Best Broadband Deals - MAY 2022

Broadband only deals

Generally, you still require an active phone line for many broadband connections that are wired to the street cabinet including ADSL and fibre to cabinet. Most packages will automatically include a Wi-Fi router together with options for line rental and a choice of call rate packages.

TOP PICKS BROADBAND ONLY

BT

BT Fibre 2 for £31.99pm

  • 67Mb Average Download Speed
  • £120 Virtual Reward Card
  • Customise with TV from £6 a month
  • Free Post & Packing

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Sky

Sky Superfast for £30.50pm

  • 33-75Mb Average Download Speed (50Mb minimum guaranteed)
  • Totally Unlimited
  • Perfect for streaming, downloading and gaming

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media M100 Fibre + Phone for £25.00pm

  • 108Mb Average Download Speed
  • Virgin Media WiFi Hub
  • Unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers
  • Inclusive weekend minutes to 0870 numbers
  • Access to perks and experiences with Priority

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Plusnet

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre for £22.99pm

  • 36Mb Average Download Speed
  • £60 Plusnet Reward Card
  • Zero Activation Fee
  • Includes line rental
  • Wi-Fi router included
  • Exclusive BT Sport deals when you're up and running

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TalkTalk

TalkTalk Fibre 65 for £23.50pm

  • 67Mb Average Download Speed
  • Great connection for busy homes
  • £50 Reward Card
  • Easy self-setup
  • Free TalkTalk to TalkTalk calls
  • Wi-fi Hub Black included

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Broadband + TV options

A number of suppliers will also offer a TV bundle on top of the broadband and phone connection. This TV package can vary greatly among providers but usually involves some or all of the following:

  • The supply of a box that can record multiple hours of TV
  • The ability for the box to rewind and pause live TV
  • The ability to watch Freeview channels
  • The option to subscribe to premium channels such as Sky Sports, BT Sport or movies
  • The ability to watch catch-up TV and On-Demand programmes including Netflix

TOP PICKS - BROADBAND & TV PACKAGES

Sky TV

Ultimate TV: Sky TV + Netflix for £26 pm

  • Get Sky TV & Netflix

Set up costs apply: £20 for new customers and £49 for existing. 18 month contract.

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Virgin Media

Big Bundle - £29.99 pm

  • M100 Fibre Broadband
  • Mixit TV
  • 100+ channels
  • Catch up services and apps
  • Unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers
  • Inclusive weekend minutes to 0870 numbers
  • Pause, rewind and record on Virgin TV 360 box
  • Essential free-to-air channels and players
  • Watch Netflix (if you subscribe)
  • Access to perks and experiences with Priority

18 month contract. £35 set up cost.

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Full fibre deals

Full fibre also known as FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) uses the latest fibre optic technology to deliver the fastest broadband connection. Providers achieve this by laying fibre directly to your home, bypassing the street cabinet and the use of old copper cable. This also means that requiring an active phone line is optional with many full fibre package providers.

TOP PICKS - FULL FIBRE

Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic Superfast for £20.00pm

  • 150Mb Average Download Speed
  • Unlimited Data
  • Free install & use of router

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Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic Ultrafast for £30.00pm

  • 500Mb Average Download Speed
  • Free Activation
  • Unlimited Data
  • Free install & use of router

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BT Full Fibre

BT Full Fibre 100 for £34.99pm

  • 150Mb Average Download Speed
  • Your Stay Fast Guarantee 100Mb
  • £50 BT Reward Card
  • No upfront fees

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Virgin Media Full Fibre

Virgin Media M100 Fibre + Phone for £25.00pm

  • 108Mb Average Download Speed
  • Unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines
  • Access to perks and experiences with Priority

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All provider deals

In addition to our Top Picks, there are a significant number of other packages available and many often have limited time deals. Some deals can often be exclusive for sites like PocketRate.

ALL PROVIDER DEALS

Provider Price(from)  
BT

Broadband Only

£26.99 See Deals
BT

Broadband + TV

£37.99 See Deals
Direct Save

Broadband Only

£24.95 See Deals
EE

Broadband Only

£26.00 See Deals
Hyperoptic

Broadband only

£17.99 See Deals
italk

Broadband only

£21.99 See Deals
John Lewis Broadband

Broadband only

£20.50 See Deals
Now Broadband

Broadband only

£18.00 See Deals
Plusnet

Broadband only

£18.99 See Deals
Plusnet

Fibre

£22.99 See Deals
Plusnet

Fibre Extra

£24.99 See Deals
Sky

Broadband only

£26.00 See Deals
Sky

Sky Q Lite + Superfast 35

£30.00 See Deals
Sky

Sky Ultimate + Superfast 35

£44.00 See Deals
SSE Broadband

Broadband only

£23.00 See Deals
TalkTalk

Broadband only (TV optional)

£23.50 See Deals
Virgin Media

Broadband only

£25.00 See Deals
Virgin Media

Broadband + TV

£37.99 See Deals
Vodafone

Broadband only

£18.00 See Deals

Average Download Speed

Up until recently, broadband providers were able to just advertise their 'Up to' speed. However, recent regulation now means that they have to show the 'Average speed'.

The average broadband speed is defined as being the speed that at least 50% of customers get during peak time. The UK government communications regulator, Ofcom, defines peak time as being between the hours of 8pm - 10pm.

Despite the change, the actual speed that you will get will of course depend on a number of factors including:

  • The type of connection e.g. cable, fibre or full fibre
  • How far your home is from the telephone exchange box for non-full fibre connections
  • The area you live in
  • The time of day you are using the connection

Generally speaking, the faster the average speed, the more expensive the package will cost. Deciding on what speed you need is determined by what you are using it for.

If you just want to surf the internet and get the odd email then a standard broadband connection may suffice. On the other hand, if you are going to stream music and movies, play online gaming or have a family that uses multiple devices at the same time, then a much faster fibre connection is required.

You can always upgrade your broadband connection if you find it's too slow but you may incur addition costs if you do this whilst in the middle of your contract period.

Contract length

Once you sign up to a broadband package, you will have a cooling off period during which time you can cancel. However, if you decide you no longer want the package or wish to switch to a new provider, then you may incur penalty fee charges for cancelling early,

Therefore, it's important to ensure you are satisfied with the length of the contract you are signing up to and the terms within that contract.

Generally speaking, broadband providers offer the following contract options:

  • 12 Month Contract
  • 18 Month Contract
  • 24 Month Contract
  • No Contract

A no contract option is just that. You pay your fees month to month until you decide you don't want it. However, a no contract option usually has increased per month cost compared to a longer contract period.

Set up cost and monthly cost

The setup fee is the up-front amount that the provider charges you to either install and set up the broadband connection and/or the cost of package and posting to get the equipment delivered to your home. Some providers do not charge any setup fee or will sometimes have offers to include the setup amount free of charge.

The monthly price is the ongoing amount that you will be paying for your broadband connection each month. Sometimes the provider may offer a reduced monthly price for a limited initial period e.g. a lower monthly amount for the first 3 months and then it reverts to the full monthly amount thereafter.

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