Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the time of year when we all scramble to get some great deals on electronics and other Christmas gifts. And recently, internet providers have started using the event to offer their own Black Friday and Cyber Monday broadband deals too.
But with so many offers, it can be hard to figure out which ones are the best.
This year, Black Friday is on 26th November and Cyber Monday is on 29th November. Read on to find out how you can get a great Black Friday broadband deal this year.
How to get a good Cyber Monday broadband deal
If your broadband contract is ending soon, or you've been paying out-of-contract prices for far too long and want to find a better deal, Black Friday could be a great chance to switch to a new broadband and Wi-Fi package.
Just like everything else in shops, broadband deals will be available at heavily discounted prices over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, meaning you could get a high-speed, high-quality service for a much more affordable price.
But before you rush into signing up for a broadband contract, here's how to make sure it’s actually a good offer for you.
Decide what broadband speed you need
If, like many of us, you plan on buying a load of new electronics this Black Friday, it’s a good idea to also think about what broadband speeds you might need to support them. With new devices being used in your home, maybe you need to increase your data allowance or speeds — but by how much?
You might not need an extensive, high-speed package if you’re just checking emails and Facebook. But if you’re planning on getting a Netflix, Apple TV Plus or Disney Plus subscription to get you through the colder months, you might want to opt for a fibre broadband package to ensure uninterrupted streaming.
To get a better idea of what broadband speed each gadget will need, take a look at our Black Friday broadband speed guide.
Are you looking to buy a new TV on sale? Look for broadband and digital TV bundles so you can make the most of your new TV and the content you watch on it. And remember, if it’s a smart TV that connects to Wi-Fi, it will now also be using your data and broadband too.
Don’t be too tempted by freebies
Providers often sweeten their Black Friday and Cyber Monday broadband deals with complimentary gifts and vouchers. And while these are great, you need to make sure you read the fine print first before you sign.
Be sure to check out how long introductory discounts actually last for, too. Are they only good for a few months or do they last the entire contract? A free 4K TV may not actually be that great a deal if you end up paying more than you need to for the whole contract.
What’s the cost of the full contract?
Speaking of your contract, consider the cost of the full thing, not just the monthly rate. On our Uswitch deals tables, you can press the ‘Price details’ button to find the total cost of your contract and compare that to other deals.
Are you able to switch broadband today?
Finally, make sure you check your current contract — if you’re still in one — to see if you’ll be free to switch during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period. If you’re halfway through your contract, you’ll be charged early termination fees to leave, and a Black Friday saving likely won’t make up for the money you’ll have to pay to exit your existing agreement.
But if you’re out of contract, or your contract is ending in November or December this year, you should be able to switch to a discounted Black Friday deal free of charge. That’s not including any setup fees you might have to pay to install your next broadband connection, though.
Just keep in mind you'll need to notify your provider that you want to switch roughly 30 days in advance, whether you’re in or out of contract.
Browse Black Friday and Cyber Monday broadband deals from a range of broadband providers
A lot of Black Friday broadband deals are only available for a few days, with most running until the end of Cyber Monday. You could grab a Black Friday 2021 deal from one of these broadband providers:
BT broadband offers on Black Friday
This Black Friday, BT is offering the first three months of its superfast Wi-Fi deals for free, and has thrown in a £110 reward card for signing up to its BT Fibre 2 deal in particular.
Its monthly prices are a fair bit higher than other broadband deals at similar speeds, but factoring in the money you get back with the bill credit and reward card, it equals to a much more reasonable average monthly price.
Sky Broadband & Sky TV — Black Friday 2021
For Black Friday 2021, Sky has made it a lot easier (and cheaper) to bundle its incredible TV service with superfast broadband and a home phone service. Throwing in its new Ultrafast packages too, Sky has come to Black Friday this year with an option for everyone.
Virgin Media broadband discounts this Black Friday
Virgin Media has discounted the monthly price of its broadband-only deals and removed its £35 setup cost in a range of Uswitch-exclusive offers for Black Friday 2021. So you could save hundreds of pounds on its ultrafast broadband deals this year.
On Black Friday itself, Virgin Media also launched its all-inclusive 'Volt' bundle, which offers over 600Mbps internet, a home phone line and an O2 SIM card. But the real kicker this Black Friday is the choice it'll also offer you between an LG Smart TV and £250 bill credit, which you'll have the otion of for many of its other TV bundles too.
