The broadband and TV deals to look out for in the Boxing Day and January sales
There’s still a week to go to the big day itself, but if you’re anything like us you’ll already be thinking about the impact all those new gadgets and gizmos will having on your broadband connection.
Let’s face it, is there any point in even having the latest iPhone/smart TV/games console/tablet if you don’t have the connectivity to get the best out of it? Well yes, probably. But that shouldn’t stop you making the most of the deals the UK’s broadband providers are likely to offer up in the Boxing Day and January sales.
If previous years are anything to go by, there should be some great opportunities to kick off 2018 with a great broadband deal. You should also look out for chances to boost your New Year’s TV viewing as the last holiday season saw vouchers and tech given away to those signing up to TV and broadband deals.
Vouchers from Virgin Media? Or free Netflix?
Last Christmas, Virgin Media offered a £100 retail voucher to anyone signing up to a TV, broadband and home phone bundle, and a £50 voucher to those going for just a broadband and phone option. Those taking advantage of the offer could choose whether they’d prefer to have vouchers to spend at Amazon, John Lewis or M&S.
Now you could wait to see if Virgin offers something similar in this year’s Boxing Day sale or you could take the proverbial bull by the horns and snap up the Full House TV bundle right now.Virgin is offering free Netflix, so you can catch up with things like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
For £56 a month and a £20 upfront fee, Virgin Media is offering broadband speeds up to 100Mbps – faster than any other widely available UK broadband provider – as well as 275 TV channels and a load of programmes, films and music videos available on demand.
Included in these channels is BT Sport in HD, so if can get set up quick enough and you’re a glutton for punishment you could watch the last two Ashes test matches. BT Sport also promises the less painful experience (depending on who you support, of course) of watching Premier League and (exclusively) Champions League football.
You’ll get a TV V6 box, which will let you record six programmes at once while watching a seventh, inclusive weekend calls and a six-month subscription to Netflix, giving you an even bigger selection of movies and TV shows to choose from.
Virgin Media Full House TV Bundle
£57Zero set-up cost includes line rental See Deal
- 108Mb average speed
- 287 channels
- Inclusive calls
£50 vouchers with Sky broadband deals
In January 2017, Sky went ahead and gave away a free LG TV with its TV bundles. That’s right, an actual flipping telly. Those signing up could choose a £100 Tesco or M&S gift card instead if they didn’t want the TV. Certain broadband and TV bundles also allowed customers to qualify for a £100 Tesco, M&S or Amazon voucher – or a Samsung tablet.
A word to the wise: These deals didn’t appear until the second week of January and only lasted a couple of days, so if you’re holding out for something similar this time around you’ll have to be both patient and vigilant.
If you’re not patient but do want a voucher with your broadband deal, Sky is currently giving away a £50 prepaid Mastercard with its packages. Well, we say “giving away” but actually if you sign up to one of these deals the onus will be on you to claim the voucher yourself via Sky’s website after your broadband has been set up.
That said, this offer is available across all of Sky’s broadband deals , starting at £20 a month for standard ADSL broadband giving you speeds up to 17Mbps. If you want the extra speed and reliability of fibre, but aren’t a heavy internet user, the Sky Fibre Broadband package might be for you. For £28.99 a month it gives you speeds up to 38Mbps but your monthly usage will be capped at 25GB – great for browsing and the odd YouTube video but unlikely to be enough if you’re streaming Netflix.
Sky also offers speeds up to 38Mbps with unlimited usage for £38.99 a month and speeds up to 76Mbps for £43.99 a month. All of these deals are on 18-month contracts and come with a £9.95 set up fee.
Getting Sky SportsSky might do some sort of deal in the New Year involving Sky Sports. Or it may not. We don't know yet
Another thing Sky did last year was to hold flash sales on Sky Sports subscriptions. It did this just before Christmas and again in January. The sales only lasted a couple of days each but allowed Sky TV customers to save quite a bit on the price of additional sports channels for the first six months of a contract.
No word yet on whether there’s anything similar planned this time around, but we can tell you how much it would be to get Sky TV and Sky Sports right now.
As of last week, getting Sky TV means getting Sky Entertainment, the provider’s new standard package onto which everything else (kids channels, sports, movies etc) is bolted. Sky Entertainment is £20 a month and if you want to add all the Sky Sports channels for the length of the 18-month contract it’s another twenty quid on top of that. Simple.
Free activation on TalkTalk broadband deals
TalkTalk celebrated the arrival of 2017 by offering free activation on its fibre broadband packages. Fast forward to, um, now and TalkTalk is offering free activation of all of its broadband packages – fibre and non-fibre. Well, until 21 December it is anyway.
As there’s no guarantee that TalkTalk will offer anything similar in any upcoming sale, you may wish to strike while the iron’s hot and grab one of these deals now.
Basic broadband, offering speeds up to 17Mbps, is £19.95 a month on a 12-month contract with no upfront fee at all while TalkTalk’s entry-level fibre package, which gives you speeds up to 38Mbps, is £27.50 a month on an 18-month contract. If that’s not quite fast enough for you, speeds up to 76Mbps are available for £30 a month.
If it’s just broadband you’re after, TalkTalk’s fibre plans come in quite a bit cheaper than Sky, even when you factor in the value of the voucher.
Up to £100 cashback with BT broadband deals
Last January, BT offered broadband customers free access to BT Sport for the first three months of their contract. It also offered vouchers in the form of prepaid Mastercards with certain broadband deals.
BT is fond of giving prepaid cards away with its broadband and TV bundles. It does so pretty regularly, although the amounts on offer change frequently so it’s anyone’s guess whether you’d be better off taking one of the current offers on the table or waiting to see what happens in the New Year.
The highest value voucher you can get right now from BT is £100, which you’ll get by signing up to Unlimited Infinity 2 by 21 December. There’s no set-up fee on this deal at the moment, either, so you’ll just be paying £9.99 upfront for delivery of the router and then £39.99 a month for 18 months. In return you’ll get speeds up to 76Mbps and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines.
Unlimited Infinity 1, which gives you speeds up to 52Mbps, will cost you a total of £59.99 in upfront fees then £29.99 a month and will bag you a £75 voucher. Adding a TV package to Unlimited Infinity 1 will also mean you’re eligible for a £75 voucher.
Like Sky, BT will not send you the voucher automatically so you’ll have to claim it after your service has been set up.
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