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*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.
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We aim to take the strain out of broadband comparison. Good broadband deals aren't just about the price, it's also about what's included in the product, the speeds offered and any extra incentives providers are offering. To balance all of these, we have developed a ranking formula that takes into account deals that are proving to be popular with our customers, that are competitive in the market and have a smooth buying process.
If you prefer, you can sort deals by monthly cost, speed or contract length. You can also choose to show costs as monthly or full contract, which lets you see the total spend over the contract period, including any setup costs.
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If you want to get online as cheaply as possible, there are lots of broadband providers in the UK offering deals at a great value. The least expensive options will usually be for standard ADSL broadband only, with no home phone service included, and can usually be found for around £15 a month.
Some of the cheapest providers offering these deals include:
However, if you want faster speeds, you don't have to empty your wallet either. Many of these providers also offer fibre deals that come with superfast speeds for around £20 a month.
|Package||Broadband speed||Contract length|
|Virgin Media M100 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone||108Mb average*||18 months|
|BT Superfast Fibre Broadband||50Mb average*||24 months|
|TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Superfast Fibre||67Mb average*||18 months|
|TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Fast Broadband||11Mb average*||18 months|
|Plusnet Fixed Price Unlimited Fibre Broadband & Phone Line||36Mb average*||18 months|
|TalkTalk Fixed Price Unlimited Faster Fibre||38Mb average*||18 months|
|Virgin Media Big TV Bundle, Superfast Fibre Broadband & Phone||54Mb average*||12 months|
|Plusnet Fixed Price Unlimited Broadband & Phone Line||10Mb average*||18 months|
|Post Office Unlimited Broadband||11Mb average*||12 months|
|Vodafone Superfast 1 Broadband and Phone Line||35Mb average*||18 months|
Broadband providers are always offering new deals and special discounts, so the cheapest broadband deal may vary from week to week. But you should also look beyond the headline monthly prices as many providers will often throw in extras such as vouchers that can bring the overall cost down.
For example, say a cheap broadband deal costs £20 a month for a 12-month contract, but if it comes with a £50 voucher or prepaid debit card to spend as well, this effectively works out to £15.83 a month. That's quite a saving.
This is why it pays to compare cheap broadband deals to see what the total cost will be, factoring in setup fees and any other discounts or special offers. Don't forget to look at the length of the contract either: if you find a very cheap deal, a longer contract with no guaranteed price rises will save you more than a shorter one where your bill increases at the end of the term.
If you're sure you only want internet access, a cheap broadband-only deal is likely to work out less expensive than a packaged bundle. But if you do want to add on home phone or TV services, it pays to compare broadband bundle deals to see if it will work out cheaper.
For instance, if you opt for a cheap broadband-only deal that comes with phone calls on a pay-as-you-go basis, you'll need to think about how often you actually use the phone. If you are frequently chatting with friends and family, a bundle deal that gives you unlimited calls for a fixed price may work out cheaper in the long run, even if the headline cost per month is more expensive.
It's easier than you might think to find cheap fibre broadband deals. On Uswitch, we regularly see fibre broadband deals for £25 a month or under, often with vouchers or cashback. But with so many offers and discounts available, it pays to check what deals are available at the moment. Many providers offer time-limited discounts, so comparing cheap broadband deals is a must.
Don't worry if you do miss out on a certain offer though — it's always possible to find a good broadband deal at a great price.
Cheap broadband deals are ideally for individuals on a tight budget, such as students, or those who are just getting started with the internet.
But before you choose a cheap broadband deal, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. In particular, what do you intend to use the connection for?
The cheapest broadband deals will have relatively slow speeds. Averages of around 11Mbps are typical, though there are various factors such as your location that can affect this.
If you're only going to use your internet for browsing the web, keeping up with email and social media, or doing some online shopping, these speeds will be more than enough. It's only if you intend to download large files or stream HD video that you'll need a faster connection.
You should also be aware of any limits on what you can download. These days, almost every package will offer unlimited usage, but some providers may have certain traffic management policies that restrict the speeds you can get at certain times.
These shouldn't be an issue for most light users, but it's worth checking if you expect to be downloading large files or programmes at peak times, or use services like peer-to-peer file sharing.
Finally, don't forget to see if there are any extra expenses, such as setup fees, line installation, delivery charges or the need to buy a router that will add to the upfront cost of the service. It may be the case that a deal that's a little extra per month could work out cheaper if it has free setup and no other charges.
From 15 February, broadband providers will be required by Ofcom to let you know when your contract is ending.
Most customers who started a BT contract last year will be affected by these new price rises.
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