10.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £14.50 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £5.99
    • Average monthly: £23.16
    • First year cost: £263.87
    • Lifetime cost: £416.81
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Broadband with 10GB with Weekend Calls
    Post Office
    • Up to 8Mb broadband
    • 10GB download allowance
    • Inclusive weekend calls
    • £50 Bill Credit

    £50 Bill Credit

    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: £15.83
    • First year cost: £190
    • Lifetime cost: £190
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
    Tesco
    • Up to 14Mb broadband
    • Unlimited monthly usage
    • Inclusive anytime calls
    • £7 for 12 Months

    £7 for 12 Months

    14Mb
    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
    Broadband with Unlimited Weekend Calls
    BT
    • BT Sport app and online player
    • Up to 16Mbps broadband, weekend calls
    • 10GB usage, 2GB BT Cloud
    • £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card
    • £2.50 off For 6 Months

    £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £2.50 off For 6 Months

    16Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £7.50
    £10 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £25.16
    • First year cost: £296.88
    • Lifetime cost: £452.82
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Fibre Broadband Unlimited with Weekend Calls
    Sky
    • Up to 38Mb broadband
    • Truly unlimited monthly usage
    • Inclusive weekend calls
    • £12.50 off for 6 Months
    • £25 M&S Voucher
    • Free Installation

    £12.50 off for 6 Months, £25 M&S Voucher & Free Installation

    38Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    10Mb
    up to
    £6.95
    save £50
    £7.50
    £20 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £6.95
    • Average monthly: £31.62
    • First year cost: £356.75
    • Lifetime cost: £569.15
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
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    What you need to know

    • Prices last checked and verified 16th April 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

    How to compare and buy broadband

    Whether you’re switching providers, moving house or looking for your very first broadband service, it helps to look at as many deals as possible to find the right one. Our compare broadband page enables you to do just that, providing quick and clear comparison by price, speed and usage limit.

    Choosing the right broadband package

    What type of user broadband user are you?

    There are broadband packages to suit every type of internet user, whether you send the occasional email or spend hours watching catch-up TV. It’s important to choose the right package from the outset to avoid paying for more than you need, or incurring extra charges if the service is insufficient.

    The right broadband package for you will be determined by:

    • What broadband is available in your area
    • What you like to do online
    • How many other people will share your connection
    • Your budget

    What important considerations are there?

    Is broadband available in your area?

    The broadband options available to you will depend on where you live. Standard broadband is available to up to 99% of UK homes and businesses, whereas the newer and faster alternative, fibre broadband, is still in rollout phase with approximately 50-60% UK coverage (depending on the provider). It’s easy to check availability using our postcode checker, which will help to narrow down your options and show what kind of speeds you can expect.

    What do the advertised speeds mean?

    All online activity uses a portion of electronic data and broadband speed indicates the time it takes to send this data to and from your computer. It is measured in megabits per second (Mbps, Mbit/s or just Mb) and providers currently market download speeds from 14Mbps to 152Mbps. Broadband speeds are advertised ‘up to’ a certain level because the actual speed you can receive varies throughout the country.

    How much speed you need depends both on what you use it for and how many users there are in your household. A house full of people who regularly stream or download movies and TV, for example, demands the fastest package you can afford, while at the other end of the scale, simply browsing the web from time to time will see you get by with very little.

    How much should you spend?

    Broadband has never been cheaper and there’s a deal to suit every budget. Prices start from just £1.20 per month but you’ll need to factor in the additional cost of line rental, which averages £15 per month. As you’d expect, basic no-frills packages are the cheapest and the monthly cost increases as you opt for faster packages with unlimited downloads and extra perks. It’s also important to look at set-up costs when comparing deals by price.

    Do you need an unlimited broadband deal, or will a capped package suffice?

