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50Mb Broadband with Weekend Calls
Virgin Media
  • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited download allowance
  • Unlimited weekend calls
  • £10 off for 12 Months

£10 off for 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
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SimplyBroadband Fibre
TalkTalk
  • Up to 38Mb broadband
  • Totally unlimited monthly usage
  • No calls included, pay for what you use
  • £75 Love2shop voucher
  • £8.50 off for 6 months

£75 Love2shop voucher & £8.50 off for 6 months

38Mb
up to
Unlimited
truly unlimited
2Mb
up to
Free
save £30
£111
first year
£5
£13.50 after 6 mthsprice details+ £16.70 line rental1st year cost: £11118 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: Free
  • Average monthly: £27.37
  • First year cost: £311.40
  • Lifetime cost: £492.60
  • Contract length: 18
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Unlimited Fibre with Evening & Weekend Calls
Plusnet
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
  • Unlimited usage allowance
  • Eve & weekend calls
  • £11.24 off for 6 months

£11.24 off for 6 months

38Mb
up to
Unlimited
traffic mgmt
19Mb
up to
£5.99
save £50
£118.43
first year
£3.75
£14.99 after 6 mthsprice details+ £15.95 line rental1st year cost: £118.4318 month contract
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  • Upfront cost: £5.99
  • Average monthly: £27.53
  • First year cost: £309.83
  • Lifetime cost: £495.47
  • Contract length: 18
Price details
Infinity 1 Broadband with No Calls Included
BT
  • BT Sport app and online player
  • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 20GB usage
  • 5GB BT Cloud, no calls included

    38Mb
    up to
    20GB
    usage limit
    9.5Mb
    up to
    £36.95
    one-off-fee
    £129.95
    first year
    £7.75
    per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £129.9512 month contract
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    • Upfront cost: £36.95
    • Average monthly: £27.82
    • First year cost: £333.83
    • Lifetime cost: £333.83
    • Contract length: 12
    Price details
    Infinity Extra with Evening & Weekend Calls
    BT
    • BT Sport app and online player
    • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 40GB usage
    • 2GB BT Cloud, eve & weekend calls

      38Mb
      up to
      40GB
      usage limit
      9.5Mb
      up to
      £36.95
      one-off-fee
      £132.95
      first year
      £8
      per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £132.9512 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: £36.95
      • Average monthly: £28.07
      • First year cost: £336.83
      • Lifetime cost: £336.83
      • Contract length: 12
      Price details
      50Mb Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
      Virgin Media
      • Up to 50Mb fibre broadband
      • Unlimited download allowance
      • Unlimited evening & weekend calls
      • £10 off for 12 Months

      £10 off for 12 Months

      50Mb
      up to
      Unlimited
      traffic mgmt
      3Mb
      up to
      Free
      save £49.95
      £145.15
      first year
      £12.10
      £22.10 after 12 mthsprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £145.1518 month contract
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      • Upfront cost: Free
      • Average monthly: £32.42
      • First year cost: £349.03
      • Lifetime cost: £583.57
      • Contract length: 18
      Price details
      Fibre Broadband with Weekend Calls
      Sky
      • Up to 38Mb broadband
      • 25GB monthly usage
      • Inclusive weekend calls

        38Mb
        up to
        25GB
        usage limit
        10Mb
        up to
        £36.95
        one-off-fee
        £156.95
        first year
        £10
        per monthprice details+ £16.40 line rental1st year cost: £156.9518 month contract
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        • Upfront cost: £36.95
        • Average monthly: £28.45
        • First year cost: £353.75
        • Lifetime cost: £512.15
        • Contract length: 18
        Price details
        Infinity 1 Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
        BT
        • BT Sport app and online player
        • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband, 20GB usage
        • 5GB BT Cloud, off peak calls

          38Mb
          up to
          20GB
          usage limit
          9.5Mb
          up to
          £36.95
          one-off-fee
          £165.95
          first year
          £10.75
          per monthprice details+ £16.99 line rental1st year cost: £165.9512 month contract
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          • Upfront cost: £36.95
          • Average monthly: £30.82
          • First year cost: £369.83
          • Lifetime cost: £369.83
          • Contract length: 12
          Price details
          Fibre Business Broadband and Weekend Calls
          EE Business
          • Up to 38Mb fibre broadband
          • Unlimited monthly usage
          • Inclusive weekend calls

            38Mb
            up to
            Unlimited
            fair use policy
            & traffic mgmt
            10Mb
            up to
            £6
            save £50
            £165.96
            first year
            £13.33
            per monthprice details+ £13.13 line rental1st year cost: £165.9618 month contract
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            • Upfront cost: £6
            • Average monthly: £26.79
            • First year cost: £323.52
            • Lifetime cost: £482.28
            • Contract length: 18
            Price details
            Fibre Broadband with Weekend Calls
            Direct Save Telecom
            • Up to 38Mb broadband
            • Unlimited monthly usage
            • Inclusive weekend calls
            • 3 months free fibre broadband
            • A £50 security deposit may apply

            3 months free fibre broadband & A £50 security deposit may apply

            38Mb
            up to
            Unlimited
            truly unlimited
            10Mb
            up to
            £33.90
            one-off-fee
            £166.65
            first year
            Free
            £14.75 after 3 mthsprice details+ £14.45 line rental1st year cost: £166.6518 month contract
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            • Upfront cost: £33.90
            • Average monthly: £28.63
            • First year cost: £340.05
            • Lifetime cost: £515.25
            • Contract length: 18
            Price details
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            What you need to know

            • Prices last checked and verified 20th 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 fibre optic broadband

            Thursday, January 22nd 2015

            How do I compare different packages?

