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SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
SSE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
& traffic mgmt
18
months
Free
£8 after 24 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Pay only for the calls you make
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
12
months
Free
£10 after 12 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Fuel Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
Fuel Broadband
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
Free
£5 after 6 mthsprice details
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0800 380 0064
TalkTalk
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
TalkTalk
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
18
months
£2.50
£5 after 12 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
Post Office
  • Up to 8Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • Up to 8Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
Post Office
  • Up to 8Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
8Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
8Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
12
months
£4
£8 after 12 mthsprice details
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ONLINE ONLY
TenTel
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • 5GB monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
    • Up to 17Mb broadband
    • 5GB monthly usage
    • No calls included, pay for what you use
      TenTel
      • Up to 17Mb broadband
      • 5GB monthly usage
      • No calls included, pay for what you use
        17Mb
        up to
        5GB
        usage limit
        1
        month
        17Mb
        up to
        5GB
        usage limit
        1
        month
        See DealMore
        0800 380 0064
        BT
        • Up to 17Mbps broadband
        • 10GB monthly usage
        • No calls included, pay for what you use
          • Up to 17Mbps broadband
          • 10GB monthly usage
          • No calls included, pay for what you use
            BT
            • Up to 17Mbps broadband
            • 10GB monthly usage
            • No calls included, pay for what you use
              17Mb
              up to
              10GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
              17Mb
              up to
              10GB
              usage limit
              12
              months
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              0800 083 1069
              Post Office
              • Up to 8Mb broadband
              • 10GB download allowance
              • Inclusive weekend calls
                • Up to 8Mb broadband
                • 10GB download allowance
                • Inclusive weekend calls
                  Post Office
                  • Up to 8Mb broadband
                  • 10GB download allowance
                  • Inclusive weekend calls
                    8Mb
                    up to
                    10GB
                    usage limit
                    12
                    months
                    8Mb
                    up to
                    10GB
                    usage limit
                    12
                    months
                    See DealMore
                    ONLINE ONLY
                    Virgin Media
                    • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband
                    • Unlimited download allowance
                    • Unlimited weekend calls
                    • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband
                    • Unlimited download allowance
                    • Unlimited weekend calls
                    Virgin Media
                    • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband
                    • Unlimited download allowance
                    • Unlimited weekend calls
                    50Mb
                    up to
                    Unlimited
                    traffic mgmt
                    18
                    months
                    50Mb
                    up to
                    Unlimited
                    traffic mgmt
                    18
                    months
                    £5
                    £17.50 after 12 mthsprice details
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                    0800 093 1662
                    Sky
                    • Up to 38Mb broadband
                    • 25GB monthly usage
                    • Pay only for the calls you make
                    • Up to 38Mb broadband
                    • 25GB monthly usage
                    • Pay only for the calls you make
                    Sky
                    • Up to 38Mb broadband
                    • 25GB monthly usage
                    • Pay only for the calls you make
                    38Mb
                    up to
                    25GB
                    usage limit
                    12
                    months
                    38Mb
                    up to
                    25GB
                    usage limit
                    12
                    months
                    Free
                    £10 after 12 mthsprice details
                    See DealMore
                    0800 840 5394
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                    What you need to know

                    • Prices last checked and verified 21st July 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

                    How to compare and buy cheap broadband deals

                    If you’re looking for cheap broadband deals, you’re in the right place. With dozens of low priced packages available, choosing the perfect deal can be a challenge; but it doesn’t have to be. Here is everything you need to know about cheap broadband, all in one place.

                    How to get cheaper broadband

                    As a new customer

                    • Check that cheap broadband is available in your area
                    • Make sure you’re out of contract with your current provider
                    • Be a new broadband customer
                    • Or be an existing TV or phone customer (if these options are available)

                    As an existing customer

                    • Wait for your current broadband contract to end
                    • If staying with the same provider, call customer services to haggle
                    • Carefully think about any offer – will it be cheaper?
                    • If not, consider switching to a different broadband provider

                    Five ways to make your broadband cheaper

                    Reduce annual broadband costs with a line rental saver

                    Line rental is required on almost every broadband plan. It’s expensive too, adding an average £16.40 to your monthly bill. A line rental saver can help reduce this cost. Line rental savers let you pay for 12 months line rental up-front in one single, reduced amount. You can save £30 or more, annually, by taking this route.  But not all providers offer this option.

