Price v Flexibility
The big providers have now introduced shorter term phone, broadband, TV contracts, aimed at capturing the student market. These 9 or in some cases, 10 month contracts are designed to coincide with the student calendar.
In theory then, they should be cheaper. After all, you’re using it for 9 or 10 months as opposed to 12 right? However, it is worth remembering that many providers offer incentives to get you to sign up for 12 months. These can include free services or reduced price services for a period of time.
It is therefore worth seriously comparing package prices. You might find it works out cheaper to pay a cancellation fee on a 12 month contract, rather than taking out a shorter specialist student package.
If flexibility is very important to you, there are providers who will now offer contracts with only one month’s notice required. You will pay more per month for these services, but you do have the option of discontinuing them at short notice.
Remember, regardless of the contract, you need to take into account any upfront fees for equipment or installation.