Broadband deal of the week: BT Infinity 52Mb, £100 cashback, half-price set-up, £31.99 p/m
Our in-house expert, Dan Howdle, picks out the best broadband deal you can lay your hands on this week.
Yesterday, I chose a broadband and TV deal that you might, just about, if you’re quick, might be able to get installed pre-Christmas. Today, it’s broadband, and if you read yesterday’s article, you may find the deal I’ve chosen to ring eerily familiar. It’s basically yesterday’s deal, but without the TV.
But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not because I particularly love BT. It’s just that, right now, BT is the only provider going all-out on its pre-Christmas broadband offerings (£100 cashback, half-price set-up etc.), where most other providers are holding out for January. So, yeah, it’s basically the same deal we talked about yesterday minus the telly. There’s still plenty to say, though, so let’s get stuck into it.
BT Infinity 52Mb, £100 cashback, half-price set-up, free wkd calls, £31.99 p/m
With £100 cashback, believe it or not, BT can be considered a budget broadband provider. £31.99 per month isn’t the cheapest price out there for basic fibre, but when you factor in that cashback it becomes effectively that much cheaper. Also, BT Infinity offers basic fibre speeds 14Mbps faster than anyone else on the Openreach network (everyone bu Virgin Media, basically), so there’s additional value there.
But BT is anything but a budget provider. Normally, from other providers at this price level, you’re going to find everything is, well, a bit basic. Like those tins of beans you can get for pennies that are labelled ‘basics’ or some such. Sure, it’s still a tin of beans, but it’s not exactly a premium eating experience. Not like those gourmet beans anyway. You get my point.
That translates to reality in the form of the BT Smart Hub – about the best and rangiest router out there – and those extra, ultra-luxurious megabits we talked about earlier. There are a variety of things you can bolt onto this, too. TV being the big one, but things like internet security and additional calling services are there to add if you need them.
I covered this well yesterday, but 52Mbps is plenty for the average household. Far too much for the average household, in fact. But, when you consider the next speed down is 17Mbps – which unlike 52Mbps does mean some limitations in terms of what you can and can’t do with it – it’s always better to have a bit too much than it is a bit too little. It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Will 52Mbps let you stream in HD on Netflix or Amazon or iPlayer or whatever? Yes. Six times over. In 4K (UHD)? Ye. Twice over. 52Mbps is quick, and we’d only ever suggest going fast if you’re game-crazy regularly download huge new releases from Xbox Live, PSN or Steam (if you don’t know what these are, worry not. I just means you definitely don’t do this).You’ll also get free weekend calls via the installed landline, but do be careful to ensure you famliarise yourself with the Ts & Cs before abusing it. Certain restrictions apply.
One final thing to note is that the £100 cashback won’t just turn up in the post. Once you’re up and running, you’ll need to claim it back manually. Luckily, we’ve written a whole page on exactly what the process is. It’s easy to do, but worth knowing it doesn’t turn up all by itself. There’s still just about time to get this deal set up before Christmas (at the time of writing). Happy broadbanding!