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Our featured broadband deals this month

TalkTalk

TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Superfast Fibre

  • wifi
  • 67Mb
    average* speed
    unlimited
    downloads
    18 month
    contract
    £22.95 p/mno setup costPrice details
    Price Details
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    Vodafone

    Vodafone Superfast 2 Broadband and Phone Line

  • wifi
  • 63Mb
    average* speed
    unlimited
    downloads
    24 month
    contract
    £25.00 p/mno setup costPrice details
    Price Details
    • £23 p/m for existing mobile customers
    Virgin Media

    Virgin Media M100 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone

  • wifi
  • phone
  • 108Mb
    average* speed
    unlimited
    downloads
    18 month
    contract
    £34.00 p/m£35.00 setup costPrice details
    Price Details

    Our featured broadband & TV deals this month

    Sky

    Sky TV, Sky Broadband Superfast and Phone Line

  • wifi
  • tv
  • 59Mb
    average* speed
    300 channels
    channels
    18 month
    contract
    £39.00 p/m£29.95 setup costPrice details
    Price Details
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    Virgin Media

    Virgin Media Big TV Bundle, Superfast Fibre Broadband & Phone

  • wifi
  • phone
  • tv
  • 54Mb
    average* speed
    unlimited
    downloads
    18 month
    contract
    £33.00 p/m£35.00 setup costPrice details
    Price Details
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    TalkTalk

    TalkTalk TV Lite & Fixed Price Unlimited Faster Fibre

  • wifi
  • tv
  • 38Mb
    average* speed
    unlimited
    downloads
    18 month
    contract
    £26.95 p/m£25.00 setup costPrice details
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    Broadband deals explained

    What is a good broadband deal?

    A good broadband deal is one that suits the needs of your household. If you have multiple users, children at home and online during the day, or have to work from home, you'll inevitably need a broadband package that caters for your activity.

    At the end of the day, the best broadband deal is the best one for you.

    But remember, the needs of your household change over time, which means what makes a good broadband package now may not be suitable for you a year or two down the line.

    When searching for the best deal for your household, consider what you’ll be using the internet for, what extras you’d like to get (TV bundles, landline services, mobile contracts, etc) and what you definitely want to avoid.

    You can compare a wide range of broadband deals on Uswitch. Just filter your search results by speed, price and provider to help you make the most informed choice.

    See our guide on how to choose a broadband package that's right for you.

    Best broadband deals on Uswitch.com in July 2020

    PackageBroadband speedContract length
    BT Fibre 1 Broadband50Mb average*24 months
    TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Superfast Fibre67Mb average*18 months
    Sky Superfast Broadband59Mb average*18 months
    Plusnet Fixed Price Unlimited Fibre Broadband & Phone Line36Mb average*18 months
    Virgin Media M100 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband Only (no phone line required)108Mb average*18 months
    BT Fibre 2 Broadband67Mb average*24 months
    NOW Broadband: Brilliant Broadband & Anytime Calls11Mb average*12 months
    Plusnet Fixed Price Unlimited Fibre Extra & Phone Line66Mb average*18 months
    NOW Broadband: Fab Fibre & Anytime Calls36Mb average*12 months
    Plusnet Fixed Price Unlimited Broadband & Phone Line10Mb average*18 months
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    What are the best broadband deals in my area?

    Another thing you need to consider when looking for a great broadband deal is whether or not that service is actually available where you live.

    If you have your heart set on a provider that advertises 300Mbps download speeds you might end up disappointed if it turns out your house could only get a third of that speed at your address.

    Broadband availability depends on the fixed lines and the infrastructure in your area. So if your street has had FTTP (or full fibre) connections installed then ultrafast broadband speeds could be yours for the taking, however if it's only copper wires you'll be limited to FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) broadband or standard copper-based ADSL.

    Before browsing and comparing broadband deals online, first use our broadband postcode checker to narrow your search down to deals that you can actually get.

    How to compare broadband deals

    Here are a few things to consider when you’re running a broadband comparison to find the right deal for you:

    Check the monthly price

    The first thing most of us look at when comparing internet deals will be the price. And if you're out of your initial contract, a new broadband deal will usually be cheaper than your current one.

    You will have committed to sign up for a fixed-term period when you initially signed up with your provider, but when that period runs out your provider will likely hike up the price by a significant amount — which Uswitch has found to be as high as 62% at times.

    So straight away when comparing new deals to switch to, you know that you'll be saving no matter what deal you choose.

    End of contract notifications

    Unless you're incredibly well organised, you probably don't remember when you first signed up for your broadband service. If you've unknowingly finished your initial fixed-term contract, you might be paying more than you should be right now.

    If you can't remember when you signed up, there's no need to worry — Ofcom has made it compulsory for broadband providers to remind you when your contract is ending or to let you know if you're already out of contract, in order to help you avoid an expensive price hike.

