Broadband is changing. Superfast fibre is available to more and more households and rates are coming down.
MoneyMaxim can help you compare what's available to you and find the best deal, whether you're after the fastest speeds or just want to take advantage of lower prices.
|Company||Broadband Limit||Special Deal||Offer||More Info|
|Unlimited||£19 per month including line rental and set up||Offer for 18 months contract then £28 monthly.|
|Unlimited||£21.50 per month including line rental.||Offer for 24 month contract.|
|Unlimited||£20 inc line rental and SkyTalk. £19.95 set up fee plus £50 prepaid Mastercard||12 month contract then £28.99.|
|Unlimited||£20 activation fee. 100 Mbps.||£32 per month. Contract for 12 months then £38|
The best broadband package really depends on how you use the internet. If you are only using it for a little web browsing and downloading your emails the cheapest broadband deal may well suit you fine.
If, however, you are a heavy user, maybe a gamer or use your connection for business purposes, you are more likely to find that one of the more comprehensive packages will suit you better.
Do bear in mind that there are often set up or installation charges when you change providers.
Finally, it's also worth considering some of the bundles companies supply as you can make great savings from bundling broadband with TV services.
If you also require pay TV such as Sky, the best place to start is by looking at TV packages which also package in broadband for next to nothing. Visit some of the companies above, such as Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk all of which offer comprehensive packages.
Do make sure that the download speeds and limits are sufficient though as they can be lower, especially with the lead in tariffs.
Broadband is getting faster all the time - a year ago we all thought 50MB download speeds were fantastic, yet now 150MB speeds are freely available. If you are in an area where copper is still the only option you can expect much lower speeds.
If you want speed go for fibre and visit our compare fibre broadband prices pages. It's a fast developing area as every home now has multiple devices all vying with each other for bandwidth.
Most packages are now 15Mbps or faster - ideal for light use. checking emails browsing the web or downloading the odd YouTube video. If, however, you are downloading HD films from Netflix or programmes off Sky you will probably need a faster package.
Ofcom have been working hard to make the process of switching broadband a much simpler process and now it is relatively simple to change from one supplier to another. As packages are always being upgraded it's well worthwhile keeping an eye on the latest deals.
Broadband packages from the same provider often offer the same speed, but ISPs try to minimise their costs by restricting usage on cheaper packages. If you use the web for email, catching up on the news and watching the odd video on YouTube, you needn't worry about buying so-called unlimited bundles. However, the most basic offers, can include as little as 2GB of data – that's less than an hour of HD film footage.
This content was last reviewed on 16/10/2017