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Top 10 Beginner's Broadband Deals

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Do you find broadband a bit confusing? Or are you looking to set up a basic, easy-to-use broadband connection for a friend or relation?

Below, we have listed broadband packages for beginners. In each case, the broadband is easy to set up and the instructions are easy to understand. They're also tremendous value for those who are new to broadband.

Compare broadband suitable for beginners below.

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  • Monthly – The monthly charge you’ll pay your provider. Includes discounted periods.
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*The "up to" speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. 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 speed displayed in the table.

The deals available at your postcode are subject to local availability. The provider will confirm availability for your line.

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 maket and have a smooth switching process.

If you prefer, you can sort deals by the average monthly cost, which is all of the costs - including any compulsory upfront costs such as router delivery or installation fee - divided by the length of the contract. Or you can sort by the total contract cost for all packages which let’s you see the total spend for the whole contract period

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Broadband deals explained

Don't know your bits from your bytes or what download allowance you need? We can help you take your first clicks and sign up for a great broadband package to meet your needs.

What is broadband?

Broadband is a term used to describe a way to connect to the internet across a platform with a wide bandwidth. Essentially broadband allows you to connect to the internet at speeds hundreds of times faster than the dial-up technology it replaced.

The advent of broadband spelled the end of waiting for pages to load and unleashed all the opportunities that the web holds for sharing content, viewing video on demand and communicating in ways previously impossible.

Types of broadband:

  • Cheap broadband: This one is pretty self-explanatory. As a basic user — meaning you use your connection to check Facebook, send e-mails or stream videos from YouTube or Netflix — you shouldn't be paying through the nose for your internet connection.
  • Fast broadband: Though you may not notice the difference between 1Mbps and 100Mbps download speeds at the moment, as you become more savvy, this is something that you will recognise and appreciate.
  • Wireless broadband: Will you be connecting to the internet on a laptop? You may want to consider a broadband and free wireless router package to take full advantage of your laptop's mobility.
  • Mobile broadband: This type of connection allows you to connect to the internet from your laptop wherever you are as it runs over 3G or 4G mobile phone networks.

Factors to consider when choosing broadband:

  • Location: Where you live will determine, to a certain extent, your choice of broadband providers. Enter your postcode into the postcode checker on our homepage to see which packages are available in your area.
  • Reliability: When it comes to assessing the reliability of broadband providers, personal recommendations are always worth listening to, so speak to your family and friends.

Overall we believe that all of the major broadband providers now give a good broadband service, so there are no obvious providers to avoid, in our opinion. Your choice will come down to what you can afford, the type of broadband you want and the suitability of the deal available.

The above packages have been hand-selected for beginners like yourself to choose from. If you would like to compare all broadband packages, see our home broadband page.

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