To compare cheap broadband deals:
- Call our free switching service on 0800 542
- Use the quick and easy Ofcom-approved Price
Comparison Calculator on our broadband page to compare deals in
Cheap broadband providers at Simplifydigital
- You can get
Plusnet broadband & home phone from just £2.50/month for 12
months, plus line rental.
- Fuel unlimited broadband and home
phone packages are available free for 12 months plus line rental.
The price rises to £4/month plus line rental after 12 months.
SimplyBroadband is available free for 12 months, plus line
rental. The price rises to £3.50/month plus line rental after 12
DirectSave telecom offers cheap broadband from £11.95/month
plus line rental on a 28 day rolling contract.
Advice on comparing the cheapest broadband deals in your
It's great to save money on broadband, and there are some really
affordable packages out there. When comparing deals, you just need
to be a bit careful to ensure you're considering your needs
and likely usage, as well as the price tag. If you opt for
a very cheap deal that isn't fast enough, or means you run out of
data half way through the month, then that great saving isn't
actually great value for money.
Think about what it is that you really need from your internet
service provider. Is it an unlimited data
allowance? Maybe you're always streaming movies or
downloading big files, and you need better speeds
than the UK national average of 16Mbps. Don't worry if you're not
sure what you need from your broadband service, that's why our
Switching Support experts are available 7 days a week to help find
the right deal for you.
Cheap broadband checklist:
- The right price: The cheapest available
broadband package with the right level of service
- The right speeds: Broadband that's fast enough
to keep up with you (light broadband users - up to 16Mbps, medium -
up to 30Mbps, heavy use - 76MbpsMbps)
- A large enough allowance: Broadband with
enough data to satisfy your needs all month long (20GB is a small
download allowance, 40GB is generous, unlimited is best for heavy
- Factor in any extra costs: Check for
additional line rental, installation or equipment fees before
- Consider bundling: Find out if you could save
even more by bundling cheap broadband with digital and TV services
from the same provider
If a deal says that it includes free or half price
broadband for a limited period, be a little wary. Sometimes the
half price or free offer expires half way through your contract,
and your costs escalate because you're paying the full amount for
the remainder of your contract.
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 buffering sign.
What are the main additional costs to look out for with cheap
The truth is you will very rarely get away with paying just the
advertised price. There are quite a few potential additions to your
Monthly line rental on top of the basic broadband
Yes, cheap broadband can cost under a fiver a month, or even
less than that if you decide to bundle your services. But what the
advertisers don't always mention in their headlines is the home
phone line rental cost. If you are getting your broadband from a
fixed-line provider, you will always need to pay a monthly line
rental charge of up to £15 through the duration of your
Pay upfront: Some broadband providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk
and Plusnet have introduced a line rental upfront payment option
which can significantly slash the monthly charge - it might be
worth checking with your provider.
If you don't need a home phone service, why not ditch your
landline all together? Virgin Media cable broadband does not
require a home phone line to work, and delivers faster speeds than
standard ADSL broadband. Equally you can sign up for a mobile
internet dongle, or get satellite broadband. There is no line
rental with these, but there could be other fees or higher
Penalties for ignoring monthly data caps
If you are on a cheap broadband deal, it is likely that your
services will have a monthly usage cap, these vary from 2GB a month
to a much higher allowance. Make sure you are aware of any data
caps with your chosen deal and your provider's fair usage policy.
If you go over your allowance you may receive a penalty. Some
providers might slow down your speeds, others disconnect you or add
a charge on top of your bill.
Think before buying: Analyse your browsing habits prior to signing
up to a service, you might find that your requirements can only be
met by taking out a higher-end package.
Need advice? Call Simplifydigital's free
switching support service on 0800 542 4704.