Best UK Broadband Dealson November 25, 2022 at 10:42 Tech Advisor

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Having a fast, reliable internet connection is essential for most homes, but don’t pay over the odds. Rather than sticking with the same provider, it’s well worth shopping around and switching if necessary to get a better deal. And that’s why you’re here of course.

Right now, many providers are offering Black Friday deals, but many are only on the faster, more expensive packages. The cheapest plans haven’t really got any cheaper, so you’re looking at around £23 per month for the slowest plans, which is only a couple of pounds less than normal.

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If you’re here because you’re on a low income and need really cheap broadband, you can take advantage of a couple of different plans depending upon where you live. One option is BT Home Essentials which costs £15 per month.

There’s also Vodafone Broadband Essentials which is even cheaper at £12 per month.

There’s also Community Fibre’s Essential broadband. This costs £12.50 per month, but limits speed to only 10Mbps, whereas BT and Vodafone’s packages offer average speeds of around 38Mbps and are much more widely available.

To get BT or Vodafone’s cheap packages you’ll need to prove you’re eligible and are on benefits or income support. But there’s no need for any such checks with Community Fibre.

Black Friday deals

Below, you’ll find a list of the best Black Friday deals.

Virgin Media

Deals end on 29 November, and there’s no setup fee. All plans are 18 months.

Virgin M350 Fibre Broadband (average download speeds of 362Mbps): £27 per month instead of £56Virgin M500 Fibre Broadband (average download speeds of 516Mbps): £33 per month instead of £62

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BT broadband

Deals run until 8 December, and there’s no setup fee. All plans are for 24 months. Plus, all BT TV plans are half price for the first six months.

BT Fibre Essential (average download speeds of 36 Mbps): £14.49 per month for the first six months and then a monthly cost of £28.99 (save £116)BT Fibre 1 (average download speeds of 50 Mbps): £14.99 per month for the first six months and then a monthly cost of £29.99 (save £119)BT Fibre 2 (average download speeds of 73 Mbps): £16.99 per month for the first six months and then a monthly cost of £33.99 (save £131)Full Fibre (average download speeds of 900 Mbps): £27.99 per month for the first six months and then a monthly cost of £55.99 (save £197)

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Sky broadband

All plans are 18 months, and set-up fees are charged (either £19.95 or £39.95 if you also get Sky TV).

Sky Superfast Broadband (average download speeds of 36Mbps): £23 per monthSky Ultrafast Broadband (average download speeds of 145Mbps): £30 per monthSky Stream, Sky TV + Superfast Broadband (average download speeds of 59Mbps): £39 per month

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Vodafone

All plans are for 24 months, and prices are fixed for the duration. Setup fees may apply.

Vodafone Fibre 2 (average download speeds of 65Mbps): £21 per monthVodafone Full Fibre 500 (average download speeds of 500Mbps): £30 per monthVodafone Full Fibre 900 (City Fibre only, average download speeds of 910Mbps): £30 per month

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Plusnet

Plusnet Full fibre 74 (estimated download speeds of 74Mbps): £23.99 per monthPlusnet Full fibre 145 (estimated download speeds of 145Mbps): £27.99 per monthPlusnet Full fibre 500 (estimated download speeds of 500Mbps): £37.99 per month

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Best broadband deals

Here are all the best deals available this month. Bear in mind that you can’t simply pick the one you like most. First, you need to check if the service is available at your address. Coverage can vary in the same town or city. In fact, the speeds and providers available will depend upon the exact street you live on.

That’s why you’ll need to enter your postcode and click ‘Check availability to see which which offers apply to you.

What to look for when choosing a broadband deal

Here are a few questions to ask when looking at any deal:

What are the setup / activation fees? Can I get the same speed and monthly cost with cheaper (or free) activation elsewhere? How long is the contract? You might not want to get tied in for too long.Is the deal for broadband alone, or does it also bundle phone calls and / or TV? Can I save money by bundling other services I’d pay for anyway?Can I get a better deal from my existing provider? It can be worth phoning to see if they will match or beat a deal you’ve seen online.Do I need to pay for really fast broadband? Even families streaming video to multiple TVs don’t need mega-fast speeds and can be fine without full fibre. Remember that you’ll need really good home Wi-Fi to deliver the fastest broadband speeds to all corners of your home. Otherwise you’re paying for speeds that you can’t make use of. We’ve a full guide on how to make your home network faster

Most of the very fastest broadband plans require a fibre-optic connection to your property. Providers call this ‘full fibre’, as opposed to ‘fibre’ which runs only as far as the cabinet in your area.

Some of the fastest broadband plans require a fibre-optic connection to your property. Providers call this ‘full fibre’, as opposed to ‘fibre’ which runs only as far as the cabinet in your area.

Full fibre is being rolled out to millions of homes right now, but plenty of areas still aren’t connected. Virgin, though, has an extensive cable network which now offers gigabit speeds, so that’s a good option for those who live on streets served by Virgin.

If you can’t get full fibre or Virgin, the lesser fibre broadband may well be available and offers a maximum of around 70-80Mbps, but could be as low as 30Mbps. Most broadband providers offer two packages: one with download speeds around 35Mbps, and the other with 70-80Mbps. Often, there’s not much difference in price, so it’s usually better value to opt for the faster package.

If you can’t get fibre at all (or don’t want to pay the extra for it) then you’re looking at ADSL. This will have download speeds of around 20Mbps or slower – in some rural areas it could be as slow as 5Mbps.

The good news is that old line rental charge has been bundled into the monthly broadband price. That means the price you see is the price you pay: no cheeky super-cheap deals with a surprise extra charge of £20-odd per month on your bill. However, don’t assume all broadband plans include a landline: some do not.

Where to get broadband deals?

If you want to hunt around yourself for a deal, here are all the major broadband providers in the UK. 

BT
Broadband Genie
Carphone Warehouse
EE
Plusnet
NOW Broadband
Sky
TalkTalk
Virgin
Vodafone

Broadband speed claims guidance

In May 2018, the ASA issued new broadband speed claims guidance that gives a more accurate representation of the speed you can expect from the broadband package you choose.

The change followed research into consumers’ understanding of broadband speed claims, which found that consumers are being misled by advertising from internet service providers (ISPs).

Now, ISPs need to advertise the median download speed measured at peak-time or over 24 hours, or a range of download speeds available to the 20th to 80th percentile of users measured at peak time or over 24 hours.

See Ofcom’s broadband speed checking tool to find out your broadband speed.

What’s the best broadband?

uSwitch announced its broadband award winners for 2021, as outlined below:

Broadband Provider of the Year: Plusnet (2020 winner: Now Broadband)Best Triple Play Provider: BT (2020 winner: Sky Broadband)Fastest Broadband: Virgin Media (also won in 2020)TV Provider of the Year: BT (2020 winner: Now Broadband)Best Value Broadband Provider: Plusnet (2020 winner: Now Broadband)Best Provider Customer Service: Plusnet (also won in 2020)Most Popular Broadband Provider: Plusnet (2020 winner: TalkTalk)

Keep in mind this excludes smaller operators like Community Fibre and Hyperoptic which offer even faster speeds (up to 3Gbps). It also excludes rural broadband providers such as Gigaclear.

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