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Cheapest broadband deals April 2014

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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
    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

    Exclusive £5 for the first 3 months & Free Installation

    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: £33.91
    • First year cost: £391.38
    • Lifetime cost: £610.32
    • 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 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
    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
    50Mb Broadband & Inclusive Weekend Calls
    Virgin Media
    • Up to 50Mb fibre optic broadband
    • Unlimited download allowance
    • Free weekend calls
    • 12 months half price broadband
    • Free Installation

    12 months half price broadband & Free Installation

    50Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    fair use policy
    3Mb
    up to
    Free
    save £49.95
    £7.75
    £15.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £26.32
    • First year cost: £284.88
    • Lifetime cost: £473.82
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Weekend Calls
    BT
    • BT Sport app and online player
    • Up to 16Mbps unlimited broadband
    • 2GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
    • £8 off for 6 months
    • £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    £8 off for 6 months & £25 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    16Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £8
    £16 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.99 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £29.32
    • First year cost: £335.88
    • Lifetime cost: £527.82
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Fibre Broadband Unlimited & Weekend Calls
    EE
    • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
    • Unlimited monthly download usage
    • Inclusive weekend calls
    • 6 Months Half Price
    • Half price installation

    6 Months Half Price & Half price installation

    38Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    10Mb
    up to
    £25
    save £25
    £8
    £16 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.40 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £25
    • Average monthly: £30.12
    • First year cost: £353.80
    • Lifetime cost: £542.20
    • 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

    Buyers guide to cheap broadband

    You may be tempted to choose the cheapest broadband deal you can find, but is it always the right thing to do? Focussing exclusively on cost could leave you stuck with a package that isn’t right for your needs – which in turn could lead to frustration, being left out of pocket or even worse, without broadband at all.

    Our guide explores everything you need to consider when comparing cheap broadband packages including usage limits, extra charges and limitations so you can find the best deal without any nasty surprises.

    Why choose the cheapest broadband?

    Cheap broadband packages are aimed at consumers that require a basic service at the lowest possible price. Bargain broadband packages often lack some of the features of more expensive options, but for general browsing and emailing they will usually suffice.

    Cheaper broadband packages are less suitable if you're a serious internet user, especially if you download lots of music and streaming movies, on-demand TV, or if you share the connection with your family.

    How to choose the right package

    Don’t fall for false economy when comparing the cheapest broadband deals. It’s vital that you look beyond the cost to understand all of the features and limitations of each package to make sure that the one you choose will be suitable for your needs.

    If you purchase a package with a slower connection speed this can lead to problems when everyone in your home is online at the same time, and if you choose a low usage allowance you may find yourself being penalised for overuse.

    Take the time to think about your online habits and make sure you focus your search on packages that can deliver the service you need at the lowest possible price.

    Download speeds

    Lower broadband speeds are okay for browsing the web and other lightweight tasks, but for downloading movies and playing online console games a higher speed is preferable.

    The download speed you’ll get will depend upon your location and the broadband technology you’re using. Use our postcode checker at the top of this page to find out your estimated line speed, as this will give you a realistic idea of the actual speed you'll get – and you should ignore the speeds quoted by the providers.

    Usage limits

    The cheapest broadband packages often have a lower monthly usage allowance than more expensive options. This is fine if your online activities are limited to browsing and social networking, but they won’t be as suitable for more demanding tasks.

    Going over your usage limit more than once can result in a fine, a slowing of your download speed for the rest of the month or an automatic upgrade to a more expensive package with a higher or unlimited allowance.

    To help you work out the monthly usage limit you’ll need bear in mind that with a 10GB package you could download:

    • 10 standard definition movies, or
    • 15 hours of BBC iPlayer programmes, or
    • 2,500 MP3s

    Keep an eye out for the use of a fair usage policy that limits the amount of data you can download each month, and the use of traffic management that can see some activities slowed down during peak times - which may well be when you need your connection to be at its best.

    Line rental & other costs

    With the exception of Virgin Media broadband only packages you’ll need an active landline and to pay line rental. Having a new line connected can cost £100 or more, while having an old line reactivated can cost as much as £50. If either situation applies to you we recommend keeping an eye out for deals that include free or reduced connection or reconnection.

    Line rental can add up to an extra £15.99 onto your monthly broadband bill, but the good news is that many providers offer a discounted Line Rental Saver scheme. You’ll pay a full year’s line rental in advance with your credit or debit card, and save yourself £40 a year or more depending on the provider.

    Keep an eye out for installation and/or activation charges that are often applied to the cheapest broadband deals in order to keep the monthly cost down, as are surcharges for paper bills and non-Direct Debit payments.

    Six essential questions before you buy

    1. Have I carefully considered how I will be using my broadband?
    2. Have I selected the most appropriate monthly usage allowance?
    3. Have I taken line rental into account?
    4. Are there any other charges such as for installation or activation?
    5. Will I need to switch my line rental?
    6. How long will I be tied into my contract?

    Switching

    When switching from one provider to another it’s important to request your MAC code, as doing so will not only to ease the transition of service but also help you avoid a fine from your current ISP. Not every provider levies such a fee but it’s definitely worth being safe rather than sorry.

    Call the relevant number from the list below to request your MAC code:

    • 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

    Most budget providers will insist on you switching your landline when you take up their broadband and you should check if this is going to be the case. Don’t worry, the provider will handle the whole switching process and they can usually transfer your phone number too.

    The limitations of the cheapest broadband deals

    Broadband is one of those things where you get what you pay for. With the cheapest packages you may not get as good a service as you would if you were willing to spend a little more each month, and you might have to pay for your wireless router.

    If something goes wrong you may have to deal with a call centre outside the UK, which can lead to problems due to the language barrier. And if your service goes down altogether it’s unlikely that your issues will be given much priority, which can result in weeks without broadband.

    Also make sure you know how long you’ll be tied into the contract for your new broadband package as leaving early can result in fines for early termination. In a nutshell, if you can’t commit to the full length of the stated minimum term you shouldn’t be tempted to sign up.

    The bottom line is to make sure you know what you’re getting into when you sign up for cheap broadband, and to understand all of the limitations that can accompany budget options. If you do there’s little reason why you shouldn’t be one of the millions of consumers who subscribe to cheap broadband without any problems.

    Comments (1)

    Paul
    10th February 2014

    I have been at with BT 26 years now and want to change to a cheaper company,one with the cheapest monthly cost for a landline and truly unlimtied broadband,I dont need a really fast speed as only one person will be using it for the odd viewing of youtube video's,and face book sessions,and i dont really download much.also call prices for landline are not a problem as there will be little usage.i just want the cheapest way possible per month for my requirements.even a super market deal will be ok.also if possible a company that will sort out the early cancellation of my BT contract.as i have been robbed for long enough. any advice would be appreciated.

    Paul

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