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BTBT Unlimited Infinity 1 + Calls
52Mb
speed
(up to)
-
£29.99p/m
includes line rental1st year cost: £369.87
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  • Free connection worth £50
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Virgin Media
  • Pay nothing today
  • No landline, no line rental
  • Free WiFi router
  • 12 month contract
    300Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    -£20
    set-up
    cost
    Virgin MediaVirgin Media VIVID 300 Fibre Broadband
    300Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    -
    £42p/m
    1st year cost: £524
    Virgin Media
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • Free WiFi router
    • 12 month contract
      300Mb
      speed
      (up to)
      -£20
      set-up
      cost
      Virgin MediaVirgin Media VIVID 300 Fibre Broadband + Calls
      300Mb
      speed
      (up to)
      -
      £44p/m
      includes line rental1st year cost: £548
      Virgin Media
      • Freeview + premium + sports (inc BT) + movies
      • Pay nothing today
      • Anytime calls
      • Free TV V6 boxes & WiFi router
      • 12 month contract
      300Mb
      speed
      (up to)
      315
      channels
      £20
      set-up
      cost
      Virgin MediaVirgin Media The VIP TV Bundle
      300Mb
      speed
      (up to)
      315
      channels
      £91p/m
      includes line rental1st year cost: £1112
      • Offer ends 18th December
      • Netflix included for 6 months
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      Virgin Media
      • Pay nothing today
      • No landline, no line rental
      • Free WiFi router
      • 12 month contract
        200Mb
        speed
        (up to)
        -£20
        set-up
        cost
        Virgin MediaVirgin Media VIVID 200 Fibre Broadband
        200Mb
        speed
        (up to)
        -
        £37p/m
        1st year cost: £464
        Virgin Media
        • Pay nothing today
        • Weekend calls
        • Free WiFi router
        • 12 month contract
          200Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          -£20
          set-up
          cost
          Virgin MediaVirgin Media VIVID 200 Fibre Broadband + Calls
          200Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          -
          £39p/m
          includes line rental1st year cost: £488
          Virgin Media
          • Freeview + premium + movies + BT Sport
          • Pay nothing today
          • Weekend calls
          • Free TV V6 box & WiFi router
          • 12 month contract
          200Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          299
          channels
          £20
          set-up
          cost
          Virgin MediaVirgin Media The Full House TV Movies Bundle
          200Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          299
          channels
          £66p/m
          includes line rental1st year cost: £812
          • Offer ends 18th December
          • Netflix included for 6 months
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          Virgin Media
          • Freeview + premium + sports (inc BT, Sky)
          • Pay nothing today
          • Weekend calls
          • Free TV V6 box & WiFi router
          • 12 month contract
          200Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          283
          channels
          £20
          set-up
          cost
          Virgin MediaVirgin Media The Full House TV Sports Bundle
          200Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          283
          channels
          £76p/m
          includes line rental1st year cost: £932
          • Offer ends 18th December
          • Netflix included for 6 months
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          Virgin Media
          • Freeview channels
          • Pay nothing today
          • Weekend calls
          • Free 500GB TiVo Box & WiFi router
          • 12 month contract
            100Mb
            speed
            (up to)
            79
            channels
            £20
            set-up
            cost
            Virgin MediaVirgin Media The Player TV Bundle
            100Mb
            speed
            (up to)
            79
            channels
            £30p/m
            includes line rental1st year cost: £380
            Virgin Media
            • Pay nothing today
            • No landline, no line rental
            • Free WiFi router
            • 12 month contract
              100Mb
              speed
              (up to)
              -£20
              set-up
              cost
              Virgin MediaVirgin Media VIVID 100 Fibre Broadband
              100Mb
              speed
              (up to)
              -
              £32p/m
              1st year cost: £404
              Virgin Media
              • Pay nothing today
              • Weekend calls
              • Free WiFi router
              • 12 month contract
                100Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                -£20
                set-up
                cost
                Virgin MediaVirgin Media VIVID 100 Fibre Broadband + Calls
                100Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                -
                £34p/m
                includes line rental1st year cost: £428
                Virgin Media
                • Freeview + premium channels
                • Pay nothing today
                • Weekend calls
                • Free TV V6 box & WiFi router
                • 12 month contract
                100Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                179
                channels
                £20
                set-up
                cost
                Virgin MediaVirgin Media The Mix TV Bundle
                100Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                179
                channels
                £46p/m
                includes line rental1st year cost: £572
                • Offer ends 18th December
                • Netflix included for 6 months
                See Deal
                Virgin Media
                • Freeview + premium + BT Sport
                • Pay nothing today
                • Weekend calls
                • Free TV V6 box & WiFi router
                • 12 month contract
                100Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                275
                channels
                £20
                set-up
                cost
                Virgin MediaVirgin Media The Full House TV Bundle
                100Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                275
                channels
                £56p/m
                includes line rental1st year cost: £692
                • Offer ends 18th December
                • Netflix included for 6 months
                See Deal
                Vodafone
                • Pay nothing today
                • Free Vodafone Connect router
                • 18 month contract
                76Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                -Zero
                set-up
                cost
                VodafoneVodafone Unlimited Fibre 76
                76Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                -
                £25p/m
                includes line rental1st year cost: £300
                • Offer ends 27th November
                • UK's lowest priced Unlimited Fibre
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                Origin Broadband
                • Pay 1st month's bill today
                • Free budget-range router
                • 18 month contract
                  76Mb
                  speed
                  (up to)
                  -Zero
                  set-up
                  cost
                  Origin BroadbandOrigin Unlimited Fibre Max Broadband
                  76Mb
                  speed
                  (up to)
                  -
                  £29.99p/m
                  includes line rental1st year cost: £359.88
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                  What you need to know

                  • Prices last checked and verified 14th November 2017
                  • Broadband speeds may vary
                  • Monthly costs include line rental
                  • 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
                  • Some providers offer line rental reduced prices when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

                  How to compare fast broadband

                  Picking a fast fibre optic broadband package doesn’t have to mean trawling providers’ websites hunting out the best deal. Our comparison table lists the packages with the fastest top speeds, lowest prices and monthly usage, so you can re-order it according to your preferences.

