The best broadband deals in August 2017
Finding the best broadband internet deals can be a bit of a minefield – there are so many options. Do you need superfast fibre broadband. Is cheaper ADSL enough? Should you go for a cheap 18.99 per month broadband only deal. or add TV to your package?
We’re here to help you make that decision. Pop in your postcode above and we’ll give you a list of the lowest priced home broadband deals available in your area. With the latest offers from BT Infinity. Sky. Virgin Media and TalkTalk all included, our widget will filter down the best broadband deals.
Below, you’ll find TechRadar’s handpicked favourite deals for fibre (if you can get it), broadband and TV packages and broadband only plans. We’ll find a bargain for you, even away from the madness of Black Friday. Keep scrolling down and you’ll find our advice on what else you should consider when buying broadband – from the speed you’ll need, to whether getting fibre broadband is a must for your household.
Best fibre broadband deals (subject to availability at your postcode)
BT Unlimited Infinity 1 | 12 months | Up to 52Mb | Line rental inc. | No TV | 59.99 upfront | 31.99pm
BT is the most popular internet provider out there. Its Infinity 1 has just gone up a couple of quid a month, but it remains great value considering the dazzling speed and monthly payments a shade above 30. You have to pay a 60 activation fee and delivery for the router, but you also get a 125 Reward Card. At 52Mb, it’s really fast for downloads (around 6.5MB per second) and you can spend with your card anywhere that accepts Mastercard. Total cost of 12 months 443.87
Virgin Media Player Bundle | 12 months | Up to 100Mb | Weekend calls | 70+ channels | 20 upfront | 33pm
Virgin Media is still the only broadband company that can offer pulverising 100Mb broadband speeds. And its current cheapest package throws TV into the mix as well, with a 500GB TiVo box and 70+ regular and HD channels. This is a brilliant price for rapid home internet speeds, but your price will go up to 45 a month after the first year. Total cost of 12 months 416
The best broadband and TV deals in August 2017
TalkTalk Fast Broadband and TV with Sky Sports Boost | 12 months | Up to 17Mb | Line rental inc. | 80+ channels | FREE activation | 28.45pm
The sound of leather on willow. The smell of burning rubber. Jumpers for goalposts. Sky Sports now has dedicated channels for cricket, Formula One, football, golf and more. TalkTalk Fast Broadband and TV also includes more than 80 Freeview and HD channels. Prefer the movies? Then spend 50p less a month and swap Sky Sports for Sky Cinema. Total cost of 12 months 341.40
Virgin Media Mix Bundle | 12 months | Up to 100Mb | Weekend calls | 150+ channels | 20 upfront | 45pm
For an extra 12 a month to Virgin’s cheapest deal above, you can double the channels and start to get some really juicy television. Sky 1 and Sky Living will appear on Virgin’s upgraded V6 box, as well as the likes of MTV, TCM and Eurosport – so something everyone. Total cost of 12 months 560
Best broadband only deal in August 2017
Sky Broadband Unlimited | 12 months | Up to 17Mb | Line rental inc. | No TV | 19.95 upfront | 18.99pm
BT-owned Plusnet had been leading the way for a while when it comes to the lowest broadband pricing – it was 17.99 a month back in May. But that’s now come to an end, leaving Sky to take the title. This tariff is the very cheapest way that you can get home broadband, as you get a 50 pre-paid Mastercard as well. Total cost over 12 months is 247.83
Virgin VIVID 50 Fibre Broadband | 12 months | Up to 50Mb | Talk Weekends | No TV | 20 upfront | 26pm
Yep, it’s Virgin again. Its new VIVID 50 tariff just became the provider’s cheapest broadband package. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be wanting for quality, as you still get rapid 50Mb maximum speeds. If Virgin cable broadband is available at your postcode, then this is the cheapest way you can get it. Total cost of 12 months 344
What broadband speed do I need?
Superfast fibre broadband may sound appetising, but it may not be necessary for your home – especially if you want to cut costs. It could be worth considering slower, cheaper ADSL 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 maximum and doesn’t necessarily represent the actual speed you’ll end up getting. That varies depending where you live.
0-25Mb This entry-level broadband speed is transmitted via an ADSL connection to your nearest BT exchange. The equivalent to around 2.1MB 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.
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.
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 plans, 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?
Usually. 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. The amount usually depends on what level of package you go for, but it will likely be somewhere between 10 and 60. Only TalkTalk bucks the trend – they’ve scrapped their activation fee completely, while other brands 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. And some, including BT and EE, charge delivery for the router.
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.