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New Year 2013 austerity busting broadband deals

By on January 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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New Year 2013 austerity busting broadband deals

Simplifydigital.com reveals the top TV, broadband and home phone January savings.

January's the biggest month for UK TV, broadband and home phone providers, as consumers turn their attention to reducing household bills in the New Year by switching providers and making big savings.

This January, UK consumers are in luck as providers are aggressively discounting to attract new customers and are offering ever more attractive bundle deals. 

The latest research from Simplifydigital.com, an Ofcom-accredited switching support service for TV, broadband and home phone, shows that customers who bundle their TV, broadband and home phone services from a single provider, save an average of £395 pa*. 

As Charlie Ponsonby, CEO of Simplifydigital comments:

"84% of people who call us for savings advice find that they can save.  The top 20% of customers save over £395 pa by bundling their TV, broadband and phone services from a single provider, and the top 10% save a staggering £624 per year.

"However many people are reluctant to change provider for fear of losing services during the switch. This is why a free switching support service like Simplifydigital can really help. Simplifydigital's independent experts are available for free not only to help you choose the best deal, but also to be on hand to make sure that your new services are installed with the minimum of fuss."


Simplifydigital's best value January broadband deals

 

We've looked in our database  of more than 4,500 broadband deals from all the top UK providers and found the biggest money savers this January.


Budget TV, broadband and home phone bundles

The biggest savings are to be made by bundling all three services from a single provider.  Sky, Virgin Media, BT and now TalkTalk all offer so called "triple play" bundles. This January there are some extremely aggressive triple-play deals and here are some of the market leaders:

 

Provider

Digital TV Broadband Home Phone Monthly Cost 1st Year Subscription Costs Setup and equipment costs
TalkTalk TalkTalk YouView
- 74 Freeview Channels
- 4 HD Channels
TalkTalk Plus
- Up to 14Mb Speed
- Unlimited Usage
TalkTalk Plus
- Free anytime calls to UK landlines
£15.50 per month (plus £14.95 line rental) £186 (£365.40 incl line rental) Free
Virgin Media TV Size: M+
- 80+ Popular TV Channels, including Sky 1, Universal Channel and Sky Living
- 6 HD Channels
Broadband 30Mb
- Up to 30Mb speed
- Unlimited usage
Talk Weekends
- Free weekend calls to UK landlines and UK Virgin Mobiles
£16 for 6 months
£26.00  thereafter (plus £14.99 line rental)
£252 (£431.88 incl line rental) £49.95
Sky Sky Entertainment Pack
- Get over 280 popular channels with this pack including Sky1, Sky Atlantic and FX
- 6 HD Channels
Broadband Everyday Lite
- Up to 14Mb Speed
- 2GB monthly usage allowance
Talk Weekends
- Free weekend calls to UK landlines
£21.50 (plus £14.50 line rental) £258 (£432 incl line rental) Free

Budget broadband and home phone bundles

The basic broadband and home phone package is the most popular digital bundle in the UK as it is much cheaper than buying standalone services.

The discounting has been intense in the run-up to Christmas and is now even deeper in January.

But these deals are not without their pitfalls, and are not available in every area, so we strongly recommend talking to the experts before taking the plunge.

Provider Broadband Home Phone Monthly Cost 1st Year Subscription Costs Setup and equipment costs
Plusnet Essentials Broadband
- Up to 16Mb
- 10GB monthly usage allowance
Evening & Weekend Calls
- Free evening and weekend calls to landlines and 0845 and 0870 numbers
£2.99 for 12 months, £5.99 thereafter (plus £13.99 line rental) £35.88 (£203.76 incl line rental) £5.99
TalkTalk TalkTalk Essentials
- Up to 14Mb
- Unlimited Usage
TalkTalk Essentials
- Free evening and weekend calls to landlines and 0845 and 0870 numbers
£3.25 for 9 months, £6.50 thereafter (plus £14.95 line rental) £48.75 (£228.15 incl line rental) Free
Sky Broadband Unlimited
- Up to 14Mb
- Unlimited usage
Talk Weekends
- Free weekend calls to landlines and 0870 numbers
Free for 6 months, £10 thereafter (plus £14.50 line rental) £60 (£234.00 incl line rental) Free
BT Broadband Option 1
- Up to 16Mb Speed
- 10GB monthly usage allowance
Unlimited Evening & Weekend Plan
- Free evening & weekend calls to landlines and 0845 and 0870 numbers
Free for 6 months, £13.75 thereafer (plus £15.45 line rental) £82.50 (£267.90 incl line rental) £6.95

Simplifydigital's four steps to switch and save!

The average UK family is spending over £500 per year on TV, broadband and home phone services, which make up a significant proportion of household bills.

But because the services are complicated and switching is seen to be tricky, many homes are not regularly reviewing the deals they are on, and are wasting big money as a result.  Simplifydigital most extreme example was a family that saved over £2,000 pa on their TV, broadband and home phone bills by switching providers. 

So here are the four easy steps to saving big money on your digital bills:

 

Step 1: Use an availability checker to see which deals are available in your area

  • TV and broadband service availability varies hugely depending on your location and so too does broadband pricing, so remember that headline cheap deals that you have seen advertised may not be available in your area
  • Similarly fibre-optic broadband is only available in just over 50% of UK households, so find a reliable comparison site with a postcode availability checker to see what new deals are available in your area (e.g. www.simplifydigital.comwww.broadband-finder.co.ukwww.broadband.co.uk) 

 

Step 2: Bundle your services - the more you bundle the more you save!

If you bundle the services from a single provider you are highly likely to save, as well as having the advantage of a single bill. And the biggest savings of all come from "triple play" digital TV, broadband and home phone bundles. Sky, TalkTalk, BT and Virgin Media all offer triple play deals, from as little as £15.50 per month excluding line rental.

  

Step 3: Clearly define what you need from your service before choosing a deal

  • Take time to talk to an independent expert to chat through and agree your family's unique needs - remember it is worth getting this right as you are likely to be tied into a 12 or 18 month contract
  • Be clear of your family's needs in terms of: TV channel must-haves and nice-to-haves; high definition TV and PVRs (like Sky+); broadband speed; broadband usage limits; wireless versus a wired connection 

 

Step 4: Use a Switching Support service

  • Choosing the right deal for you is only the first step - you then want to make sure that your switch is as simple and easy as possible
  • This is where a free switching support service can really help.  If you want to choose between all the providers on the market and would like free help right up until the day of install of your new services - then Simplifydigital's free Switching Support service is right for you. If you know that you would like to buy direct - then Sky's free Switch Squad makes a very attractive option

 

About Simplifydigital 

Simplifydigital offers a free and impartial "Switching Support" service for anyone looking to get a TV, broadband or phone package. 

Their UK-based indepedent experts are available for free over the phone, to answer all those tricky questions and match the family's needs to the best deal available.  And the free Switching Support service means that the Simplifydigital experts are then on hand to help make sure that the new services get installed with minimum of fuss.  As  such our experts will be working closely with the Sky Switch Squad.

Simplifydigital's independent experts are available for free on 0800 093 3930 seven days a week (Lines open Mon-Fri 8am-9pm; Saturday 9am-6:30pm; Sunday 10-6:30pm).  Or use Simplifydigital's Ofcom accredited comparison engine online at www.simplifydigital.com

*20% of Simplifydigital customers received an average saving of £395 per year. Data based on 741 Simplifydigital records.  84% of our customers save - 1,123 out of a sample of 1,340 customers saved money.

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