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First Utility broadband and fibre review 2018

Would you trust an energy provider to deliver your broadband service? First Utility is among a growing number of energy companies cross-selling telecoms to its existing customers and new recruits.

EE TV review 2018

EE has joined the TV market with its new EE TV service. It’s only available to EE home broadband customers, and it’s not got the greatest amount of content but, with multi-screen functionality and a 1TB hard drive, it might still be the answer to all your TV needs.

Plusnet broadband and fibre review 2018

They were voted Which? Magazine’s Recommended Broadband Provider in 2011 and 2012. They’re keen to promote a solid, dependable Yorkshire-flavoured service that ‘does you proud’ – but is Plusnet broadband any good?

BT broadband and fibre review 2018

BT's arguably the best-known telecoms company in the UK. But does being the biggest mean it's the best? BT reckons it does and claims to be the country's most popular broadband provider. Can it live up to its own hype?

Vodafone broadband and fibre broadband review 2018

Vodafone, though gargantuan in the world of mobile, is still a relative newcomer to broadband. But it's hell-bent on gaining ground quickly, offering some of the cheapest fibre broadband deals on the market. But does cheap come at the cost of quality? Is Vodafone broadband truly any good?

Sky broadband and fibre review 2018

Sky is one of the biggest broadband providers in the UK, offering standard and fibre packages. But what's it really like and is it better than any others? Here's what we think.

Virgin Media broadband review 2018

Virgin Media runs its own super-fast network that stands it apart from rival providers. Its network is not just quicker, but has the latest all-singing, all-dancing technology. We say, if you can get it, you should.

5 best Asda Mobile SIM-only deals in 2018

Asda Mobile has an extensive range of 30-day pay as you go SIM bundles giving you the flexibility to change your allowance whenever it suits you or simply set it to renew if you’re happy with what you’ve got.

5 of the best Tesco Mobile SIM-only deals in 2018

Tesco is renowned for providing good quality products at competitive prices so it’s no surprise to see the exact same philosophy applied to their range of Mobile SIM deals available at the moment

What are the best Sky broadband, TV and phone upgrade deals for existing customers?

If you're a Sky customer and looking to upgrade your Sky services in some way, we have all the information you could possibly need – what's available, how to get it, and what the pitfalls might be.

How to watch the 2018 World Cup online

The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, with dozens of competing countries and billions of fans. If you want to get in on the action online, you’ll need to find the right way to watch or risk missing out on some of the key matches. This guide explains all the best ways to watch the 2018 World Cup, no matter what device you want to use.

Can I get Plusnet broadband and fibre broadband?

With its down-to-earth advertising - and down-to-earth prices - Plusnet has a great reputation with its customers. But what services does the company offer, and can you get them in your area?

Help! I’m struggling with my mobile phone bill

So what should you do if funds run short and you find your mobile phone bill is regularly unaffordable? Don't panic – read on for some practical, straightforward advice.

Is BT Business broadband any good?

BT Business Broadband has near-universal name recognition, reasonable pricing and a few extras you can't get anywhere else. But is it any good? We take a look.

How to unlock your mobile phone

Unlocking your phone brings freedom to your handset. Once it's unlocked you can use it on any network, so you can take advantage of all those cheap SIM-only deals. It's a legal process, and you can sometimes unlock your phone for free.

Can I get a mobile deal with poor credit history?

When you're after a new mobile plan, a poor credit record can present quite a problem. However, with options such as SIM-only deals and pay-as-you-go, there are still ways you can find a good deal.

Can I get broadband without a phone line?

While it's true that most traditional broadband options require a phone line, there are still a few services out there that can get you online without one. Let's take a look.

Should I switch to a small energy provider?

If you like the idea of giving your hard-earned cash to a smaller evergy supplier rather than one of the Big Six, you probably want a bit of reassurance that you are doing the right thing. Some are better than others and we've looked at all the things you might want to consider before you switch.

How can I watch Sky Atlantic? On Sky, NOW TV, BT, Virgin and TalkTalk

Sky Atlantic is Sky's jewel in the crown – one of the best reasons to subscribe to Sky TV. But what if you're with another provider? Are there other ways to watch it? Why, yes. Yes there are.

How to switch between BT and TalkTalk

Thinking of switching from TalkTalk to BT or from BT to TalkTalk? Either way, before you set out, we've got some great advice for you to help smooth the journey.

Can I get 4G in my area?

All the mobile networks now offer 4G connectivity – but none of them have the whole country completely covered. We tell you why 4G is better than 3G, and which network has the best 4G coverage cross the UK.

