We know, we know...shopping for broadband deals is a pain in the neck - a necessary 21st century evil on which your home internet relies. To make the whole thing less painful - and to save you a few quid, too - our guide to the best broadband deals should prove invaluable, as we dig out all the best cheap internet plans on the UK market and make them easy to compare in the broadband price comparison below.
Pop your postcode in and use the handy set of filters to narrow down the perfect plan for you - it literally takes less than a minute to compare broadband deals with our tool. Alternatively, you can see our handpicked favourites for fibre (if you can get it), broadband and TV packages and cheap broadband only plans that are really impressing us this month all below.
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So what broadband deals are standing out for us this month? In terms of pure price, TalkTalk is standing up and being counted with its £17 per month and free upfront offering.
Or if fibre is your flavour, then it's all about Vodafone and its £21 per month and free upfront 35Mb plan. While BT is always popular, too - you can get Superfast BT broadband for under £30 per month, with its fibre broadband plus a £100 pre-paid Mastercard.
And if you're undecided as to what kind of broadband deals you should be considering, then keep reading for some handy buying advice. Do you need super fast fibre broadband? Should you go for a cheaper broadband only plan for less than £20 per month, or add TV and phone plans to your internet package? There are dozens upon dozens of combinations to pick from, with providers such as Virgin Media, Sky and Plusnet all fighting for your business.
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Best Fibre broadband
Fibre broadband deals: top 3 in the UK this month (subject to availability at your postcode)
BT Superfast Fibre | 18 months | Avg. speed 50Mb | Weekend calls | £9.99 delivery | £29.99pm + £100 reward card
BT is the most popular broadband provider out there, and with deals like this it's easy to see why. Its standard fibre package gets you average speeds of 50Mb and a £100 pe-paid Mastercard. You can get all of these features for just £29.99 a month and free activation. Sweet. Total cost over 18 months is £439.82 (with reward card)
See this super popular broadband deal here - or call 08000-142-334 to purchase by phone
Vodafone Superfast 1 | 18 months | Avg speeds 35Mb | Line rental incl. | FREE activation | £21pm
Coming in at £21 each month, Vodafone has reclaimed its crown as the most affordable passage to fibre broadband in the UK. With speeds of 35Mb and no activation fees, there is a lot to love about this offer. Not least the fact that Vodafone will guarantee minimum speeds of 25Mb or money back! Total cost over 18 months is £378
Virgin Media VIVID 50 | 12 months | 54Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | £25 set-up | £27 per month
Quite simply, this is the lowest price you can pay for Virgin's super fast internet. It now costs just £27 per month for speeds of over 50Mb. Weekend calls are included, too. It's a fantastic price for speeds so fast. 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 £349
See more on this fast broadband at Virgin Media - or call 0808-281-2998 to order by phone
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Best cheap broadband
Cheap broadband only deals: our top 3 affordable tariffs
EXCLUSIVE Onestream Flow Unlimited Broadband | 12 month contract | 11Mb average speed | Line rental inc. | FREE activation | £9.99 delivery | £11.99 per month
This Onestream deal, exclusive to TechRadar is the cheapest price you will get on ADSL broadband right now. For just £11.99 a month you can get average speeds of 11Mb and only have to pay £9.99 upfront. We really can't stress enough just how cheap this deal is. So if you want the cheapest price on broadband, here it is. Total cost over 12 months is £153.87
Deal ends on March 20 - Click here to get Onestream's unbelievably cheap deal
TalkTalk Fast Broadband | 12 months | 11Mb avg speed | Lin erental incl. | FREE Upfront | £17 per month
Want low cost broadband from a name that you know? Then this cheap TalkTalk tariff should definitely be on your shortlist. Its first eye-catching feature is the low low monthly bills you'll be faced with, but beyond that we also admire the lack of activation fees and line rental thrown in for free. Total cost for 12 months is £204
BT Broadband | 18 months | Avg. speed 10Mb | Weekend calls | £29.99 upfront | £24.99pm + £60 reward card
We understand why people tend to gravitate to BT Broadband deals - it remains a trusted name and is the ISP you'll see most in UK homes. £24.99 per month is more than some other providers charge, but it throws in a £60 pre-paid Mastercard to sweeten the deal. And including unlimited UK weekend calls is generous, too. Total cost over 18 months is £419.81 (with reward card)
See this the cheapest BT broadband here - or call 08000-142-334 to purchase by phone
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Best Broadband and TV
Broadband and TV deals: top 3 in the UK
Now Brilliant Broadband + Sky Cinema Pass | 12 months | 11Mb avg. speed | FREE upfront | £23.99 per month
Now TV has been a go-to service for affordable TV plans for ages, and its broadband branch doesn't let the side down. Here you get standard broadband speeds and add its Sky Cinema pass, which means an absolute stack of great films to choose from - over 1,000 movies and a new premiere every day. It's £7 a month more if you want fibre, too. Total cost for 12 months £312.87
TalkTalk Faster Fibre + TV Box + Sky Entertainment Boost | 18 months | Up to 36Mb | 30+ extra entertainment channels | FREE upfront | £34.50pm
If you want fibre and a range of TV channels then TalkTalk has you sorted with this Sky Entertainment Boost package. This gets you channels such as Sky One, Fox, Gold, National Geographic and many more, and the ability to pause and rewind live TV. Not to forget TalkTalk's cheap fibre broadband at a tariff that's guaranteed for the full length of the contract. Total cost for 18 months £621
Virgin Media Full House Bundle | 12 months | 108Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | 230+ channels incl. BT Sport | £25 activation fee |
£57 £45 a month
Included in the Full House bundle's 200-odd channels are the likes of MTV, the Disney Channel and the full suite of BT Sport stations. While on the internet side, you now get the benefit of pulverising 108Mb average speeds - that should mean seamless 4K streaming and downloads at over 13MB per second. And right now, you can save £144 over the course of the contract! Total cost for 12 months £565
View this all-singing all-dancing plan from Virgin - or call 0808-281-2998 to order.
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Broadband deals FAQ
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:
- BT broadband: 08000-142-334
- Sky broadband: 08000-142-334
- Virgin broadband: 0808-281-2998
- TalkTalk broadband: 08000-492-103
- EE broadband: 08000-795-137
What broadband speed do I need?
Super fast fibre broadband deals may sound appetising, but they may not be necessary for your home - especially if you want to cut costs. It could be worth considering slower, cheaper ADSL internet 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 'average' (more on which below) and doesn't necessarily represent the actual speed you'll end up getting. That varies depending where you live.
0-12Mb This entry-level broadband speed is transmitted via an ADSL connection to your nearest BT exchange. The equivalent to just over 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.
What is 'average' speed for broadband?
Since May 2018, the Advertising Standards Authority changed the requirements for how internet providers promote the speed of their service. Instead of 'up to' speeds, they must now give an 'average'.
For these purposes, average means the speed in Mb received by over 50% of their users between the peak usage hours of 8pm and 10pm in the UK. You're not guaranteed that speed though, so double check with the provider exactly what their minimum speed provisions are.
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 - alternatively head over to our best fibre deals guide for all your options and some handy buying advice.
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 optic broadband deals, it's more like around 60%.
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.
Will I have to pay anything upfront for broadband?
Possibly. 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, even if it's just to cover the cost of delivering your new router. The amount usually depends on what level of package you go for, but it will likely be somewhere between £10 and £60.
But plenty of providers now bucks the old trend and have scrapped their activation fee completely (TalkTalk for example), while others 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 - that could be totally worth it if you don't already have a device to pause and record live TV.
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.