Broadband, phone and TV
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Broadband, phone and TV
Remember the days when your landline doubled up as your internet dial-up connection and TV consisted of four channels? Well, thank goodness those days are over. But 21st century living comes with its own set of complications – like the almost overwhelming choice of broadband, phone and TV deals that are available. So, we thought we’d make life a little bit easier and help you work out what’s right for you.
Frequently asked questions
What are the benefits of bundling?
Grouping together some, or all, of your internet, phone and TV services is becoming the norm and there are lots of benefits to bundling. Getting your broadband, phone and TV package from one provider isn’t just more convenient, it could save you money too.
Providers are keen to get as much of your business as they can, and may offer incentives like discounts, vouchers and premium TV channels at reduced prices. Most of us have heard of the key players offering broadband, phone and TV - BT and Virgin for example. But depending on where you live, you could also find packages from other providers including EE and TalkTalk.
If you're buying all three services together, think about what your household needs from each one. For example, when it comes to broadband, think about how speedy it needs to be. Or, if you’re incorporating your phone into the package, consider whether calls will be made to mainline, mobile or international numbers.
Can I add my mobile phone to a broadband, phone and TV bundle?
Some providers now offer mobile add-ons for their broadband, TV and phone bundles, giving you the option to package your mobile spending with the rest of your bills.
One thing to remember if you’re considering adding mobile to your package is whether your mobile service will be provided through your provider’s partnered network. So it might be worth checking network coverage in your area before you commit to making the switch.
If I agree to bundle, how long am I committed for?
That depends on the type of contract, so always read the small print. Typical contract lengths range from 12 to 24 months.
Many broadband, phone and TV deals come with 'introductory offers', which give you a reduced price for a certain length of time. If this is the case, make sure you know when that period ends and how much more you'll have to pay afterwards. Unfortunately, loyalty doesn't always pay when it comes to broadband. It's worth shopping around as you approach the end of your fixed deal, to make sure you're not paying over the odds.
If I'm not satisfied with my package, can I switch?
Most new contracts come with a ‘cooling off’ period, usually up to 14 days. During this time, you should be able to switch your broadband, phone and TV package without any penalties.
Check the terms of your contract to see if there are any costs incurred for ending your package early.
Can I get a broadband and TV package without a phone?
To get the most out of your broadband, it’s generally best to have an active landline connection. This goes for all physical telecom networks including BT’s Openreach network and Virgin Media’s fibre optic cable network. It also applies to satellite TV, cable TV and Freeview platforms, which all require a phone line to access their services.
It’s possible to get broadband and TV without having a landline installed, but you’ll probably find you have a reduced service. What’s also worth noting is that it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get this as a bundle, so it’s likely that you’d have to source separate deals.
How do I find the perfect broadband, phone and TV bundle?
If you’re looking for a great deal on your broadband, phone and TV bundle, we can help you switch provider quickly and easily.
And if you’re still weighing up what broadband speed you need, and whether fibre optic is right for you, we're here to help you compare a range of suitable packages available in your area. So why not compare today?
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From the Digital team
What our expert says
“Opting for a package deal on your broadband, TV and phone spending could be a great way to save money on your bills. However, you should also remember that deals and packages change all the time. So, when you get to the end of your contract, it’s always worth shopping around to see if you could get a better deal elsewhere.”