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What is a broadband package?
Most broadband providers offer packages, or ‘bundles’. This means that other services, usually phone and TV, are included as part of your broadband deal.
What types of broadband packages are there?
There are several options:
If you already have a landline and don’t want to pay for digital TV, you can get a broadband-only package.
At Compare the Market, we only offer unlimited data broadband packages, meaning you can browse, download and stream as often as you like.
Broadband and phone
Most broadband packages come with a phone line bundled in. Phone options include unlimited daytime, evening and/or weekend calls, free minutes to other numbers on the same network, pay-as-you-talk, as well as cheap local, national and/or international calls.
The phone package that’s right for you depends on when you tend to make landline calls, and where to. If you ring family abroad every day, you’ll want a package that gives you the best international call tariffs. But if you only call your nan in Sussex every weekend, for example, you might be happy with free weekend calls.
Even if you never install or use the landline, it’s considerably more expensive to get broadband without one. Read carefully what’s included in the cost and whether there’s an installation fee.
Broadband and TV
All the main broadband providers offer digital TV packages with their broadband, with loads of paid channels and their own exclusive content too.
You can choose a TV package based on what you like to watch – sport or movies, for example – or just get one that gives you more choice of channels.
Not everyone can receive every digital TV service as it it depends where you live.
Broadband, phone and TV
Having everything you need with one provider makes things easy to manage, and you can usually save by bundling together your broadband, phone and TV.
All the main providers offer complete packages, but make sure you look into the specifics of what the package includes.
What should I consider when choosing a broadband package?
There are a few things to consider when choosing a broadband package. You’ll want to think about:
- Availability. You might find that you can’t get some deals in your area – use our [postcode checker]< https://www.comparethemarket.com/broadband/> to find out what’s available where you live.
- Speed. You’ll want a speed that let’s you and your household comfortably enjoy your online experience. You can use our [speed checker]< https://www.comparethemarket.com/broadband/speed-test/ > to test your internet speed and compare it with other providers in your area, as you consider the download speeds your household needs for everyday use.
- Cost. As well as the monthly cost, check for any upfront or installation costs you might need to pay.
- Length of contract. Most deals are available as 12, 18 or 24-month packages, although some providers like Virgin Media offer 30-day [short-term contract deals]< https://www.comparethemarket.com/broadband/no-contract/> .
- Equipment. Check if you need to pay for equipment like set-top boxes and routers, or if they’re included in the deal.
- Freebies. Many deals include gifts like vouchers, cashback and rewards for new customers. Think of these as an added bonus.
- Customer service. Good customer service and efficient tech support are essential if your internet goes down. Have a look at online reviews for the providers you’re comparing and check out Ofcom’s annual broadband customer service report.
Find out more about choosing the right broadband package for you.
Frequently asked questions
What are the advantages of broadband bundles?
The main advantages of broadband bundles are convenience and cost. Everything is tied together under one contract for a set monthly fee, making it easier to manage your payments.
Bundles could also work out cheaper than separate contracts for each service. Providers may offer a discount if you bundle your broadband together with phone and TV.
Can I get a broadband and mobile bundle?
It can be difficult to find a broadband and mobile only bundle, as most providers only offer broadband with line rental.
However, it’s possible to bundle your mobile with a broadband, TV and landline deal. These types of packages are known as ‘quad-play bundles’.
Providers who currently offer quad-play bundles include:
What should I look for in a broadband and TV package?
When looking for a broadband and TV package to suit you, consider:
- Internet speed. If you also use streamed TV services for example Netflix or Amazon Prime, a faster connection like fibre optic broadband could be better for your needs.
Use our broadband speed checker to see how fast your broadband connection is and how it compares with other providers in your area.
- The type of TV channels you want. Many providers offer bundles designed around popular categories, like sports and movie packages.
Whether you want the range of entertainment channels offered by providers like Sky and Virgin for example, or are happy with Freeview. After all, there’s no point in paying for hundreds of TV channels if you only watch a few.
Comparing both packages and separate services to work out which would be cheaper.
Checking to see if line rental is included in your broadband and TV bundle, or whether you have to pay extra.
What should I look for in a broadband and landline package?
Even if you don’t use your home phone that much, a broadband and landline package could still work out cheaper than paying for separate services.
When looking for a broadband and landline package, consider what features are offered, for example:
- Free minutes
- International calls
- Cheap line rental
- Unlimited daytime, evening or weekend calls
- Broadband speed and usage
What type of broadband is available in a bundle?
The type of broadband you choose depends on your provider and the area you live in. The main types of broadband in the UK are:
- ADSL broadband - the most common type of broadband, available to virtually every home in the UK. Maximum speed is around 24Mbps (megabits per second).
- Superfast fibre broadband – offers speeds ranging from around 30Mbps up to 76Mbps. Faster and more reliable than ADSL, superfast broadband is now available to 96% of UK homes.
- Ultrafast Giga-capable broadband – delivering speeds of 1Gbps through either full fibre or cable networks. Gigabit coverage is currently available to 27% of homes.
Find out more about your broadband speed and what speeds are available in your area with our broadband speed checker.
Am I tied into my broadband package contract?
Broadband contracts can be as short as one-month rolling contracts, but typically last 12 or 18 months. If you want out during this time – you might have a six-month rental contract, for example – you might have to pay an exit fee. So it makes sense to do your research and make sure you end up with the bundle you want.
How do I know what broadband options are available in my area?
Use our postcode checker when you start to compare packages. We’ll be able to show you a list of TV, broadband and phone packages that are available in your area.
What do I need to compare deals?
To find the right broadband deal for you, simply enter your postcode, tell us the name of your current provider, then choose the type of package you want.
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What our expert says
“When you start comparing with us, we’ll automatically show you broadband deals that include a phone line. This is because broadband and phone packages are often cheaper than broadband-only deals.
If you want to compare the difference between broadband packages and separate broadband-only deals, simply choose ‘Deals without a phone line’ in the filter options.”