Home broadband deals
If you rarely use the internet or only use it for small tasks like checking social media and replying to emails, the best home 12 month broadband deal
might well be the cheapest one you can find. If you or multiple members of your household are constantly streaming the latest box sets or playing online games, you might want to choose a broadband package which offers fast download speeds and reliability, albeit at a slightly higher cost than a budget deal.
Home broadband deals UK: how the area you live in could influence your choices
The home broadband deals in your area will depend on the level of connectivity that is available where you live. It is estimated that approximately 99% of UK households can avail of standard copper-wire ADSL connections. While these connections are the slowest, they’re also the cheapest. On a standard ADSL connection, you can expect to experience connectivity speeds of between 10Mpbs and 30Mbps.
If you live in an area with fibre-to-the-cabinet connectivity (this is where your provider connects its exchange to the local broadband cabinet with fibre-optic cables) you should be able to avail of advertised speeds of around 300Mbps. Approximately 95% of households in the UK are superfast fibre-ready.
To find out what level of broadband connectivity you can expect from the home broadband deals in your area, simply use the Compare Fibre broadband postcode checker
tool. From here, you’ll be able to see which broadband companies are operating locally, and you’ll also be able to compare home phone and broadband deals, home broadband only deals, broadband and entertainment packages and more. Whatever your requirements, we’ve got you covered.
Home broadband deals: comparison checklist
Before entering into a contract with a broadband supplier, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve searched for the best home broadband deals available to you. Here are a handful of things to consider when comparing broadband packages for your household:
Home broadband speeds
Speed is usually the most important deciding factor when choosing a broadband package – especially if your broadband is likely to be used by multiple family members at once. Faster download speeds will allow your household to do more online, as well as ensuring you can stream in high definition without encountering buffering issues. Unsurprisingly, faster home broadband deals usually cost slightly more than standard ADSL connections. If speed isn’t an issue for you, or if you live alone, you might be able to save money by opting for a slower broadband package.
Home broadband prices
If your household is on a strict budget, the cost of your home broadband will undoubtedly be a primary concern. However, it’s worth noting that if your current broadband connection is out of contract, you might be able to avail of faster speeds and save money at the same time by entering into a new contract – either with your existing supplier or by switching to a new one.
In some instances, out-of-contract broadband prices can leap by two-thirds. Avoid this by using Compare Fibre to find the best home broadband deals for your budget.
Home broadband extras
As an incentive to sign up, many home broadband providers offer additional services, extras and bonuses to entice new customers to enter a contract. Some will offer broadband and home phone deals
which could help you to save money on calls if you still regularly use your landline. Others, like EE home broadband deals, could allow you to enjoy extra mobile phone data each month just for signing up.
Whether you require home broadband deals, home broadband only deals, home phone and broadband deals or broadband and additional entertainment packages such as Sky Movies or BT Sport, our handy comparison tool will allow you to make an informed decision as to which provider is best for you.
Home broadband advertised speeds
Broadband suppliers usually advertise their speeds as “average” speeds. This means you won’t be guaranteed to enjoy the speeds advertised on the television all of the time. For accuracy, average speeds are always measured at peak times, when most people are online. In the UK, this is between 8pm and 10pm.
Regulations stipulate that average speeds need to be available to at least 50% of users during peak times. This means that when you sign up with a broadband provider, you should have a 50/50 chance of receiving the advertised download speeds between 8pm and 10pm. On the flip side, if you use the internet outside of peak hours, you should be able to comfortably achieve the advertised speed, and potentially even surpass it.
When can I switch my home broadband supplier?
If you don’t currently have a broadband contract, you can switch right away. Simply use our broadband postcode checker to find the best home broadband deals in your area and sign up with the one that suits your requirements and budget.
What if I’m still under contract?
Switching home broadband suppliers when you’re still under contract could result in being stung with premature termination fees. In some instances, your existing supplier might expect you to honour the cost of the contract in full, so it makes sense to keep an eye on when your contract is up for renewal.
As of 2021, legislation means that your supplier has a duty to inform you when your contract is about to end. This should provide you with plenty of time to find the best home broadband deals
in time for the end of your contract.
Show me the best broadband deals in my area today
Allow Compare Fibre to help you find the best home broadband packages available in your postcode. In a matter of seconds, our simple tool will enable you to compare a detailed list of providers and packages side-by-side. This should allow you to make the best possible decision when it comes to choosing a home broadband deal that works for you, your household and your budget.