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How can I find the best broadband deal for me?
Whether you’re thinking about switching suppliers or looking for a broadband deal for the first time, you’re in the right place. You’ll find everything you need to know about broadband, how to get it and how to find the best broadband deal for you.
The main things to think about when deciding between broadband providers are:
- Speed – fast broadband speeds are crucial, especially if you stream content or are into online gaming.
- Usage – you may need an unlimited data allowance if you have a big household, download large files or stream in 4K. Most providers now offer 4K as standard, but be sure to check, as not all do.
- Customer service – high customer service ratings are important if you suffer from lower-than-expected speeds or regular service outages.
- Cost – is it the right price for you and does the package offer good value for money? As well as overall costs, don’t forget to compare upfront costs for installation and/or a new router. Some deals won’t charge you any set-up fees.
- Contract length – broadband contracts typically run for 12, 18 or 24 months. Always check the contract length so you’re not tying yourself into a longer deal than expected. This could make switching more difficult.
- Hardware – do you need any new equipment to change or upgrade your service? You may need a new router or fibre-optic cables installing.
- Perks – you’ll find many broadband providers will use gifts and rewards to tempt you to choose their package. These can include free tablets or tech, cashback, vouchers or access to additional services.
- Bundles – you may be able to save money by combining your broadband with a paid TV subscription and phone package.
- Availability – while most of the UK now has access to fibre-optic broadband, you should check which speeds are available in your area. Ultrafast fibre broadband needs special cables which are less readily available than standard fibre broadband.
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – SWITCH WITH CONFIDENCE
If slow broadband has become an issue while you’re staying indoors or working from home, switching your broadband package could make things easier.
Most broadband switches are currently unaffected by coronavirus. But call centres are very busy, with many providers prioritising repair and maintenance services. If you do want to switch, check the situation first with your current, and potential, provider.Learn more here
What are the best broadband deals available in my area?
Not every broadband deal is available in every part of the country. Some broadband networks aren’t yet installed in all areas, so it’s important to check which ones your home can get. After all, you wouldn’t want to end up disappointed if you see a deal from a provider advertising lightning-fast download speeds, only to find you can’t get it because of where you live.
Broadband coverage tends to be best in towns and cities, but can vary a lot between different postcodes. It largely depends on the type of cables you have installed in your street and how far you live from your telephone exchange.
The fastest broadband speeds are typically available to streets that have had a full fibre or fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network installed, as this runs cable all the way to your door for a seamless connection.
To find out which broadband deals are available to you, go to our broadband postcode checker. Simply enter your postcode and current broadband provider, if you have one, and we’ll show you deals with everything you need to know, including price, speed, data caps and more.
What type of broadband deals are available?
There are several types of broadband deals to choose from:
ADSL: This works over the same line as your landline phone, and is available to more than 99% of the UK population.
But this type of broadband is on the way out. Most providers are encouraging existing ADSL customers to upgrade to fibre broadband in line with Government targets. Some will no longer even supply ADSL if fibre is available at an address. But for those who live in remote or rural areas, ADSL may still be the best option. Find out what you can get with our broadband postcode checker.
Fibre broadband: This offers speeds many times faster than ADSL, with a more stable performance, especially at peak times. Fibre is a popular choice for many internet users and it’s ideal if you stream a lot of music, video, or enjoy online gaming. It’s also good for people who work from home, or for families using lots of devices at the same time.
You can get superfast and ultrafast speeds.
Superfast broadband – which Ofcom defines as providing a minimum 30Mbps (megabits per second) download speed – uses fibre-optic technology and is now available to 96% of homes in the UK.
Ultrafast broadband is available to 59% of homes and can give you speeds of between 300Mbps and 1gigabit (Gb). Availability is increasing all the time, as providers extend their full-fibre networks, so it’s worth checking if it’s now available to you.
Cable broadband: Faster than ADSL, cable broadband uses the same wiring as a cable TV package. Cable connections are either fibre optic or coaxial, which can carry data faster than traditional copper wires, but they’re not available in all parts of the UK. Virgin Media is the main provider of cable broadband, offering some of the fastest speeds in the country. They’re also one of the few providers that offer broadband without line rental.
Mobile broadband (3G or 4G): We don’t currently offer this comparison. Mobile broadband is a service you can connect to at home and on the go. It’s convenient and doesn’t require a landline, but it can be expensive.
- You’ll typically get a USB dongle to plug into your computer, or a special wireless MiFi device that you can take anywhere with you.
- There are no wires or cables and you can choose between pay as you go (PAYG), contract or SIM-only.
Satellite broadband: This is an option for people living in the few areas where a good ADSL, cable or fibre broadband connection isn’t available.
What broadband speed do I need?
The speed you need depends on the sort of things you use the internet for and how many people in your household use it at once. The greater the speed, the quicker you can download files and the better the picture quality your streaming content will be.
Broadband speeds are usually measured in Mbps. This stands for ‘megabits per second’ and refers to the amount of data you can download or upload in a second.
