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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+ £14.90 line rental18 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £7.95
    • Average monthly: £17.84
    • First year cost: £207.75
    • Lifetime cost: £321.15
    • Contract length: 18
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    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
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    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
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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
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    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
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    Broadband Unlimited & Anytime UK Calls
    Sky
    • Up to 17Mbps broadband
    • Unlimited monthly usage
    • Unlimited anytime calls
    • 12 Months Free Broadband
    • £25 M&S Voucher

    12 Months Free Broadband & £25 M&S Voucher

    17Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £6.95
    one-off-fee
    £5
    £15 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
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    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
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    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
    Hyper-lite Broadband and Off Peak Calls
    Hyperoptic
    • Up to 20Mb unlimited broadband
    • Inclusive evening & weekend calls
    • Free wireless router
    • 6 months half price broadband

    6 months half price broadband

    20Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    fair use policy
    1Mb
    up to
    £40
    one-off-fee
    £6.25
    £12.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £12.50 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £40
    • Average monthly: £25.21
    • First year cost: £302.50
    • Lifetime cost: £302.50
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    SimplyBroadband with Anytime Calls
    TalkTalk
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • Totally unlimited monthly usage
    • Inclusive anytime UK calls
    • Free Connection
    • 12 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

    Free Connection & 12 months 1/2 price unlimited broadband

    16Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    save £30
    £6.75
    £8.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental12 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £22.70
    • First year cost: £272.40
    • Lifetime cost: £272.40
    • Contract length: 12
    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
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      What you need to know

      • Prices last checked and verified 21st 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 cheap broadband deals

      How do I compare different packages?

      Prices for broadband have steadily decreased since it became more widely available and generally regarded as a household essential. With a number of budget broadband providers coming onto the market offering cheaper broadband deals, competition is growing, so we’ve created this comparison page to help you navigate the choppy waters of budget broadband. The table can be ordered according to your preference by clicking on the column headers so, if finding the best speed is more important to you than the monthly cost, you can re-arrange the results.

      Availability

      Before you start to compare broadband, it’s best to see what’s available in your area. If you put your postcode into the checker at the top of the page it will limit your results to those that are available to you.

      Check the detail

      It’s easy to get drawn in by the sometimes shockingly low prices on offer from budget internet service providers (ISPs). Always check the detail of the package you’re interested in before diving headfirst into the cheapest broadband deal you can find.

      Make sure you know what you’re getting before you make your mind up

      Remember, not all broadband was created equally and you should read through a package’s details, fine print and terms and conditions thoroughly before you select your deal. Because we’re mainly looking at the cheaper end of the broadband market, there may be more limits imposed on you that could increase your bill in the long term – so make sure you know what you’re getting before you sign up for anything.

      Why choose a cheap broadband deal?

      So what are the benefits of opting for a budget broadband deal? Here are three things we think will appeal to those looking to make the switch.

      It’s cheaper than a cup of coffee

      Budget broadband is cheap; whether it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee depends on which package you opt for and where you buy your coffee from, but the bottom line is – it can still be pretty cheap. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that the prices you see on the comparison table do not include line rental, so you’ll need to take that into consideration.

      Simplicity means value

      If you subscribe to the idea that less is more, then a cheaper broadband deal might be perfect for you. Top-end packages tend to be crammed with extra features that may be superfluous to your requirements. Paying extra for public Wi-Fi, endless security apps and an all-singing, all-dancing wireless router are not good value for money if you’re only looking to send the occasional e-mail and order your shopping online once a week.

      You’ve got a better chance of receiving an ADSL line than a fibre optic one

      The majority of the budget services are carried on BT’s ADSL network, which means it has fairly good coverage throughout the UK. You can check the availability with the postcode checker at the top of this page but, fundamentally, these packages have better availability than those that use fibre optic technology.

      Pros & cons

      Pros

      • The budget packages are cheap
      • Simplicity means you only get what you need
      • ASDL is widely available

      Cons

      • Packages usually come with little or no extras
      • Cheap deals usually come with limited data
      • The routers supplied are usually fairly basic

      Which package is right for me?

      If you’re thinking about a picking up a broadband package from the cheaper end of the market, there are some things to take into consideration.

      The speed you receive is average for ADSL broadband

      You’ll notice that the top speed of the budget packages is around 14Mbps to 17Mbps, which is standard for ADSL broadband. The standard broadband speed is fast enough to do most things, such as sending e-mails, making video calls and streaming music and movies. As these are ‘up to’ speeds, you should also check what you’re actually likely to receive at your property using our broadband speed checker.

      Make sure you know the penalties for exceeding your data allowance

      Many of the cheapest broadband deals will come with data usage allowances, which shouldn’t cause a problem if you’re a particularly light user, but if you use the internet a lot, and use Wi-Fi for any of your devices, you may want to take this into account. If you do choose a package with a data allowance, make sure you know what happens if you exceed your limit; some providers impose charges for going over.

      If you find you’re running over more often than not, that great value deal might not seem as great as you first thought and you may want to consider a fibre optic broadband package instead.

      Make sure you know about all additional costs

      Internet service providers have had a bit of a race to the bottom where price is concerned, but the figure that the company shout about is not always the price you will pay monthly. The cost of line rental can fluctuate from provider to provider, and the price advertised may just be an amazing introductory offer, not the amount you will pay for the duration of your contract.

      What will I need?

      There are some things you’ll need if you want a cheap broadband deal.

      You may need to have a phone line installed at your address

      Depending on where you are and what is already installed at your address, you may need to have a phone line set up at your property. This may mean an engineer has to visit and extra charges will be levied.

      If you want to connect your wireless devices, you’ll need a wireless router

      If you have wireless devices, such as a mobile, a tablet, or a games console, that you want to connect to the internet, then you’ll need a wireless router. Luckily, all budget providers supply their customers with such a device which, while not being as technically complex as that of a more expensive provider, will get you up and running and do everything you want.

      How do I switch?

      After you’ve found out what’s available in your area and decided which package offers the best broadband deal for you, it’s time to contact the provider. It’s best to do this when your current contract has come to an end, as you’ll want to avoid any early termination charges.

      Contact your current provider to say you’re leaving

      Following that, you need to contact your current provider and tell the customer services team that you’re leaving. Chances are this will result in you being offered everything under the sun not to leave, but if your mind’s made up then you should stick to your plan. After that you need to contact your new provider to set up your new connection. This can be done on our comparison table above.

      Six essential questions before you buy

      1. What can you get in your area?
      2. How much do you want to spend?
      3. Are you comfortable switching to a new provider?
      4. How much data do you use in a month?
      5. How much is line rental on the new package?
      6. What call plan is included with the package?

      Cable.co.uk recommends

      With broadband, as with many things in life, you get what you pay for. A budget broadband provider will cut corners to pass savings on to the customer so, for example, you might find that the router you receive is not as good as BT’s Home Hub 5 or the customer service might not be particularly helpful, but for those caveats, you can get a very cheap service.

      If you’re a light to medium user, budget broadband might be for you

      A budget broadband deal can be perfect for the right kind of person, but you should work out what kind of broadband user you are before going for the cheapest thing you see. A light to medium user who uses the net for browsing, shopping, checking e-mails and other low usage activities might not scratch a usage limit, making some of these deals difficult to ignore. If you’ve got a budget broadband package then we’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

      Comments (2)

      Ray
      4th June 2014

      You and me too. I am not with BT, nor would I want to be, seeing what a friend experienced with a phone problem. I need an unlimited broadband wifi that is a sensible price without the deal tying me into a yearly phone contract.

      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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