    This notification must also come with an offer of similar deals that the provider currently has available, but be careful because those deals won't necessarily be better than offers from other providers. So it's worth looking at offers across the market before you go for a new deal immediately.

    To get more information, like when you should be notified and what else the provider might offer, check out our full guide on end of contract notifications.

    Compare broadband speeds

    After price, broadband speed is the most important deciding factor when choosing a broadband package. Faster download speeds let you do a lot more online at any one time and give you access to higher-quality streaming, but they typically come with a higher monthly price. So make sure you get a broadband service that’s fast enough, but don’t get more speed than you need if you want to keep costs down.

    Of course, you could always prioritise finding the cheapest broadband package on offer, but if it’s not a fast enough speed it won't really be that much of a deal for you.

    Keep in mind the contract length

    Broadband contracts tend to be offered as either 12- or 18-months long, with a few providers offering flexible rolling plans or 24-month contracts. But don’t be scared of longer contracts — they often just mean that you’ll be paying a lower monthly price for a longer period of time.

    Just be cautious if you’re a student or renting your home, as you don’t want to get stung with early termination fees if you have to move before your contract is finished.

    Are there set-up costs?

    Keep an eye out for set-up costs as they can offset some of the savings you make from a low monthly price. Set-up costs are clearly shown below monthly prices on all of the deals we display — they typically include all the delivery, installation and activation costs you will incur when you purchase a new broadband package.

    Extras, add-ons and bundles

    There’s more to life than just broadband — there’s extras, add-ons and bundles too. You can typically compare broadband packages from providers that combine services like TV packages, call plans or even mobile contracts from larger providers.

    Free gifts, vouchers, reward cards and cashback

    In order to make their deals stand out, providers will often “sweeten the pot” with some kind of reward or incentive — like cashback, bill credits or a free gift of some kind.

    Depending on the value of these rewards (and specifically their value to you), they can make the effective monthly cost more 'worth it', or enrich your package a little bit more. These rewards are typically limited-time offers, but don't let that force you to make a decision too quickly.

    If you know what you want from a new broadband deal, try not to be seduced by short-term wins like a £100 gift card if it's not the right deal for you. However, if the deal is what you're looking for, don't wait too long and miss out on some good freebies.

    What broadband speed do I need?

    The higher the speed, the faster you can download files and the higher quality your streaming content will be. But how much broadband speed do you really need, and are the top-end options worth you paying a higher monthly price for?

    Broadband speeds are usually quoted in Mbps, which stands for “megabits per second”. This refers to the amount of data you can download (and upload) in a second.

    If you’re happy with how fast your current broadband service is, then it’s a good idea to only search for deals that provide your current speed or higher. It's very easy to filter out deals with higher or lower speeds than what you're looking for on all of our deals tables — just look at the left sidebar and choose the speeds you're searching for.

    Read our guide for more info on what broadband speed you need.

    What’s my broadband speed?

    A good way to find out what speed you have is to run a broadband speed test while you’re at home and on your Wi-Fi network. This will tell you the download and upload speeds available at your current location.

    You can then use that reading to search for broadband deals that match your speed criteria. If you’re finding your broadband is slow, unreliable, constantly buffering or taking ages to download content, then it would make sense to look for something faster.

    Broadband speeds for your home

    0-30Mbps (1 - 2 people per household)

    • Fine for those that don’t use the internet for much more than browsing or social media.
    • Mostly serviced by ADSL broadband, which offers average speeds around 10Mbps.

    30-60Mbps (3+ users per household)

    • Suitable for multiple people using the internet at the same time, especially when streaming video.
    • Infrequent streamers and smaller houses can likely get away with a broadband deal offering these speeds.
    • Fibre broadband packages will give a more consistent, reliable service.

    60-100Mbps (Serious streaming households)

    • You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a steady connection to try to avoid buffering, especially if multiple members of the household are streaming at once.
    • Aim to have at least 63Mbps to ensure uninterrupted streaming, gameplay and frequent file downloads for larger households.
    • Faster fibre broadband deals are usually only a few pounds more per month and are worth it for heavier broadband users.

    100Mbps or higher (Working with large files and downloads)

    • Ideal for serious online gamers and those with a lot of connected devices throughout their home.
    • Great for people who often work from home and need to download a lot of heavy files.
    • Faster connections are vital for conference calls and those that rely on frequent file-sharing.

    To get more detail on how much download speed certain devices use up, check out our download speed calculator.

