Bundling is a tried and tested way to save money on your broadband. Combining broadband and phone - or even broadband, phone and TV - can save you pounds a plenty compared to getting them separately. And you can cut some faff out of your life as you only have the one bill to manage.
Brilliantly, there’s no shortage of such available deals around, and they cater for all types of users - from people who just want the internet for email and Facebook, and use the phone every now and then, to those who binge-watch TV series on Netflix and the like, and talk on the phone for hours.
Of course, with great choice can come great indecision. With so many options, how can you make sure the package you pick is the one that’s best for your particular needs? Well… that’s what broadbandchoices is for, right? Our postcode checker and the advice below will make finding your ideal broadband and phone deal a doddle.
Video guide- Broadband and phone packages
Find the best broadband
When you start comparing, you should have an idea of what you want from your broadband and phone package. Rather than picking by price, compare the packages that have everything you want, then pick by price.
Let’s start with broadband - here’re the main things to consider when comparing packages:
Speed - Want to stream a lot of TV and music, download big files or play online games? If so, look for superfast fibre deals. If not, a cheaper standard broadband package will be sufficient for your needs.
Usage - Certain online activities, like streaming TV and downloading big files, use a lot of data. If you, or others in your house, want to do stuff like that all the time, you need an unlimited package.
TV - Bundling a TV package with a broadband package is a good way to get more for less. If you want the top channels, compare packages from the big four providers - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Pick the perfect phone plan
The majority of broadband and phone packages include a call plan. Here’re the main things to look out for when you’re considering your phone options.
Inclusive calls -Chatty? Use your home phone at all times of day? Look at packages with inclusive anytime calls. Don’t use your landline? Save cash by getting one with evening and weekend calls or no calls at all.
Call charges - Before signing up a package, check the call rates if you’re likely to use your phone. This is one way providers can make back the money they lose on low headline rates, so keep your wits about you.
Extras -You can usually expand calls plan by adding cheaper overseas calls, inclusive UK mobile phone calls and more. These will cost you extra, but could save you money in the long run.
Calling features - Want anonymous caller reject, call waiting and what not? Some plans come with more features than others, so check which ones you get and how much the ones you want cost if they’re not included.
When you’re looking at deals, make sure you factor in line rental. Providers will advertise cheap broadband, but to understand how much you’ll really have to pay, you’ll need to add the line rental, which is often more than the monthly cost of the broadband and call plan.
All providers are required to list line rental when advertising their wares, but it’s not always obvious. Our comparison calculator cuts through the nonsense by including line rental and well as anything else you have to pay in the monthly and yearly cost breakdown, so you can see the true price of each package.
Which providers offer broadband and phone deals?
Which one doesn’t? Every provider packages broadband and phone together, from the biggies like BT and Virgin Media to smaller budget providers like Primus Saver and DirectSave Telecom. In other words, you ain’t exactly lacking options!
Broadband and mobile phone
If it’s mobile phone you’re looking for, as opposed to home phone, then you have far fewer bundling options. Virgin Media now offers ‘quad-play’ packages that combine broadband, home phone, TV and mobile phone plan into the same package. As it stands now, your choice is limited to Virgin Media when it comes to quad-play, but BT is expected to launch similar packages in the near future.
However, you can save money on your mobile phone plan without going quad-play by comparing mobile deals separately. Check out our mobile comparison service to do just that.