                    Downgrade your broadband package

                    Downgrading before you buy is easy; just choose a slower package. But it’s a little harder if you’re currently with a broadband provider. In this case, you’ll want to ring your provider’s customer service number and request a downgrade. You need to be out of contract to do this, and you may have to sign up to a new contract.

                    Call your existing broadband provider and haggle

                    If you’re out of contract with your current provider, a good way to lower monthly costs is to call and haggle. Phone your provider’s customer service department. Once you have their attention, tell them you wish to cancel. They should want to keep you. You’ll be offered the best deals as an incentive to stay. However, this is a gamble and doesn’t always work. Before you call it’s worth scoping out the market for an idea of what competitors offer.

                    Choose capped broadband for a cheaper package

                    A capped broadband package is one with a monthly usage limit. They are often cheaper than unlimited and truly unlimited packages. However, there are several caveats. If you pass your monthly limit, you may be charged extra. And, if traffic management applies, you may find your broadband speed slowing down at peak times – usually evenings and weekends. But if you only use the internet occasionally, capped broadband is a good way to save money.

                    Shop around

                    The first broadband deal you come across is rarely the best. You can save a lot of money by comparing. It sounds difficult; but it’s actually quite easy. By using our comparison tables above you can examine broadband deals to see which is best.

                    Cheap broadband from BT

                    BT broadband comes in two flavours

                    BT standard broadband is the vanilla option. It’s the cheapest of the lot, but it doesn’t boast the fastest download speeds. It’s also more widely available than BT Infinity.

                    BT Infinity is the top (or chocolate) option. There are two types, BT Infinity 1 and BT Infinity 2. It’s the fastest type of broadband package from BT, but it’s not the cheapest, and isn’t available in some areas.

                    Cheapest BT standard broadband

                    BT standard broadband is widely available and is the cheapest type of broadband from the popular provider. To qualify for BT standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that BT broadband is available in your area
                    • Be a new BT broadband customer
                    • Or be an existing BT TV or BT phone customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from Sky

                    Sky broadband is available in two forms

                    Sky standard broadband is the basic option. It may not be the fastest package, but it’s certainly cheap. It comes in both limited and unlimited versions and is widely available across the whole of the UK.

                    Sky fibre optic broadband is the top option. There are two versions: Sky fibre and Sky fibre pro. While it’s the fastest broadband available from Sky, it’s not the cheapest, and costs more than standard.

                    Cheapest Sky standard broadband

                    Sky standard broadband is the cheapest option from the provider. It’s widely available but doesn’t boast the fastest speeds.  To get Sky standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that Sky broadband is available in your area
                    • Not be an existing Sky broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing Sky TV customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from Virgin Media

                    Virgin Media broadband is purely fibre optic

                    Virgin Media broadband is fast. In fact it’s much faster than much of the competition – even on its cheapest package. There is no standard broadband option with Virgin Media broadband.

                    Cheapest Virgin Media fibre broadband

                    Virgin Media fibre broadband is faster than many competing fibre optic broadband plans from other providers. To get Virgin Media fibre optic broadband you need to…

                    • Check that Virgin Media broadband is available in your area
                    • Be a new Virgin Media broadband customer
                    • Or be an existing Virgin Media TV or phone customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from Plusnet

                    Plusnet broadband comes in two types

                    Plusnet standard broadband is the cheapest option. It’s a speedy broadband package designed for small households, but it’s nowhere near as fast as Plusnet’s fibre broadband options.

                    Plusnet fibre optic broadband is the fastest option. It’s more expensive than standard broadband: you have to pay more for the faster broadband speed. Some places won’t be able to get it either.

                    Cheapest Plusnet standard broadband

                    Plusnet standard broadband is the cheapest option for home broadband from the Yorkshire-based provider. To get Plusnet standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that Plusnet standard broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing Plusnet broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing Plusnet phone customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from TalkTalk

                    TalkTalk broadband has two forms

                    TalkTalk simply broadband is TalkTalk’s entry-level option. It’s cheap: even cheaper than a lot of the competition. But speeds aren’t as fast as fibre optic broadband. 