                  Fibre optic broadband is being slowly rolled out over the country, usually beginning in city centres and creeping its way to large towns and residential centres, so not all the packages you see on the list will be available to you. Make sure you check whether the service is on offer in your area before you set your heart on it.

                  Many of the packages come with caveats attached, so make sure you sift through the fine print and uncover the details before you sign an 18-month contract. Some packages come with hidden fees, some are on deals that will run out and mean the price will increase after a few months, and some have usage limitations in place, so make sure you don’t get stung by checking the details carefully.

                  Why choose fast broadband?

                  There are a number of great reasons to opt for a fast fibre package over a standard ADSL broadband deal.

                  This seems like a fairly obvious reason, but it’s certainly a good one. Fibre optic broadband comes with much faster top speeds than traditional broadband. The majority of providers offer speeds between up to 38Mbps and 76Mbps, and run on the BT Openreach network. Virgin Media, which has its own cable network, offers three speeds of 50Mbps, 100Mbps and 200Mbps. When compared to ADSL broadband, which usually sits around the 15Mbps to 17Mbps mark, there is very little comparison.

                  The added speed that comes with fibre optic broadband means you’ll be able to enjoy downloading and sharing more content than ever before. Thankfully, ISPs have cottoned onto this fact and usually provide data without any limits. Instead of this, there are usually different methods used to throttle the amount of data you can download, such as fair usage policies and traffic management at certain times of day. Even with these, you shouldn’t experience too much slowdown unless you use a lot of peer-to-peer sharing sites.

                  Faster upload speeds are often overlooked characteristic is probably not as important as download speeds, but should certainly not be ignored. Whenever you send something into the wide blue yonder of the internet it is your upload speed that determines how fast it is delivered. This affects things such as sharing images and videos, using VoIP services and online gaming. Most fibre optic packages have faster upload speeds than standard broadband packages, meaning these tasks take less time and run more smoothly.

                  Pros & cons

                  Pros

                  • Faster download speeds
                  • Few restrictions on data limits
                  • Quicker upload speeds

                  Cons

                  • Usually more expensive than standard broadband
                  • Less widespread than standard broadband
                  • There can be additional fees for installation

                  Which package is right for me?

                  There is a wealth of great fibre optic packages out there at the moment, so you should be able to find the ideal one for you. Here are some of the most popular.

                  Plusnet Unlimited Fibre

                  This is one of the cheapest fibre optic packages on the market. It comes with a 38Mbps connection speed and an evenings and weekends call plan on an 18-month contract. This is an ideal package for families with moderate internet use, but who still want to browse freely, stream films and keep all of their devices connected via wi-fi.

                  Sky Fibre Max

                  This is the fastest fibre optic connection that Sky offers, and with a download speed of up to 76Mbps, it should be fast enough for even the most internet-hungry families. You should be able to stream, download, play games online and keep wi-fi devices fed at the same time, and still have some room left over. The extra speed does come at extra expense, so you should only go for this deal if you know you’re going to get good value from it.

                  Virgin Media’s up to 300Mbps

                  This package from Virgin Media provides the fastest fibre optic connection widely available in the UK. You can do pretty much everything you want online with a speed like this and not come close to touching the sides of its bandwidth limit. What’s more, because Virgin Media owns its own fibre optic line, you don’t have to pay line rental if you choose a broadband-only package, so it’s not as expensive as you might imagine.

                  What will I need?

                  It may seem slightly obvious, but the main obstacle to you getting fibre optic broadband is what area you are in. BT, which also provides fibre for the majority of other providers, has the largest network of fibre optic cables, with new towns and cities being added all the time. You can check whether you can get fibre optic broadband using our postcode checker.

                  Getting your hands on a good wireless router is key to accessing all your content. Most of the larger providers, such as BT and Virgin Media, offer excellent wireless routers, which project clean, strong signals to all of your wi-fi enabled devices. Some of the budget ISPs have, however, been known to have provided routers incapable of delivering the top advertised speeds, so make sure what hardware is on offer before you make your purchase.

                  How do I switch?

                  Make sure you find the right provider for your needs. Have a scour through all the providers that supply fibre optic broadband in your area and weigh up the pros and cons of each. This will help you find a deal that’s the best match for your needs and will stop you from picking something wildly over-priced or woefully inadequate.

                  Sign up to the new provider of your choice

                  When you sign up to a new provider, they’ll handle the entire switching process for you, including contacting your current supplier. The exception is if you’re switching to or from Virgin Media. If this is the case, you’ll have to contact your existing provider and cancel the service yourself.

                  The best time to switch is when your current contract has expired; this will help you to avoid early termination fees.

                  Fibre optic broadband is a particularly attractive utility, but make sure it’s something you would feel the benefit from before you splash out on it. Do you need to download a HD film in the same amount of time it takes to microwave a bag of popcorn? If the answer is yes, then it's time to start your search.

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