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Unlimited Broadband with Weekends Calls
Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • £7.49 off for 12 months
  • £50 Cashback

£7.49 off for 12 months & £50 Cashback

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
1.3Mb
up to
£5.99
save £25
£-14.01
first year
£2.50
£9.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £-14.0112 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £5.99
  • Average monthly: £14.78
  • First year cost: £177.39
  • Lifetime cost: £177.39
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Unlimited Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
Fuel Broadband
  • Up to 16Mb broadband
  • Unlimited monthly download
  • Evening & weekend calls
  • 6 months free broadband
  • Includes Chromecast

6 months free broadband & Includes Chromecast

16Mb
up to
Unlimited
fair use policy
1Mb
up to
£7.95
one-off-fee
£31.95
first year
Free
£4 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15 line rental1st year cost: £31.9512 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £7.95
  • Average monthly: £17.66
  • First year cost: £211.95
  • Lifetime cost: £211.95
  • Contract length: 12
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Broadband & Weekend Calls
EE
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • £7.45 off for 12 months
  • Free Norton Security (usually £59.99)

£7.45 off for 12 months & Free Norton Security (usually £59.99)

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
1Mb
up to
£6
one-off-fee
£36
first year
£2.50
£9.95 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.75 line rental1st year cost: £3612 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £6
  • Average monthly: £18.75
  • First year cost: £225
  • Lifetime cost: £225
  • 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
  • £75 Love2shop voucher
  • 6 months half price broadband

£75 Love2shop voucher & 6 months half price broadband

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
1Mb
up to
£5
save £30
£36.50
first year
£1.75
£3.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £36.5018 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £5
  • Average monthly: £19.89
  • First year cost: £236.90
  • Lifetime cost: £358.10
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
Plusnet
  • Up to 17Mb broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Inclusive anytime calls
  • £7.49 off for 12 months
  • £50 Cashback

£7.49 off for 12 months & £50 Cashback

17Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
1.3Mb
up to
£5.99
save £25
£45.99
first year
£7.50
£14.99 after 12 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £45.9912 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £5.99
  • Average monthly: £19.78
  • First year cost: £237.39
  • Lifetime cost: £237.39
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Unlimited Broadband Premium with Weekend Calls
Post Office
  • Up to 8Mb broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • 6 Months Free Unlimited Broadband

6 Months Free Unlimited Broadband

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
Price details
Broadband Unlimited & Weekend Calls
Sky
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband
  • Truly unlimited monthly usage
  • Inclusive weekend calls
  • 12 months 1/2 price broadband
  • £100 M&S Voucher

12 months 1/2 price broadband & £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
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Broadband Unlimited with Evening & Weekend 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
Price details
Broadband Extra with Evening & Weekend Calls
BT
  • BT Sport app and online player
  • Up to 17Mbps broadband, 10GB usage
  • 5GB BT Cloud, evening & weekend calls
  • £75 Sainsbury's Gift Card

£75 Sainsbury's Gift Card

17Mb
up to
10GB
usage limit
1Mb
up to
Free
of charge
£60
first year
£5
per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £6012 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £21.99
  • First year cost: £263.88
  • Lifetime cost: £263.88
  • Contract length: 12
Price details
Broadband Essential with 10GB 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 with No Calls Included
    BT
    • BT Sport app and online player
    • Up to 17Mbps broadband, 10GB usage
    • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included
    • £75 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    £75 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    17Mb
    up to
    10GB
    usage limit
    1Mb
    up to
    £6.95
    one-off-fee
    £63.95
    first year
    £4.75
    per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £63.9512 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £6.95
    • Average monthly: £22.32
    • First year cost: £267.83
    • Lifetime cost: £267.83
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Anytime Calls
    Fuel Broadband
    • Up to 16Mb broadband
    • Unlimited monthly download
    • Inclusive anytime calls
    • 6 months free broadband
    • Includes Chromecast

    6 months free broadband & Includes Chromecast

    16Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    fair use policy
    1Mb
    up to
    £7.95
    one-off-fee
    £67.95
    first year
    £3
    £7 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15 line rental1st year cost: £67.9512 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £7.95
    • Average monthly: £20.66
    • First year cost: £247.95
    • Lifetime cost: £247.95
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Eve & Weekend Calls
    Plusnet
    • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
    • Unlimited usage allowance
    • Eve & weekend calls
    • £11.24 off for 6 months
    • £50 Cashback

