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There are various factors to think about when shopping around for cheap broadband and WiFi. The main things to consider when deciding between broadband deals are:
Here are our most popular broadband providers and packages this month for you to have a closer look.
|Package||Broadband Speed||Contract Length||Monthly Price|
|Virgin Media M100 Fibre Broadband||108Mb average||18 months||£24 per month|
|TalkTalk Fibre 65||67Mb average||18 months||£23.50 per month|
|Plusnet Unlimited Broadband||10Mb average||12 months||£18.99 per month|
|Virgin Media M200 Fibre Broadband||213Mb average||18 months||£28 per month|
|TalkTalk Fibre 35||38Mb average||18 months||£23.50 per month|
|Vodafone Superfast 2 Fibre Broadband||67Mb average||24 months||£22 per month|
|Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband||36Mb average||18 months||£22.99 per month|
|NOW Super Fibre Broadband||63Mb average||12 months||£21 per month|
|Shell Energy Broadband Fast Broadband||11Mb average||18 months||£17.99 per month|
|Vodafone Superfast 1 Fibre Broadband||38Mb average||24 months||£22 per month|
|Broadband Provider||Average Speed||Prices From|
|Shell Energy broadband||11Mb||£17.99 per month|
|NOW Broadband||11Mb||£18 per month|
|Direct Save Telecom broadband||11Mb||£18.95 per month|
|Plusnet broadband||10Mb||£18.95 per month|
|John Lewis broadband||10Mb||£18.75 per month|
|TalkTalk broadband||38Mb||£23.50 per month|
Bundling your broadband, TV, and/or phone services usually means you’ll save money. This is because providers usually offer discounts to customers who want to sign up to multiple products. Bundles are often cheaper than individual contracts, and you can have your bills and customer service with the same provider, giving you one point of contact.
Many internet providers offer freebies and special offers alongside their broadband tariffs, such as introductory pricing discounts, cashback rewards, gift cards, vouchers or reward cards. While the rewards can be enticing, it’s important to consider the deal apart from the rewards, as the rewards will not impact the speed or quality of the service you’ll get.
Some internet providers offer attractive introductory pricing for the initial period of your contract, which is a great way to save money, but you might find a big price increase or extra charges after the introductory period of your contract. Be sure to read the contract terms carefully to make sure you really are looking at the cheapest deals, not just a great deal for a few months before you get hit with an unexpected monthly price increase.
Cashback rewards are incentives that refund you part of your initial payment, after a fixed period of time has passed (usually between 30-90 days) from when you first signed up for your contract; the details will be included in your contract terms). The claims process for rewards differs from provider to provider, but most of the time you will need to submit a claim using an online form. Your cashback reward will likely be paid directly into a bank account, or sent via cheque, made out to the person who is being billed for the service being provided.
Shopping vouchers or gift card rewards are similar to cashback offers, but they are specific to certain retailers. Internet providers will often reward new customers with vouchers for popular high-street or online retailers to entice them to sign up. Similar to cashback rewards, claims processes vary and you’ll likely be required to submit an online form to get your reward.
See more: How to claim vouchers and rewards
Some broadband providers have initial setup fees, and/or phone line installation charges, but these charges are often waived or reduced for new customers. Be sure to check these fees up-front to avoid any unexpected costs.
If your new deal requires equipment, for example, a new router, some cheap broadband offers will give it to you for free when you sign up. Many providers will offer free or reduced delivery charges for any required equipment, so be sure to check your terms up front so you know what you’re being charged for. At the end of your contract with a provider, you will likely need to return any equipment or recycle it, and the process will vary depending on your service provider.
Standard contract terms – A standard broadband contract is a two-way agreement, covering both your obligations as a customer, and your service provider in terms of the services you’ll receive. Broadband contracts usually run for 12, 18 or even 24 months and, in theory, the longer you can commit, the cheaper the price – although each provider tends to have their preferred contract length and won't vary from that.
Introductory pricing – Unless explicitly stated, your broadband provider can change any part of your broadband provision at any time, including the monthly cost. If this happens, however, the 30-day cooling off period you’re entitled to will be refreshed, allowing you to switch away to a new provider without incurring a penalty.
Fixed-price contracts – Several broadband providers offer fixed-price contracts, which means you won’t be subject to a price increase during the minimum term of your contract period. Many of the larger broadband providers don’t offer fixed-price contracts, and you should check the contract terms for mid-contract price increases to avoid any unexpected charges.
When a fixed-term contract ends, a provider is likely to steeply raise or ‘hike’ the monthly price of your service, unless the consumer switches to a new deal. That’s why when you know your contract is nearing completion, it’s worth shopping around between providers to secure a better deal. Thanks to Ofcom regulations, broadband providers must inform you when your contract is due to finish so you can decide what you want to do before it happens.
Some deals offer fixed, cheap monthly rates, but also include extra costs like installation, delivery or activation fees – sometimes payable upfront. You may also have to purchase equipment, such as a router, although that's unlikely. We always show the extra costs that we're aware of, but be sure to read the fine print on the provider's website or in the contract terms if in doubt.
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The cheapest broadband deals are subject to change daily. Our cheapest broadband price is currently £17.99 per month. Please refer to the table at the top of this page to find out what the cheapest deal is available today.
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Not often, but you might find free gifts or vouchers if you check regularly. You may also find cheaper monthly costs as limited time offers, particularly around Black Friday. And if you see any of these providers reduce or remove their extra costs, then you know it's probably a good deal.
Most cheap broadband deals in the UK are for ADSL, also known as 'standard' broadband. This is usually fine for single people, couples, and smaller households where nobody uses the internet to stream content or play games very often. Larger households and heavy users may be better suited to fibre broadband deals, where speeds are faster and the service is more reliable. Choosing the right internet speed for your lifestyle will help you avoid connectivity problems, ensure reliable speeds, and help to avoid overpaying for speeds you simply don’t need.
These days you can find true broadband deals without landline requirements, even though they were rare just a few years ago. Even bigger players like BT offer broadband-only packages. Due to its separate network, Virgin Media has always provided the option of no landlines.
If you can’t find a cheap broadband deal without a landline that works for you, another option is to look at 4G or 5G mobile broadband, mobile tethering from a mobile phone, or satellite broadband. But none of these are cheap ways to avoid a landline. Even if you know you won’t use a landline once it’s been installed, it’s still likely to be cheaper to opt for broadband including line rental.
Yes, there are some providers who don’t do credit checks on new broadband customers. Direct Save Telecom, Plusnet and NOW Broadband offer cheaper broadband deals with no credit checks required - perfect for finding a fast and affordable home broadband deal if you’re worried about your credit. The bigger providers tend to check credit before accepting new customers, so this is good to be aware of before you apply.
It’s still possible to get broadband if you’ve got a less than perfect credit history. Broadband credit checks are not as strict as applying for a mortgage or credit card, so you may still qualify depending on your credit history.
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