How to get broadband without a credit check

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Broadband type Fixed-line broadband is available either as standard (ADSL) broadband, or fibre optic. Fibre optic broadband is much faster and more reliable, but it isn’t available everywhere and can cost more.
Monthly usage allowance The amount you download determines the broadband package you should get. To keep things simple, we ask if you would like to see packages which are unlimited. These packages are ideal for users who are online for several hours during the day, or use the internet extensively for entertainment - like downloading movies and TV, streaming entertainment, or playing games. They are also good for large households where several people go online at the same time. If that sounds like you, pick ‘Just unlimited’.
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Our best picks are deals we highlight as having particularly strong special offers or are sponsored listings. To compare a wider list of packages, sorted according to your chosen criteria, you can enter your postcode in the box above.
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Online exclusive Vivid 100 Fibre Broadband + Talk Weekends

Call Virgin Media
0808 168 6088
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 108MB 12 month contract
  • £32.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £25.00 Setup Costs
£359.00 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Broadband

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 10MB 18 month contract
£50 Cashback
Offer Ends 19/12/18
  • £18.99 p/m for 18 months
£177.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Broadband

Call Post Office
0808 281 7028
Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 11MB 12 month contract
  • £15.90 p/m for 12 months
£190.80 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Special Offer Broadband Unlimited

Call Sky
0800 759 1469
Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 11MB 18 month contract
  • £18.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£225.95 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Broadband & Unlimited UK & Mobile Calls

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 10MB 18 month contract
£50 Cashback
Offer Ends 19/12/18
  • £26.99 p/m for 18 months
£273.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 36MB 18 month contract
£60 Cashback
Offer Ends 19/12/18
  • £23.50 p/m for 18 months
£222.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

First Broadband

Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 11MB 18 month contract
  • £16.99 p/m for 18 months
£203.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Unlimited Broadband & Evening and Weekend Calls

Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 10MB 12 month contract
John Lewis £35 E-Giftcard
Offer Ends 02/01/19
  • £20.00 p/m for 12 months
£240.00 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Special Offer Superfast 1

FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 35MB 18 month contract
£75 Gift Card redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Currys PC World, Marks and Spencer or Tesco
Offer Ends 13/12/18
  • £23.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.99 Setup Costs
£285.99 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Unlimited Broadband - Line Rental Only

Call SSE
0330 053 5146
Broadband unlimited
Fair usage applies Some broadband services have a fair usage or traffic management policy. This might restrict the amount you can download or reduce the speed of your broadband at certain times of the day.
Average speed* 11MB 18 month contract
  • £18.00 p/m for 18 months
£216.00 Total first year cost
  • 36 month contract

Special Offer Brilliant Broadband + Free Anytime Calls

Call NOW Broadband
0330 041 2489
Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 11MB 12 month contract
  • £18.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £9.99 Setup Costs
£225.99 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Unlimited Broadband

Call EE
0800 079 0562
Broadband unlimited
Average speed* 10MB 18 month contract
  • £20.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £10.00 Setup Costs
£250.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time (8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Fibre/cable services at your postcode are subject to availability. You can confirm availability on the provider's website.

Providers may increase charges. You should have the right to exit your contract without penalty if this happens.

Broadband with no credit check

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Bad credit, damaged financial history, and CCJs all mean you may fail a credit check - and we’re afraid you need to pass one to get a broadband package. So what can you do if you’ve been rejected by a provider, or are concerned that you might be?

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The good news is that you do have a couple of options.

Broadband providers that don’t do credit checks

There’s only one major provider out there with a credit-check-free broadband package: BT. Its BT Basic package offers discounted line rental and broadband for anyone on certain benefits, with low income, or taking out a state pension. It’s got average speeds of 10Mb, and a rather low download limit of 12GB per month. You can sign up to BT Basic via BT’s website.

Not everyone qualifies for that, though - and if you want unlimited downloads or BT fibre optic broadband, you’ll need to pass a credit check.

Unfortunately, all other broadband providers will check your credit before accepting you as a customer too.

So what can I do?

Try signing up to a provider anyway. Have a look at some of the cheap deals above, and click through to one you like to see if you get accepted.

Although almost all providers do credit checks, some are less stringent than others - and different companies use different criteria and credit firms to check your score. Someone who gets accepted by one provider may be rejected by another.

Many people with a poor credit rating say they’ve still been able to get a broadband package, with many reporting better luck with budget providers - such as TalkTalk. It’s worth giving them a go, we say.

If you do manage to sign up, paying all your bills on time can help improve your score - which might make things easier next time around.

Cheap broadband deals

Since it's the cheaper broadband deals from budget-focused providers that are most likely to accept a poor credit history, these are the ones to try. Take a look at the cheap packages above, or head on over to our cheap deals page. Here you'll see our pick of the best, and you can find out what's available in your postcode.

Mobile broadband

Pay-as-you-go mobile broadband is available with zero credit checks whatsoever. It’s not the best option - it comes with download limits, speeds aren’t always amazing, and it’s more expensive - but it’s better than nothing if you really need internet.

To get online, you need a mobile broadband device, such as a dongle or a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and a data SIM to put in it. You can then buy a 30-day bundle of data to use - which you can renew as soon as the month is over.

You can also tether from your mobile, if your plan allows for it. Again, it’s not ideal, and can’t really be done long term, but it’ll do if you’re in a bind.

Checking (and improving) your credit score

Worry not - your credit rating isn’t screwed forever. You can check it, learn about it, and make it better.

The main credit agencies that banks and other companies use are Experian, Equifax, and Callcredit - all three of which will let you check your own score. Some allow you to check for free, while in other cases you’ll be charged a small fee. You’ll be able to see not just your rating, but what’s contributing to it, so you can see what you can do to improve.

Here are a few steps you can take to help:

  • Register to vote so you’re on the electoral roll
  • Pay all your bills on time - all of them - via direct debit if possible
  • Avoid linking your finances to anyone who has worse credit than you - such as through joint bank accounts and utility bills
  • Check your score once a year or so, and correct any errors you see
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