The best broadband deals in January 2018

Find the best broadband deal for you

Finding the best broadband internet deals is no easy task - there are so many options. Do you need superfast fibre broadband? Should you go for a cheap broadband only deal for less than £20 per month, or add TV and phone plans to your internet package?

We're here to help you make that decision. Pop in your postcode above and we'll give you a list of the lowest priced home broadband deals available in your area. With the latest offers from BT broadband, Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk all included, our widget will filter down the best broadband deals in the UK today.

Below, you'll find TechRadar's handpicked favourite deals for fibre (if you can get it), broadband and TV packages and broadband only plans. Keep scrolling down and you'll find our advice on what else you should consider when buying broadband - from the speed you'll need, to whether getting fibre broadband is a must for your household.

See also: BT Broadband and Infinity deals | Virgin Media broadband deals | Sky broadband deals | Fibre broadband deals | Broadband and TV deals | Broadband only deals

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Best fibre broadband deals (subject to availability at your postcode)

BT Unlimited Infinity 1 | 18 months | Up to 52Mb | Weekend calls | £29.99 delivery | £29.99pm
BT remains the most popular broadband provider around and it's easy to see why. There's the small matter of the £95 Reward Card that you can spend anywhere Mastercard is accepted. Plus, BT's entry-level super fast Infinity fibre stands out because of the lightning fast speed that you get - up to 52Mb, which equates to roughly 6.5MB per second! Standard broadband is £6 less a month. Total cost of 12 months £569.81

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Virgin Media VIVID 100 fibre broadband | 12 months | Up to 100Mb | £20 upfront | £32pm
Virgin Media is still the only broadband company that can offer pulverising 100Mb broadband speeds. That makes it the obvious choice if you have loads of people in your home all using the internet at once, or want seamless 4K streaming. Only around 60% of the UK can get Virgin broadband though, so use our postcode checker above to see if you qualify. Total cost of 12 months £404

View this broadband deal from Virgin Media - or call 08000-492-102 to order by phone

The best broadband and TV deals in the UK this month

NOW TV Brilliant Broadband with Sky Cinema and Entertainment| 12 months | Up to 17Mb | Movies and 30 entertainment channels | £22 upfront | £29.98pm
NOW TV has maneuvered its way into pole position as the go-to provider of cheap broadband and TV deals, and this package is no different. £22 upfront is half what it was last month, and the monthly payments are fantastic considering all the films and series you'll have access to. Total cost of 12 months £381.76

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Virgin Media Mix Bundle | 12 months | Up to 100Mb | Weekend calls | 150+ channels | £20 upfront | £45pm
For an extra £13 a month to Virgin's broadband only deal above, you can add a subscription to some really juicy television. Sky 1 and Sky Living will appear on Virgin's upgraded V6 box, as well as the likes of MTV, TCM and Cartoon Network - so something for everyone. And there's more good news...it's just gone down by a pound a month. Total cost of 12 months £560

View this broadband deal from Virgin Media  - or call 08000-492-102 to order by phone

Best broadband only deals in the UK this month

Sky Broadband Unlimited | 12 months | Up to 17Mb | Line rental inc. | £19.95 upfront | £18 per month + £50 Mastercard
This is straight up the best value ADSL standard internet deal on the market right now. The sub-£20 per month bills are the cheapest you can pay for a start, but it's the £50 pre-paid credit card Sky is throwing in that makes this such a catch - you can use it anywhere that Mastercard is accepted. It brings the net cost of this broadband deal under £200 for the year. Total cost of 12 months £235.95

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Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38 | 18 months | Up to 38Mb | Line rental inc. | FREE activation | £20 per month
More famous for its Vodafone mobile deals, the company has some great prices on broadband, too. And its killer £20 per month offer is back, so Vodafone is once again  the cheapest fibre optic internet provider around. And assuming you already have a BT Openreach phone line like most households, there isn't a penny to pay upfront. Total cost over 18 months £405

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Can I order these broadband deals over the phone?

We understand that buying broadband is a big purchase that you're going to be committed to for at least a year. If you feel more comfortable ordering over the phone, we can offer a call centre service - but only for a selected few providers:

  • Sky broadband: 08000-142-334
  • Virgin broadband: 08000-492-102
  • TalkTalk broadband: 08000-492-103

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What broadband speed do I need?

Superfast fibre broadband may sound appetising, but it may not be necessary for your home - especially if you want to cut costs. It could be worth considering slower, cheaper ADSL instead.

Broadband speeds are represented in megabits per second, or Mb. Crudely speaking, the more Mbs, the faster the broadband speed. But remember that the advertised speed is the maximum and doesn't necessarily represent the actual speed you'll end up getting. That varies depending where you live.

0-25Mb This entry-level broadband speed is transmitted via an ADSL connection to your nearest BT exchange. The equivalent to around 2.1MB per second, It should be fast enough for small households where only one or two people are using the internet at once. Be aware that if you stream TV, you may experience the odd interruption.

25-50Mb Where Virgin led the way, the rest followed. Now every big provider offers rapid fibre broadband. This is the sweet spot between fast speeds and good value and just the ticket for a family household where four or five members are all streaming, downloading and surfing at once.

50+Mb If you stream 4K TV or have loads of people trying to use your broadband connection at once, then it may be worth shelling out for the extra speed. It may cost you more, but you're pretty much guaranteed lag-free use - plus, the providers often sweeten the deal with added extras and rewards.

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Is fibre broadband available in my area?

There's one very easy way to find out...scroll to the top of this page and input your postcode. We'll tell you straight away whether you can get fast fibre broadband.

Roughly speaking, 90% of UK homes now have the option of connecting to fibre broadband. But if you have your heart on Virgin Media fibre plans, it's more like around 60%.

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What contract length should I go for?

Most broadband providers lock you in for at least 12 months, with one year plans being by far the most common.  That said, perhaps taking their cue from mobile phone contracts, we are now seeing some providers experimenting with longer plans, with 18 month contracts rearing their heads.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, some providers now offer short term rolling contracts. Virgin Media, for example, have 30 day plans for commitment-phobes. The downside is you'll be expected to play a larger setup fee.

When your contract comes to an end, be prepared for your monthly tariff to be hiked - especially if you were lucky enough to get a great introductory offer at the outset.

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Will I have to pay anything upfront for broadband?

Usually. Sometimes known as 'setup', 'upfront' or 'activation' fees, most of the major broadband providers ask for at least some payment when you kick off your contract. The amount usually depends on what level of package you go for, but it will likely be somewhere between £10 and £60. Only TalkTalk bucks the trend - they've scrapped their activation fee completely, while other brands run frequent promotions where they temporarily scrap their upfront cost.

There may be other added extras, too, however. If you take a broadband and TV package, you might be charged for the TV set-top box. And some, including BT and EE, charge delivery for the router.

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Do I have to pay more to have a phone line?

If you still use a home landline to make and receive calls, you're in luck - many broadband plans don't  just feature a landline, but they actually include it in your monthly price.

You will have to start paying more though when you have a personalised call plan. You'll see your standard monthly bill begin to escalate when you start adding unlimited evening, daytime or international calls to the mix.