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, little known Onestream has the competition pipped at the moment with its £13.99 per month offering - although the latest £75 Reward Card promotion from Plusnet certainly gives it a run for its money.
Or if fibre is your flavour, then it's all about TalkTalk and its £19.95 per month and free upfront 36Mb plan. While BT is always popular, too - you can get Superfast BT broadband for under £30 per month, with its fibre broadband plus a £50 pre-paid Mastercard and exclusively for TechRadar readers, a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher.
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 TalkTalk 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 + £50 reward card + £50 M&S voucher
BT's standard fibre package gets you average speeds of 50Mb, an £50 pe-paid Mastercard and exclusively for TechRadar readers, the £50 M&S voucher. You can get all of these features for just £29.99 a month, that's a great price overall for fibre broadband. Total cost over 24 months is £539.82
TalkTalk Faster Fibre Broadband | 18 months | Avg speeds 36Mb | Line rental incl. | FREE activation | £19.95pm
Here we have it, the cheapest fibre broadband out there and it's coming from one of broadband's best known names. Coming in and beating Vodafone hands down, TalkTalk is offering fibre for the incredibly affordable price of just £19.95. And it gets even better, it's not even charging any upfront fees. High speed internet bargains really don't get any better than this... Total cost over 24 months is £359.10
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. 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
Plusnet Unlimited Broadband | 12 months | 10Mb average speed | Free calls to Plusnet customers | £18.99 per month | FREE activation | £75 Reward Card
Plusnet prices just seem to get better and better, and this is now effectively the cheapest broadband deal on the UK market. That's thanks to the usual low bills and the unusually high pre-paid Mastercard. On top of that you're getting 10Mb average speeds, free calls to other Plusnet broadband customers and zero activation fee. Total cost of 12 months £152.88
Deal ends on February 25 - click here to get this Plusnet bargain broadband
Onestream Flow Unlimited Broadband | 12 month contract | 11Mb average speed | Line rental inc. | FREE activation | £9.99 delivery | £13.99 per month
Onestream may not be the best known name on the UK internet market, but you really can't argue with the bills you'll pay for its internet - the provider is the cheapest in the UK right now. So if it's cheap bills you crave, this is the provider for you. Total cost of 12 months £177.87
TalkTalk Fast Broadband | 12 months | 11Mb avg speed | Line rental inc. | FREE Upfront | £17.95pm + £50 gift card
This is a brilliant price for one of the biggest names in broadband and it just got even better thanks to a £50 gift card. The 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 TalkTalk's promise not to hike prices during the term of the contract. The £50 gift card is for new TalkTalk customers and can be used with Amazon.co.uk, Argos, Ticketmaster or Tesco. Total cost for 12 months is £215.4
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Best Broadband and TV
Broadband and TV deals: top 3 in the UK
Fab Fibre + Sky Cinema Pass | 12 months | 36Mb avg. speed | £9.99 upfront | £30.99 per month
Now TV really does live up to its name with its packages offering great broadband and TV deals. And with this one you get not just fast broadband but also Sky Cinema 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 less if you don't need fibre. 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 | £35.95pm
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 £647.10
Virgin Media Full House Bundle | 12 months | 108Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | 230+ channels incl. BT Sport | £25 activation fee | £57 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. Total cost for 12 months £709
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
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.