Should I combine my broadband, phone and TV packages?

Want to combine your broadband, home phone and TV into a single deal? We can make it easy. Here are the pros and cons of these bundled deals.

Want to combine your broadband, home phone and TV into a single deal? We can make it easy. Here are the pros and cons of these bundled deals.

Holly Cox
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Posted 7 JANUARY 2020 Last Updated 8 APRIL 2022

What is a combined broadband, TV and phone package? 

Combining your broadband, TV and phone in one package is a convenient way of getting all three services under one contract with the same provider. 

Rather than three separate bills each month, you’ll receive just the one. Bundling your broadband, TV and phone this way can often work out cheaper than paying for individual services.

What are the advantages of broadband, TV and phone deals? 

Getting a combination of services from one provider offers several benefits: 

  • Save money – providers typically offer a discount if you agree to a new single contract
  • Simple and convenient – one supplier, one contract, one bill and one regular payment
  • Freebies – some providers offer incentives, including cashback or free gifts, if you buy a bundled package through them
  • Easy to switch – if you decide to switch once your contract’s up, simply move all three services over to a new deal.

What are the disadvantages of packaged broadband deals?

There are possible downsides of getting broadband, phone and TV from one provider: 

  • Services you don’t use – you may end up paying for TV channels you don’t watch or daytime calls when you’re at work.
  • No upgrades – you might miss out on upgrades from your existing suppliers.

Is it easy to switch from separate deals to a combined package? 

If you’re coming to the end of each contract, moving the separate services to a bundle package should be a straightforward process. In most cases, your new provider should take care of switching everything over for you – including cancelling your existing services.

However, if you’re switching the type of broadband – say, fibre optic (from an Openreach provider such as BT) to Virgin’s cable, you’ll need to cancel with your old provider and contact your new provider yourself. 

Also, be aware that if you’re still tied into a contract for one or more of your services, you may need to pay a cancellation fee to your current provider before you can switch to a new bundle deal. 

Find out more about the switching process in our guide to switching broadband provider.

Which providers offer broadband, phone and TV packages? 

Bundled packages are an increasingly popular choice, so there are plenty of deals available. However, whether you’ll be able to get a deal depends on where you live. Leading providers currently offering broadband, phone and TV packages include: 

Just enter your postcode, tell us which packages you’re interested in and we’ll show you what broadband, phone and TV bundle deals are available in your area.

Top tip
Freebies such as cashback and free gifts can be enticing, but it’s the quality of your broadband that’s most important. While incentives are a nice little bonus, don’t let them cloud your buying decision.

What else do I need to think about when looking at broadband, phone and TV packages?

The best advice we can offer is to carefully consider what you need. By this we mean, if you need unlimited broadband don’t look at deals with a data allowance. And if you don’t like sport, don’t be swayed by a provider who throws in all 10 sport channels.

Before you switch, you’ll need to check with all three providers to see whether there are penalties for breaking existing contracts. You might need to wait until it makes economic sense to break a contract or simply wait until they expire.

How can we help you compare broadband, phone and TV deals?

Simply use our comparison service to help you through the process. Just tell us your postcode and the services that you're thinking about combining.

Here's what you can do next:

  • When you select 'next' you'll see all the options available to you
  • We'll then show you what you'll pay monthly
  • Select '12 months’ box: we recommend that you choose this filter as it includes extra costs such as installation fees.
  • Broadband: you can select to see more details on speed and levels of monthly usage.
  • Home phone: there’s a selection of different phone packages to choose from if you happen to be looking for a certain one.
  • TV: you add the type of entertainment you like or even which channels you want, and we can make sure they’re included in your quotes.

Frequently asked questions

What should I look for in a broadband deal?

When looking for a bundled package, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the broadband service you need. Think about: 

  • Your internet usage – if the whole family is constantly online, an unlimited download limit may be cheaper to avoid extra charges.
  • Download speed – have a look at the average speed in Mb/s. If you’re a heavy user or serious gamer, you might want to consider a faster fibre optic broadband or cable package.
  • Where you live – not all types of broadband connection are available everywhere in the UK. Use our postcode checker to see what deals are available in your area.
  • Contract length – are you happy with a 12 or 24-month contract, or would you prefer to find a rolling monthly deal instead?
  • Set-up costs – some providers won’t charge upfront set-up fees, while others do. It’s important to consider the overall cost, though, when comparing deals.
  • Customer service – it’s worth having a look at online reviews to see how providers fare in supporting their customers.

What should I look for in a TV deal?

Think about the type of TV you watch, as well as how and where you watch it. When looking for a TV deal as part of your bundle, consider:

  • Which channels interest you the most – sports, kids and family entertainment, movies?
  • Can you access on-demand content?
  • Can you record, rewind and pause live TV?
  •  Do you want to watch TV on other devices, such as your phone, laptop or tablet?

If, on the other hand, you don’t watch that much TV and prefer streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, it might be better value to look for a broadband and phone deal instead.

What should I look for in a phone deal?

Nearly all broadband, TV and phone deals come with a dedicated landline (whether you use it or not). If the phone is an important element of your bundled package, consider:

  • How many free call minutes you’ll get each month.
  • If free calls are limited to certain times during the day and on weekends.
  •  If there’s a free rate for the first 20 minutes or so, and what the rate is after that.
  • Charges for international calls and premium numbers such as 0870.

If you can get a better deal by keeping your landline separate, you may want to consider a broadband and TV only deal.

Can I get a combined broadband, phone, TV and mobile deal?

It’s possible to find a bundle that includes broadband, landline, TV and mobile. These are known as ‘quad-play’ packages. While it might be cheaper to get the whole package under one contract, your choice of providers can be limited. It may also depend on whether their deals are available in your area. Currently, only BT, Sky, Virgin Media and EE offer some form of quad-play deal.

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