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When it comes to broadband deals, people are always looking to save money and one simple way is not to buy the wrong package.

That is according to thisismoney.co.uk, which suggested that while super-fast broadband connections offering downloads of 20Mb may sound appealing, not everyone will get enough benefit from them to justify the costs.

"If you download movies and music regularly, are an online gamer, or watch TV via the web, then it's for you," it explained.

"If you just pootle about collecting recipes, reading the odd email and sending the odd photo, you don't need it."

The website also suggested that users could benefit from switching between internet service providers, particularly as long-term subscribers will often be expected to pay more and get slower speeds than newer customers.

Meanwhile, people were advised against signing up to long-term broadband subscriptions on the promise of free gifts, while thisismoney.co.uk also pointed to the fact that broadband speeds depend on how far users live from the closest exchange.

Recently, it was revealed by City AM that the chairman of BT Sir Michael Rake is among those rural residents who live too far away from their nearest exchange to use ADSL broadband from home.

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