Home internet doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you’re looking for broadband for less, you’ve loads of choice from many different providers. Here’s everything you need to know about cheap broadband.
Which broadband providers are the cheapest?
If it’s low-cost internet access you’re after, you’re not short of options. Quite a few providers specialise in broadband that won’t break the bank. They include:
TalkTalk - As well as doing low-cost broadband - including superfast fibre - TalkTalk offers cut-price YouView TV. Plus, for the price of a pint and a packet of peanuts, you can add Sky channels and more! It’s the complete package for cheap.
Fuel Broadband - The provider formerly known as Primus Saver specialises - unsurprisingly - in saving you money. Its packages don’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, but if you want budget broadband it can’t be ignored.
Plusnet - this BT-owned provider has built its good reputation by delivering affordable standard and fibre packages, and responsive UK-based customer support.
Post Office - No longer just a place to buy stamps, the Post Office is a respected budget broadband provider these days. And, unlike with its competitors, you can pay your bill by cash over the Post Office counter.
Check the true cost
Just a quick note - most broadband providers offer cheap deals, but the true monthly cost bumps up significantly when you start adding in compulsory charges like line rental.
At broadbandchoices.co.uk, we tell you exactly what you can expect to pay each month, including the costs downplayed in some cheap deals. Simply click the appropriate cost box in your results, and you can check whether a deal you’re looking at is as good value as it initially appears.
Is cheap broadband the best choice?
It depends. For some, such as those who live alone and don’t use the internet a lot, the cheapest option will do fine. For others, it would be a mistake. For example, if you live in a shared house full of people also connected to the web, or you're a heavy downloader, it might be better to look at fibre packages.
The most important thing is that your broadband lets you do what you want, whether it’s uploading photos to Facebook or playing a video game against an adversary a continent away.
So here’s our advice - think about how you use the internet first, and then pick the cheapest package that meets your requirements.
Ask yourself these questions first:
- Will a lot of people use the internet at once?
- Do you want TV as well as broadband?
- Will you be using it for streaming TV?
- Will you be playing online games much?
- Do you use your home phone a lot?
If you mainly said nope, go cheap!