Finding the perfect broadband deal can be difficult. Everyone uses the internet in different ways so there isn’t always an obvious option for the best deal for you. That means that before you choose a package it’s a good idea to determine exactly what you will need from a broadband internet connection.
What type of broadband deal do I need?
Broadband Deals - If you are just starting to get online then you will probably want an easy-to- install internet package that offers fantastic customer care.
Heavy-Use Broadband Deals - If you live on the internet and spend a lot of time downloading movies and playing online games then you’ll want a top tier package with unlimited download and usage limits.
Business Broadband Deals - If you run a business online business broadband packages offer essential extras including fixed/static-IPs, email addresses, added security software and online storage space.
Mobile Broadband Deals - If you use the internet on the go and from a laptop, mobile internet is a good option if you want to have broadband access wherever you are.
Mobile broadband packages provide you with a MiFi or USB dongle that connects to your laptop – providing internet access wherever you receive mobile phone signal.
- Family Broadband Deals - Families are often very heavy internet users thanks to all the devices now in the home. If you run multiple computers, internet TV’s, tablets and games consoles you are likely to need a large internet package.
How fast is the internet connection?
While there are many factors to consider with a broadband deal, the most common concern is the speed of the internet connection.
When it comes to advertised connection speeds you should remember that speeds are always “up to” due to a number of factors.
One is that your ISP will share your connection with other users (this is why connections slow at popular times). The distance between the telephone exchange and your house coupled with the quality of the cables used will also determine the speeds you can actually receive.
Super-Fast Broadband – Offers speeds up to 100Mbps a second or up to 120Mbps in select areas. Virgin Media's upgraded fibre broadband network is the quickest home internet technology around.
Fast Broadband – This is a good option for heavy users as it allows you to stream in HD, download extensively and play online computer games. The only downside is that during peak hours the connection may slow significantly.
Cheap Broadband – Cheap packages are fine for light internet users. They allow you to check emails, surf the net, watch videos on YouTube and play computer games.
However, the quality of the connection and speeds are somewhat lacking – and will struggle more often with heavier activities.
Data limits are an important part of a broadband package as they determine how much you can use the internet each month.
Data limits start at 10GB a month and become unlimited on larger packages.
Extra data you use above your limit is usually charged at a high premium – so it is a good idea to get more than you usually will use.
Mobile internet limits are usually significantly lower than home broadband – with limits mainly between 500MB and 1GB a month.
Customer service is incredibly important if you’re an average internet user. You can visit our “Broadband Providers Page” to see which companies have the best customer service.
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