Can I keep my email address if I change broadband provider?

Most providers will offer you a free email address (sometimes several addresses) when you sign up. However, if you decide to change provider in the future what will happen to your email address? It's different for each provider.

How to claim your free rewards, cashback and vouchers

Just bagged yourself a great broadband deal and now wondering how to claim the freebies that come with it? Whether it's a free TV with Sky or a BT Reward Card, we tell you how to get your hands on what is rightfully yours.

How to get Sky Sports on Virgin Media

All the Sky Sports channels are available to Virgin Media TV customers, in standard and in high definition, either as part of a bundle or as an add-on. However, individual channels are not available so you can't pick and choose - if you want Sky Sports you have to take the whole lot. Here's how to do it.

Can I get TalkTalk in my area?

TalkTalk is one of the biggest telecoms providers in the UK, well known for its low prices, and its broadband, TV and home phone services are widely available across the UK, so you have a good chance of getting what you want. Let's find out if you can.

Can I get Sky broadband in my area?

Sky is one of the largest broadband providers in the UK. It covers 99% of the total population, so it’s a nigh-on certainty that the short answer to this question is yes. Better check, though, eh?

Broadband speeds required for 4K TV, HD and live-streaming, VoIP, Skype and Facetime

We went and found out exactly what speed broadband connection you're going to need for a wide variety of popular online tasks, from watching 4K TV and movies to live-streaming your gameplay.

Broadband with bad credit: how to get a good deal regardless of your credit history

Most people assume credit checks are just for mortgages, loans and credit cards. But they’re not. Most broadband companies also perform a credit check unless you find a way to avoid these checks altogether. We can show you how.

Can I get BT TV?

To get BT TV you have to also have BT broadband – there is no way around this. You can find out whether you can get BT broadband or BT Infinity in your area using the availability checker in our guide. If you can get BT broadband, then you can get BT TV.

Should I get 52Mb or 76Mb BT Infinity broadband?

Previously known as BT Infinity, BT's fibre broadband essentially offers two options – Superfast Fibre 1, with an average download speed of 50Mbps, and the faster Superfast Fibre 2, averaging 67Mbps. But which of the two packages will be best for you?

Can I get BT Superfast Fibre broadband?

BT Infinity – now called BT Superfast Fibre – is available to most households and businesses in the UK, but by no means all of them. You'll need to use a broadband postcode checker to be certain. We've got you covered.

Can I get Sky fibre broadband in my area?

Sky uses the Openreach network to supply its fibre broadband services., which covers more than 27.4 million homes and business premises. So, the short answer to this question is almost certainly, yes.

How to get multi-room TV through Virgin, Sky, BT and TalkTalk

Multi-room TV allows you to watch your favourite shows in different rooms throughout the house, all on the same TV subscription. So you can watch the morning news while you're still in bed, keep the kids entertained in their bedroom, or watch a blockbuster in the living room all at the same time.

Can I get fibre broadband in my area?

According to BT, fibre broadband is now available to around 95% of UK homes, which means you should have an excellent chance of getting it where you are. We tell you how to find out if it's reached your street, and when it might be coming if it hasn't.

How long does it take to install broadband?

Are you moving home, getting broadband installed for the first time or switching suppliers? Installation lead times depend on many factors, such as your chosen provider, whether you need a new phone line installed, and where you live.

Which is the best UK mobile network provider?

The UK is one of the most competitive mobile markets in the world, with four main networks and numerous virtual operators battling it out for your hard-earned cash. There are four main mobile networks – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. So which one is the best? Can you guess? We have the answer.

Which is the best broadband provider for gaming?

Depending on whether you're looking to up your competitive game, keep on top of large downloads and patches, or make a name for yourself as a streamer, the answer to which broadband is best will likely be different. We look at how the big providers compare when it comes to the key requirements.

Can I get Virgin Media in my area?

It's no surprise Virgin's broadband speeds are attractive when the best widely-available download speed offered by the competition is less than one quarter as quick. But it's never quite that simple is it? The fastest packages are not available everywhere and some areas of Britain can't get Virgin Media at all.

BT Superfast Fibre versus Sky Fibre – which is best?

Fibre is an important part of an internet diet, ensuring faster speeds and BT and Sky are two of the biggest providers in this market. So how do you choose between these two internet giants?

Can I get cable TV and broadband in my area?

You have arrived here wondering how to get cable TV in your area. To answer this question it is necessary to ask another one; What do you mean by cable TV? Bear with us here.

What's in the basic Virgin Media TV package?

