Broadband and TV deals with free installation
In this guide
- Top deals in April 2021
- Installation and setup fees explained
- Which broadband and TV providers offer no upfront costs?
- Can I get standard and TV with free installation?
- Frequently asked questions
If you want to save money with a new broadband and TV deal, look for one that includes free installation, helping you avoid costly set-up fees.
This page will tell you everything you need to know about broadband and TV deals with free installation and will bring you some of the best deals of this type on the UK market today.
Our top deals in April 2021
We’ve looked at all of the deals this month and picked out the very best.
EE Unlimited Fibre Broadband + Apple TV 4K
£41 p/mZero one-off cost See Deal
- 36Mb average speed
- 1 channels
- PAYG calls
Vodafone Pro Superfast 1 Xtra
£75 Amazon voucher£43 p/mZero one-off cost See Deal
- 35Mb average speed
- 1 channels
- PAYG calls
Vodafone Pro Superfast 2 Xtra
£75 Amazon voucher£45 p/mZero one-off cost See Deal
- 63Mb average speed
- 1 channels
- PAYG calls
Installation and setup fees explained
Some combined broadband and TV packages come with an installation charge or set-up fee that must be paid upfront, before your monthly charges kick in. Some providers include these to cover the costs of your router and / or TV subscription box, along with associated delivery costs.
The good news is that many broadband and TV providers offer deals without these additional charges as an incentive to sign up, so you’ll only pay for your services on a monthly basis, spread over the contract period (whether that’s 12, 18 or 24 months).
Which broadband and TV providers offer no upfront costs?
We’ve compiled a run-down of UK broadband providers that currently offer combined internet and TV deals without any installation or up-front charges. The information here is general, as deals change from week to week.
EE Broadband: EE’s broadband and TV deals include an Apple TV, one of the UK’s best and most expensive streaming devices. With an Apple TV, you can run 100s of apps, including Netflix, NOW TV, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Starzplay and more.
Learn more about EE in our review.
TalkTalk: As a budget-friendly provider, it’s no surprise that TalkTalk usually has packages without installation fees, most often on an 18-month contract. The brand offers a free TV Lite box with their broadband and TV deals. As this is pretty basic, you may want to add extra channels to suit your interests.
Learn more about TalkTalk in our review
See what’s on TalkTalk.
Virgin Media: It’s always worth taking a peek when Virgin Media has a deal with free installation. This broadband and TV giant has some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK — up to 516Mbps in some cases. They also offer great TV packages, some of which include over 100 channels, and regularly offer deals with free installation as a sweetener to sign up.
Learn more about Virgin in our review.
See what’s on Virgin.
Vodafone: Like EE, Vodafone’s broadband and TV deals also come with an Apple TV. Enjoy Apple original programmes and movies with a 12 month free subscription to the service, download apps from your favourite streaming services and play 100s of free games in the arcade.
Learn more about Vodafone in our review.
Sky: If you see an offer from Sky for TV and internet with no setup costs, snap it up. Put simply, Sky has the best TV packages around. Although you can get most of their channels as add-ons from other companies, some, like Sky Atlantic, are only available to Sky customers.
Learn more about Sky in our review.
See what’s on Sky.
Can I get standard broadband and TV with free installation?
You don’t have to sign up for a fibre broadband and TV package to enjoy free installation costs. There are plenty of standard / ADSL broadband options available with no upfront costs, too. Speeds will be lower, between 10 - 11Mbps, making this type of deal best suited to people who live alone or small households who don’t use the internet very much (for instance for browsing and online shopping, rather than streaming content or playing games online).
To help you decide what broadband speed you need, check out our guide.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to pay for my TV and broadband equipment?
If the deal says no upfront costs or installation costs you don’t have anything to pay upfront. You’ll still receive a router and TV box (or another device, depending on what your provider uses). Be aware that you might have to return these at the end of your contract. This is something to remember if you have programmes, home videos, or data saved on your set-top box.
Which provider has the best deals for broadband and TV without setup costs?
Deals change all the time, so it depends on what's available at the moment. Your tastes and priorities will also play a part. If having a wide range of TV channels is important to you, look for deals from Virgin Media or Sky. On the other hand, if you're happy with fewer channels and you'd rather keep prices down, EE or TalkTalk will probably be a better fit.
If I choose a TV and broadband deal with no setup costs, can I get other free gifts or cashback?
Possibly. Providers like to compete with each other to create the most attractive deal, so it's common to find a deal with several enticing elements thrown into the mix. As such, you might well find a deal with free installation, cashback, or a special gift. Some of these are more common at certain times of the year, such as the post-Christmas period or Black Friday.
>Is it cheaper in the long run to choose a broadband and TV deal with no installation costs?
Not always. The main attraction of a deal with free setup costs is the immediate saving that you'll be making. If you can't afford to splash out on costly installation, particularly because you have other expenses to pay this month, then it's usually a good idea to choose a deal without installation fees.
On the other hand, you might find a deal that suits you better that's cheaper on a monthly basis but has fees to pay. This is a very variable market, and it's impossible to say that one particular deal is always right. There's no concept of one size fits all when it comes to TV and broadband contracts.