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Everyday Broadband with Talk Anytime
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive anytime calls
  • Free broadband for 2 years

Free broadband for 2 years

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
1Mb
up to
Free
save £30
£0
first year
Free
£8 after 24 mthsprice details+ £20 line rental1st year cost: £018 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £20
  • First year cost: £240
  • Lifetime cost: £360
  • Contract length: 18
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Everyday Broadband with Talk Weekend
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Free broadband for 2 years

Free broadband for 2 years

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
1Mb
up to
Free
save £30
£0
first year
Free
£8 after 24 mthsprice details+ £12 line rental1st year cost: £018 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £12
  • First year cost: £144
  • Lifetime cost: £216
  • Contract length: 18
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Unlimited Broadband and Phone
Origin Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • No calls included
  • Free broadband for 12 months

Free broadband for 12 months

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
1Mb
up to
£9.99
one-off-fee
£9.99
first year
Free
£9.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £9.9912 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £9.99
  • Average monthly: £17.23
  • First year cost: £206.79
  • Lifetime cost: £206.79
  • Contract length: 12
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SimplyBroadband
TalkTalk
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • 12 months half price broadband

12 months half price broadband

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
1Mb
up to
£6.75
save £30
£27.75
first year
£1.75
£3.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £27.7518 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6.75
  • Average monthly: £19.41
  • First year cost: £228.15
  • Lifetime cost: £349.35
  • Contract length: 18
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Unlimited Broadband with Weekends Calls
Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Up to 75% off for 12 months

Up to 75% off for 12 months

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
1.3Mb
up to
£5.99
save £25
£35.99
first year
£2.50
£9.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £35.9912 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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Broadband Premium with Weekend Calls
Post Office
  • Up to 8Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Free broadband for 6 months

Free broadband for 6 months

8Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
0.2Mb
up to
Free
of charge
£48
first year
Free
£8 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15 line rental1st year cost: £4818 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £20.33
  • First year cost: £228
  • Lifetime cost: £366
  • Contract length: 18
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Broadband Unlimited with Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Half price broadband for 12 months
  • £100 M&S voucher

Half price broadband for 12 months & £100 M&S voucher

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
1.3Mb
up to
£6.95
one-off-fee
£51.95
first year
£3.75
£7.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £51.9512 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6.95
  • Average monthly: £20.73
  • First year cost: £248.75
  • Lifetime cost: £248.75
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Broadband Unlimited with Calls
Direct Save Telecom
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • A £50 security deposit may apply

A £50 security deposit may apply

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
1Mb
up to
£33.90
one-off-fee
£57.30
first year
£1.95
per monthprice details+ £15.75 line rental1st year cost: £57.3024 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £33.90
  • Average monthly: £19.11
  • First year cost: £246.30
  • Lifetime cost: £458.70
  • Contract length: 24
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Broadband Essential 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
    £60
    first year
    £5
    per monthprice details+ £15 line rental1st year cost: £6012 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £20
    • First year cost: £240
    • Lifetime cost: £240
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Broadband
    BT
    • BT Sport app and online player
    • Up to 17Mbps broadband
    • 10GB monthly usage
    • Exclusive £90 worth of vouchers

    Exclusive £90 worth of vouchers

    17Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1Mb
    up to
    £6.95
    one-off-fee
    £60.95
    first year
    £4.50
    per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £60.9512 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £6.95
    • Average monthly: £22.07
    • First year cost: £264.83
    • Lifetime cost: £264.83
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Broadband with Anytime Calls
    John Lewis
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • 20GB monthly usage
    • Inclusive anytime calls
    • Free broadband for 6 months

    Free broadband for 6 months

    16Mb
    up to
    20GB
    usage limit
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £66
    first year
    Free
    £11 after 6 mthsprice details+ £18.50 line rental1st year cost: £6612 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £24
    • First year cost: £288
    • Lifetime cost: £288
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
    John Lewis
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • 20GB monthly usage
    • Evening & weekend calls
    • Free broadband for 6 months

    Free broadband for 6 months

    16Mb
    up to
    20GB
    usage limit
    1Mb
    up to
    Free
    of charge
    £66
    first year
    Free
    £11 after 6 mthsprice details+ £13.50 line rental1st year cost: £6612 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £19
    • First year cost: £228
    • Lifetime cost: £228
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    50Mb Broadband with Weekend Calls
    Virgin Media
    • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband
    • Unlimited download allowance
    • Unlimited weekend calls
    • Save £120 over 12 months

