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TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Pink £120 Voucher

TalkTalk Unlimited Broadband

TalkTalk SimplyBroadband. Only pay for calls you use, nothing more. Ideal if you don't use many landline calls. Free wireless router.

Online exclusive: 6 months HALF PRICE + FREE router & FREE connection (worth £30) FREE £120 VOUCHER - Ends SOON!

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 12 months £1.75 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow uSwitch Exclusive

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. EVEN FASTER 50Mb fibre broadband + FREE Super Hub & free install worth £49.95!

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 12 months £4.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
Bt HomeHub 4 Front
Roundel Sainsburys £75 Gift Card

BT Unlimited Broadband & Calls

Unlimited weekend calls & unlimited broadband. Free wireless Home Hub 4, unlimited WiFi minutes & free BT Sport.

ONLY £5 for UNLIMITED BROADBAND! FREE BT Sport & free connection worth £30 plus a FREE £75 Sainsbury's Gift Card!

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 12 months £5.00 price details Buy now 0800 691 1783
Sky Hub Black
Roundel Blue 12 Months Discount

Sky Unlimited Broadband & Calls

Totally unlimited broadband with no usage caps. Inclusive weekend calls & unlimited Sky WiFi included. Sky TV not required.

Online offer: ONLY £3.75 FOR 12 MONTHS. Totally unlimited broadband & free Sky Hub FREE Sky Wifi on the go & no usage caps!

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 12 months £3.75 price details Buy now 0844 241 0873
Brightbox - EE
Roundel Yellow Better Than Half Price Small

EE Unlimited Broadband and Calls

Free Norton Security for 12 months, 2 for 1 cinema tickets every wednesday, unlimited weekend calls + no broadband usage limits.

NEW DEAL: BETTER THAN HALF PRICE plus 2 for 1 cinema tickets every wednesday & free Bright Box wireless router (worth £95)

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 12 months £2.50 price details Buy now 0800 787 0958
Virgin Super Hub
Roundel Yellow £30 Off

Virgin Media Big Easy Bundle

Fibre broadband, 60+ TV channels (including HD) & home phone. Free TiVo 500GB, wireless router & unlimited weekend calls.

Online offer: 12 MONTH PRICE DROP plus Free 500GB TiVo box, free install worth £49.95 & EXTRA £30 OFF when you buy online!

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up to* 50Mb
unlimited 18 months £15.00 price details Buy now 0808 168 8217
TalkTalk Router 2012
Roundel Pink £120 Voucher

TalkTalk Plus TV, Broadband & Phone

Totally unlimited broadband & anytime calls. Pause, rewind and record TV from the last 7 days plus Freeview, blockbusters & box sets.

Online offer: HALF PRICE FOR 6 MONTHS! plus a FREE YouView box worth £299 plus FREE £120 VOUCHER - Ends SOON!

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 18 months £9.25 price details Buy now 0800 049 7864
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
Bt HomeHub 4 Front
Roundel Sainsburys £75 Gift Card

BT Broadband & Calls

Wireless BT Hub with weekend calls included + free WiFi minutes on 6 million Wi-Fi hotspots Free connection + free BT Sport.

Online exclusive: ONLY £2.50 FOR 6 MONTHS! FREE BT Sport (app & online) & FREE router plus a FREE £75 Sainsbury's Gift Card!

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up to* 17Mb
10GB 12 months £2.50 price details Buy now 0800 691 1783
Sky Hub Black
Roundel Pink Sky Choose A £100 Reward

Sky Original Bundle & Broadband Unlimited

40+ premium channels on top of Freeview. Pause, rewind & record TV. Totally unlimited broadband & unlimited Sky WiFi included.

Online exclusive: 6 months HALF PRICE TV + 12 months HALF PRICE broadband plus FREE £100 VOUCHER - Ends SOON!

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up to* 17Mb
unlimited 12 months £14.50 price details Buy now 0844 241 0873
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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.

Family broadband explained

Families have quite specific needs when it comes to broadband. For instance, with a household full of people, you're much more likely to work through your monthly usage allowance than a person who lives alone.

What's more, if more than one of you is going online simultaneously, it's vital that you've got a strong wireless connection throughout the house.

To help you ensure you know what to consider when signing up for a broadband package that's right for your family, below we've summarised some of the key factors you need to consider. It should detail everything you need to help you find the right package for your requirements.

Wireless broadband

With home PCs, laptops and games consoles being used by all members of the family, often at the same time, broadband for families has a lot of demands to fulfil.

If you are running more than one device on your broadband connection - and who isn't these days? - wireless broadband is the option for you. Most ISPs now include free wireless routers with their packages as standard.

Compare all wireless broadband packages suitable for families here wireless broadband

Fast broadband

It is worth noting that the more devices using the broadband connection at once, the slower the overall download speed becomes. Hence, packages that offer higher speeds are the ones to look for if your family is interested in downloading lots of music, playing games over the internet and watching IPTV.

See our fast broadband page to compare fast broadband packages suitable for families.

Unlimited broadband

As well as higher speeds, you should consider the download allowance of your broadband package too. To this end, you would do well to look over ISPs who offer unlimited downloads with their broadband products.

When it comes to "unlimited downloads", it is important to note that some ISPs have fair usage policies attached to prevent a minority of heavy users taking up all the bandwidth and slowing the connection for other users at peak times.

Be sure and have a look at the terms and conditions of each package so that you fully understand what you are signing up for.

Compare all unlimited broadband deals suitable for families here.

Broadband security

Some ISPs provide extensive parental controls to try and help you make sure your children are safe on the internet and which filter out URLs they consider unsuitable. A small problem here is that selectively changing the level of restrictions according to which member of the family is using the computer is not always easy. One way around this is for different family members to have separate log-ins.

Another way providers help keep your kids safe is by allowing you to limit the time your child is on the internet, as well as offering to email you reports which list the websites that your child has visited.

Third-party software

There are also other measures that you can take yourself, for example buying software such as Net Nanny. Here instead of the ISPs filtering the URLs your child can access, this software does the job.

There a couple of pitfalls with this though, in that you have to update the software regularly. You are also relying on the manufacturer of the software you have bought to decide what is unsuitable for your children.

It’s not just children that need to be careful on the internet. Everyone needs to be vigilant online in an era where credit card fraud and identity fraud is rife. To guard against this, you should follow advice from your banks about internet security and never give out personal details.

ISPs can provide very comprehensive family protection. But although you can find a plethora of software to help, you should be careful not to rely solely on them.

No matter how good they are, measures such as these cannot be 100 per cent safe. If you’re worried about your children then the best way to protect them is to supervise them as much as possible, and try to get the whole family to be as careful they can.

To compare all family broadband bundles see our dedicated page broadband bundles

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