What is quad-play?
You may have noticed that some broadband providers also offer things that are not broadband - like subscription TV. And some even have four entire services available that you can bundle together in a single package.
We call those quadruple play providers, as they offer the ‘fantastic four’ of broadband, line rental, TV, and mobile deals.
By getting them all from the same place, you have the chance to save a bit of dough and combine everything into a single bill to make life just that little bit easier.
Which providers offer broadband, TV, phone, and mobile deals?
Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk are the only providers in the UK that offer quad-play bundles.
Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) broadband, mobile, and all but one of its TV packages are available on their own, but you can save some serious moolah by combining everything in one of their Big Bundles. Existing customers can get discounts on Virgin Mobile plans too, or you can add a SIM when you first sign up.
BT (www.BT.com) has a impressively broad range of packages with something to suit everyone. Its TV packages are only available when added on to a BT broadband and home phone deal, but being a BT customer also means you can get your hands on exclusive mobile deals that aren’t available to everyone else.
What’s good about broadband, TV, phone, and mobile deals?
For a start, bundling means you can save money. Special deals are always available to give you a cheaper price if you bundle multiple things from the same provider. And on top of that, you’ll get access to exclusive discounts - such as TalkTalk’s free SIM-only deal, only available to existing customers.
It also means more easily manageable bills. There’s no faffing around with multiple documents and statements each month, since four things you subscribe to are right there on one single account.
What’s bad about broadband, TV, phone and mobile deals?
Unfortunately, there’s still limited availability on quad-play deals, since only three providers offer them… and not all of their services are available everywhere either. Use the postcode checker above to see what you can get in your area.
Sticking with one provider for everything also limits your options. Each only offer certain packages, which might not all be the best ones for you. And if your perfect broadband deal is with one provider but your ideal TV is with another, you risk missing out on those discounts.