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Our MoneyLife top-5 recommended broadband packages (as of October 2015…)

 
 
 
Written by Djamil Benmehidi // Posted on // Found in HomeLife
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As any money smart lady or gentleman knows all too well, it’s wise to be budget conscious and trim costs wherever you can by seeking out the best possible deal on… well, everything.

We all know the importance of seeking the best deal from our energy providers – what with the cost of electricity and gas being so expensive – and also to be savvy when doing our weekly food shop, but, strangely, few of us give a lot of thought to shopping around for a good broadband package.

Broadband is undoubtedly an essential expense, and yet research by uSwitch has found that around 1 in 3 Brits have never changed their broadband provider while 30% of us have been with the same provider for over 5 years. As the savvier already know, loyalty doesn’t pay when it comes to sticking with utility and service providers, and in the case of broadband it means that millions of people are missing out on savings of around £383million each year – that’s an estimated £69 per household.

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To save yourself a few pennies, all you need to do is keep your ear to the ground for the latest great broadband deals.

The things to ask checklist before you switch provider

As you may or may not know, there is more to a good broadband deal than just price alone. Here are things to ask a potential new provider before signing on the dotted line.

  • Broadband FAQs
  • What’s my monthly broadband allowance – bear in mind that a light internet user might be happy with 10GB of data, which is enough to stream or download roughly 14 movies. Everyday users or families on the other hand are advised to get a 20GB per month data package, which is enough for 28 movies, although in reality an unlimited plan might be a safer option.
  • How fast will my broadband connection be – there are few things more irritating than slow, laggy internet. To avoid the hellishness of skipping videos/movies and sluggish web page loading times, find out what broadband speed your connection will be.
  • The finer details of the contract monthly cost – typically, the initial monthly cost of your new broadband package will be hiked mid-way through the contract. Find out if this is the case, and if so, check what the hiked price will be.
  • Is it a bundle – do you get free calls added to the package? Or a free/discounted phone contract and handset too? Don’t forget to ask/haggle.

Our top-5 recommended broadband packages*

The current pick of our top-5 broadband deals have been listed below (*as of October 15th 2015). This list is made up of various packages with differing features and prices, in order to accommodate the needs and budgets of different households

TalkTalk – Simply Broadband

Speed – Up to 17mbps

Data – Unlimited

 
 
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Line rental – £17.70 per month line rental

Monthly cost – Free for 12 months then £7.50 per month after

Contract length – 18 months

Added goodies – Wireless router, HomeSafe online protection, free calls to other TalkTalk customers, Talk2Go App – for landline calls on the move, £50 Love2Shop Voucher.

Sky – Fibre Broadband Unlimited with Sky Pay As You Talk calls

Speed – Up to 38mbps

Data – 25GB

Line rental – £17.40 per month line rental & £6.95 upfront cost

Monthly costs – Free for 12 months then £10 per month thereafter

Contract length – 12 months

Added goodies – Wireless router, McAfee security software, Sky Pay As You Talk, various optional extras, such as Sky TV packages and additional Sky Broadband & Talk features can also be added to package.

Plusnet – Unlimited broadband

Speed – Up to 17mbps

Data – Unlimited

Line rental – £16.99 per month line rental & £5.99 upfront cost

Monthly costs – Free for 12 months, £9.99 per month thereafter

Contract length – 12 months

Added goodies – Wireless router, Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee, Plusnet SafeGuard, Award-winning support 365 days a year, either online or via free phonecall

Virgin Media – SuperFibre 50 with weekend calls

Speed – 50mbps

Data – Unlimited

Line rental – £16.99 per month line rental

Monthly costs – £4 per month for 12 months, £17.50 per month thereafter

Contract length – 18 months

Added goodies – Virgin Media Super Hub, wireless router, unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers, 12 months free internet security, 5GB free cloud storage

Fuel broadband – Unlimited broadband with evening & weekend calls

Speed – Up to 17mbps

Data – Unlimited

Line rental – £16.40 per month line rental & £7.50 upfront cost

Monthly costs – Free for 6 months, £5 per month thereafter

Contract length – 12 months

Added goodies – Free wireless router, free Fire TV Stick, free 30 day Amazon Prime Trial, free evening & weekend UK landline calls

Time to switch?

If you’re committed to signing up to a new broadband deal, so long as you’ve seen out the end of your contract period and moved onto a monthly rolling contract you’ll be eligible to switch provider.

While our recommended broadband packages are, in our eyes, among the best to be found on the market at present, it’s always smart to shop around and find out what else is available – you can visit Money.co.uk and MoneySuperMarket.com, as well as Mirror Money and Broadbandchoices.co.uk to compare further packages and prices. It’s always a good idea to shop around online as this is where the lion’s share of good deals are to be found, along with additional freebies and vouchers.

If you find a new package and choose to switch, you’ll be asked to give your current broadband provider 30-days’ notice – be sure to take this into account as switching provider will usually take around 2 weeks. There is also the possibility that you’ll need to pay extra for additional fees & possibly redemption penalties from current provider too.

Happy shopping!

 
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