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Make sure that you're happy with the contract length on display and look out for the out-of-contract prices your provider will charge once your contract ends. This information will help you plan the right time to switch broadband package.
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When you last switched broadband, you probably would have signed up for a fixed-term contract to use the service. They usually last between 12-24 months, and they commit you to use that service for the whole period.
If you try to cancel your broadband contract before its end date, you’ll likely be charged an ‘early termination’ fee to make up the rest of the monthly payments you agreed to. However, if you’re cancelling because you have an unresolvable issue with your connection, your provider may waive these charges.
So unless you’re not getting what you paid for, you should wait it out until the end of your contract if you want to avoid an expensive switch. But make sure you know when that end date is, because if you stay on the same package after your contract finishes, you’ll also be charged expensive fees.
Thankfully, Ofcom recently made it compulsory for broadband providers to let you know when your contract is ending. As you approach the end of your agreement, your provider is required to send you an end of contract notification (ECNs), to inform you that prices will increase, and that you can recontract or switch for free.
If you’ve received an ECN recently, it means you might soon be put onto a much more expensive out of contract tariff. The good news is, it also means that you can switch broadband provider free of charge.
There are many types of broadband you could choose from, all of which have different levels of speed and reliability. Have a read of each of them to see which one suits you best.
A lot of home broadband packages require a copper landline in order to operate. A connection that relies entirely on this type of broadband is called ADSL, which stands for 'asymmetric digital subscriber line'.
ADSL broadband uses traditional phone lines to connect you all the way from your provider's broadband exchange to your home.
If you have an active Openreach line, you can either choose broadband packages that offer standard ADSL, which the majority of internet providers in the UK sell, or ADSL2, which is slightly faster but less widely available. But you could also choose a superfast fibre connection if you want faster internet.
ADSL is the oldest broadband technology that's still in regular use today, therefore it's also the slowest and, in most cases, the cheapest broadband connection type in regular use.
You’ll likely be able to get ADSL broadband in whichever property you move to in the future. But it’s always good to learn about what you should do if you want to switch broadband while moving home.
Fibre broadband has recently overtaken ADSL as the most widely-used broadband connection in the UK.
This is a faster type of broadband due to its use of fibre-optic cables, which use pulses of light rather than electrical signals to transmit data either partially, or directly, to your home.
This means they can transfer much more data in a shorter time period than copper wires, so you can do a lot more with your broadband than what ADSL offers.
There are two main types of fibre broadband:
Find out what types of fibre broadband could be available in your area with our broadband availability checker guide.
Cable broadband is a different type of fibre connection, and in the UK it's serviced almost exclusively by Virgin Media.
It uses the same fibre-optic cables as other providers from the broadband exchange to the local street cabinet, but then connects its own 'coaxial' cables from the cabinet directly to your home.
This means you'll need an engineer to set up the connection at your home if it hasn't previously been installed there.
Virgin Media's cable broadband is much faster than ADSL or FTTC broadband, providing UK customers with speeds of up to 600Mbps, and in a growing number of places, even 1Gbps (1000Mbps). However, for the most part, it's not as fast as full fibre broadband, which uses fibre entirely from the exchange to your house.
Its network currently reaches about 52% of UK homes. Learn more about cable broadband on our Virgin Media broadband deals page.
Mobile broadband runs on 4G and 5G mobile phone networks, so it doesn't require any fixed-line cables to connect to the internet.
It's perhaps best suited to people who need fast broadband but their homes don't have access to fibre broadband, or those who need to get online while they're on the move, including abroad.
5G is a newer mobile broadband technology that can offer ultrafast connection speeds roughly up to 300Mbps. But 4G, which supplies 24Mbps average speeds, is currently much more widely available.
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The two main factors to consider when determining the right speed are the number of users and the expected usage. Here are a few rough guidelines:
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