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A great broadband deal isn't always the cheapest, the fastest, or the one with the most extras — it's the deal that offers the most of what you need.
If you only use the internet occasionally for email or social media, a good broadband deal would probably be the cheapest one you can find.
However, if you have...
...a good broadband deal could be one that offers the most reliable connection and fast internet speeds.
Essentially, the best broadband deal is the best one for you. But remember, the needs of your household can change over time, which means that whatever makes a good broadband package now, may not be suitable by the end of your next contract a year or two down the line.
When searching for the best package for your household, you should consider:
You can compare a wide range of broadband deals with Uswitch.com. Filter your postcode search results by speed, price and provider to help you make the most suitable choice.
See our guide for more info on how to switch broadband to a deal that's better for you.
|Package||Broadband speed||Contract length|
|Virgin Media M100 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone||108Mb average*||18 months|
|TalkTalk Unlimited Fibre 65 and Phone Line||67Mb average*||18 months|
|Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra & Phone Line||66Mb average*||18 months|
|Virgin Media M200 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone||213Mb average*||18 months|
|Plusnet Unlimited Broadband & Phone Line||10Mb average*||12 months|
|Virgin Media M350 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone||362Mb average*||18 months|
|Virgin Media Big Bundle + Drama & Docs Pick, Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Weekend Calls||108Mb average*||18 months|
|NOW Broadband: Super Fibre & Anytime Calls||63Mb average*||12 months|
|Sky Superfast Broadband||59Mb average*||18 months|
|Shell Energy Fast Broadband||11Mb average*||18 months|
When you do a broadband comparison check, the best deals in your area will depend on the types of internet connection that are available to you. Some are more available across the country than others, so it's worth regularly checking the broadband availability in your local area.
For example, if you have your heart set on a provider that advertises gigabit download speeds, you might end up being disappointed if it turns out your home can't get that speed because the cables and infrastructure aren't in place in your postcode.
However, broadband providers are constantly upgrading their networks, so make sure your regularly check to see what's available.
If full fibre broadband (also called fibre-to-the-premises or FTTP), has been installed on your street, then ultrafast and even gigabit broadband speeds (1,000Mbps) could be yours for the taking.
However, if you only have access to traditional copper phone lines, you might be limited to more widely-available, but slower connections like superfast FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) broadband, or even 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.
You'll then have to confirm the availability at your specific address on the provider's site after you click on a deal you like.
Here are a few things to consider when you run a broadband comparison for your household:
The first thing most of us look at when comparing internet deals will be the price. And if you've finished your initial contract, you'll likely be paying expensive out-of-contract fees, so a new broadband deal will usually be cheaper than your current one.
You most likely would have committed to a fixed-term contract when you signed up for your last broadband package. These usually last between 12-24 months, depending on the provider you choose. But when that period runs out, providers often hike up the price by a significant amount — Uswitch has found this to be as high as 61% at times.
So straight away when comparing new deals, you know that you'll be able to save money by switching.
If you're looking to save money on your next contract, many providers offer more affordable deals for people who don't use the internet very much.
Take a look at our range of cheap broadband deals for some great-value offers and exclusives.
Alternatively, if you're on Universal Credit or another type of financial support, you could benefit from a low-income broadband deal. See our guide on broadband deals for low income families to see if you qualify for one.
Organising your household bills can be complicated. With so many contracts to keep track of, it's easy to forget when you initially signed up for each service. But it's important to know that if youcan't remember when your contract was meant to end, you might be paying more than you should be right now.
If you can't recall when you signed up, there's no need to worry. Ofcom now requires 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 paying more than you should for your broadband.
This notification must also come with an offer of similar deals that the provider currently has available, but it's worth noting that there could be better offers on the market than those. So it's always a good idea to browse deals from a range of providers before you go for the first one you see.
To get more information, like when you should be notified and additional services the provider might offer, check out our full guide on end of contract notifications.
After price, broadband speed is usually the most important deciding factor when choosing a broadband package.
Faster download speeds let you do a lot more online and allow you to stream movies, TV shows and music in a higher quality, but they typically come with a higher monthly price as a result. So make sure you choose a broadband service that’s fast enough for your demand, but don’t go for 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 the speed isn't fast enough for your household's demand, it won't really be that much of a good deal for you.
Check your current internet speed and compare it with what's available in your area.
Broadband contracts tend to be offered in either 12-, 18- or 24-month long fixed periods, but a few providers offer flexible rolling plans too.
You shouldn't necessarily be scared of longer contracts — despite being a lengthier commitment, 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 cancel your contract before the fixed-term is finished when you move out.
Make sure to check for setup costs on the deal you want as they can offset at least some of the savings you make from a low monthly price.
Setup costs are clearly shown below monthly prices on all the deals we display — they typically include all the delivery, installation and activation costs you will incur when purchasing a specific broadband package.
There’s more to life than just broadband — there’s a whole host of additional services that are available with many broadband packages. You can compare broadband packages from providers that combine services like landline call plans, pay-TV subscriptions (known together as triple-play) or even mobile contracts (quad-play) from larger providers.
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 bit more.
These rewards are typically limited-time offers, but don't let that force you into making a decision too quickly.
Essentiallty, 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 because you might miss out on some good freebies.
