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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.
At a glance
- Bundling your broadband with your home phone and TV could be cheaper than paying for separate services
- Even if you don’t use your landline, a broadband and phone package could still cost far less than broadband-only
- If you’ve a large household that uses the internet at the same time, consider a faster, fibre broadband package
- Adding extra sports and movie channels could bump up the monthly cost of your package by a fair amount
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, although not all providers offer these.
At Compare the Market, we only offer unlimited data broadband packages, meaning you can browse, download and stream as often as you like.
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.
Most 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, it depends where you live.
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.
Broadband only deals are available from some providers in some areas, so you can compare prices and see if they’re the cheapest and best option for you. Read carefully what’s included in the cost and whether there’s an installation fee.
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 and giga-capable broadband – delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps through either full fibre or cable networks. Ultrafast broadband, for example, is currently available to 62% of homes.
Find out more about your broadband speed and what speeds are available in your area with our broadband speed checker.
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:
You might find that you can’t get some deals in your area – use our postcode checker to find out what’s available where you live.
You’ll want a speed that lets you and your household comfortably enjoy your online experience. You can use our speed checker 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.
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 such as Virgin Media offer 30-day short-term contract deals.
Check if you need to pay for equipment such as set-top boxes and routers, or if they’re included in the deal.
Many deals include gifts such as vouchers, cashback and rewards for new customers. Think of these as an added bonus.
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.
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.Start comparing
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Helping you compare
Before you compare with us, you can use our broadband speed checker to find out what speed you’re currently getting. That way, when you compare you’ll know to look for a faster speed (if available at your address) or one that at least matches what you already get.
Our comparison tool shows you a selection of deals available in your area from big-name and smaller broadband providers. You can filter to match what you want in terms of broadband speed, contract length, phone and TV options and cost.
And remember, all the deals we show you come with unlimited data.
You’ll find a wealth of information on all aspects of broadband in our handy guides – from broadband for gamers, to MiFi to VoIP. You can also find out how to choose the right broadband package, and get the lowdown on different types of connection, like ADSL and fibre. If you have any questions, it’s easy to find answers in our help centre.
How we make money
When you start a broadband package that you got through us, the provider pays a fee to our partner Stickee Technologies Limited.
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.
Some providers also throw in freebies like cashback or free gifts – these are great as an added bonus but they shouldn’t be your main reason for choosing a deal.
What are the disadvantages of broadband bundles?
Getting a broadband package from one provider can have its downsides. It’s easy to get tempted into adding extras like movie and sport channels. But if you hardly use them, they could add a lot to your monthly bill without providing much of a benefit.
Switching your services to the same provider might also mean you miss out on possible upgrades from your existing suppliers.
Most broadband packages also have long contracts – usually 12, 18 or 24 months. That’s a long time to be tied in if you decide the package isn’t working for you. Leaving before you’re contract’s up will probably involve an early exit fee, which can be pretty expensive if you’ve still got a few months to go.
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 sport 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.
- If you can watch TV on your other devices, like your phone or tablet.
- If you can pause, rewind and record live TV, and what on-demand content is available.
It’s a good idea to compare packages against separate services to work out which would be cheaper.
What should I look for in a broadband and phone package?
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.
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. And if you really don’t want use your landline, simply unplug your phone from the wall socket.
Am I tied into my broadband package contract?
Broadband contracts can be as short as one-month rolling contracts, but typically last 12, 18 or 24 months. If you want out during this time you’ll most likely have to pay an early termination fee. How much you’ll be charged depends on the provider, but you’ll typically pay for each month remaining on your contract plus the cost of any equipment provided, like the router. This can add up to a fair bit if you’ve still got a few months left on your contract, so it makes sense to do your research and make sure you end up with the bundle you want.
Is a bundled broadband package right for me?
Here are a few things to think about before deciding if a bundled broadband package is right for you:
- Which services do you actually need? If you’ve no intention of using your landline, a no calls broadband and phone package could work out cheaper.
- Do you need extra TV channels? Adding movies and sports channels to your bundle can seriously bump up the price of your monthly package.
- Will a bundle be cost-effective? Before you buy, compare broadband packages against the cost of paying for separate services to see which option offers better value for money.
- Are you happy with a long contract? Most broadband package deals are for 12, 18 or 24 months. Make sure you get a bundle that’s right for you before committing to one.
Still not sure? Read more about the pros and cons of combining your broadband, phone and TV packages.
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.Start comparing
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What our expert says...
If you like the convenience of one monthly bill from the same provider, combining your broadband with phone and TV could certainly be less hassle. It might also work out cheaper than taking out separate contracts. Just make sure you’re getting a bundle that’s right for you – paying for services you hardly ever use could end up costing rather than saving you money.
- Holly Cox, Digital expert