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Cheap broadband deals

Which are the cheapest broadband providers?

Each of the major broadband providers in the UK have cheap broadband deals available. In most cases this is for their standard ADSL broadband packages which provide you with basic internet access for prices as low as £17.50 a month.

Providers like Plusnet, TalkTalk, POP Telecom and Direct Save Telecom often feature some of the cheapest broadband deals on the market, all while offering excellent customer service as well.

However, if you want a faster connection you can still get a cheap broadband deal on a better package without paying too much more. Most providers offer fibre broadband deals that come with superfast speeds from around £20 a month.

It's also worth remembering that cheap broadband deals still jump up in price after your initial fixed-term contract ends. This means that if you're currently out of contract on an ADSL connection, you may be able to get an even cheaper deal on a new fibre broadband package.

Cheap broadband deals on Uswitch.com in May 2021

PackageBroadband speedContract length
Virgin Media M100 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone108Mb average*18 months
Vodafone Superfast 263Mb average*24 months
Virgin Media M350 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone362Mb average*18 months
TalkTalk Unlimited Fibre 65 and Phone Line67Mb average*18 months
Plusnet Unlimited Broadband & Phone Line10Mb average*18 months
SSE Unlimited Fibre Plus and Line Rental Only63Mb average*18 months
Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband & Phone Line36Mb average*18 months
TalkTalk Unlimited Fast Broadband and Phone Line11Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media Big TV Bundle, Superfast Fibre Broadband & Phone54Mb average*18 months
Virgin Media M500 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband (no phone line required)516Mb average*18 months
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What's the cheapest broadband deal?

The cheapest broadband deal will vary from week to week as providers update their latest deals and offer different discounts and promotions throughout the year.

Extras and bill credits

It's important to look beyond monthly prices — many providers will often throw in extras, such as vouchers, gift cards and bill credits that can bring the overall cost down.

For example, a cheap broadband deal could cost £20 a month for a 12-month contract, but if it comes with a £50 voucher or reward card to spend as well, this effectively works out to £15.83 a month. That's quite a saving.

Bundle offers

If you also pay separate bills for other services like digital TV or a mobile phone contract, a cheap broadband deal could also be a bundle that offers a group of services for a single monthly price.

If that total is less than a number of your separate bills put together, it might work out cheaper to group them together under one provider.

Contract terms

Remember to compare the length of the contract and if the provider guarantees no price rises during the minimum term.

A cheap broadband deal with a longer contract and a guarantee of no price rises will save you more in the long-term. A shorter contract may sound better, but monthly prices are often higher and your bill will likely increase significantly once the minimum term is over.

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.

Can I get a cheaper broadband deal if I get a bundle deal?

As previously mentioned, if you only want internet access, a cheap broadband-only deal is likely to work out less expensive than a bundle deal. But if you want to add on home phone, TV services or mobile phone contracts, or you already pay for these services from other providers, it normally pays to compare broadband bundle deals to see if it works 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're 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.

Can you find cheap fibre broadband deals?

It's easier than you might think to find cheap fibre broadband deals.

Our Uswitch deals tables regularly show fibre broadband deals for £25 a month or under, often with vouchers or cashback rewards for new customers. But with so many offers and discounts available, it's sensible 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, and some providers often run similar promotions regularly throughout the year. Just make sure you don't waste time and money by waiting too long to find one if you're currently paying hefty out of contract prices.

How to compare cheap broadband deals

Here are our tips for finding the right cheap broadband offer for you.

Find the right broadband speed

Cheap broadband deals are best suited for those on a tight budget or living in a small household, such as students, those who don't use the internet for much or 1-2 person properties. This is why it's important to consider what you intend to use your broadband for.

The cheapest broadband deals will have relatively slow speeds, averaging around 10-11Mbps depending on your location. If you're only planning to use your internet for browsing the web, checking emails and social media, or doing some online shopping, you should look for deals that offer these average speeds.

However, if you want or need to download large files, stream good quality video or TV, play bandwidth-hungry online games or have a household of more than two people, you may need a faster connection. They're usually a little more expensive, but are often worth the money for what you can do with the jump in speed.

Watch out for download limits

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.

Keep extra costs in mind

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.

Find out more about how to switch your broadband with our dedicated guide.

Cheap broadband in my area

Most cheap broadband providers and packages are available on the Openreach network which is available to the vast majority of the UK. Therefore, you shouldn't run into any issues finding a cheap broadband deal near you.

Openreach's copper phone line network provides ADSL broadband for 99% of UK homes, and its superfast fibre connections reach over 95% of the country. Both host the cheapest broadband deals available, so the best thing to do is search your postcode on our Broadband Postcode Checker and then sort the results by 'Cost (low to high)' to see what options you have.

What is the cheapest type of broadband?

ADSL broadband, also known as standard broadband, is the cheapest type of broadband available in the UK. This offers average speeds of around 11Mbps - enough for basic web browsing and occasional streaming - though this may vary considerably depending on factors such as where your home is located.

Can I get cheap fibre broadband?

Yes, there are plenty of cheap fibre broadband deals available in the UK. Monthly prices are typically slightly higher than for standard ADSL broadband, but comparing deals and taking into account offers such as free setup and cashback that can lower the overall cost can help you find a cheaper option.

Is getting a broadband bundle cheaper?

If you want to add home phone services, pay TV channels or even mobile phone contracts to your broadband contract, a bundled deal will usually work out cheaper than paying for each service separately. It pays to shop around and compare cheap broadband deals from multiple providers to see which packages offer the lowest price.

Is it cheaper to get broadband without a landline?

In most cases, no. Almost all of the cheapest broadband connections need a landline in order to connect to your home, and it's only faster connections that use different cables that don't require copper phone lines to work.

Can I get by with a cheap, standard broadband service?

It depends on how much demand your household will have for broadband. If you only use the internet to browse social media, shop online or watch the odd YouTube video, you could get by with standard, cheap broadband speeds of around 10-11Mbps. However if you enjoy regularly streaming TV, playing high-quality online games, downloading large files or live in a household of more than two people, a fibre connection would be best.

The good news is, the cheapest fibre deals are often a very similar price to standard broadband, so you won't be paying much more at all for a faster service.