    Save £120 over 12 months

    50Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    3Mb
    up to
    Free
    save £49.95
    £89.95
    first year
    £7.50
    £17.50 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £89.9518 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £27.82
    • First year cost: £293.83
    • Lifetime cost: £500.77
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Unlimited Fibre with Evening & Weekend Calls
    Plusnet
    • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
    • Unlimited usage allowance
    • Eve & weekend calls
    • Free broadband for 6 months

    Free broadband for 6 months

    38Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    19Mb
    up to
    £5.99
    save £50
    £95.93
    first year
    Free
    £14.99 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £95.9318 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £5.99
    • Average monthly: £26.28
    • First year cost: £287.33
    • Lifetime cost: £472.97
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
    Plusnet
    • Up to 17Mb broadband
    • Unlimited usage allowance
    • Inclusive anytime calls
    • Up to 75% off for 12 months

    Up to 75% off for 12 months

    17Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    1.3Mb
    up to
    £5.99
    save £25
    £95.99
    first year
    £7.50
    £14.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £95.9912 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £5.99
    • Average monthly: £23.95
    • First year cost: £287.39
    • Lifetime cost: £287.39
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
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    What you need to know

    • Prices last checked and verified 22nd April 2015
    • 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
    • The line rental prices shown are for payment on a monthly basis. Some providers offer reduced prices on line rental when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

    Broadband in Scotland

    Broadband in Scotland is available in a number of different types. The availability of the fastest broadband packages in Scotland, especially fibre optic broadband, can suffer as a result of the large area that Scotland covers, and how sparsely populated many areas of the country are.

    Broadband providers in Scotland

    There are several different providers that operate in Scotland, with some being more active in certain areas of the country than in others. Probably the most widely available broadband provider in Scotland is BT, as it is BT's phone network that has connected the towns and cities of Scotland for generations. In some areas of Scotland, broadband is also provided by many of the other big names in UK fixed line broadband including Sky, Virgin Media. TalkTalk, Plusnet, EE and many others.

    Broadband availability in Scotland

    To find out exactly which broadband providers operate in your area of Scotland you should use our postcode checker at the top of this page. Once you do we’ll show you a list of all the different broadband providers and packages that you have to choose from, and we’ll also be able to give you a good idea of the actual broadband speed you’ll be able to enjoy in your home.

    Broadband reach issues in Scotland

    One of the principal problems with providing broadband in Scotland is what is known as ‘broadband reach’. Simply put, homes that are more than a few miles from the local exchange aren’t able to receive traditional broadband that is transmitted along the existing telephone network. This is because as the length of the copper wire that connects the home to the exchange increases so the speed and reliability of the connection decreases.

    Residents in many rural areas of Scotland will often find that their homes suffer from broadband reach problems, and they will be unable to receive anything approaching a reliable broadband service over their phone line. Unfortunately as these areas are also, by their nature, sparsely populated, it is very unlikely that a fibre optic broadband will have reached them.

    Mobile Broadband in Scotland

    In some areas, Scottish broadband is only available at very low speeds while, in others, fixed line broadband is not available at all. These areas suffer from exactly the same issue with rural broadband that are experienced by village residents across the rest of the UK. As so many of Scotland's residents live in areas with broadband reach issues, and/or in such sparsely populated areas, consumers’ best option for Internet access may actually be mobile broadband.

    Users with a mobile broadband account use a mobile broadband dongle to access broadband via the mobile phone network. These dongles come in two basic forms. The first, and most well established type of dongle, is a plug-and-play device that slots into a computer’s USB port. The second, and newer, type of dongle doesn’t connect directly to the computer, instead creating a localised Wi-Fi “hotspot” within a few metres of the dongle. The great thing about this kind of mobile broadband receiver is that it can work with devices that don’t have USB sockets, such as some tablet computers including the iPad.

    Compare mobile broadband in Scotland »

    Fibre optic broadband in Scotland

    In cities and larger towns in Scotland fibre optic broadband may be available from Virgin Media, BT or Plusnet. To find out if you can get fibre optic broadband from any of these providers where you live just enter your postcode into our availability checker at the top of this page and then select “Fibre Optic” under the broadband type on the left hand side of our package filter.

    As with the rest of the UK, more often than not, fibre optic broadband is only available in the most densely populated areas such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. As Scotland has such a large surface area this means that the majority of Scottish residents cannot receive fibre optic broadband from any provider. One of the main exceptions to this is an area of western Scotland. In Dreghorn, Irvine, Kilmarnock and Troon a regional cable company called Smallworld, which is now owned by Virgin Media, offers fibre optic broadband along with cable TV and home phone services.