    £11.24 off for 6 months & £50 Cashback

    38Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    traffic mgmt
    19Mb
    up to
    £5.99
    save £50
    £68.43
    first year
    £3.75
    £14.99 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £68.4318 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £5.99
    • Average monthly: £24.75
    • First year cost: £259.83
    • Lifetime cost: £445.47
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    SimplyBroadband Fibre
    TalkTalk
    • Up to 38Mb broadband
    • Totally unlimited monthly usage
    • No calls included, pay for what you use
    • £75 Love2shop voucher
    • £13.50 off for 6 months

    £75 Love2shop voucher & £13.50 off for 6 months

    38Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    2Mb
    up to
    Free
    save £30
    £81
    first year
    Free
    £13.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £8118 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: Free
    • Average monthly: £25.70
    • First year cost: £281.40
    • Lifetime cost: £462.60
    • Contract length: 18
    Price details
    Unlimited Broadband with Weekend Calls
    BT
    • BT Sport app and online player
    • Up to 17Mbps unlimited broadband
    • 5GB BT Cloud, weekend calls
    • £75 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    £75 Sainsbury's Gift Card

    17Mb
    up to
    Unlimited
    truly unlimited
    1Mb
    up to
    £6.95
    one-off-fee
    £102.95
    first year
    £8
    per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £102.9512 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £6.95
    • Average monthly: £25.57
    • First year cost: £306.83
    • Lifetime cost: £306.83
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
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    What you need to know

    • Prices last checked and verified 2nd March 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

    How do I compare different packages?

    Prices for broadband have steadily decreased since it became more widely available and generally regarded as a household essential. With a number of budget broadband providers coming onto the market offering cheaper broadband deals, competition is growing, so we’ve created this comparison page to help you navigate the choppy waters of budget broadband. The table can be ordered according to your preference by clicking on the column headers so, if finding the best speed is more important to you than the monthly cost, you can re-arrange the results.

    Availability

    Before you start to compare broadband, it’s best to see what’s available in your area. If you put your postcode into the checker at the top of the page it will limit your results to those that are available to you.

    Check the detail

    It’s easy to get drawn in by the sometimes shockingly low prices on offer from budget internet service providers (ISPs). Always check the detail of the package you’re interested in before diving headfirst into the cheapest broadband deal you can find.

    Make sure you know what you’re getting before you make your mind up

    Remember, not all broadband was created equally and you should read through a package’s details, fine print and terms and conditions thoroughly before you select your deal. Because we’re mainly looking at the cheaper end of the broadband market, there may be more limits imposed on you that could increase your bill in the long term – so make sure you know what you’re getting before you sign up for anything.

    Why choose a cheap broadband deal?

    So what are the benefits of opting for a budget broadband deal? Here are three things we think will appeal to those looking to make the switch.

    It’s cheaper than a cup of coffee

    Budget broadband is cheap; whether it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee depends on which package you opt for and where you buy your coffee from, but the bottom line is – it can still be pretty cheap. One thing to bear in mind, however, is that the prices you see on the comparison table do not include line rental, so you’ll need to take that into consideration.

    Simplicity means value

    If you subscribe to the idea that less is more, then a cheaper broadband deal might be perfect for you. Top-end packages tend to be crammed with extra features that may be superfluous to your requirements. Paying extra for public Wi-Fi, endless security apps and an all-singing, all-dancing wireless router are not good value for money if you’re only looking to send the occasional e-mail and order your shopping online once a week.

    You’ve got a better chance of receiving an ADSL line than a fibre optic one

    The majority of the budget services are carried on BT’s ADSL network, which means it has fairly good coverage throughout the UK. You can check the availability with the postcode checker at the top of this page but, fundamentally, these packages have better availability than those that use fibre optic technology.

    Pros & cons

    Pros

    • The budget packages are cheap
    • Simplicity means you only get what you need
    • ASDL is widely available

    Cons

    • Packages usually come with little or no extras
    • Cheap deals usually come with limited data
    • The routers supplied are usually fairly basic

    Which package is right for me?

    If you’re thinking about a picking up a broadband package from the cheaper end of the market, there are some things to take into consideration.

