Each of the major internet providers in the UK have cheap broadband deals available, usually for their standard ADSL broadband packages which provide you with basic internet access for prices as low as £18.99 a month.
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 intial contract period ends. This means that you may be able to get a cheaper deal on a new fibre broadband deal than your currently paying for your old ADSL deal by switching to a new provider.
|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|
|Vodafone Superfast 2 Broadband and Phone Line||63Mb average*||24 months|
|Virgin Media M350 Ultrafast Fibre Broadband & Phone||362Mb average*||18 months|
|Plusnet Unlimited Broadband & Phone Line||10Mb average*||18 months|
|Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband & Phone Line||36Mb average*||18 months|
|SSE Unlimited Fibre and Line Rental Only||35Mb average*||18 months|
|BT Fibre 1 Broadband||50Mb average*||24 months|
|TalkTalk Unlimited Fast Broadband and Phone Line||11Mb average*||18 months|
|TalkTalk Unlimited Fibre 35 and Phone Line||38Mb average*||18 months|
The cheapest broadband deal will vary from week to week as providers update their latest deals and offer different discounts throughout the year.
But when shopping for a cheap broadband deal it's important to look beyond the monthly prices as many providers will often throw in extras, such as vouchers, gift cards and bill credits 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 reward card to spend as well, this effectively works out to £15.83 a month. That's quite a saving.
If you also pay separate bills for other services like paid 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.
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.
Remember to compare the length of the contract and if the provider guarantes 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 once the minimum term is over your bill will likely increase significantly.
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, it normally 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'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.
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 rewards for new customers. 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, 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.
Here are our tips for finding the right cheap broadband offer for you.
Cheap broadband deals are best suited for those on a tight budget or in a small household, such as students, those who don't need much from their internet connection 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 high quality video, 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 the jump in speed.
It might also end up cheaper to bundle various services into one monthly price. If you're footing separate bills for paid TV or a mobile phone contract, a single monthly bundle payment that groups all of these services together could be less expensive.
Search our broadband packages to see which bills you could bundle into your next broadband deal.
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.
Find out more about how to switch your broadband with our dedicated guide.
Most cheap broadband providers and packages run on the most widely-available broadband networks, so you shouldn't run into any issues finding a cheap broadband deal that's available to 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.
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.
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