    Broadband services come with a usage allowance that determines what you can do online throughout the month. The choices are generally 10GB, 20GB, 40GB, 100GB and unlimited. If you exceed your limit, you might incur penalties such as extra charges or a reduction in speed, so heavy users are advised to opt for unlimited plans. However, even unlimited plans can come with restrictions, such as a ‘fair usage’ cap in the small print, or traffic management policy. To avoid this, look out for truly unlimited services.

    What is meant by 'traffic management'?

    Broadband networks can get congested at peak times (evenings and weekends) so some providers operate policies to control the flow of traffic. Policies vary but the general goal is to limit the actions of excessive users to ensure optimum internet performance for everyone else. Restrictions can involve speeds being throttled for one to two hours, or even until the next billing period.

    Which extra features should you look for?

    Basic broadband is great for those of us on a budget but if you’re happy to spend a little more, there are premium services that offer some useful extra features. These include unlimited free Wi-Fi at public hotspots, internet security software, parental controls and provider exclusives, such as BT Sport.

    What if you need to cancel a contract?

    Most broadband plans require you to sign up to a contract and lengths vary from 12 to 24 months. Make sure you pick the right one for your circumstances, as you’re likely to face charges if you cancel before the end. If you move house during the contract period and the provider doesn’t cover your new address, you could also face cancellation fees.

    When should you consider a bundle?

    You should check the bundled home phone options

    Because the vast majority of broadband plans include a home phone service and require you to pay line rental each month. You’ll often get a basic weekend calls package as standard, and have the option to upgrade to include evenings, anytime or international calls. Virgin Media is the only provider that offers broadband without a phone line.

    Bundles often work out cheaper if you need broadband, phone and TV

    If you’re considering a subscription TV service it makes sense to take a broadband, TV and phone package from the same provider. It’s often cheaper than buying separately, with the added benefits of one bill and a single point of contact to fix any problems.

    All about speed – what those numbers mean to you

    What speed do you need?

    The faster your broadband connection, the faster web pages will load and the quicker you’ll be able to download files like movies, music and photos. A fast connection leads to a more seamless online experience but top speeds are not necessary for everyone.

    The heavier your internet use, the more Mbps you need

    If you’re only going to be using your broadband for browsing the web and using sites like Facebook you probably won’t see a huge benefit from spending more on a faster package. However, if you’re going to be downloading large files such as movies and HD content or sharing your broadband with family or housemates you should look for the faster options in your area.

    Upload speeds increasingly matter, especially if you store files in the cloud

    Providers heavily market their download speeds as we all consume more data than we share, but upload speeds are increasingly important too. If you regularly share videos and photos online, play multi-player games and VoIP call (eg. Skype), pay close attention to upload speeds when comparing deals. The average upload speed is currently 2.3Mbps, according to Ofcom.

    Further, if you use cloud storage utilities such as Dropbox or iCloud, a decent upload speed is essential. Slower uploads will mean having to wait an age for your file transfers to complete.

    What kind of user are you?

    Light users tend to browse and not much else

    Those who browse websites occasionally for research, online shopping and catching up with emails and social media will find a low usage allowance around 10GB to 20GB sufficient for your needs.

    Medium users also watch TV and movies from time to time

    If you browse the web every day and stream on-demand TV shows and download music every week then a medium usage allowance around 40GB would probably suit you better.

    Heavy users download and stream – often in HD – every day

    If you regularly download HD movies and large game files, or if you’re going to be sharing your broadband connection with family or housemates then a 100GB or unlimited usage allowance may prove to be essential.

    How much is 1GB of data?

    To help you work out the right usage allowance, consider that each GB of your usage allowance will let you download roughly...

    • 1 movie in Standard Definition
    • 1-1.5 hours of BBC iPlayer shows
    • 200-250 MP3 music files
    • 1,000 photographs

    What's the difference between ADSL and fibre broadband?

    ADSL is delivered via your standard, copper phone wire

    Standard ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) broadband is delivered via copper telephone lines and download speeds average 8.7Mbps, according to Ofcom. It is the widest available broadband option in the country but speeds reduce the further you live from your local exchange.

