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Broadband Lite & Weekend Calls for Existing Customers
Sky
  • Existing Sky TV customers only
  • Free 17Mbps broadband
  • Free weekend calls

    17Mb
    up to
    2GB
    usage limit
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £66.95
    one-off-fee
    £0
    per monthprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £66.95
    • Average monthly: £20.98
    • First year cost: £251.75
    • Lifetime cost: £251.75
    • 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
      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+ £14.90 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £7.95
      • Average monthly: £18.68
      • First year cost: £222.75
      • Lifetime cost: £336.15
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
      Broadband & Weekend Calls
      EE
      • Up to 17Mb broadband
      • Unlimited download usage
      • Inclusive weekend calls
      • £2.50 for the first 12 months

      £2.50 for the first 12 months

      17Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      traffic mgmt
      1Mb
      up to
      Free
      of charge
      £2.50
      £9.95 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.75 line rental12 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: Free
      • Average monthly: £18.25
      • First year cost: £219
      • Lifetime cost: £219
      • Contract length: 12
      Price details
      Unlimited Broadband with Weekends Calls
      Plusnet
      • Up to 17Mb broadband
      • Unlimited usage allowance
      • Inclusive weekend calls
      • £2.50 for 12 months
      • Free Activation

      £2.50 for 12 months & Free Activation

      17Mb
      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
      Broadband Unlimited & Weekend Calls Upgrade
      Sky
      • Existing Sky TV customers only
      • Unlimited 17Mbps broadband
      • 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
      £3.75
      £7.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental12 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £6.95
      • Average monthly: £19.73
      • First year cost: £236.75
      • Lifetime cost: £236.75
      • Contract length: 12
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      Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Eve & Weekend Calls
      Plusnet
      • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
      • Unlimited usage allowance
      • Eve & weekend calls
      • Free Activation Save £50
      • £11.24 off for 6 Months

      Free Activation Save £50 & £11.24 off for 6 Months

      38Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      traffic mgmt
      19Mb
      up to
      £5.99
      save £50
      £3.75
      £14.99 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £5.99
      • Average monthly: £27.53
      • First year cost: £309.83
      • Lifetime cost: £495.47
      • Contract length: 18
      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
      • £8 off For 12 Months

      £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £8 off For 12 Months

      17Mb
      up to
      10GB
      usage limit
      1Mb
      up to
      Free
      of charge
      £5
      £13 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental12 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: Free
      • Average monthly: £14.74
      • First year cost: £176.88
      • Lifetime cost: £176.88
      • 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
      • £80 Sainsbury's Gift Card
      • £10 off for 6 months

      £80 Sainsbury's Gift Card & £10 off for 6 months

      38Mb
      up to
      20GB
      usage limit
      9.5Mb
      up to
      £30
      one-off-fee
      £5
      £15 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £30
      • Average monthly: £22.38
      • First year cost: £216.88
      • Lifetime cost: £402.82
      • 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
      Unlimited Broadband Max with Anytime Calls
      Primus Saver
      • Up to 15Mb broadband
      • Unlimited monthly download
      • Inclusive anytime calls
      • £2 off for 6 months

      £2 off for 6 months

      15Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      fair use policy
      1Mb
      up to
      £7.95
      one-off-fee
      £5
      £7 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £7.95
      • Average monthly: £22.18
      • First year cost: £264.75
      • Lifetime cost: £399.15
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
      Plus Fibre Medium Upgrade
      TalkTalk
      • Existing TalkTalk Plus customers only
      • Price excludes any existing TalkTalk costs
      • Up to 38Mb broadband
      • Totally unlimited monthly usage
      • 6 Months 1/2 Price Fibre Broadband

      6 Months 1/2 Price Fibre Broadband

      38Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      truly unlimited
      2Mb
      up to
      £30
      one-off-fee
      £5
      £10 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental24 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £30
      • Average monthly: £25.95
      • First year cost: £311.40
      • Lifetime cost: £622.80
      • Contract length: 24
      Price details
      Essentials Fibre Medium Upgrade
      TalkTalk
      • Existing TalkTalk Essentials customers only
      • Price excludes any existing TalkTalk costs
      • Up to 38Mb broadband
      • Totally unlimited monthly usage
      • 6 Months 1/2 Price Fibre Broadband

