UK mobile network and broadband provider Vodafone has this week announced heavy discounts to its 24-month Gigafast broadband packages. The top-end Gigafast options are now free for the first six months while the slower options are free for three months.
Available only to new and upgrading customers, it comes after Gigafast, Vodafone’s full fibre broadband service, notched up its 15th available location in the UK.
Capable of offering near-gigabit average speeds of 900Mbps, Gigafast is one of a host of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband operations rolling out in UK towns and cities. But given the premium technology and the cost of installing a connection per home, monthly prices for FTTP are currently very high.
Aiming to entice more signups in the areas it’s available, the new offer on Vodafone’s 900Mbps package could save users up to £330 on their contract — a significant saving in time for Black Friday and the Christmas shopping rush.
If you plan to splash on tech this Black Friday, it’s best to get an idea of the broadband speed you need per device type to see if your current service can handle it. Take a look at our Black Friday broadband speed calculator from last year to get a good idea of what you’ll need.
The offer also conveniently allows customers who are currently in-contract with another provider to open a Gigafast contract while in the last few months of their existing fixed-term, giving them access to full fibre earlier without double-paying for two separate broadband packages.
See the new Gigafast offers from Vodafone below:
It’s understood that these offers run until 19th November 2020.
Here are the 15 towns and cities in the UK that currently offer this service. More locations are expected to be announced as Vodafone expands its Gigafast coverage.
Can’t find your town or city? Try our new Network Checker, currently in its beta-stage, that shows you the broadband speeds you can actually get at your home, not just your local area.
Most FTTP broadband speeds are far higher than what the average UK household currently uses, but compared to other European countries the average download speed in this country — around 64Mbps, according to Ofcom in May 2020 — is actually quite low.
The government’s push for nationwide full fibre coverage is mainly to future-proof our homes against a significant increase in demand for internet over the next several years, with smart home devices, heavy-duty online gaming and working from home all expected to boom.
So while you might not currently use up the bandwidth full fibre speeds offer, you may soon find that your household demand is changing, and the comfort an ultrafast or gigabit broadband speed will provide could eventually appear more enticing.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new broadband contract, you can compare broadband deals now to find the right offer for your needs.