            If you’re after the best fibre optic broadband deal, you can use our comparison tool to find the perfect package for you. By finding out what is available in your area and listing those packages according to your desired attributes, such as price, usage limit or download speed, you should be able to single out the best fibre optic broadband deal for you.

            Fibre availability

            If you don’t know whether you can get fibre optic broadband in your area, you can type your postcode into the availability checker and quickly find out what the options are in your area.

            Check the detail

            Before you begin switching providers, it’s worth making sure that you’re absolutely certain about your decision. The annual cost, the download limit, whether the service in question has a fair usage policy or is unlimited, whether it comes with a router, and even the length of the contract are all issues to consider when you start to compare fibre optic broadband deals.

            Why choose fibre optic broadband

            Fibre optic broadband is fast. The speeds range from up to 38Mb all the way up to 152Mb, so there should be a speed that’s suitable for you. Most providers offer either up to 38Mb or up to 76Mb, which should be more than sufficient for the majority of internet users.

            Unlimited broadband

            Unlimited downloads are not exclusive to fibre optic broadband, but they are more prevalent due to the nature of the service. Running into your data cap would be a real downer in the middle of an HD Game of Thrones marathon, so a fast, unlimited fibre service is a must if you are a box-set binger.

            Connect lots of devices via wi-fi

            Increasingly, the devices we use are web-enabled and, to cater for this, we connect them via a wireless router to our home broadband connection. You can successfully connect more devices to a fibre optic line than you can to a standard broadband line (also known as an ADSL line), so if you live in a household that consumes data on tablet, console, phone, laptop and desktop, then a fast fibre connection is the answer.

            Pros & cons

            Pros

            • High speeds of up to 152Mb
            • Most fibre optic packages are uncapped
            • Offers more wi-fi capacity

            Cons

            • More expensive than standard broadband
            • Not as widely available as standard broadband
            • Some fibre services have set-up fees

            Which broadband providers offer fibre optic broadband?

            Most internet providers offer a fibre optic service

            Internet service providers are in a constant race to provide a faster internet connection to their customers, and many of them have made the leap to fibre optic cable. The comparison list above shows all the providers that currently offer the service and which speeds they can offer. If you don’t know what your current broadband speed is, you can use our speed checker to find out.

            Which fibre optic speed is right for me?

            Up to 152Mb

            Virgin Media offers the fastest widely available fibre optic broadband connection. The up to 152Mbps package is available as part of a bundle or as a standalone service and, at that speed, you should be able to do whatever you want for as long as you want. At this speed you should be able to download an entire album in two seconds, an HD movie in five minutes and a large videogame in 35 minutes. As you may imagine, being the fastest available, Virgin’s up to 152Mbps package is not exactly cheap fibre optic broadband, but it should easily cope with even the most demanding households.

            Up to 100Mb

            Virgin also offers an up to 100Mbps speed, which is still faster than the rest of the pack, and can be purchased as part of a bundle or by itself. At this speed you can download an album in three seconds, an HD movie in eight minutes, or a large videogame in just under an hour.

            Up to 76Mb

            Up to 76Mbps is the fastest speed available from the majority of fibre optic providers. At this speed, you should be able to download an HD movie in just over ten minutes, an album in four seconds and a large videogame in just over an hour.

            Up to 50Mb

            Up to 50Mbps is the slowest fibre optic service from Virgin Media, but is still quick enough to download an album in around 6.4 seconds and an HD movie in just over 15 minutes.

            Up to 38Mb

            While it is the slowest fibre optic speed offered by most companies, up to 38Mbps is also one of the cheapest fibre optic broadband connections available, and is still a great speed to be getting on with, and should comfortably support the needs of most families. With an up to 38Mb connection, you’ll be able to download an album in eight seconds, an HD movie in 20 minutes, and a large videogame in just over two hours.

            What will I need?

            You will need a fibre optic line

            Fibre optic services are provided down a fibre optic line, as opposed to the copper wire that standard broadband connections travel along and, if there is not already a fibre optic line running to your house, a technician will be required to fit one. This can be arranged through your provider and usually costs a small fee.

            You will need a wireless router to make the most of a fibre optic connection

            If you have a fibre connection with a fast download speed, you’ll need a way to share the signal, and that’s where a decent wireless router comes in. Most providers will include one when you take out a fibre optic deal, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

            How do I switch?

            If you’ve spotted a deal that is perfect for you, and checked that it’s available in your area, then it’s time to visit the provider. You can do this by clicking on the blue ‘See Deal’ button on the comparison tool and you’ll be directed straight to that offer.

            Six essential questions before you buy

            1. Is fibre optic broadband available in my area?
            2. What speed do I currently receive?
            3. What speed do I need?
            4. Do I have a fibre optic line already installed?
            5. Am I comfortable with switching my broadband supplier?
            6. What is my budget for broadband?

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            Choose wisely and don’t get carried away

            It’s so easy to get carried away with fibre optic speeds, but unless your household are very heavy internet users, the chances are you won’t need the very top package. Make sure you get all the information about the package you want before you make your decision, and then you can click the blue ‘See Deal’ button to visit the provider’s site.