With so many different broadband deals available, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. In this guide we aim to simplify the process and help you make a more informed choice about which broadband best suits your needs.
Occasional Users: If you need internet for basicactivities of surfing the web or you just want to quickly check your emails now and again, then there are plenty of packages for you that are not too expensive.
Heavy Users: If you spend long hours online downloading, streaming and watching movies, or if you play online games, then you’ll need a package that has quick download speeds and comes with a large amount of data allowance, preferably unlimited data allowance.
Mobile Broadband: Mostly using your laptop to go online? Or you keep your phone constantly in your hands to follow news and social networks? If yes then you’ll definitely want to be on the lookout for the latest mobile broadband deals. Whether you surf the web at home or on the go, a mobile broadband provider will supply you with a USB device, a dongle, which will allow you to connect to the internet wherever there is mobile phone coverage.
Family Broadband: With more and more devices entering the home, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and now even games consoles that can connect to the internet, there are now plenty of options available that can satisfy every member of the households’ online needs.
Business Broadband: As you might expect these packages differ from consumer offers as they come with extras like security packages, webspace and email addresses.
Broadband connection speeds are measured in megabits per second (Mbps). The higher the Mbps is advertised on a broadband deal, the faster you can expect it to be. However, deciding on which type of broadband is right for you before you go searching for deals in essential as many people simply won’t need the fastest connection, so will be paying out more than they need each month.
Superfast Broadband: fiber optic broadband offer speeds of over 24Mbps in the UK, and is the fastest broadband technology currently available on the market. Superfast deals tend to come with unlimited data allowance so you’ll never have to worry about additional charges for breaching a usage limit.
Fast Broadband: Still offers very good speeds and is ideal for watching movies or streaming the latest episode of a TV show. Online gamers may also find fast broadband does the job for them, however if you have all these things on the go at once you may find the speeds will drop.
Regular Broadband: These packages are by far and away the cheapest available. Regular broadband is perfect if you only go online for a few bits (emails) and pieces every now and again.
An often overlooked part of a broadband package. Data limits are easily as relevant as connection speeds and cost of line rental, because they determine how much internet access you’re entitled to each month. And if you breach your data usage limit you’ll find your monthly bill to be bigger than usual. Data limits start at 5GB a month for the cheapest packages and are unlimited on the superfast deals. If you’re thinking of a mobile broadband deal, beware as the limits are significantly lower than all other types of broadband.
As well as offering you broadband, bundled packages also include your landline, TV and, in some cases, your mobile phone calls as well. Bundle deals can save you money and reduce the hassle of having several different bills to pay each month.
If you’re considering taking out a bundled package you’ll need to make a few extra considerations compared to someone taking out a standard broadband deal, you’ll need to be thinking about any set-up fees, monthly cost, the speed offered, call rates and contract length – bundled contracts tend to be much longer and usual range from 18-36 months.
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