    Fibre optic is much, much faster, but not everyone can get it

    Fibre broadband meanwhile, delivers broadband through fibre optic cables and averages download speeds of 47Mbps. Distance is less of an issue, but since the fibre networks are still in development, limited availability means not everyone can get it yet. It’s also more expensive than ADSL broadband.

    How to switch from your existing provider

    In most cases you'll need a home phone line

    Most broadband services require you to take one of their home phone services too (and it often makes financial sense), so be sure to ask about transferring your phone number.

    You may need a MAC code

    If you're switching broadband provider you may need to contact your current provider to obtain your MAC code. This will help to minimise disruption and avoid loss of service as you move between providers.

    To get one, you'll need to call your provider

    You can request your MAC code by calling the relevant number for your provider from the list below:

    • AOL 0844 499 5555
    • Be 0808 101 3425
    • BT 0800 328 6738
    • Eclipse 0845 1224 111
    • O2 0800 230 0202
    • Orange 0844 873 8586
    • Plusnet 0800 432 0200 or 0345 140 0200
    • Post Office 0845 600 3210
    • Primus Saver 0800 036 3839
    • Sky 08442 411 653
    • TalkTalk 0870 444 1820
    • Tesco 0845 650 8000
    • Virgin Media 0845 454 2222

    Six essential questions before you buy

    We're nearly there

    Now you’re almost ready to compare broadband deals, ask yourself these quick questions so you’re fully armed with all the facts to make an informed decision.

    1. Can you receive traditional cable broadband?
    2. Have you worked out whether mobile broadband could be a cheaper option?
    3. Do you want to buy or rent your kit?
    4. How long do you plan on keeping satellite signal for?
    5. Do you live in a country that can receive the satellite signal?
    6. Will Tooway’s data allowance be enough for your needs?

    Current average UK speeds by provider

    Comments (41)

    tracy
    17th March 2014

    i have just moved to le9 7sn keeps coming up postcode not recognised. The address is registered with Royal Mail what is my best option?

    pete
    28th February 2014

    Useful site, shame about the pitiful state of broadband provision in this country though. 1Mbps? BT, thanks for keeping us yokels in the digital third world.

    Louis
    27th February 2014

    Great site, helpful and informative!

    26th February 2014

    Hi John

    Thanks - we're glad you like it!

    We publish impartial reviews on all providers - but which provider is right for you depends on your needs. For example, if you're looking for the cheapest broadband options then this guide lists the top deals for February. If you want the fastest broadband then this guide will tell you who provides the top speeds.

    Let me know if you have any questions about finding the best provider.

    Hannah - Cable.co.uk

    John
    25th February 2014

    Very fantastic site. I am moving to Runcorn for a new job. I found a house (post code WA7 5SU) and I will need an Internet broadband, TV, Phone package. I am wondering which provider will be best for me for a good package or which individual providers do I have to go for. Thanks.

    10th February 2014

    Hi Paul

    Sorry to hear you're experiencing slow broadband, click here to read our tips and tricks for making your broadband faster.

    Hannah - Cable.co.uk

    10th February 2014

    Hi Ash

    Glad you like our site! If you pop your postcode and telephone number in the box at the top of this page you can see if fibre broadband is available. If it's not, just sign up here and we'll send you an email once it's arrived in your area.

    Hannah - Cable.co.uk

    Richard
    10th February 2014

    I just moved to the Bridgend area Cf32 (South Wales) and I want to know whats the best available Broadband available. Any ideas whats the best available provider out there and speeds?

    paul
    3rd February 2014

    hi .have got sky package and my speed is 8124mb but when i try to download a film of 2hrs it takes 7.5 hrs how can i speed this up at ka66qa

    Ash
    11th January 2014

    Our internet connection at LE8 4DH is diabolical, we're with bt total broadband and it's more like dial up, do you know when fibre optic will be available or am I going to have to move house? Also great website and really useful :) Thanks in advance. Ash

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