How to find the cheapest broadband deal
Who offers cheap broadband?
Fast, cheap broadband deals are available from some of the leading providers making it easy to find a good broadband deal. Free introductory offers can last for one, or even two years but most providers will still charge for line rental each month. While budget broadband providers can offer good value for money, it's important to watch out for overly expensive activation fees and line rental.
Even more savings on broadband can be made by: paying line rental up front; minimising data usage allowance; taking a longer contract; and bundling services together. Some broadband providers also offer added perks for signing up, including vouchers and gift cards. Read our full guide here to cheap broadband with more details on lowering costs.
What kind of offers are available?
Special introductory offers are the easiest way to get cheap broadband with some providers offering free broadband for 12 or 24 months before rolling over to a monthly charge. Even at the end of the introductory period, broadband prices can remain low. But by keeping an eye out for new deals and offers, it's possible that by changing providers at the end of the introductory offer we could continue to save.
Even if the broadband isn't free, some providers offer heavy discounts for the first 12 months. And on top of free broadband, providers often give away gift cards or vouchers to entice new customers. As with other broadband deals, there'll still be monthly line rental to pay, so it's worth factoring this in to work out the cheapest deal.
Is it cheaper to bundle broadband with other services?
For those planning on getting any extra services, including phone or TV, it's usually better to bundle these with a broadband package to get a cheaper deal overall. Taking a separate phone line will usually be far more expensive and most broadband providers offer excellent deals to customers who take broadband with them.
But while it could be cheaper, it'll only be worth the added cost for those already considering getting a TV service anyway. And as providers offer different TV channels, it's a good idea to look into which will be the best fit. By taking a longer 18 or 24-month contract it'll usually mean added savings.
How can I cut the cost of the line rental?
In the past, it was easier to sign up for broadband without taking a phone line from the same company, but this is no longer the case and most providers will insist on us paying them for both line rental and broadband. However, paying up front for line rental can often result in a reasonable discount. It may be a lot to pay in one go, but it does have the advantage of significantly reducing monthly bills for some or all of the contract. Many of the leading providers offer this option, so it's worth finding out if it's available before signing up.
How do data and speed affect the price of my broadband?
Those of us who aren't online all the time may find it worth considering both the speed of the broadband they're looking for, and the maximum data they're likely to get through each month. Unlimited broadband is nice to have, but it's often not necessary – particularly in smaller households. Not paying for excess data or unnecessarily fast broadband can be one of the best ways to save money.
Those who already have a broadband contract should be able to look up their usage history to help them calculate likely data usage before committing to a new deal; there are capped packages available that can offer added savings. Similarly, many people will find superfast or ultrafast broadband simply isn't necessary, particularly those who don't often use the internet for online gaming or to stream films. That said, a capped fibre deal can substantially reduce the cost of getting a faster connection for those who need the boost.
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