Looking for home broadband deals? We'll walk you through the best way to find the right package for your needs, whether you're a family or live alone.
How to find the right home broadband deal for your needs
Choosing the right home broadband deal is case of thinking hard about what you need before committing. Questions you should be asking yourself include:
- Do you need faster fibre optic broadband? You almost certainly will if you're in a busy household.
- What are you willing to pay in terms of setup costs?
- Do you want TV? If so, would you like live sports and movies? Or are you happy with Freeview?
- What home phone plan (if any) do you need? Choose from evening and weekend calls, anytime calls or pay as you go.
If you need a bit of guidance, head to our full guide to choosing a new broadband package:
What’s the cheapest home broadband deal?
The Post Office, TalkTalk, Plusnet and Now Broadband specialise in low-cost, value broadband deals that'll get you a good, reliable service for a keen price. Which makes them well worth considering if you're looking to save money.
To see what the actual cheapest offer is right now, simply enter your postcode in our availability checker, and we’ll show you deals in your area.
Next you'll need to sort by total cost (or monthly cost if you prefer) and we'll show you the cheapest deals on offer at the moment.
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Can I get home broadband with unlimited usage?
Almost all broadband deals listed on broadbandchoices offer unlimited downloads. So you'll be able to use the internet as much as you like without worrying that you'll rack up unexpected charges for exceeding a usage limit.
That’s because unless you’re the lightest of internet users and only really go online to check email for Facebook, you'll probably need the flexibility that unlimited broadband gives you.
What is the best home broadband for families?
That largely depends on the number of people in your family and the age of your kids. If you have a large household with older kids or teenagers, you’ll need a speedy fibre broadband that can handle the demands of a busy home.
Conversely, if you've got young kids you'll probably be able to get by with standard broadband.
Every family is different. But here's a rule-of-thumb guide to help you choose the right broadband for your family, as determined by the number of kids you have and their age:
- One child - If you have one young child, and you’re not heavy users yourself, a standard low-cost broadband package may be sufficient. That said, if you can afford it, we’d still recommend fibre if available - the extra speed will make for a much smoother experience, particular for video services.
- Two children - If your children are very young, you may be able to get away with a low-speed broadband package. However as they get older, you may find that a fibre connection better meets their streaming and gaming requirements.
- Three children or more - We strongly recommend fibre optic broadband. The increased speed means that everyone will be able to connect at the same time, on lots of different devices, without speeds dropping.
How can I test my home broadband speed?
It's easy to find out your home broadband speed. Click on the link below, then just insert your postcode and email address in the speed test tool and we'll do the rest:
What is the best home broadband for people who live alone?
If you live alone and only use the web for email, social media, browsing and occasional episodes on Netflix, standard ADSL broadband will probably be sufficient. And work out as the most cost-effective option.
On the other hand, if you spend a lot of time watching Netflix or play a lot of video games, you should go for a faster fibre package, as the vastly superior speeds will mean less buffering and a smoother, more responsive gaming experience.
What is the best home broadband for the elderly?
BT and the Post Office offer broadband that's particularly suitable for elderly users. Available to anyone claiming pension credit, BT's Basic and Broadband bundle is keenly priced and is ideal for elderly people who mainly use the internet for email and light browsing.
Alternatively, the Post Office offers a similarly affordable service, alongside extra customer support for elderly customers, who may be classed as vulnerable.
Keen to find out more? Click on the button below and we'll take a closer look at home broadband for elderly users:
Home broadband for short term lets
Tenants in a short-term let are best off looking at one-month broadband from the likes of Virgin Media, Now Broadband or DirectSaveTelecom.
These are offered on a one-month, rolling-contract basis, so you’ll have to remember to cancel them, but you can do so at any time without penalty.
What is the best home broadband for students?
BT and Virgin Media's nine-month contract, student-friendly fibre broadband deals are well worth a look.
Not least because they mean you won't be paying for broadband during the summer holidays and are fast enough to cope with the demands of busy, multiple-occupancy student households.
However, we'd recommend you still take a look at standard 12-month broadband deals too. They sometimes work out cheaper than a nine-month 'student broadband' package.
Home broadband and TV bundles
Taking home broadband and TV from the same provider is usually much cheaper than signing up for them separately. You also get the convenience of a single bill.
Providers that offer TV and broadband deals include:
To compare deals, simply select TV in the results grid above, or head to our TV comparison page:
Home broadband with free gifts
Some providers throw in free gifts like reward cards or vouchers as extra incentive to join. You can see these deals in the grid above, and on this page:
Home broadband with no upfront cost
Some providers charge setup or activation fees to get your broadband up and running. Others waive upfront costs, and provide equipment and activation at no extra charge.
In addition, companies may waive these fees on certain offers, so make sure you compare deals to see whether this is currently the case:
What are broadband end of contract notifications?
As the name suggests, end of contract notifications are warnings sent out by broadband providers to inform their customers that their contract is coming to an end. Under regulations that came into force in 2020, the warning must be sent to the customer 10-40 days before their contract expires, with the notion of giving them time to shop around for a new contract.
The reminder must contain:
- The exact end date of the contract
- The price the customer has been paying
- Changes to the service that may apply from hereon in
- Notice period required to end the contract
- A snapshot of the best deals offered by the provider at that time, including packages that are on offer for new customers.
The end-of-contract regulations also stipulate that customers who are out of contract are reminded of their contract status every year.
Keen to find out more? Read out full guide to end of contract notifications.
Will 5G replace home broadband in the UK?
Not in the immediate future. With 5G technology capable of theoretical speeds of up to 20Gbps, it's certainly fast enough. Although these speeds would appear to be many years off being achieved.
The other key question that remains to be answered is whether 5G can be as reliable as fixed-line broadband, especially in an era when video and gaming streams are putting unprecedented demand on broadband infrastructure.
Find out more about 5G and its potential to replace traditional broadband with our one-stop guide.
What is 4G home broadband?
4G home broadband substitutes a mobile internet connection for a traditional fixed line ADSL or fibre broadband service. It's a good bet in the event that you can't get decent fixed line broadband where you live.
Or if you require a short-term stop-gap broadband solution, perhaps because you've just moved home or you're in the UK only periodically.
How can I find out if I'm out of contract for home broadband?
The best and most fail-safe way to find out if you're still under contract with your provider is to to give them a ring. Head to our guide to find contact numbers for all the major broadband suppliers.
Alternatively, you can find your contract end date by logging into your account online, or by opening up your provider's smartphone app.
Find out more about broadband contracts with our guide.
Can I get fibre broadband at my home?
To see if fibre is available where you live and which providers you may be able to sign up for, use our availability checker below.
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How fast should home broadband be?
If you've got standard ADSL broadband, we'd consider a decent speed to be about 10Mbps-11Mbps. That'll be enough for low occupancy homes or properties with low usage requirements. If you're on a cheaper, entry-level fibre broadband service, you can probably expect a speed of about 20Mbps or higher.