Broadband bundle deals are becoming more and more ever present, and they are a great stress reducing money saver as you can combine all your services and costs into one easy to manage package. Of course there are many different types of bundle deal, but in this guide we focus on phone and broadband packages and offer advice on what to look for if you’re considering one.
As well as looking at the cost of a package, it’s just as important to inspect each element of the package as if you were buying it on its own. For the broadband part of the package consider:
Type of user you are: Are you looking for your first broadband package or are you a self confessed internet addict, either way by working out what type of user you are and roughly how much of your time you spend, or plan to spend online you can choose a package that fits your needs.
Speed: This will be dependent upon what type of user you are, there’s no point looking at deals with super fast or fibre optic broadband when all you plan to do is occasionally go online to check a few emails or do a bit of online shopping.
Data Limits: When looking at data limits on the broadband part of a package make sure you check to see if there are any charges for going over the limit, as paying a for a bit more data each month will be less expensive than opting for a package with too little data.
When looking at the phone side of the package consider:
Call Charges: This is a way many providers make their money back on bundle deals, so before signing up be sure to check all the different call rates so you’re not hit unexpectedly by a large phone bill.
Call Features: If you want things like caller ID or call waiting, check if these features are included and if there any additional charges for them or how much they are to add to a package.
Extras: You will usually have the option to add extras to the phone part of the package; these can include things like inclusive mobile phone calls or overseas calls. These will obviously cost more to add but could save you money in the long run if you have a particular need that isn’t covered as standard.
It’s the thing that’s paid the least attention, but it will be a big part of your monthly bill. Many providers advertise what appears to be very cheap broadband, but when the cost of line rental is added you may find the deal isn’t that much different to all the other deals after all. So by checking the cost of line rental and factoring it in to the monthly cost you’ll get a better idea of which phone and broadband deals offer the best value for money.
There are a lot of phone and broadband deals currently available, so the best way to separate them and see which one is right for you is to use a comparison website. They let you search through what’s available based on what you need and should help you come to a decision about which provider to go with. A good tip with comparison sites is to check more than one as they sometimes don’t always have all the offers currently available so you could be missing out.
Deals worth considering:
- Vodafone offer great speedy unlimited broadband at an average of 63 mbps with pay as you go calls at just £22.95 per month.
- TalkTalk offer a similiar deal with higher speed of 67mbps and pay as you go calls at £26 per month.
- Virgin Media offer fiber broadband with weekend calls included at £26 per month. It's only a 12 month contract so worth looking at.
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