The best broadband deals in December 2017

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Finding the best broadband internet deals is no easy task – there are so many options. Do you need superfast fibre broadband? Should you go for a cheap broadband only deal for less than £20 per month, or add TV and phone plans to your internet 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 broadband, Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk all included, our widget will filter down the best broadband deals in the UK today.

Below, you’ll find TechRadar’s handpicked favourite deals for fibre (if you can get it), broadband and TV packages and broadband only plans. 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.

See also: BT Broadband and Infinity deals | Virgin Media broadband deals | Sky broadband deals | Fibre broadband deals | Broadband and TV deals | Broadband only deals

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Best fibre broadband deals (subject to availability at your postcode)

BT Unlimited Infinity 1 | 18 months | Up to 52Mb | Line rental inc. | £29.99 upfront | £31.99pm + £100 reward card
BT remains the most popular broadband provider around and it’s easy to see why. There’s the small matter of the £100 Reward Card that you can spend anywhere Mastercard is accepted. And BT’s entry-level super fast Infinity fibre stands out because of the lightning fast speed that you get – up to 52Mb, which equates to roughly 6.5MB per second! Standard broadband is £8 less a month. Total cost of 12 months £605.81

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Virgin Media Player Bundle | 12 months | Up to 100Mb | Weekend calls | 70+ channels | £20 upfront | £30pm
Virgin Media is still the only broadband company that can offer pulverising 100Mb broadband speeds. And its current best value package throws TV into the mix as well, with a 500GB TiVo box and 70+ regular and HD channels. Be warned, the price goes up to £48 a month after the first year. Total cost of 12 months £380

View this broadband deal from Virgin Media – or call 08000-492-102 to order by phone

The best broadband and TV deals in the UK this month

TalkTalk TV Plus with Fast Broadband | 12 months | Up to 17Mb | Inc. line rental | 30 extra entertainment channels | £25 upfront | £25.95pm
TalkTalk is usually a fair bet for reasonably priced broadband, and this TV and internet package is no different. The £25 at the start accounts for the TV box that let’s you record, pause and rewind. As well as the usual Freeview channels, there are 30 extra channels including Sky 1, Sky Arts and National Geographic. Total cost of 12 months £336.40

View this broadband deal from TalkTalk  – or call 08000-491-053 to order by phone

Virgin Media Mix Bundle | 12 months | Up to 100Mb | Weekend calls | 150+ channels | £20 upfront | £46pm
For an extra £16 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 Cartoon Network – so something everyone. It’s just gone up by a quid a month, but it has added six months of Netflix access. Total cost of 12 months £572

View this broadband deal from Virgin Media  – or call 08000-492-102 to order by phone

Best broadband only deal in the UK this month

Sky Broadband Unlimited | 12 months | Up to 17Mb | Line rental inc. | £19.95 upfront | £18 per month + £50 Mastercard
This is straight up the best value ADSL standard internet deal on the market right now. £18 per month are the cheapest bills you can pay for a start, but it’s the £50 Mastercard Sky is throwing in that makes this such a catch. It means the total value of this broadband deal over a year is less than £200. Bargain! Total cost of 18 months £235.95

View this deal from Sky broadband – or call 08000-142-334 to order by phone

Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38 | 18 months | Up to 38Mb | Line rental inc. | FREE activation | £25 per month
More famous for its Vodafone mobile deals, the company has some great prices on broadband, too. Unfortunately, the killer £20 per month offer has now come to an end, but it’s still the cheapest fibre optic internet provider around. And assuming you already have a BT Openreach phone line like most households, there isn’t a penny to pay upfront. Total cost over 18 months £450

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

article by By Adam Marshall http://www.techradar.com/news/broadband-deals