The faster your broadband speed, the quicker you can download files, films and TV shows — and the better your picture quality will be when streaming. But what broadband speed do you really need, and are the fastest options really worth you paying a higher monthly price?
Broadband speed is usually measured in Mbps, which stands for “megabits per second”. This refers to the amount of data you can download (and upload) in a second.
It's very easy to filter out deals with higher or lower speeds than what you're looking for on all of our Uswitch deals tables — just go through the left sidebar and choose the speeds you'd like.
Read our guide for more detail on what broadband speed you need.
If you’re happy with how fast your current broadband connection is, then it’s a good idea to only search for deals that provide a speed similar to your current package.
A good way to find out what speed you currently have is to run a broadband speed test while you’re at home and connected to your Wi-Fi router. This will tell you the download and upload speeds you have with your current package. 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.
To get more detail on how much download speed certain devices use up, check out our broadband download speed calculator.
Find more internet providers on our dedicated page to see what suits your needs best.
Broadband speeds are always advertised as 'average speeds', because you won’t always be guaranteed to get the same speed every time you use the internet on your Wi-Fi.
In order to be advertised accurately, average speeds are measured during peak times — between 8pm and 10pm when most people are online — and must be available to at least 50% of users in the area.
This means you’ve got a 50/50 chance of getting speeds above or below this number every time you use your broadband.
There are a range of factors that can impact the broadband speed you get.
In general, fibre broadband offers faster and more reliable speeds than copper ADSL broadband. This is largely because fibre-optic cables can transfer much more data in a shorter time period. Plus, they suffer from fewer interruptions than the copper wires ADSL relies on.
If you happen to use a mobile broadband connection, average speeds can range from 24Mbps to 300Mbps depending on whether you have a 4G or 5G service. But mobile network signal is less consistent than a fixed-line broadband cable, so your broadband speed could vary a lot more.
For people in remote areas of the country who use satellite broadband, you might be used to higher setup costs and slow average speeds of around 11Mbps. However, Elon Musk's Starlink project and UK-based OneWeb are set to make satellite broadband a lot faster and more accessible in the coming months and years.
Despite its name, fibre broadband doesn’t necessarily mean your connection is serviced entirely by fibre-optic cables. In a lot of cases, it just means that most of it is.
If your fibre package is fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), the final journey of the connection from the local street cabinet to your home is serviced by the same traditional copper wires as ADSL broadband. So the farther your property is away from that cabinet, the more your connection relies on copper cables, which means your broadband speed might be slower. But it's still a lot faster than ADSL broadband, usually offering maximum speeds of around 70Mbps.
But there's a growing network of broadband connections that don't rely on copper cables anymore. Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, commonly known as full fibre, connects fibre-optic cables straight from the broadband exchange to your property, which eliminates the slowdown you get between the cabinet and your home.
This gives you the fastest connections available, with gigabit speeds (1000Mbps/1Gbps) potentially in reach.
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 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, you should keep your router in a central, open area of the home and ideally away from any other electronic devices.
Take a look at our guide for more help on how to fix broadband connection problems in your home.
Just like rush hour traffic, the busier the internet is, the slower it tends to be. With more people using their Wi-Fi during peak times, the demand on broadband providers drastically increases, 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 measures 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 in our dedicated guide.
Fibre broadband is far superior to copper ADSL, and is now available to 96% of the UK. Also, as fibre availability has increased it has become much more competitive amongst providers. So it's usually very reasonably priced these days, often costing roughly the same as ADSL deals.
The majority of providers offer fibre broadband deals that are well worth the few extra pounds per month. Compared to ADSL, fibre broadband has a couple of significant benefits:
While broadband is pretty much a household utility nowadays, it probably isn’t the only essential service you could get from a telecoms provider.
So if you’re looking to have a landline or TV subscription as well as your broadband, it could work out cheaper to combine them into a bundle of services.
A number of broadband providers 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, compare our best broadband and phone deals on our comparison page.
In addition to calls packages, a number of major broadband providers offer TV services bundled together with their broadband deals.
Just bear in mind that these are better value only when you’re looking to take full advantage of the TV package you get with it, whether that's by watching exclusive content, recording shows or watching live sports or events.
Once you know what features and channels you want out of a broadband and TV bundle, you can compare broadband and TV deals on our featured page.
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
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:
For more information, read our full guide on end of contract notifications.
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 Categories||Winner||Highly commended|
|Best Provider Customer Service||Plusnet||EE|
|Best Smart Media Device (judges’ award)||Amazon Fire Stick||Google Chromecast|
|Best TV Content (judges’ award)||Netflix||Sky|
|Best TV Streaming Service (judges’ award)||Netflix||NOW TV|
|Best Value Broadband Provider||NOW Broadband||Plusnet|
|Broadband Provider of the Year||NOW Broadband||Plusnet|
|Fastest Broadband Provider||Virgin Media||BT|
|TV Provider of the Year||NOW TV||Sky|
|Most Popular Broadband Provider||TalkTalk||NOW Broadband|
|Mobiles, Broadband & TV Categories||Winners||Highly Commended|
|Telecoms Innovation Award (judges’ award)||Samsung Galaxy Fold & Audacious - joint winners|
|Best Triple Play Provider||Sky||NOW TV|
|Quad-play Provider of the Year||EE||Sky|
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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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 the best broadband provider? Find out the answer and much, much more at our dedicated broadband awards page.
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