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What are the Best Broadband Deals?

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Switching to broadband can mean a whole new internet experience. Because broadband internet service uses an optical fibre cable to bring data to your computer, it's faster and more reliable than traditional ADSL technology. Using fibre optics to get your internet service means that you'll get faster uploads and downloads, and it also has the huge advantage of letting multiple computers use the same internet line without slowing the service.

This is great for families that have more than one computer. However, broadband does have a couple of disadvantages. Right now it's more expensive than ADSL internet. This is changing as more people switch and as companies build more of the infrastructure that they need, but currently it will cost you more to use broadband speeds than it will to use your regular internet provider. Secondly, broadband is not available everywhere.

The two main providers, BT and Virgin Media, are in the process of building the infrastructure necessary to bring broadband to the whole country. But whilst urban areas tend to have pretty good access to broadband services, more rural areas don't. The best way to check if you have access is to go online to a broadband provider's web site and enter your postcode. This will tell you if you can switch yet or not. If you can switch, there are some pretty good deals right now. Here are our four favourite deals that are currently on the market...

With Virgin Media...

Virgin Media will get you speeds of up to 60 Mbps with unlimited data (you can use it as often as you want). You get a free fast wireless router when you sign up, and if you rent your phone line from Virgin Media you get free installation as well (without the phone line, the installations will cost you £49.95). This is a twelve month contract which will set you back just £22.50 for the first three months, and £27.50 per month thereafter.

With Sky...

If you're looking for a cheap deal, then Sky might be for you. You get unlimited internet for the twelve month contract. However, the speeds aren't great. You get only up to 14 Mbps (which is around the same as you get with ADSL). But you do get a free router and free activation. Plus, it costs just a fiver a month for the first six months of the contract, going up to £15 a month after that. There is also a £14.50 line rental though.

With BT...

BT's Infinity 1 deal gets you speeds of up to 38 Mbps, but it does have a 40 GB cap on how much data you can use per month. You get a free router though. The contract is for eighteen months, and costs just £9 per month for the first three months, and £18 a month thereafter. There is a £15.45 line rental.

With BT (again)...

If you want a little more than the above deal, BT's Infinity 2 deal gets you massive speeds of up to 76 Mbps, with unlimited data, plus the free router. It's another eighteen month contract that will cost you £20 for the first three months and £26 per month thereafter, plus there's the £15.45 line rental again.

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