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There’s no question about it – broadband is brilliant and the internet is quite possibly the best invention in the whole wide world…ever. Gone are the days of dial-up and agonisingly slow downloads, but despite its awesomeness, broadband can be pretty confusing. There are a whole load of words and abbreviations that need their own dictionary – Mbps, GB and who knew that downloading could have a speed as well as a limit? And because broadband comes with a language all of its own, it can be difficult to ask the questions you really want answers to, without feeling like you’re behind with the times – until now.

Frequently thought questions

Broadband – what’s the best deal? What’s the cheapest deal? Or is the cheapest deal the same as the best deal? So many questions and with answers that are quite difficult to find – so we’ve put together some ‘frequently thought questions’ about some things that you might want to know.

What should I look for in a broadband package?

You’ll need to see what’s available in your area, so when you run a search with us at comparethemarket.com, we’ll ask you for your postcode which will narrow down your search (a little). Then you’ll need to think about what’s important to you, and to know that you need to work out what you use the internet for, because this will determine things like speed and download limits (which we’ll come to later). Then of course, comes price and what you’re willing to pay.

What are download limits?

This just means how much you can use your broadband each month but that doesn’t mean it’ll simply cut out when you reach your contracted limit. Some packages only give you a certain allowance which is measured in GB (gigabytes) and basically the higher the number of GB, the greater the allowance. If you go over your limit, you’ll just pay for the extra that you’ve used (but you could be charged a lot more for it).

Other packages give you unlimited data allowances which means you can surf the world-wide web for as long as your heart desires but you’ll pay for the privilege up front. It’s a fine line between too much and not enough; so choose wisely.

Why is speed important?

Broadband speed is measured in megabits per second or ‘Mbps’ and the higher the number of Mbps then the faster your internet connection. Standard broadband connections are around 17Mbps which is usually more than enough if you’re a light internet user and really only use it to check emails, social media and perhaps do your online banking or shopping.

If you’re a gamer or movie buff, then you’ll need a faster connection unless you’re happy to sit through the buffering processing for hours on end. So, if you like everything, now, now, now and can’t wait for the latest film to download, then look for super-fast broadband – you can get speeds of up to 200mbps but the fibre optic cables that this needs, aren’t available everywhere so you’ll only get super-fast if it’s available where you live.

Should I get a standalone or package deal?

Companies want your business and bundling your TV, broadband and landline packages could save you a bundle of cash, so it’s worth considering if keeping pounds in your pocket is your main concern. Another benefit is that because you’re not subscribing to lots of different companies, you can keep your paperwork under control.

What current, cheap broadband packages are there?

At comparethemarket.com, it’s our job to bring you choice (and we think we do it rather well) so we’d always encourage you to start a quote and see what’s available but how about these for some headline deals**:

Ready to compare?

So, now that you’re au fait with the lingo and know your Mbps from your GB and your super-fast from your dial-up, you’ll be able to compare cheap broadband deals like a pro – so what are you waiting for – start a quote today.

**Prices correct as of 12 January 2017

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