      6 Months 1/2 Price Fibre Broadband

      38Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      truly unlimited
      2Mb
      up to
      £30
      one-off-fee
      £5
      £10 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental24 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £30
      • Average monthly: £25.95
      • First year cost: £311.40
      • Lifetime cost: £622.80
      • Contract length: 24
      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

      Exclusive £5 for the first 3 months & Free Installation

      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: £33.91
      • First year cost: £391.38
      • Lifetime cost: £610.32
      • 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
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      What you need to know

      • Prices last checked and verified 7th August 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 (58)

      john b
      21 hours ago

      been customer of aol for about ten years and over the speed has got slower and slower ,i thought with the progress the speed would have improved ,i do not think there is anyone tells you the truth about the speed you get they all say up to but not one will tell you the slowest speed you should recieve.you pay for up to 8mb and you never recieve above 4mb so is that not false trading if iwas a garage and charged you for 8 gallons and gave you les than 4 i would be up in court so why do these companies get way with it

      MC Boyle
      18 days ago

      My latest BT contract , dated June , includes an estimated download speed of 16mb. I live 0.1 miles from the exchange and yet the highest download speed recorded in the last month is 8mb. For 90% of the time it is between 0.2 and 0.3mb - Honestly ! It reminds me of dial-up. Advertised standard broad speeds are pure fiction and I think I have been mis-sold a contract by BT.

      Reidofloch
      16th July 2014

      I ran a speed test on my current Plustnet conection (0.46mb Up and 0.18mb Down) and then compared it to the list of suppiers shown above. The only supplier that is being frank about their connection speed is the Post Office. The rest are all offering speeds that are unobtainable in this area.

      I live within a third of a mile of the main BT Exchange but local people tell me that not even BT customers can receive a decent speed within the Town area and most people out in the sticks are in 'Notspots'.

      It is time that BT did a little bit of digital extraction and got the speeds boosted even if it costs them some money to do so.

      kevin
      15th July 2014

      If I move from virgin to ee for broadband and phone do I need to change my e-mail address. Saleman on phone said don't need to but after looking online seems will have to within few months as vigin will will close it down.

      cliff y
      15th July 2014

      as an update, i've made some complaints and posted my thoughts on talktalk on the internet, my speed issues seem to be improving, the loss of service, i will post later, my speed is topping 17.5M/s for now,

      cliff y
      14th July 2014

      don't use talktalk, if you want to use on demand services, update your computer or stream you tube, it's a joke when I was with bt and ee (orange home broadband) i hardly ever lost my service, since switching to talktalk, exactly the same setup, i'm lucky if i can make it through the day without losing my service half a dozen times. strange how my neighbour, who is also with talktalk doesn't lose his service at the same time. don't believe the adverts where they say they'll never slow you down, they do, as shown by them signing the ofcom code of practices on broadband speed. I was converting hash tags 24/7, but after reading the code of practices i stopped during peak times, this has made no difference to my speed from 18->19.5 M/s, to around 7 M/s, if i'm lucky. don't sign to talktalk they'll charge you for a service you won't receive.

      Eddie
      6th July 2014

      I have just signed a contract with sky to provide me with fibiroptic broadband with speed of 40mbps minimum of 38mbps. From your tests sky don't seem to have firbiroptic in my area never mind supply. The contract is for 18 months. Please advice me Thanks Edward

      William Fisher
      29th June 2014

      Looking forward to infinity!

      mike
      22nd June 2014

      post office review seems a little off the mark. been with them 6 years at very reasonable rates and no forced direct debits. speed is a healthy 8MB/s down and 1MBs up which is as good as it gets here. No capping I have even noticed on my unlimited bandwidth (I dont use torrents) Service ...only had to call twice in 6 years (local line problem which is BT responsibility anyway) and fast helpful response. Free bundled calls make the whole deal hard to beat.

      16th June 2014

      Hi Sue

      Thanks for your question. Our top tips for making your broadband faster should help, let us know how you get on :)

      Hannah - Cable.co.uk

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