Top 10 Gaming Broadband Deals

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Online gamers need more from their broadband than the average user. The packages here are ideal for gamers, with fast upload and download speeds, low contention ratios and high or no-limit usage allowances.

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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow £55 Off

Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband & Phone

Fibre optic broadband, unlimited downloads, free wireless router & unlimited weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobile numbers.

EXCLUSIVE at uSwitch - £4 package deal. Faster broadband & free installation plus an EXTRA £55 OFF WITH CODE: USWITCH55

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 12 months £4.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Bt HomeHub 5 Front
Roundel Sainsburys £125 Gift Card

BT Infinity Unlimited Broadband & Calls

Super-fast fibre broadband + weekend calls. Free Wireless Home Hub 5, McAfee security + free BT Sport on app and online.

£20 FOR 3 MONTHS super-fast broadband. FREE BT Sport and FREE BT Home Hub 5 plus a FREE £125 Sainsbury's Gift Card!

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up to* 76Mb
unlimited 18 months £20.00 price details Buy now 0800 691 1783
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow £55 Off

Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband & Phone

Super-fast 100Mb fibre optic broadband, unlimited downloads & unlimited weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobile numbers.

EXCLUSIVE at uSwitch - £6 package deal. FREE Super Hub & FREE installation plus an EXTRA £55 OFF WITH CODE: USWITCH55

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up to* 100Mb
unlimited 18 months £6.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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Sky Hub Black
Roundel Blue Free Fibre

Sky Fibre Unlimited

Unlimited browsing and downloading with no monthly usage cap. Free Sky Hub router. With Sky WiFi usage the The Cloud.

6 MONTHS FREE unlimited fibre broadband + FREE Sky wireless Hub, weekend calls & UNLIMITED Sky wifi usage on the go.

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £20.00 price details Buy now 0844 241 0873
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow No Line Rental

Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband Only

Standalone super-fast fibre optic broadband with free wireless router. Unlimited downloads. Typically installed in 7 days.

Even faster 50Mb broadband. Plus no phone line means NO MONTHLY LINE RENTAL CHARGE!

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 12 months £26.50 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Pink Better Than Half Price

TalkTalk Medium Fibre Broadband

Ideal for smaller households with download speeds up to 5x faster than the UK average and if you don't make many landline calls.

Online Offer: ONLY £5 FOR 12 MONTHS! FREE activation, unlimited downloads + FREE Super Router when you buy online

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £5.00 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
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Technicolour TG582
Roundel Pink Better Than Half Price

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband & Calls

Unlimited fibre broadband with weekend calls included. Free wireless router. Free activation. Free UK-based customer support.

6 MONTHS BETTER THAN HALF PRICE and FREE activation with a FREE router plus FREE McAfee security package

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £3.99 price details Buy now 0808 271 9241
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Sky Hub Black
Roundel Blue Free NOWTV Box

Sky Fibre Unlimited & NOWTV Movies Pass

Unlimited browsing & downloading with no usage caps + a free NOWTV box + Movies pass with 16 new premieres added each month

Sky's Fibre Broadband + Free Sky Hub FREE NOWTV box + NOWTV Movies Pass Watch over 800 movies WITHOUT A DISH!

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 12 months £22.50 price details Buy now 0844 241 0873
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TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Pink 6 Months Half Price

TalkTalk Essentials TV, Fibre Broadband & Phone

Totally unlimited broadband that's 5X faster than standard broadband + evening & weekend calls. Pause & rewind TV.

6 MONTHS HALF PRICE TV & FIBRE BUNDLE! FREE router & online security package + FREE YouView box worth £149

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up to* 38Mb
unlimited 18 months £9.25 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
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Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow No Line Rental

Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband Only

Standalone super-fast fibre optic broadband with + Super Hub wireless router. Unlimited downloads. Typically installed in 7 days.

14x faster than regular broadband and with no phone line there are NO LINE RENTAL CHARGES!

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up to* 100Mb
unlimited 12 months £31.50 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
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*The "up to" speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up - this may differ from the speed displayed in the table.

Gaming broadband explained

In recent years, internet gaming has increased in popularity exponentially. This guide will take you through a few things to take into consideration to ensure you get the very best online gaming experience. And maybe even you give you an advantage against the competition.

Choosing gaming broadband:

  • Speed- Obviously, you are looking for the fastest broadband connection possible.
  • Download allowance- Download limits are soon reached when gaming intensively, so if you‘re a high internet user you might prefer an unlimited package.
  • Low latency - Latency refers to the time it takes for a press on your joypad to register in the game you're playing.
  • No throttle - Because gaming is a bandwidth heavy activity, some ISPs will slow down your connection. Try and find one that doesn't use traffic shaping.
  • Low contention ratio If lots of people are using broadband from the same exchange as you, you'll get a slower connection and suffer from lag while you're gaming. To ensure that doesn't happen look around for a broadband provider with a low contention ratio.
  • Freebies - Some providers, such as Virgin Media, offer extra incentives for gamers.

Gaming broadband ISPs

The following broadband providers excel in offering great-value gaming broadband packages:

  • BT's fibre broadband Infinity products are fantastic for online gaming, offering speeds of up to 76Mbps in most parts of the UK and low latency rates to ensure minimum lag between the moment you press your controlpad and the moment the command is registered. If you're lucky to be in area covered by BT's pure-fibre network, you can sign up for 330Mbps broadband and really supercharge your gaming.
  • Virgin Media's super fast fibre optic broadband packages minimise 'ping' to provide customers with the smoothest gaming experience possible. The top of the range Virgin Media broadband product offers 152Mbps.
  • TalkTalk's cable broadband offers comparable speeds in line with BT Infinity.
  • PlusNet offer excellent support for gamers using their PlusNet Pro package, which prioritises gaming traffic to ensure your experience isn't compromised.

Gaming consoles and broadband:

  • PS4, PSP, PS3, Wii or Nintendo 3DS - Pretty simple to connect too and these three have wireless capability - just make sure your wireless router is compatible.
  • Xbox One - This also supports wireless broadband, so it's very easy to connect.
  • Xbox 360- You're going to need to buy a wireless adapter, or connect directly to a modem.
  • Playstation 2, or Xbox, or older- You may have to buy additional hardware such as a network adaptor.

Note:

  • Some internet games require subscription payments even after you have bought the game. Mostly these are MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) such as the hugely popular World of Warcraft. This is because when you play these games you involve yourself in a community that needs maintenance, the cost of which is covered by your subs.

However, if you just want to race someone on the other side of the world on Mario Kart DS, then your DS will connect immediately through a wireless network straight out of the box and there's no need to pay a penny.

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