Why do you need short-term broadband?
There may be a number of reasons you need short-term broadband. Perhaps you’re one of the UK’s 2.3 million students and are renting for a short time. Or perhaps you’re working away from home or living with relatives for a while.
Whatever your reasons for needing no contract broadband, there are a few things to consider when looking at providers and their respective deals.
Frequently asked questions
What are the benefits of no contract broadband?
The main benefit of no contract broadband is you’re not tied into a long-term deal and you don’t have to pay a cancellation fee to end the contract. It means you’re not financially committed for that long. However, it’s important to be aware that short-term broadband deals tend to be more expensive than longer contracts.
What is the shortest period of time I can get broadband for?
With most providers, the shortest agreement is one month.
Some providers may advertise this product as rolling one-month contract broadband, which means you need to give 30 days’ notice to leave. Do that and there’s no penalty for cancellation.
How many providers in the UK offer no contract broadband?
While the number of providers is lower than with contract broadband, there are still some companies offering this more temporary option. At Compare the Market, you will see results for NOW Broadband.
How fast is no contract broadband?
Like all broadband deals, it depends which provider you go with and which deal you choose. It may also depend on where you live. Generally, the more you’re able to pay, the faster your broadband will be.
Some short-term broadband providers also offer unlimited data options.
Are there any additional costs with no contract broadband?
With no contract broadband, you’ll usually need to pay a one-off set-up fee. Set-up fees are usually from around £20, but read the terms and conditions as they can be much higher. These fees may be included in your delivery charge instead.
If you don’t already have a telephone line installed at the property, there will usually be an additional connection charge for this.
What is the alternative to broadband with no contract?
You could try using mobile broadband as an alternative. According to the Office for National Statistics, almost two-thirds of households in the UK now have mobile broadband access.
Depending on where you live, you could opt for a short-term contract on your mobile phone using a dongle. This option is more suitable for basic web browsing, rather than streaming.
Where can I find broadband with no contract?
We offer a comparison service for no contract broadband. Currently this only compares the packages offered by NOW Broadband, but you can explore other options with us to find the right deal for you.