Virgin Media offers two basic TV packages: Mix TV (without broadband) and the Player TV bundle (TV and 100Mbps broadband). Here's what you get with each option.

Sky without a satellite dish – how do I get it?

Sky offers hundreds of TV channels, showing everything from Premier League football and big blockbuster Hollywood movies to Sky Atlantic’s high-quality TV dramas, but what if you don't want the clunky satellite dish that comes with it?

How fast is Virgin Media fibre optic broadband?

With more and more devices requiring an internet connection, it is increasingly necessary for our broadband to handle multiple devices at once. Into this data-hungry world steps Virgin Media with the fastest widely available broadband in the UK. But just how fast is it? and what can you actually do with it?

Virgin TV channels – a complete rundown of included channels

If you only want TV, Virgin offers just two packages – Mix and Full-House – but if you're after the full shebang of TV, broadband and phone, there is a wider choice of four TV packages, each bundled with Virgin's high-speed broadband and a phone line.

How to switch between Sky and TalkTalk

Are you sick of Sky or tired of TalkTalk? Switching between the two providers is relatively easy, so what are you waiting for? Here's all you need to know.

Best SIM deals for existing broadband and TV customers

Who says loyalty doesn’t pay? There are several broadband providers offering existing broadband or TV customers discounts on their SIM-only mobile deals. We tell you the best ones on offer right now.

What's the fastest way to get broadband installed when you move house?

Getting online is more intrinsic to our lives than ever before, so if you follow our guide, you’ll be sat in your new house watching Netflix and ordering fast-food while surrounded by unpacked boxes in no time.

How to switch to Sky from your current provider

So you've seen the ads, and found yourself tempted. Sky's broadband and TV packages are excellent. But how do you go about switching to Sky from your current provider without the risk of incurring heavy fees or getting left with a gap in service? We talk you through it all.

Is 50Mb broadband fast enough?

Putting broadband speeds into their simplest terms - the higher the number, the faster the broadband. Faster speeds will allow you to do more things online. Is 50Mb the right broadband speed for you?

How to switch between Virgin Media and BT

Changing broadband providers doesn't have to be complicated, so whether you are thinking of swapping from BT to Virgin or vice versa, there are just a few simple steps you need to follow to make sure everything goes to plan.

How to switch between Sky and BT

BT and Sky are two of the UK’s biggest communications providers, offering a selection of broadband, landline, television and mobile services. There are pros and cons to both companies depending on your specific needs, but what if you want to switch between the two?

Is 36Mb fibre broadband fast enough?

Most broadband providers offer download speeds averaging 36Mbps as their entry-level fibre broadband product, previously advertised as up to 38Mbps. There are a couple of exceptions: Virgin Media’s basic fibre product is 50Mbps and BT’s also averages 50Mbps. So is an entry-level fibre speed enough?

TalkTalk TV review 2018

TalkTalk is one of four quad-play telecoms providers in the UK, offering digital TV alongside broadband, home phone and mobile. TalkTalk TV is powered by YouView and offers a selection of basic Freeview channels that can be tailored with extras like Sky Sports and Sky Movies. But is it any good? Here’s the lowdown to help you decide.

What is a dual fuel discount and how do I get one?

A dual fuel deal offers a discount to customers taking both gas and electricity from the same provider. Dual fuel deals are offered by most energy suppliers, but with so many energy companies operating in the UK, it can be tricky to find the best one.

How to switch between Sky and Virgin Media

Are you ditching Sky for Virgin Media or vice versa? Perhaps you’re tempted by Virgin Media’s super-speedy broadband, or you fancy Sky’s TV service. This guide explains how to switch between Sky and Virgin Media, from who to contact to how long it all takes.

Should I choose a fixed or variable energy tariff?

There are hundreds of energy tariffs on the market – but picking the right one doesn’t have to be mind boggling. Energy suppliers may give their tariffs fancy names but they usually fall into two main categories: fixed or variable.

How to cancel your O2 mobile contract and find a better deal

So, the time has come to part company with O2. It was fun while it lasted but you’re moving on. If you want to keep your number, you’ll need to port it to your new provider. Porting is pretty straightforward these days – here’s what you need to know.

Plusnet Business Broadband review 2018

Plusnet Business broadband offers some solid and affordable options for the small business owner. With reasonable pricing and all the usual business broadband accountrements, Plusnet Business is definitely worth a look.

How to cancel Virgin Media and find a better deal

When you're signing up for a new broadband or TV package, the last thing on your mind is how you're going to get out of it.