                    TalkTalk simply broadband fibre is the premium option. It’s much faster than standard broadband, but it’s also a bit more expensive, and it isn’t available everywhere.

                    Cheapest TalkTalk simply broadband

                    TalkTalk simply broadband is the cheapest option for home broadband from TalkTalk. To get TalkTalk simply broadband you need to…

                    • Check that TalkTalk simply broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing TalkTalk broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing TalkTalk TV or TalkTalk phone customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from EE

                    EE broadband comes in two options

                    EE standard broadband is the cheapest option for home broadband from the provider. It’s not as fast as EE fibre optic broadband, but it’s much more affordable.

                    EE fibre broadband isn’t as cheap as standard broadband, but it’s much faster. Two types are available: fibre and fibre plus. Of the two, fibre is the cheapest option.

                    Cheapest EE standard broadband

                    EE standard broadband is the cheapest option from EE and is widely available throughout the UK. To get EE standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that EE broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing EE broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing EE mobile customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from Fuel

                    Fuel broadband only has the one package

                    Fuel standard broadband is the cheapest, and indeed only option from the provider. It isn’t the fastest broadband package around but it’s certainly one of the most affordable. It’s widely available across the UK.

                    Cheapest Fuel standard broadband

                    Fuel standard broadband is one of the cheapest options for home broadband in the UK. To get Fuel standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that Fuel standard broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing Fuel broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing Primus Saver customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from John Lewis

                    John Lewis broadband comes in two forms

                    John Lewis standard broadband is the cheapest option from the upmarket provider. It’s not the fastest option – John Lewis fibre is faster – but it’s widely available throughout the UK.

                    John Lewis fibre broadband is much faster than standard. However, the added speed comes at a price, and fibre is significantly more expensive. Availability isn’t as widespread either.

                    Cheapest John Lewis standard broadband

                    John Lewis standard broadband is the upmarket provider’s most affordable home broadband package. To get John Lewis standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that John Lewis broadband is available in your area
                    • Not be an existing John Lewis broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing John Lewis department store customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from Post Office

                    Post Office broadband only offers standard broadband

                    Post Office standard broadband is the cheapest choice from the Post Office. It’s quite slow, even slower than most standard broadband plans, but it’s widely available and quite affordable.

                    Cheapest Post Office standard broadband

                    Post Office standard broadband is the provider’s most affordable home broadband package. To get Post Office standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that Post Office broadband is available in your area
                    • Not be an existing Post Office standard broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing Post Office home phone customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap broadband from Direct Save Telecom

                    Direct Save Telecom broadband comes in two types

                    Direct Save Telecom standard broadband is the cheapest option. Fibre broadband is faster but pricier. It’s available to the majority of homes across the UK.

                    Direct Save Telecom fibre broadband is much faster than standard broadband, but it costs more. It’s not as widely available as standard broadband, so some homes won’t be able to get it.

                    Cheapest Direct Save Telecom standard broadband

                    Direct Save Telecom standard broadband is the cheapest option from the budget provider. To get Direct Save Telecom standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that Direct Save Telecom standard broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing Direct Save Telecom broadband customer
                    • You can be an existing Direct Save Telecom home phone customer
                    • Or be switching from another provider

                    Cheap standard broadband deals

                    Standard broadband lasts either 12 or 18 months

                    Standard broadband on a 12-month contract will last you a full year. It’s a short contract, and is often the most flexible way to get home broadband. You’ll be charged a penalty fee if you leave before the end of the contract.

                    Standard broadband on an 18-month contract lasts a year and a half. This keeps your home broadband tied up a bit longer than the previous option but often comes with more features. Early cancellation will be charged.

                    Cheapest 12-month standard broadband

                    Standard broadband on a 12-month contract is a flexible way to get home broadband. After a year, you can cancel or switch provider. To get 12-month standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that standard broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing customer

                    Cheapest 18-month standard broadband

                    Standard broadband on an 18-month contract requires a longer commitment but is often a cheap option. To get 18-month standard broadband you need to…

                    • Check that standard broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing customer

                    Cheap fibre broadband deals

                    Fibre broadband comes on a 12- or 18-month contract

                    Fibre optic broadband on a 12-month contract is a fairly rare sight. If you can find one, it won’t tie you in for long – just a year – and afterwards you can cancel or switch providers without penalty.

