If you watch TV, use broadband and own a landline, you're better off bundling these services together with a single provider for a cheaper rate.
Broadband bundles combine services such as home telephone, digital TV and mobile phone with a broadband connection. Internet service providers (ISPs) often offer free broadband or free calls as part of bundle deals as an incentive to sign up. This means broadband bundles are a great way of saving money.
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Because different bundles offer different features, it isn't an apples-to-apples comparison between providers or even packages. It's much harder to compare bundles than it is straight-up, standalone broadband packages, so it is important to ask yourself a few questions in order to avoid getting lured into an unsuitable contract.
When do I use my home phone most?
If the answer is 'any time outside work hours' — or if you don't use a home phone line — then an off-peak call bundle will save you money. If you make a lot of calls during the day, an anytime calls offer will be more apt.
Which TV channels do you watch the most?
Many digital TV providers offer mix-and-match bundles. To avoid paying for channels you may not watch, check exactly which channels are included in the bundle and which will cost you extra.
Although each bundle is different (and it is always possible to haggle slightly with providers), most bundles include the same features. Here are some of best broadband suppliers for bundles.
Virgin Media is top of the tree when it comes to broadband bundles, thanks to their super-fast speeds and range of TV options. Virgin Media also scores highly for its quad-packages, which combine broadband, mobile phone, cable TV and landline, and keen prices.
BT offers a range of broadband, home phone packages and digital TV (BT Vision) bundles.
TalkTalk, spearheaded the shift towards 'free' services in bundles, with most of their options offering free calls or free TV.
Sky is a great option for combining premium TV packages, including Premiership football and movies, and a great broadband service.
For more information on deals and offers, see the uSwitch broadband bundles comparison page.