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Why do we need your postcode?

We don’t want to show you a load of deals that you can’t actually get, that’s just annoying. So, by giving us your postcode we can just show you only the deals available where you live. Easy, and, contrary to popular opinion, we know it’s not always good to share, so we won’t be passing your postcode or details on to anyone else. Take a look at our privacy policy to find out more.

Broadband and phone deals - a good call

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.

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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.

Line rental

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.

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Why do we need your postcode? More Info
Why do we need your postcode?

We don’t want to show you a load of deals that you can’t actually get, that’s just annoying. So, by giving us your postcode we can just show you only the deals available where you live. Easy, and, contrary to popular opinion, we know it’s not always good to share, so we won’t be passing your postcode or details on to anyone else. Take a look at our privacy policy to find out more.

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Broadband FAQ's

  1. How do I switch broadband provider?
    The process of changing your broadband provider is actually pretty straightforward. First, you put your postcode into our impartial comparison tool. We’ll display the broadband, phone and TV deals available where you live, then you can use our search filters to narrow down the options and find the perfect package for your household. Finally, you sign up with your new provider online. They’ll contact your existing provider and take care of everything else for you. The actual switch should be virtually seamless, and in the vast majority of cases it is. Your new broadband provider will send you all the stuff you need to get set up, like a new wireless router and/or TV set-top box.
  2. Which broadband provider’s the best?
    There’s no straightforward answer to this one, as the broadband provider that’s best for you might not the right choice for everyone. It depends on your budget, what’s available where you live and how much you want from your broadband package. For example, if you’re bundling with TV, Sky has the biggest range of channels overall and because it’s delivered by satellite - not aerial - you can get Sky TV just about anywhere. However, Sky is one of the more expensive broadband providers, so it isn’t right for everyone’s budget. When you’re thinking of switching, take the time to weigh up the costs and benefits of all the packages available.
  3. Why can’t I get fibre optic broadband?
    Superfast fibre optic broadband is slowly making its way across the UK as part of a nationwide roll-out part sponsored by the government. The aim is to have reached 95% of the population by the end of 2017, and over half the UK’s home and businesses already have access if they want it. You can use our postcode checker to see whether fibre optic broadband’s reached your area yet. If not, don’t worry - it should be arriving within the next few years, unless you live in a very remote area not included in the 95% set to benefit from the roll-out.
  4. Why can’t I get Virgin Media?
    Virgin Media’s cable network, which delivers the provider’s broadband, phone and TV services, now covers the majority of the UK. If you live in a town or city, or at least a built-up suburb of one, then chances are you’ll have access to Virgin Media cable. The network is always growing, though, so if you can’t get it now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to get it in the future. Enter your postcode into our comparison tool to find out if Virgin Media is available where you live.
  5. Why do I have to pay line rental?
    Even if you never use your home phone to make calls, you still need a phone line to receive your broadband connection. This is true of virtually all broadband providers, so paying line rental is pretty much unavoidable. Virgin Media is the only widely available broadband you can get without taking a phone line as well.
  6. How long does it take to switch broadband?
    When you sign up to a new provider, they’ll contact your existing one and request a transfer of your service. While switching times vary depending on the type of package, it shouldn’t usually take more than 14 days. It can take longer if you don’t currently have a phone line, as an engineer will need to come out and install one for you.
  7. Can I keep my email address if I change provider?
    If you currently use an email address that was supplied by existing broadband provider, then you’ll more than likely have to give it up when you switch. There’s no harm in asking your current provider if you can take your email address with you, but most of the time it’ll be a no. Your provider doesn’t want you to leave and won’t make it any easier for you to do so than they have to. However, changing your email address isn’t too much of a hassle these days. You can move your contacts in one go to a specialist online email service like Google’s Gmail or Microsoft’s Outlook - formerly Hotmail - then you’ll never again be tied down to a provider by your email address.

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