Today, broadband is a ‘must-have’ for all households and finding the right broadband package has never been more important. Here’s what you should consider before shopping around for a competitive deal. 

Price or flexibility?

In recent years, the big providers have introduced more flexible broadband deals aimed at those living in shared accommodation, including those in the student market. In theory, shorter term deals should mean cheaper ones. And if you’re a student, having the internet for a month, two months, nine or 10 months, as opposed to a full year, may well be of interest.

However, it’s 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 – so it’s a good idea to do a thorough comparison of all package prices.

If price is your deciding factor, you might find it works out cheaper to pay for the entire period or pay a cancellation fee on a 12-month contract, rather than taking out a shorter specialist package. But, if flexibility is very important to you, there are providers who will offer contracts that are one to nine months in length and only require one month’s notice – although you’ll often find yourself paying more per month for these services. Remember, regardless of the contract, you need to factor in any upfront fees for equipment or installation

Avoid unwelcome charges

A good general rule is to only pay for a package with speed and usage quotas that you actually need. If you’re going to be downloading a lot of information, then a high speed and unlimited download limit might be better for you, but it will also be the most expensive option.

However, if you’re planning to work or study from home only occasionally, then a lower download limit might be sufficient. Watch out, though, as some broadband providers have usage limits on the cheapest packages that can bring about unwelcome charges, so be sure to pick one that you can remain safely within.

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What else should I consider?

Most deals require an active telephone line at your property, although there are providers whose service does not depend on a telephone connection. Plan early because it can still take a frustrating amount of time to turn an order into a connection. Remember, someone will need to be at home when the service is to be installed and providers don’t always work the most flexible hours.

Bills from the provider are usually in one person’s name. So in a shared accommodation situation, you’ll need to decide who is going to be responsible for the bills and any set-up costs, so you can share them equally… assuming that’s what you’ve all agreed! Alternatively, you could set up a joint account for everyone to pay into on a monthly basis.

Choose your broadband deal

To get the right broadband service to suit you and your housemates, make sure you compare the market to get the best deal. So what are you waiting for? Start a quote with us and see how much you could save.

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