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Roundup: This week's best deals in broadband, TV, mobile, energy and tech

Friday, February 2nd 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

We’ve had another busy week here at Cable.co.uk scouring the internet – or at least the nice, brightly-lit, tourist-friendly parts of it – for the best deals we can find.

The bad news is that some of those deals have expired since we wrote about them, so if you didn’t take advantage then you’ve missed out (boo!). But there is also good news (yay!) in that many of them are still available now.

We thought it would be a good idea to round up those deals that haven’t yet expired and write about them again, here. We’re going to tell you about them now.

Broadband deals

It seems very fashionable to offer £50 cashback with broadband deals right now. There’s not one, not two but three different providers promising this amount if you switch your broadband to them.

Sky is the cheapest of the bunch, offering standard broadband for £18 a month plus a £9.95 upfront fee and cashback in the form of a pre-paid Mastercard. The deal from the Post Office is a pound dearer per month, will cost you £7 upfront and cashback here comes as an Amazon gift card.

Plusnet’s basic broadband package is £19.99 a month with no upfront fee and its £50 cashback will arrive in the good old fashioned form of a cheque.

If you're looking at a fibre deal, BT is offering up to £125 cashback with its Infinity packages, while John Lewis Broadband is bucking the cashback trend and is instead offering a free Google Home smart speaker with its broadband packages, which start at £22.50 a month.

Elsewhere, there was good news for anyone who wants broadband without getting sucked into a lengthy contract as NOW Broadband launched contract-free packages starting at £18 a month.

TV deals

It was a busy few days for NOW TV, as the streaming service also launched what it claims is the UK’s cheapest TV smart stick. The NOW TV Smart Stick costs £14.99, looks a bit like an old USB memory stick and can turn your telly into a smart TV. Nifty.

There’s good news if you’re a Virgin Media customer and don’t already have the latest TV V6 set top box as you are being offered a free upgrade.

Energy deals

It seems it’s not just broadband providers offering £50 cashback in an attempt to get you to switch. M&S Energy will give you a gift card worth exactly that amount if you get on its Energy Fix and More tariff.

Meanwhile, Green Energy UK will give you a 20% discount on a Powervault home battery, which you can use to store excess energy if you have solar panels installed.

There’s also a nice freebie being offered by ENGIE. Switch to its dual fuel fixed tariff and you’ll get a free Nest smart thermostat worth more than £200.

Mobile deals

Loads of mobile providers – O2, EE, Three, giffgaff, Tesco, Virgin and BT – are among the retailers taking part in a Samsung promotion that will bag you a free pair of festival or concert tickets worth up to £140 when you buy a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8 or Tab S3.

O2 is also offering savings of up to £168 on the iPhone 8, while the cheapest deal on the market for that particular phone is with Virgin Mobile, where you can get your hands on the 64GB handset for £27 a month.

More O2 deals, this time in regards to Sony smartphones. You can save up to £168 on the Xperia XA1 Ultra if you buy before 7 February, or wait a little while and snap up the new Xperia XA2 in silver when it’s released. Prices will start at £28 a month.

SIM deals

It turns out Three will give you 200MB of free data to use each month with its Data Reward SIM, you then top-up whatever you need on top of that.

There’s also a limited-time SIM offer from Plusnet, which is offering 3.5GB of data for £8 a month.

Tech deals

Only one deal to tell you about here, as the others have sadly expired. But you sporty types can still snap up a bargain from O2, as the provider is offering a free Jimbag when you buy a Fitbit.

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