    The speed you receive is average for ADSL broadband

    You’ll notice that the top speed of the budget packages is around 14Mbps to 17Mbps, which is standard for ADSL broadband. The standard broadband speed is fast enough to do most things, such as sending e-mails, making video calls and streaming music and movies. As these are ‘up to’ speeds, you should also check what you’re actually likely to receive at your property using our broadband speed checker.

    Make sure you know the penalties for exceeding your data allowance

    Many of the cheapest broadband deals will come with data usage allowances, which shouldn’t cause a problem if you’re a particularly light user, but if you use the internet a lot, and use Wi-Fi for any of your devices, you may want to take this into account. If you do choose a package with a data allowance, make sure you know what happens if you exceed your limit; some providers impose charges for going over.

    If you find you’re running over more often than not, that great value deal might not seem as great as you first thought and you may want to consider a fibre optic broadband package instead.

    Make sure you know about all additional costs

    Internet service providers have had a bit of a race to the bottom where price is concerned, but the figure that the company shout about is not always the price you will pay monthly. The cost of line rental can fluctuate from provider to provider, and the price advertised may just be an amazing introductory offer, not the amount you will pay for the duration of your contract.

    What will I need?

    There are some things you’ll need if you want a cheap broadband deal.

    You may need to have a phone line installed at your address

    Depending on where you are and what is already installed at your address, you may need to have a phone line set up at your property. This may mean an engineer has to visit and extra charges will be levied.

    If you want to connect your wireless devices, you’ll need a wireless router

    If you have wireless devices, such as a mobile, a tablet, or a games console, that you want to connect to the internet, then you’ll need a wireless router. Luckily, all budget providers supply their customers with such a device which, while not being as technically complex as that of a more expensive provider, will get you up and running and do everything you want.

    How do I switch?

    After you’ve found out what’s available in your area and decided which package offers the best broadband deal for you, it’s time to contact the provider. It’s best to do this when your current contract has come to an end, as you’ll want to avoid any early termination charges.

    Contact your current provider to say you’re leaving

    Following that, you need to contact your current provider and tell the customer services team that you’re leaving. Chances are this will result in you being offered everything under the sun not to leave, but if your mind’s made up then you should stick to your plan. After that you need to contact your new provider to set up your new connection. This can be done on our comparison table above.

    Six essential questions before you buy

    1. What can you get in your area?
    2. How much do you want to spend?
    3. Are you comfortable switching to a new provider?
    4. How much data do you use in a month?
    5. How much is line rental on the new package?
    6. What call plan is included with the package?

    Cable.co.uk recommends

    With broadband, as with many things in life, you get what you pay for. A budget broadband provider will cut corners to pass savings on to the customer so, for example, you might find that the router you receive is not as good as BT’s Home Hub 5 or the customer service might not be particularly helpful, but for those caveats, you can get a very cheap service.

    If you’re a light to medium user, budget broadband might be for you

    A budget broadband deal can be perfect for the right kind of person, but you should work out what kind of broadband user you are before going for the cheapest thing you see. A light to medium user who uses the net for browsing, shopping, checking e-mails and other low usage activities might not scratch a usage limit, making some of these deals difficult to ignore. If you’ve got a budget broadband package then we’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

    Comments (3)

    david
    16th October 2014

    I am currently with plusnet a subsidery of BT. Just like BT they are awful. Customer service is self serving ie will I lose my job if I do what the customer requests. I am currently looking for another provider or maybe not as it seems that all providers are us first - customer last. I wonder if I can live without an isp or phone line. There are computers in the library, and I rarely use the phone, and I would save myself at least a fiver a week and would not have to put up with bad customer support.

    Ray
    4th June 2014

    You and me too. I am not with BT, nor would I want to be, seeing what a friend experienced with a phone problem. I need an unlimited broadband wifi that is a sensible price without the deal tying me into a yearly phone contract.

    Paul
    10th February 2014

    I have been at with BT 26 years now and want to change to a cheaper company,one with the cheapest monthly cost for a landline and truly unlimtied broadband,I dont need a really fast speed as only one person will be using it for the odd viewing of youtube video's,and face book sessions,and i dont really download much.also call prices for landline are not a problem as there will be little usage.i just want the cheapest way possible per month for my requirements.even a super market deal will be ok.also if possible a company that will sort out the early cancellation of my BT contract.as i have been robbed for long enough. any advice would be appreciated.

    Paul

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