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What do I need to know to compare broadband providers?

Lots of companies are now getting in on the broadband action: alongside the leaders like BT, Sky and Virgin Media, there are many newer entrants, including retailers, mobile phone companies and energy suppliers to choose from. This means prices are constantly changing and there are lots of new broadband offers out there – so why not start exploring them with Compare the Market?

What should I look for when I compare broadband providers?

Before you compare broadband, think about what kind of package you want:

Also, have an idea of what broadband speed you’re looking for.

Not all broadband services are available everywhere, so we’ll ask you for your postcode, then show you the comparisons we offer in your area.


The largest broadband and phone provider in the country has two broadband offerings: standard broadband with speeds up to 22Mbps and superfast fibre optic BT Infinity broadband, with average speeds of 67Mbps. You can get access to around 80 Freeview channels, with the option to bolt on 62 premium channels and access to BT Sport if you add BT TV to your package.

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EE offers unlimited broadband packages, with a choice of basic broadband with an average speed to 10Mbps and fibre broadband with an average download speed of up to 300Mbps. The EE Smart Hub is included in fibre plans and all plans include monthly line rental.


Uninterrupted average speeds of up to 900Mbps are promised by Gigaclear, which specialises in connecting rural communities to ultra-fast fibre broadband. It does this by installing fibre directly into properties.

John Lewis

The retailer has three unlimited broadband and phone packages, with average speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 66Mbps. There’s a choice of call plans, line rental is included in all the packages and customers can access 24/7 freephone customer support. No activation charges.

NOW Broadband

If you don’t want to be tied into a contract, NOW Broadband might be right for you. It offers a choice of three no-contract broadband packages covering a range of speeds, bundled with a choice of three call plans. And you can get a discount on a couple of the NOW TV passes with channels you can't get on Freeview, if you buy them after you’ve signed up.


Plusnet has a range of unlimited broadband deals, some of which include phone and/or TV. Landline customers will get a reduced monthly rate on their broadband. Unlimited Fibre customers can add YouView TV. Plusnet customer service has won awards.


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Post Office

All Post Office broadband packages come with line rental included and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines. There are three unlimited packages to choose from, offering average peak time speeds of 11Mbps, 35Mbps and 63Mbps. They also have a price promise on increases during the contract – terms apply.


No landline? Relish provides wireless broadband over its dedicated 4G network so there’s no need for a landline if you don’t want one. Relish broadband is available in central London and Swindon. Deals come with unlimited data and monthly rolling contracts.


A range of packages with different speeds, phone and TV options is available from Sky. The jewel in the crown is its SKY Fibre Max package with an average speed of 63Mbps. Set-up fees apply.

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There are three unlimited broadband packages and three call packages to choose between from this Energy provider. Prices are fixed for three years for SSE Energy customers and 12 months for non-SSE Energy customers. Line rental is included.


Customers get a fixed-price guarantee for the duration of their contracts with TalkTalk. There’s a choice for three broadband packages with Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband offering speeds of up to 900 Mb, depending on your location. A home phone service is included, and there are also TV and broadband packages available.

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Virgin Media

Virgin was one the first providers to offer broadband, phone, TV and mobile in one package, and there’s now a wide range of packages to choose from. It also offers broadband without the need for a landline. Choose between 12 month and rolling 30-day contracts. Virgin charges a set-up fee.

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Vodafone promises that if you don’t get its guaranteed superfast speeds (of 25Mbps or 55Mbps depending on which package you choose) they’ll give you money off until it’s fixed. Home phone lines are included in both packages.

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