How to cancel Plusnet broadband and find a better deal

Want to cancel Plusnet broadband, but worried about the stress involved? Well fear not. In most cases it's pretty easy to switch your broadband provider. As always, there are a few things to be aware of, which is where our handy guide comes in.

How to cancel BT broadband and find a better deal

You and BT have been together for a while now and it was great at the start, but now it's time to leave. It's pretty straightforward to switch from BT or cancel it altogether, there's just a few things to be mindful of.

How to cancel TalkTalk broadband and find a better deal

Want to cancel TalkTalk broadband, but worried about the hassle involved? Does the thought of 'that phone call' stress you out? Well we have looked into the best way to leave TalkTalk with the minimum of fuss.

BT broadband versus Sky broadband - Which is best?

Sky and BT are two of the biggest names in British broadband, each offering a range of standard and superfast packages to suit virtually every need. So which one of these heavyweights is right for you?

Tesco Mobile review 2018

Tesco Mobile was the first supermarket to enter the mobile marketplace and has made a name for itself when it comes to choice and customer service. You may wonder what a supermarket knows about running a phone network, well, we've taken a look.

Lebara Mobile review 2018

Lebara Mobile offers SIM-only plans, with a focus on migrant communities, looking to keep in touch with home. It operates around the world and offers plans with decent international call allowances of included.

What's the best broadband in my area?

Choosing the right broadband that suits your circumstances is essential. One of the key factors in making this choice is being able to find out what services are available in your area. Our availability checker will tell you what you need to know.

John Lewis broadband review 2018

High street stalwart John Lewis might be more famous for its shops but it also provides broadband and home phone services. It’s not the cheapest supplier out there, but is it worth paying slightly more for a brand name you trust? Read on to decide.

Is there a way to get 100% green energy?

Green energy is now going mainstream, with more and more people wanting to change the way we collectively source and consume energy. As a result, there is a growing number of specialist providers out there now offering green energy deals.

Sky TV channels – a complete rundown of included channels

In the increasingly crowded subscription TV market place, Sky is still seen as the premier provider of quality programming across all genres. From Sky Sports to Sky Cinema, and the coveted Sky Atlantic, we've got all the details of exactly what channels Sky offers.

Vodafone mobile review 2018

Vodafone offers a range of contract, SIM-only and pay-as-you-go tariffs as well as a number of smart devices. There are also neat extras such as free Spotify subscriptions and rewards each time you top up on pay-as-you-go.

EE versus O2 mobile – Which is best?

EE and O2 are two of the UK’s main mobile operators. So which of these mobile heavyweights is the right network for you in 2018?

BT TV review 2018

BT TV offers a convenient way to bolt a TV service onto a BT broadband package. It is not available as a standalone TV service, but does offer several benefits for anyone happy to sign up to both.

5 of the fastest upload speed broadband deals in 2018

As a general rule, the best upload speed in the UK is around 20Mbps, which is exclusive to the top-end fibre broadband packages. Entry-level fibre broadband packages tend to have upload speeds of up to 10Mbps.

The best data SIMs for iPads and tablets in 2018

Most people use their tablets on their wi-fi at home or by connecting to free wi-fi when they’re out and about. But it’s not always enough, so a data SIM for your tablet or iPad can come in handy. There are plenty of tablet SIMs available, from budget options to those with tons of data.

PAYG SIMs with no monthly top-up and long expiry

Pay-as-you-go deals have become increasingly complicated, with operators offering various add-ons in exchange for minimum top-ups. But what if you just want a mobile phone for occasional use and don’t want to top up regularly? Here are the best SIMs for infrequent users.

Asda Mobile versus Tesco Mobile – Which is best?

Tesco and Asda have been selling handsets through their stores since 2000, but it is their mobile arms – Asda Mobile and Tesco Mobile – that focus on offering cheap SIM-only deals.

How to cancel Sky and find a better deal

Ever tried cancelling Sky? Found it too much hassle? Too many barriers put in your way? If you feel it’s time to make a switch, we’ve done all the research on exactly how you go about it with the least amount of fuss.

POP Telecom review 2018

You may not have heard of POP Telecom - it's not exactly the best-known kid on the block - but this family-owned business, based in Essex, has been trading for more than 20 years.

How pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobile plans work in 2018

PAYG used to be as simple as putting some credit on your phone and then paying a set rate for calls, texts and data, but with the introduction of PAYG bundles, things have become slightly more complex. We explain it all here.

iD Mobile review 2018

iD Mobile from Dixons Carphone has developed a reputation for value and flexibility, offering a range of pay monthly, SIM-only and pay-as-you-go tariffs, including the UK’s cheapest mobile deal. So it is right for you?