Plusnet Black Friday broadband packages
Low-price internet provider Plusnet has slashed the monthly price of its Wi-Fi deals this Black Friday.
In an exclusive offer that you can only get on Uswitch.com this November, the provider is offering its 66Mbps superfast fibre deal for just £23.95 per month, and is throwihng in a huge £100 reward card that you can spend with a range of retailers in time for Christmas.
So if the deal meets your broadband needs, you have until Thursday 2nd December to grab it!
Vodafone broadband Black Friday packages
Vodafone has reduced its superfast and ultrafast deals to a surprisingly low price this Black Friday. Enjoy the provider's impressive fibre broadband packages for as little as £20 per month this year, and receive a £130 gift card while you're at it!
TalkTalk Cyber Monday deals
TalkTalk has put a very heavy discount on its monthly prices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, bringing its 67Mbps Fibre 65 deal down to just £20 per month this November. That's one of the lowest-price Black Friday broadband deals this year.
You'll also get a complimentary £75 gift card that you can spend in a range of stores just in time for the Christmas shopping rush, so if Fibre 65 is right for you this Cyber Monday, make sure you get in quick!
Hyperoptic broadband — Black Friday 2021
Hyperoptic will give you three whole months of free full fibre broadband if you choose one of its 24-month contracts this Black Friday, or a £65 gift card if you choose a 12-month contract instead.
This in addition to heavily discounted monthly prices means that you could enjoy near-gigabit internet speeds for a very reasonable price this November.
John Lewis Broadband Black Friday offers
As a world-famous department store, John Lewis is offering enticing gift cards to spend in its online store if you choose one of its broadband deals during Black Friday 2021. So if the deal is right for you and you’re looking to boost your Christmas shopping budget, John Lewis Broadband could be a great choice this year.
NOW Broadband packages on Black Friday
NOW has very low-price broadband packages available this Black Friday, with some very handy incentives to bundle up with its TV service too.
With NOW TV memberships, you get access to a wide range of Sky’s premium content, without the expensive bills that come with it. So if you’re after a cheap bundle this Black Friday, look out for NOW broadband and TV offers.
What's Cyber Monday?
While many people still go shopping on Black Friday, retailers noticed an interesting shift in the early 2000s. In 2003 and 2004, online sales for retailers — particularly clothing stores — spiked on the following Monday.
This could be due to people who were too busy with family or travelling over the Thanksgiving weekend to get any shopping done, or maybe people needed back-up gifts after missing out on limited-time Black Friday deals in store. Or maybe employees returning to work after a long weekend wanted to carry on shopping rather than focusing on work again.
Online retailers quickly took advantage of this trend and coined a new term and event in 2005: Cyber Monday.
When is Cyber Monday 2021?
Cyber Monday 2021 is on 29th November.
When is Black Friday 2021?
Black Friday 2021 is on the 26th November.
Black Friday was originally a US holiday, celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Therefore, Black Friday is always the fourth Friday in November.
Since the early 20th Century, this day has come to signal the beginning of the Christmas shopping season for a few reasons. In America, Thanksgiving is a major holiday with televised parades — usually sponsored by department stores — to celebrate the holiday.
At the end of most parades, Santa Claus makes an appearance, which inevitably makes people start thinking about Christmas and shopping. This is convenient because students and the majority of non-retail employees have both Thursday and Friday off of work, giving most people a four-day weekend — perfect for shopping.
Why is it called Black Friday?
Black Friday is one of the biggest, busiest shopping days of the year. Because of the increase in spending, there’s a popular theory that the day gets its name from older accounting systems which wrote losses in red ink and profits in black.
The uptick in sales on this day drives enough profits to move stores out of the red and into the black — but this is just a theory. In reality, no one knows exactly where the name came from.
One thing is clear, though: Black Friday is here to stay.
Are there Christmas broadband deals?
You will be able to switch broadband during the Christmas period, but it’s not usually the best time to get a discounted Wi-Fi package. Broadband deals are often a little cheaper during Black Friday and Cyber Monday than in the actual Christmas period.
So if you’re eligible to switch at the end of November 2021, it’d make sense to look for a new internet deal then, rather than wait until the festive period in late December. You’ll likely find a better offer during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.