We feel your pain...hunting for the best broadband deals is hard work. The trawling of different provider websites, the choosing between fibre and ADSL, the incredible promises from different companies. Searching for broadband deals is enough to give you a headache.
And as well as being incredibly time consuming, it's usually leads to that infuriating moment when your cousin tells you a few weeks later about the stellar internet deal you somehow missed.
That sounds like a daunting experience so luckily, we're here to help. TechRadar's guide to the best broadband deals will enable you to easily compare all of the options available and answer any questions you might have.
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.
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Alternatively, you can see our handpicked favourite broadband deals for fibre (if it is available for you), broadband and TV packages and cheap broadband only plans that are really impressing us this month all below. We'll tell you about all the best broadband deals and free gifts around today.
Don't have time to compare? There are a few options that stand out above everything else. In terms of purely monthly price, the trusty old Post Office is now the very cheapest you can get - a year of internet for less than £16 each month.
While BT is always popular, too - you can get its Superfast fibre broadband for under £30 per month with an attractive pre-paid credit card offer. Or TalkTalk is now offering its fastest fibre speeds for just £24.95 a month for its fastest fibre package.
Still 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?
here are dozens upon dozens of combinations to pick from, with the best broadband deals from providers such as Virgin Media, Sky and John Lewis all fighting it out 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 | £28.99pm + £30 BT gift 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 a nifty 50Mb, free weekend calls and a £30 pre-paid credit card to spend on what you like. Total effective cost over 18 months is £501.81
See this super popular broadband deal here - or call 0800-587-1366 to purchase by phone
TalkTalk Faster Fibre | 18 months | Avg speeds 67Mb | Line rental incl. | FREE activation | £24.95 per month
There is absolutely nothing to pay upfront here and bills of just £24.95 a month. Considering the average speeds of 67Mb this is a faster fibre package at an exceptional price tag. Unless you want the superfast speeds of Virgin, this is probably the best broadband deal around. Total effective cost over 18 months is £449.10
See TalkTalk's Faster Fibre deal in full
Virgin Media M100 | 12 months | 108Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | £35 set-up | £33 per month
Quite simply, this is the best value you can pay for Virgin's super fast internet. It costs just £33 per month for average speeds of over 100Mb. 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 £431
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
Post Office Unlimited Broadband | 12 month contract | 11Mb average speed | Line rental inc. | FREE upfront | £15.90 per month
The competition can move over, because there's a new cheapest broadband plan in town - and from a name that you'll surely know, too. Yep, you can stop the search here if it's simply the cheapest internet in the UK that you're after. Total effective cost over 12 months is £190.80
Click here to get Post Office's extremely cheap internet
Plusnet Unlimited Broadband | 18 months | 10Mb average speed | £19.99 per month | £5 upfront | £60 Reward Card
Thanks to the implementation of the £60 pre-paid Mastercard, this works out as one of the cheapest internet options around. The price starts at £19.99 but with that cashback you only end up paying an effective £16.65. Total effective cost for 18 months is £304.82
Stick with Plusnet for this really cheap internet deal
BT Broadband | 18 months | Avg. speed 10Mb | Weekend calls | £29.99 upfront | £24.99pm + £30 BT reward card
We understand why people tend to gravitate to BT Broadband deals - BT 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 you do get a pre-paid Mastercard to sweeten the deal. Plus the inclusion of unlimited UK weekend calls is generous, too. Total effective cost over 18 months is £439.81
See this the cheapest BT broadband here - or call 0800-587-1366 to purchase by phone
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Best Broadband and TV
Broadband and TV deals: top 3 in the UK
Sky Broadband Superfast + Sky Entertainment | 18 months | 59Mb avg speed | Line rental incl. | 300+ channels | Sky Q | £39.95 upfront | £39 per month
Sky will be the first name on most people's list when it comes to broadband and TV packages, and it doesn't disappoint in terms of what's available. With this super fast fibre plan, you get aaaaaall those lovely TV channels, a Sky Q box and over 60 catch-up TV channels. Not to mention hundreds of box sets to binge on. Total cost for 18 months is £741.95
Now Brilliant Broadband + Sky Entertainment 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 Entertainment pass for an extra fiver a month, which means an absolute stack of great, premium channels to choose from (including Sky Atlantic) and over 300 box sets to binge on. It's only £7 a month more if you want fibre, too. Total cost for 12 months £287.88
Virgin Media Big Bundle | 12 months | 54Mb avg speed | Weekend calls | £35 set-up | £33 per month
If you can get Virgin where you live (and it's a big if) then it's hard to look past this brilliant broadband deal. For just £33 per month you get...deep breath...54+Mb cable broadband, Mixit TV bundle with over 110 channels, apps for iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube, a Virgin TV TiVO box to record and pause live TV, inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobiles. Total cost of 12 months £431
Head to Virgin Media for this package - or call 0808-281-2998 to order by phone
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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: 0800-587-1366
- 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.
What is the cheapest broadband in the UK?
Currently, that award goes to a lesser known company - Onestream, with ADSL prices of £13.99. Or, if you're looking to land yourself the cheapest fibre package, that comes with Vodafone at a price of £19.99 each month.
Is Wi-Fi and broadband the same thing?
Yes and no. For the majority of broadband deals now available, you will be getting both Wi-Fi and broadband.
Wi-Fi is what enables you to connect your laptop and phone...you guessed it, through wireless connections. This is achieved thanks to the routers that come with your broadband package.
Broadband however is the actual ethernet, meaning having to connect your device via an Ethernet cable.