    • BT: The UK’s largest telecommunications provider — and the most established — with a history spanning back over 160 years.
    • Sky: Best known as one of the biggest TV brands in the UK, Sky has a great selection of broadband and TV bundles.
    • Virgin Media: Virgin Media is one of the few providers that run on its own dedicated cable broadband network, offering some of the fastest speeds in the country.
    • TalkTalk: Known for its range of competitively-priced offerings that focus on value for money.
    • Plusnet: A popular brand for value-led broadband products and great customer service.
    • Vodafone: One of the UK’s largest and best-known mobile network operators, Vodafone also provides superfast fibre services with discounts available for mobile subscribers.

    Will I get the advertised broadband speed?

    Broadband speeds are always advertised as 'average speeds', meaning you won’t always be guaranteed to get that speed every time you connect to the Wi-Fi.

    In order to be accurate, average speeds are measured during peak time — between 8pm and 10pm when most people are online — and must be available to at least 50% of users. This means you’ve got a 50/50 chance of getting speeds above or below this number.

    There are a number of factors that can affect your broadband speed:

    1. The type of connection you have

    In general, fibre broadband offers faster and more reliable speeds than ADSL broadband. Which makes sense since fibre-optic cables transfer more data in a given time period than the copper wires ADSL relies on.

    2. How far you live from the exchange or cabinet

    Despite its name, fibre broadband doesn’t necessarily mean your connection is serviced entirely by fibre-optic cables, in a lot of cases it is just that most of it is.

    If your fibre package is fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), the final journey of your connection from your street cabinet to your home is serviced by the same traditional copper wires as ADSL broadband. Therefore, the farther you are away from that cabinet, the more reliant you are on copper cables, which means your connection might be slower.

    However, fibre-to-the-premises technology (FTTP), commonly known as full fibre, does in fact connect fibre-optic cables straight to your property, which eliminates the slowdown you get between the cabinet and your home. This results in the fastest connections available, with gigabit speeds (1000Mbps/1Gbps) potentially in reach.

    3. Where you put your router

    If you’re experiencing slow internet speeds, the solution could be as simple as moving your Wi-Fi router to a better spot. Let’s face it — routers aren’t usually the prettiest of things, so we tend to hide them behind furniture or in cabinets.

    However, this interferes with the Wi-Fi signal in your home and could slow your broadband connection down significantly, especially if it’s blocked by thick walls, surrounding metal or even a fish tank. For a better signal throughout your home, keep your router in a central location out in the open and ideally away from any other electrical devices.

    Take a look at our guide for more help on fixing internet connection problems in your home.

    4. The time of day

    Just like rush hour traffic, the busier the internet is, the slower it tends to be. With more people logging onto their Wi-Fi during peak times, the demands on broadband providers drastically increase, which results in slower speeds for each household. Again, this is an issue that mainly affects people on ADSL broadband plans.

    Sometimes a provider's Fair Usage Policy will kick in, which might occasionally cause slower speeds for you if there are others in the area who aren't getting their fair share of bandwidth.

    Read more about the Fair Usage Policy on our dedicated guide.

    Can I get fibre broadband?

    Fibre broadband is far superior to ADSL, and is now available to over 96% of the UK. Also, as its availability has increased the market has become much more competitive, meaning fibre broadband is usually very reasonably priced these days and often not much more expensive than ADSL deals.

    The majority of providers offer fibre broadband deals that are well worth a few extra pounds per month. Compared to ADSL, fibre broadband has a couple of significant benefits:

    • Faster speeds: Fibre broadband will always be faster than ADSL and can range from roughly 36Mbps to 1000Mbps (or 1Gbps), depending on the type of fibre connection you choose. By comparison, ADSL broadband can usually offer around 10Mbps.
    • Reliability: Due to the infrastructure behind it, fibre broadband offers a more reliable connection than ADSL. Fibre-optic cables can carry more data than copper wires, so households with fibre broadband won’t experience the same sluggish broadband during peak times.

    Compare broadband packages to find a better deal

    While broadband is pretty much a household utility nowadays, it probably isn’t the only essential service you’d get from a telecoms provider. So if you’re looking to get a landline or TV subscription as well as broadband, it could work out cheaper to combine them into a bundle of services.

    Broadband and phone packages

    A number of broadband providers do offer call packages as well, which can potentially save you money if you’re still using your landline. If you’re interested in finding a broadband deal with calls included, check out our dedicated comparison page for broadband and phone deals.

    Broadband and TV packages

    In addition to calls packages, a number of major broadband providers offer TV bundled together with their broadband deals. These are better value only when you’re looking to take full advantage of your TV package, whether that's by watching exclusive content, recording shows or watching live events.

    Once you know what features and channels you want out of a broadband and TV deal, you can compare broadband and TV deals on our featured page.

    Can I switch at any time? Are there any restrictions?

    If you’re out of contract you can switch broadband provider at any time and won’t be liable for any early termination charges. If you’re still within your contract term it’s likely you’ll have to either pay up your contract or pay a charge — unless the provider increases the price of the monthly subscription you agreed to when you signed up.

