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This week’s best broadband deals with cashback

Wednesday, August 30th 2017 by Dan Howdle
Some broadband deals offer more than others. It’s true of speeds, it’s true of customer service, of equipment quality, and it’s true of the sweeteners providers sometimes add to make the deal more appealing. I’ve rounded up every deal in the UK that’s offering cashback right now. Because I’m nice like that…

Kay, few things to bear in mind before I give you the full list. First, most of these cashback rewards arrive in the form of pre-paid cards you can spend anywhere, not in the form of folded tenners in a gold clip such as that you’d typically find in the pocket of Joe Pesci.

Second, in most cases you will need to claim your cashback yourself. Most providers will not automatically send you your cashback reward, but instead will ask you to claim it once your broadband is up and running. It’s sneaky because they know people will forget. Not saying that’s the reason they do it, necessarily – it actually has more to do with preventing cheaters from exploiting the cashback offer then cancelling during the cooling-off period – but it certainly isn’t something providers are unhappy about. Don’t forget to claim. Don’t let them win.

Third. No, that’s about it.

Here they all are then, and first thing you’ll no doubt notice is how few of them there are right now. Bear in mind I’ve only included one speed for each provider in the table below to save on space. If you click through the link you’ll find other speeds available with cashback in most cases. If you want to be sure before you click see the notes for each deal below the table.

  • First Utility First Broadband

    First Utility
    • Pay nothing today
    • Free wireless router
    £18 .99
    Zero set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • Plusnet Unlimited Broadband

    • Pay 1st month's bill today
    • Free wireless router
    £18 .99
    £5 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
  • BT Unlimited Infinity 1 + Calls

    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • UK's best Wi-Fi router
    Offer ends 18th January
    £29 .99
    £29.99 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

First Utility 17Mb, £18.99 p/m £25 Amazon

This First Utility deal is not only the cheapest, it also offers the smallest reward and is the only deal here that limits where you can spend your filthy lucre – at Amazon. It’s not technically cashback, so I shouldn’t have really included it, but I have on the basis that you can buy pretty much anything at Amazon.

The deal requires no payment up-front, but there are no inclusive calls with the phone line you’ll be renting. You do get a free router, though, and the contract is 18 months.

Plusnet Unlimited 17Mb, £19.99 p/m £50 cashback

When Plusnet says cashback it means a cheque, and unlike some of the others here it will actually go to some trouble to remind you of your dues. Once your broadband and home phone is activated you will receive an email. Follow the instructions in this email to receive your cashback cheque. You must submit your claim within 2 months of receiving the email.

Again, this Plusnet deal offers no inclusive calls. You’ll get a free router, the cashback and that’s your lot for the entire 12-month duration of your contract.

BT Infinity 1 w/calls 52Mb £31.99 p/m, £125 cashback

It’s the most expensive deal here, but you get a lot more of everything. There’s more speed – a lot more speed – more cashback in the form of a £125 Mastercard, and there are even free weekend calls thrown in. So you pay a bit more and get a lot more. It’s up to you whether you feel it’s worth it.

And that’s all the deals for now. Things will be hotting up again come end of September, so I’ll be back with a similar article then. Till then, tata.

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Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk

Dan Howdle is Cable.co.uk’s resident telecoms expert. Dan appears regularly in the UK press to talk about issues faced by UK consumers on matters of broadband, TV and mobile, and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, ITV News, Sky News, and on a number of BBC and non-BBC UK radio stations. If you have a question for Dan, you can email him at expert@cable.co.uk.

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