VOXI mobile review 2018

VOXI was launched by Vodafone in August 2017, positioned as a separate network exclusively for the younger generation. Its tariffs are reserved only for those who are age 25 or under, and all use of social media is thrown in with all deals, as are free calls and minutes.

5 best SIM-only deals for tethering in 2018

Whether you are writing your magnum opus in a coffee shop, or getting a bit of work done on the train, mobile tethering is a handy way to get online in the big wide world.

5 of the best 4G SIM-only deals in 2018

Fast 4G is now the default mobile internet connection offered by most providers. The data allowances on offer have steadily increased to keep up with the growth of data-hungry video and music-streaming services.

Plusnet Mobile review 2018

Plusnet Mobile only came onto the scene relatively recently, in 2016, as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) running on the EE network. It is a SIM-only provider, aiming to provide straightforward, affordable plans.

Sky Mobile review 2018

Sky has now launched Sky Mobile – a brand-new, 4G SIM-only service to complement its existing TV service. Aimed (almost) entirely at existing Sky TV customers, Sky Mobile presents a fresh option on the mobile market, with some interesting innovations.

Three mobile review 2018

Three is one of the four major networks in the UK, offering decent network coverage and a good array of SIM-only deals, as well as pay monthly handset contracts. In 2017, it was voted ‘Best Network for Data’ at the uSwitch mobile awards.

SMARTY mobile review 2018

SMARTY is a new SIM-only mobile network that promises to be simple, transparent and good value. It is one of several mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the UK that use one of the ‘big four’ networks - EE, O2, Three and Vodafone - to deliver their services.

5 of the best unlimited data SIM deals in 2018

SIM-only deals enable you to put together your own mobile package, pairing the handset of your choice with the right airtime deal. Doing this can save you money – what’s not to like?

5 of the best SIM deals for roaming in 2018

Due to recent changes in the law, there’s no longer any need to turn off data roaming in a panic as soon as your plane hits the tarmac. However, the roaming offers from each operator vary, so here is a handy guide to the five best SIMs for using your phone abroad.

EE Mobile review 2018

EE is the UK’s largest mobile operator in terms of customers and has the fastest, most widespread 4G network of any operator. However, EE has a reputation for being more expensive than the competition and other providers claim to have better customer service. So is the UK’s biggest network the best for you?

Do I need a smart meter?

Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meters and are being rolled out between now and 2020. The aim is to put consumers in control of their energy use, so they can save money on their energy bills.

5 of the best SIM deals for kids and teenagers in 2018

It seems like only yesterday, they were toddling around, chirping with delight over the simplest little things. In no time at all, those chubby little hands grew, quickly developing an ardent desire to get their hands on a smartphone.

BT Mobile review 2018

BT is now a major player in the mobile world, offering contract deals for handsets, SIM-only deals and regular discounts for existing BT broadband customers. It operates over the EE network and comes with access to millions of free BT wi-fi hotspots.

ASDA Mobile review 2018

ASDA Mobile has carved out a niche for itself as an affordable, no-frills provider, but will it's range of Pay As You Go SIMs have you slapping your back pocket in delight?

NOW TV review 2018

Now TV is a subscription-based streaming service from Sky, and gives you a way of accessing Sky shows without having to stick a satellite dish on the side of your home or get yourself tied into a long contract. Just want Sky Atlantic? Then NOW TV is the answer.

The Phone Co-op mobile review 2018

The Phone Co-op is a different proposition to most other mobile providers. It is run as a member-owned, consumer co-operative, with an ethical approach to supply chain, investment and the environment. Members get a democratic voice in how the company is run, and also receive dividends.

BT broadband versus EE broadband – which is the best provider?

The decision between BT and EE broadband is a tough one: both offer standard and fibre services with unlimited downloads and security software to keep you safe online. So how do you choose between them? We delve into the details to help you out.

Hyperoptic fibre broadband review 2018

Hyperoptic is part of a new wave of ‘alternative’ broadband providers that have built their own ‘full fibre’ networks in parts of the UK rather than relying on Openreach. The question is, can you get it where you are?

What is the warm home discount and how do I get it?

You might be eligible for the Warm Home Discount if you’re on a low income or receive certain benefits. Read our guide to find out whether you’re eligible for the Warm Home Discount and how to apply.

The People's Operator mobile review 2018

If you’re looking for a mobile provider with a difference, The People’s Operator could be for you. You can choose from a handful of SIM-only deals and give 10% of your bill to a good cause at no extra cost. Sound interesting? We review the pros, cons and our overall verdict.