10Mbps (light users) – if there’s only one or two of you in the home, or you only use the internet to check the news, shop online or send emails, this is the minimum you’ll need. You should find that a standard ADSL broadband service works just fine.
30-60Mbps (families) – if you’re living in a household with three or four people using the internet, a fibre broadband speed of around 55Mbps should mean you’re never held back. But if you all like to stream content at the same time on different devices, you’ll probably need more.
60-100Mbps (student sharers and streaming households) – if you have more than four internet users in your household, or members of your household tend to stream content all at once, look for speeds of over 60Mbps. Superfast broadband deals could be worth paying a few extra pounds a month for, to avoid the frustration of constant buffering and slow downloads.
100Mbps+ (serious gamers) – ultrafast speeds are ideal for serious online gamers and households where people are streaming in 4K. They can also be useful if you often work from home and need to download lots of large files, or take conference calls at the same time as others in your household.
What broadband packages are available?
It’s worth considering a broadband package that includes additional services like phone or TV, as it could end up being cheaper and more convenient than separate deals.
A broadband package is often:
- Cheaper than separate contracts
- Easier to pay, in one single bill
- Handier for customer support as it’s all in one place
Ultimately, you need to make sure the package suits your needs. A few things to check are:
- The cost of monthly line rental
- The charges if you exceed your data or call allowance
- Package features (e.g. TV channels, anytime calls)
If you’ve already got a landline, and are happy to stick with Freeview TV instead of premium channels, you can simply go for a broadband package. The main choices you’ll have are around the type of broadband (ADSL, fibre or cable) you’re looking for, which will affect the speeds you’ll receive. You could also consider an unlimited data plan if you’re a heavy internet user.
All broadband deals available through Compare the Market offer unlimited data, so you can browse, download and stream as much as you like.
Broadband and phone packages
Because most broadband packages need a landline, getting a broadband and home phone package is usually cheaper than paying for these separately. By bundling the two together, you’ll often get a discount on your overall deal. Options may include anytime calls where you get free calls to most UK landlines at any time of the day, as well as better rates on international calls.
Bundling your broadband and phone together can be particularly useful as you’ll have one point of contact if something happens to your phoneline, which can affect both your phone and internet connection.
Broadband, phone and TV packages
To keep things as simple as possible, you can arrange your broadband, phone and TV all in one bundle. This makes your services easier to manage, with one point of contact. It could also be a great way to save money.
Most providers allow you to tailor your package. If you’re always looking for the next new drama, or the latest box office hit, you can pick add-ons, movie and documentary channels for example. You can also add sports channels to avoid missing live matches, or kids’ channels to keep the little ones entertained. Providers with these packages also offer some of the best incentives, like free access to services like Netflix.
The main downside is that, by choosing to bundle everything together, you’re limiting yourself to a smaller pool of potential providers.
Frequently asked questions
Can I get fibre broadband?
Nearly everyone in the UK can now get superfast fibre broadband as it’s available to 96% of households. Full-fibre broadband is available to around 18% of homes. Full fibre is fibre optic cable connected all the way to your home, not just the nearest street cabinet. It’s capable of delivering download speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
With more providers offering fibre broadband deals, it’s much more affordable than it used to be, with great offers making it only slightly more expensive than standard broadband. Fibre offers faster download speeds and greater reliability. That said, if you live in a remote or rural area, you may be one of the 190,000 households who still can’t get a reliable broadband service.
To find out what’s available in your area, enter your details in our broadband postcode checker, select your current provider (if you have one) and click on 'Find deals'.
How do I claim my vouchers on broadband packages?
If you’ve switched broadband, phone and TV packages through us and your package included extras like a freebie, vouchers or other offers by the supplier as part of the deal, here’s how you go about claiming them:
How can I compare broadband deals now?
Simply tell us your postcode and we can quickly help you compare broadband deals from leading internet providers. You can compare them in order of monthly cost, data usage, average speeds or contract length, to find the right broadband deal for you. Compare and find broadband deals in less than one minute**.
**On average it can take less than 1 minute to find and compare broadband deals through Compare the Market, based on data in November 2020.
Can I get broadband without line rental?
Normally, internet service providers (ISPs) bundle broadband and line rental together. But there are providers, like Virgin Media and EE, who do offer broadband without a phone line. You may find there’s a smaller pool of deals available, but it’s definitely worth comparing broadband deals to find the right one for you.
What broadband speed could I get?
The broadband speed you can get depends on where you live, as well as the package you choose. If you have ADSL broadband, or some types of fibre broadband, the distance of your home from the telephone exchange can impact your speed. When you compare, we ask you for your postcode so you can check all the options available for your location.
People who live in urban areas typically tend to have faster broadband speeds than in rural areas.
Check your broadband speed now with our broadband speed test.
Broadband providers now have to show the average speed available to 50% of their customers at peak times (8pm-10pm). But when you’re comparing, it’s important to think about what speed you actually need. A superfast connection isn’t necessary for ordinary web browsing and emailing.
Find out more in broadband speed explained.
