The average broadband contract lasts at least 12 months, so it’s important to find an affordable package that saves you money over the whole year.
To help you get the best deal for your needs, we’ve listed some of the top broadband 12-month contracts from the UK’s biggest networks above.
Need a bit more help? Below, we'll walk you through some of the most important things to consider before you choose a package.
What type of broadband should I get?
As a rule of thumb if you're in a busy, multiple-occupancy home, fibre optic broadband is your best bet. Conversely, if you live alone or you're a light internet user, you can probably get by with a cheaper, ADSL broadband service.
Here’s a little more about your options:
This is also known as 'standard broadband'. It’s ideal for light internet users, and a lot cheaper than fibre optic or cable. That said, large households will struggle to get decent speeds, especially at peak times. If you stream movies and TV shows, you’d be better off with a fibre optic package. ADSL is available from household-name providers such as BT, TalkTalk and Plusnet, as well as lesser known suppliers, such as Post Office Broadband and OneStream. And because they share the same infrastructure, it’s completely hassle-free to switch between them.
Fibre optic broadband
Fibre optic broadband is much faster than ADSL and is significantly more reliable. If you’re a heavy internet user, or belong to a large family that uses several different devices like phones, tablets and games consoles, then a fibre package is the best option for you. To find out if fibre optic is available in your area, simply insert your details into our postcode checker and we'll do the rest.
What are the best 12-month ADSL broadband contract deals?
ADSL broadband deals from Plusnet, Now Broadband, Post Office Broadband and TalkTalk come highly recommended, offering decent speeds and a reliable service for a really affordable price. For a little bit extra, BT and Sky which offer similar speeds, but sweeten their deals with add-ons, such as free gifts and the BT Sport app.
What are the best 12-month fibre optic deals?
Virgin Media’s 12-month fibre optic broadband deals offer the UK's fastest widely available speeds at competitive prices. But the catch is that you'll be able to sign up if you're in an area covered by its fibre optic network.
The likes of Sky, TalkTalk, Shell Energy, SSE and BT also offer fibre broadband. It's not as fast as Virgin Media's, but you're much more likely to be able to get it in your area.
What are the best 12-month broadband and TV deals?
BT, Sky and Virgin Media's 12-month broadband and TV bundles pair premium TV with fast, reliable broadband. If you're on a budget, we'd suggest you take a look at TalkTalk and Now Broadband.
Can I leave my contract early?
If you’re locked into a contract, and you try to leave early, your provider may charge you a termination fee to cancel. Depending on how far into your contract you are, the cost can be pretty hefty.
The good news is there are ways you may be able to cancel your contract early.
If your speeds don’t match what you were promised, for example, or your provider raises prices mid-contract you can now walk away penalty-free.
Take a look at our handy guide to find out more information on leaving your contract early.