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’.
Minimum speed Your broadband speed determines how fast web pages load, files are downloaded, the time streaming video takes to buffer, and more. For a big household, or one where you stream lots of video or play games, a fast speed is recommended
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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.
Line rental included Line rental is now included in pricing, you can find out more here.

Brilliant Broadband

Broadband Unlimited
Up to* 17 Mb 12 month contract
  • £18.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £24.99 Setup Costs
£240.99 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

First Broadband

Broadband Unlimited
Up to* 17 Mb 18 month contract
  • £18.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£227.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Unlimited Broadband

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
Broadband Unlimited
Up to* 17 Mb 18 month contract
  • £19.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£239.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls

Broadband Unlimited
Up to* 17 Mb 18 month contract
£50 Amazon Voucher
Offer Ends 31/03/18
  • £19.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£228.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Fast Broadband

Call TalkTalk
0800 049 7843
Broadband Unlimited
Up to* 17 Mb 12 month contract
  • £17.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£204.00 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Broadband Unlimited

Call Sky
0800 759 1469
Broadband Unlimited
Up to* 17 Mb 12 month contract
£50 Prepaid Card!
Offer Ends 29/03/18
  • £20.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £19.95 Setup Costs
£259.95 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre 38

Fibre Unlimited
Up to* 38 Mb 18 month contract
  • £20.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£240.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Unlimited Broadband

Call EE
0800 079 0562
Broadband Unlimited
Up to* 17 Mb 18 month contract
£50 EE Reward Card
Offer Ends 28/02/18
  • £21.50 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£258.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

broadbandchoices exclusive Unlimited Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls

Call BT
0800 783 5390
Fibre Unlimited
Up to* 52 Mb 18 month contract
Exclusive: £50 cashback and a £120 BT Reward Card!
Offer Ends 01/03/18
  • £29.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.99 Setup Costs
£369.87 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

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Broadband with no credit check

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?

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 speeds up to 17Mb, 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 fibre optic BT Infinity, 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.

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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.

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.

Bad credit SIM-only deals

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

FAQs

  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, and 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 (unless you're switching to or from Virgin Media).

    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.

    For more info, see our guide: How to switch broadband

  2. Do I need fibre optic broadband?

    Fibre optic broadband is much faster and much more reliable than broadband through the phone line, but it’s not essential for everyone. If you just want to browse the web, check email, Facebook, Twitter etc, you’ll be fine with standard broadband through the phone line.

    However, if you stream a lot of video, download music, films and games, and other such activities, you will likely find a fibre connection hugely beneficial.

    It’s also a boon for large households, especially ones with lots of gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers connected up most of the time. The more people using a connection, the slower it will be, so if you have a big family where lots of people want to connect to the web at the same time, for example, a fibre connection will ensure everyone can get a good experience.

  3. Why do we need your postcode?
    It allows us to find broadband, phone and TV deals in your area, as what’s available depends on where you live. Different kinds of broadband - whether BT Infinity, or Virgin Media's cable network - have rolled out to different areas of the country, and this varies a lot by postcode.

    However, we take your privacy very seriously, which means we won’t pass it on to any other companies or organisations. For more on this, please take a look at our privacy policy. This means you can put your postcode into our comparison calculator and look for a package that’s both better and cheaper than the one you’ve got safe in their knowledge that you won’t be bombarded with junk mail in the near future.
  4. Can I get broadband without a phone line?
    Cable giant Virgin Media is the only major UK provider to offer broadband without a telephone line. Its fibre optic network is completely separate from the copper phone wire network that ordinarily connects you to the web. Aside from this, the only alternative is to use mobile broadband instead - then you have no requirement for a landline. But, if your internet use is anything other than particularly light, this might just prove to be too slow or too restrictive to need your needs.

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  5. Can I keep my email address if I change provider?
    This depends entirely on who your current provider is. If your email address is from BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, or Plusnet, you'll still have access to your emails at least temporarily - but we'd suggest changing over to a free service like Gmail or Outlook so you don't need to worry about losing all your emails just for switching broadband. See our guide for more info.
  6. Can I keep my phone number if I switch provider?

    Yes, you can normally keep your existing number if you switch from one provider to another. However if you're a cable customer or need a new line, you may need to get a new one.

    For everything you need to know, see our guide: Can I keep my phone number?

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