    How do I know if I’m out of contract?

    If you signed up for a Uswitch account when you got your last broadband deal, you’ll automatically get a reminder when your contract ends. If not, don’t worry — just call up your provider and ask. They’re legally obliged to tell you if you’re still under contract, as well as when your contract ends. Read more

    What are End of Contract Notifications?

    End of contract notifications are newly-enforced letters, texts or emails that your broadband provider has to send you before your fixed-term contract ends.

    Beforehand, providers could get away with significantly increasing your monthly price once you fell out of contract without even telling you. Now, Ofcom has made it mandatory for them to tell you either:

    • when your contract is ending and what other deals are available
    • if you are currently out of contract and overpaying for your service

    For more information, read our full guide on end of contract notifications.

    Do I have access to fibre broadband?

    Fibre broadband is available to over 95% of the United Kingdom. With more providers connecting via fibre-optic cables, prices for fibre broadband have dropped significantly, becoming more affordable than ever.

    Broadband awards

    Uswitch Broadband Awards

    For the past 12 years, Uswitch has polled customers and expert judges to determine the best in broadband. This year, we polled over 10,000 broadband customers to decide the winners in our consumer-voted award categories, including Broadband Provider of the Year, Best Provider Customer Service and Quad-play Provider of the Year.

    Our expert judges — including industry experts and tech journalists — weighed in on Best Triple Play Provider, TV Provider of the Year and Best Smart Media Device.

    To determine our Fastest Broadband Provider, we used results from our broadband speed test.

    2020 Uswitch Award winners

    Broadband & TV CategoriesWinnerHighly commended
    Best Provider Customer ServicePlusnetEE
    Best Smart Media Device (judges’ award)Amazon Fire StickGoogle Chromecast
    Best TV Content (judges’ award)NetflixSky
    Best TV Streaming Service (judges’ award)NetflixNOW TV
    Best Value Broadband ProviderNOW BroadbandPlusnet
    Broadband Provider of the YearNOW BroadbandPlusnet
    Fastest Broadband ProviderVirgin MediaBT
    TV Provider of the YearNOW TVSky
    Most Popular Broadband ProviderTalkTalkNOW Broadband
    Mobiles, Broadband & TV CategoriesWinnersHighly Commended
    Telecoms Innovation Award (judges’ award)Samsung Galaxy Fold & Audacious - joint winners
    Best Triple Play ProviderSkyNOW TV
    Quadplay Provider of the YearEESky

    To see our Uswitch Award winners in Mobiles and to find out more about our awards, visit our dedicated Uswitch Awards page.

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    With millions of visitors and switches every month plus exclusive home and mobile broadband deals to suit every budget and need, Uswitch Broadband is the UK’s number one broadband comparison site.

    We scour the entire market and the leading broadband providers to bring you the top broadband, TV and home phone offers and use our market position to secure market-leading exclusive deals that you won’t find anywhere else.

    So if you’re looking for a top-of-the-range TV bundle or want to check out great value broadband only deals, we’re confident we’ve got what you’re looking for.

    Compare broadband deals now on our best broadband deals comparison page.

    Comparison tools and tables To take the strain out of switching, our comparison tables highlight the offers recommended by our team of broadband experts. You can buy with absolute confidence and be certain you’re getting the best broadband deal.

    Want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for? Uswitch’s broadband speed test is free to use and lets you check the speed of your home or mobile broadband connection in seconds.

    It can also tell you how your broadband speed compares with other homes in your area, as well as other providers so you can see exactly what’s available to you.

    Broadband news and guides Updated daily, our news section keeps you abreast of everything from surveys of the fastest broadband providers and new money-saving offers to ongoing drive to improve super-fast broadband coverage across the UK.

    You’ll also find handy guides to help you make informed buying decisions and bite-sized breakdowns that get you up to speed with new broadband technology.

    Need more help? We also have longer, more dedicated guides to help you out.

    If you need to know the difference between standard ADSL broadband and fibre broadband or want some tips on switching broadband, this is where you’ll get the assistance you’re looking for.

    How does Uswitch Broadband make money? When you sign up for broadband through Uswitch we’re paid a fee in commission from the broadband provider you choose.

    The commission income enables us to offer a free service to compare broadband deals and allows us to develop broadband comparison tools we offer on the site.

    Uswitch Broadband awards Decided by public vote and an expert panel of judges, the annual Uswitch broadband awards are the industry’s most respected, prestigious awards.

    If we name a provider as the UK’s best for home broadband, mobile broadband or customer service, you can be sure it’s an award that’s well merited.

    Want to see who was named best broadband provider? Find out the answer and much, much more at our dedicated broadband awards page.

    * The "average" speed displayed in Mb represents the speed available to 50% of customers with this product during peak time (between 8pm and 10pm). 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 average speed displayed on our table.