                    Fibre broadband on an 18-month contract is more popular, but as it ties you in for one and a half years it’s not quite as flexible. Monthly price is often cheaper, but you’ll be paying more over the full 18 months.

                    Cheap unlimited broadband deals

                    Unlimited broadband or truly unlimited broadband?

                    With unlimited broadband you won’t have to worry about the penalty fees that some providers charge for using the internet too often. However, your internet performance may suffer during busy times of the day.

                    With truly unlimited broadband, your internet performance will never suffer – even during the busiest times, such as the early evening – and you won’t have to worry about penalty fees either.

                    Cheapest truly unlimited broadband

                    Truly unlimited broadband has no usage cap, no fair usage policy, and traffic management is absent. To get truly unlimited broadband you need to…

                    •  Check that broadband is available in your area
                    • Not be an existing customer with your chosen provider

                    Cheap broadband-only deals

                    Both standard and fibre can be taken as broadband-only

                    Standard broadband-only packages are also known as broadband without landline. They let you get online without having to pay for a home phone plan, but you may still have to pay line rental.

                    Fibre broadband-only packages, or broadband without a phone plan, can be a cheap way to get online if you don’t want a home phone. It’s faster than standard broadband, and you may not have to pay line rental.

                    Cheapest fibre broadband-only

                    Fibre optic broadband-only comes without a home phone plan. It’s possible to take fibre broadband without paying line rental. To get fibre broadband-only you need to…

                    • Check that fibre optic broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing customer with your chosen provider

                    Cheap broadband and phone deals

                    Both standard and fibre broadband and phone deals are available

                    Standard broadband and phone deals are the cheapest option. They give you an internet connection and a phone plan, so you can make calls from your home phone while browsing the web.

                    Fibre broadband and phone deals are a bit more expensive, but will also give you an internet connection and a phone plan. Fibre is faster than standard broadband.

                    Cheapest standard broadband and phone

                    A standard broadband and phone package is a popular choice if you want to get online and make calls with your home phone. To get standard broadband and phone you need to…

                    • Check that broadband is available
                    • Not be an existing customer with your chosen provider

                    Cheap broadband and TV deals

                    You can take either standard or fibre broadband with TV

                    Standard broadband with TV packages combine an internet connection with a collection of television channels. The price will depend on the provider and the package – but choosing standard over fibre will keep it cheap.

                    Fibre broadband with TV packages are a little more expensive from the start – you pay more for the faster broadband speed. The price will change depending on the provider and on how many TV channels you choose.

                    Cheap broadband FAQ

                    What is a line rental saver?

                    A line rental saver is an option offered by some broadband providers to help cut the cost of line rental. Instead of paying for line rental monthly, you can pay for 12 months upfront at a reduced cost. You can save around £30 per year by taking this option. The following providers currently offer a line rental saver option – the 12-month cost is shown:

                    • BT – £183.48
                    • Virgin Media – £164
                    • TalkTalk - £180.36
                    • EE - £132
                    • Plusnet – £155.88
                    • Post Office – £144

                    Broadband extras

                    Will I get any extra features with cheap broadband?

                    Most cheap broadband packages have few extra features: it’s one of the reasons the price is so low. However, some do come with a handful of extras, usually in the form of parental controls, security software, or free UK-based customer support.

                    Can I get internet security with cheap broadband?

                    Many broadband providers supply internet security software, often for free, with their broadband packages. It may be absent on the cheapest plans, however. If your provider doesn’t supply internet security, you can buy it from a third party.

                    Can I get anti-virus with cheap broadband?

                    Anti-virus software is often included in your provider’s internet security software – if your provider offers it. Alternatively, you can purchase it independently.

                    What is public wi-fi?

                    Some providers, like BT, Sky and Virgin Media, give free access to public wi-fi with their cheap broadband plans. Public wi-fi, also known as wi-fi hotspots, are present in many towns and cities across the UK, and let you connect to the internet on your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop, for free.

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