Am I guaranteed the advertised broadband speed?
Stating specific speeds as an advertised guarantee has proved difficult for providers. In recent years, Ofcom has stepped in to try and protect buyers from false advertising. Broadband providers can still advertise their best speeds, but must now also state more realistic speeds, based on peak usage times within the region.
Providers must also include a minimum guaranteed speed when you buy your broadband service. If you find that your speeds don’t match this, you can receive money back from your provider, and possibly even end your policy at any time, with no cancellation fee.
Read both the advertisements and contracts carefully when switching your broadband provider, to ensure that you’re aware of what the realistic broadband performance is that the provider can deliver, and your rights if this isn’t met.
What can affect your broadband speed?
Getting fast broadband at home depends on many things.
Your broadband speed can be affected by:
- Connection type – this usually makes the biggest difference, with ADSL, fibre and cable broadband services offering different speeds. An ADSL connection will offer average speeds of up to 11Mbps, while the right cable service can max out at 900Mbps. Fibre connections offer some of the most varied speeds, which depend on the package you choose, but most commonly they generate speeds of up to 76Mbps.
- Distance from the cabinet/exchange – if you’re on a fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) connection, the distance from your home to the street cabinet can make a big difference. While your broadband connection can still be fibre, a FTTC connection means that the fibre only runs to the cabinet. The remaining connection to your home is run on the traditional copper phoneline. Copper phonelines lose speed the further they stretch, so you can expect slower speeds if you’re further from the street cabinet. If you’re on a fibre to the premises (FTTP) connection, your speeds shouldn’t drop over distance, and you’ll typically receive the fastest speeds available, up to 900Mbps.
- Distance from your router – to get the best connection, make sure that your WiFi router is in a good location. If possible, have it in the room where most of your internet use takes place, and try not to block the signal by putting it in a cabinet, or hiding it behind furniture. The fewer obstacles in the way, the better the connection.
- The number of devices you’re using – if you have gamers in the family, or there are lots of you each using different devices online, the connection speed is very likely to slow down, particularly if you’re streaming 4K or downloading large files.
- Time of day – you may find that your internet slows during peak times, typically during the evenings. This is due to the increased traffic from other users. You should still keep an eye on your speeds, to check if they fall below any minimum speed guarantees.
Should I get an unlimited broadband deal?
An unlimited broadband deal gives you peace of mind to freely use the internet as you like. If there are lots of you in the house and you all like to browse social media, stream music, TV and films, or game online, your data usage can quickly eat through a cap. An unlimited broadband deal ensures that you can never use too much data.
All broadband deals available through Compare the Market offer unlimited data.
Should I get a broadband package with usage limits?
If there’s only one or two of you at home, or you only use the internet for browsing the web, online shopping and email, you may find that a broadband package with usage limits is perfectly fine for you. Whereas, if you’re streaming lots of content, downloading large files or you share your home with lots of people, you may want to consider an unlimited broadband deal.
Can I switch broadband at any time?
While it’s often best to switch broadband at the end of your current contract, you can switch your broadband provider whenever you like.
If you’re still tied into an existing contract, you’ll usually have to pay an early exit fee to switch to a new provider. Make sure you check the potential saving against any early exit fees, so the switch is still worth it. If you’re switching because the price of your broadband has gone up by more than the rate of inflation during your contracted term, you should be able to leave without a fee. But always check with your provider first.
If you’re looking to switch because your existing provider isn’t giving you their minimum guaranteed speed, you should be able to avoid any exit fees. Get in touch with your provider if this is the case.
How do I know if I am out of contract?
You can check the status of your broadband contract by asking your provider or by logging into your account online. By law, your provider has to tell you if you’re still under contract, as well as when your contract ends. You might also be able to find the date your contract ends on your provider’s app or by checking a recent bill.
It’s important to know if you’re out of contract because providers often offer discounted rates for the initial contract period, then put up their prices.
What happens after my contract ends?
Your broadband provider should send you an end-of-contract notification before your contract is about to end, either by letter, email or text. They must tell you when your contract is ending and what you’ll pay after this date, as well as giving you details of any other deals that are available.
According to Ofcom, around 20 million UK broadband, TV and phone customers are out of their initial minimum-term contract of 12, 18 or 24 months, with many paying more than they need to by not switching. You could save money by getting a new contract with your existing provider or switching to a new supplier.
Will I lose connection when I switch broadband provider?
There may be a short loss of service when you switch broadband suppliers, but the process is a lot smoother than it used to be. In many cases, you should be able to switch with little or no service interruption, although activation may take longer if you’re switching to a provider that runs on a different network.
On the day of your switch, your new provider should advise if you’re likely to lose your connection. It shouldn’t normally be down for any longer than an hour though.
Are there any set-up costs when switching broadband?
There could be. That’s why it’s important to check for set-up costs on the deals you like the look of, to make sure you’ll still be saving overall.
When you compare with us, set-up costs are clearly shown in all the deals we list. These costs typically include paying for a router to be delivered, installation and activation fees.