It's no crime to want to spend your money on something else
other than broadband services. In fact, quite a few ISPs don't want
you to break your piggybank - which is why they decided to offer
cheap broadband bundles.
A few considerations before you start
Think about what it is that you really need from your internet
service provider. Is it an unlimited allowance? Perhaps you are
interested in superfast download speeds? A UK based customer
support service? Maybe you are interested in getting digital TV and
home phone services from the same provider as well? To help you
answer these questions, have a look at our
broadband basics guide.
When you are looking for low-cost broadband, don't just think of
the overall price of the broadband package. Make sure you are not
only getting the cheapest, but also the best broadband deal that's
in your budget. Don't buy a package just because it comes at a low
price, if it doesn't provide what you need from an internet
service, chances are that it's not worth having.
Here is Simplifydigital's list of top cheap broadband
There are many packages that will only provide you with basic
broadband and landline but you can also expand and include digital
TV services and free calls.
With Plusnet, you will
receive broadband, home phone for under a tenner. This does not
include line rental though which customers will be charged for
separately on a monthly basis.
A very popular option is Primus. It is one of the
cheapest broadband providers out there. If you go with Primus you
will receive standard ADSL speeds and a download allowance of 20GB.
It's worth mentioning that like with Plusnet, the package does not
include line rental.
If you want something basic and simple, you may want
to look at Tesco Broadband. Perhaps
it will not provide you with digital TV or mobile broadband, but it
will cost under a tenner and you will have an unlimited download
allowance. Line rental is paid on top of that.
TalkTalk also provides you with a
cost-effective broadband solution but line rental will cost a bit
extra. In addition, keen digital TV fanatics will be able to bundle
TalkTalk's broadband services with the shiny new YouView
Last but not
least, you may want to have a look at what Direct
Save Telecom has to offer. This broadband provider often hits
the headlines with unbelievably cheap prices, however digital TV
enthusiasts may need to look elsewhere if they plan to sign up for
a triple play bundle (broadband, home phone and digital TV).
Now that you know who the key players in the cheap broadband
field are, the time has come to reveal the secrets of how to get
the perfect cheap broadband package.
DON'T believe everything you read
Just because the advert says "cheap broadband" and "the best
broadband deal ever" it doesn't mean that it is. You need to look
at what other broadband providers include in their value broadband
You may find that there are hidden charges which make the deal
inexpensive only in theory, but in reality it may be quite costly.
Be on the lookout for extra charges such as penalties for exceeding
the monthly allowance or installation and cancellation fees.
Now this must be the best kind of cheap broadband - free
broadband! Believe it or not, it is actually possible - but as you
might have realised, it definitely comes with a twist.
Providers will often advertise free internet services but these
will come remain complimentary only for a limited period of time
within your contract (i.e. 6 months free with an 18 month
contract). Equally, companies might demand you take their landline
and home phone service in order to get free broadband. It's wise to
read all of the Ts and Cs before signing up to such an offer.
DON'T shy away from switching providers to save money
If you find that your chosen broadband package is not what you
really wanted, or that the broadband speed is too slow for what you
want to do, you may be better off switching your broadband provider
or upgrading to a better deal instead of paying penalties for
It's not always straight-forward though; many broadband
providers will charge you a transfer or service fee. If you are
still in contract, BT Broadband may charge up to £70 if you decide
to leave its broadband service and switch to another provider.
If you want more than just a broadband connection, for example
digital TV and home phone services, you may think you would not be
able to combine cheap broadband with all these services.
Thankfully that's not true. In fact you could actually save
money by signing up to a broadband bundle deal from a broadband
provider. Another benefit is that as well as broadband, the digital
TV and home phone services you use will all be provided by the same
company. This makes paying bills easier not to mention cheaper.
Final thoughts: Instead of quickly grabbing the
cheapest deal you find, have a look around and compare all of the
deals in your price range. Sign up for one which ticks all the
boxes and is in your budget - this way you will escape all the
nasty penalties and won't spend hours closely observing the video