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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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Special offer Offer ends 07/12/19 - See BT's site for T&C's

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre


Call BT

0800 783 5390

50Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

24 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£120 BT Gift Card + £30 M&S voucher

Offer Ends

07/12/19

£9.99 Setup costs

£357.87 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£9.99 Setup costs

£28.99 p/m for 24 months

£357.87 Total first year cost

Special offer Offer ends 31/12/19 - See Virgin Media's site for T&C's

Online exclusive M50 Fibre Broadband + Phone


54Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Weekend calls included

Exclusive Offer: £75 Bill Credit

Offer Ends

31/12/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£237.00 Total first year cost

Weekend calls included

£0.00 Setup costs

£26.00 p/m for 12 months

£237.00 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre


Call Plusnet

0808 178 7205

36Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£70 Cashback

Offer Ends

10/12/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£205.88 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£22.99 p/m for 18 months

£205.88 Total first year cost

Special offer Offer ends 12/12/19 - See TalkTalk's site for T&C's

Online exclusive Faster Fibre


Call TalkTalk

0800 049 7843

38Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£50 Voucher redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Tesco, Argos or a Prepaid Mastercard

Offer Ends

12/12/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£275.40 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£22.95 p/m for 18 months

£275.40 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre


35Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£47.98 Bill Credit

Offer Ends

08/12/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£239.90 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£23.99 p/m for 18 months

£239.90 Total first year cost

Unlimited Fibre - Line Rental Only


Call SSE

0330 053 5146

35Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

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.

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£264.00 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£22.00 p/m for 18 months

£264.00 Total first year cost

Broadband Superfast


Call Sky

0800 759 1469

60Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£19.95 Setup costs

£343.95 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£19.95 Setup costs

£27.00 p/m for 18 months

£343.95 Total first year cost

Special offer Offer ends 07/12/19 - See BT's site for T&C's

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre 2


Call BT

0800 783 5390

68Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

24 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£30 M&S Voucher

Offer Ends

07/12/19

£9.99 Setup costs

£429.87 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£9.99 Setup costs

£34.99 p/m for 24 months

£429.87 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre Extra


Call Plusnet

0808 178 7205

67Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£70 Cashback

Offer Ends

10/12/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£265.88 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£27.99 p/m for 18 months

£265.88 Total first year cost

Special offer Offer ends 31/01/20 - See Post Office's site for T&C's

Unlimited Fibre Broadband


Call Post Office

0808 281 7028

38Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£250.80 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£20.90 p/m for 12 months

£250.80 Total first year cost

Fab Fibre + Free Anytime Calls


Call NOW Broadband

0330 041 2489

36Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Anytime calls included

£0.00 Setup costs

£300.00 Total first year cost

Anytime calls included

£0.00 Setup costs

£25.00 p/m for 12 months

£300.00 Total first year cost

Fibre Broadband Plus


Call Post Office

0808 281 7028

68Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£346.80 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£28.90 p/m for 12 months

£346.80 Total first year cost

*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.

Best broadband for gaming

TV and gaming

These days, almost every modern console or PC game requires a broadband connection in some way. On this page, we tell you what the best broadband is for gamins, as well as how to find the best deals.

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The most obvious online feature is multiplayer to connect with your friends, but even single-player games benefit from being online - downloadable quests and gameplay fixes for example.

What's the best broadband for gaming?

Your broadband doesn't need to be particularly fast to play games. But you do need decent speeds - ideally from fibre optic broadband - to take advantage of game titles, updates, and instantly streaming HD movies.

You also need unlimited downloads to avoid worrying about a lot of data.

Fortunately, there are a few providers that can provide the type of package that gamers need:

  • Virgin Media is one of the fastest broadband providers in the UK. Some packages or bundles advertise average speeds as high as 362Mb - for many gamers it's the obvious choice. On the downside, it's not the cheapest, and not available as widely as other providers. You'll need to use a postcode checker to see if you can get it.
  • TalkTalk fibre optic broadband is more affordable and offers average speeds as high as 63Mb, depending on the package. The provider also offers one of the cheapest TV packages around, so if you also want a YouView box too, this is a great option.
  • BT Superfast Fibre packages (formerly called BT Infinity) have speeds that should suit all types of gamers. If you choose BT, make sure you get an unlimited package, as cheaper ones come with just 20GB downloads a month - nowhere near enough for modern gaming.
  • Plusnet specialises in affordable, simple packages. You won't get much in the way of extras compared to other providers, but you can get unlimited fibre packages and top-notch customer service.
  • Sky broadband is truly unlimited, which means that you can download as much as you like without fear of being cut off. Fibre's the best choice if you can get it, and there are usually offers around that include TV as well.

Why do I need gaming broadband?

Without a reasonably fast connection, you'll have to wait longer for games to download, will miss out on all the extra content new games have to offer, and wont be able to play and connect with your friends.

Lets take a look in more detail…

  • Online gaming - There are few gaming experiences as thrilling, satisfying and downright fun as playing with others online. Although you don't technically need a particularly fast connection for most games, the faster the speed, the better the experience will be.
  • Single player gaming - Developers are constantly tinkering with their games, fixing bugs and other issues that come to light after a game has released. These fixes are known as patches or updates, and are typically downloaded automatically if you're online. Sometimes a patch is a few MB, but sometimes they can be enormous - the Xbox One Borderlands Handsome Collection update, for example, was a stonking great 16GB!
  • Buying new games - Increasing numbers of people are downloading their games digitally rather than buying boxed copies from a shop. Big blockbuster games can be 50GB+, and even smaller digital-only games are getting pretty chunky.
  • Indie games - Some of the most interesting titles now come from independent developers. Games like Gone Home, Fez, The Binding of Isaac and Goat Simulator, for example - all fascinating, memorable games, and all primarily available through downloads.
  • Downloadable content (DLC) - Many games get extra downloadable content after release (or in some cases, even before release). From extra multiplayer maps for series like Call of Duty and Halo, to fully-featured expansion packs, these can greatly enhance the game you're playing, or scratch an itch if you're desperate for more.
  • Film, TV and music - You can watch catch-up TV services like BBC iPlayer and All 4, rent movies and TV shows, stream flicks via Netflix and NOW TV, access Sky channels and box sets (if you have Sky TV), watch feeds of other people playing games, listen to music via services like Spotify (on PS4), browse the web, and so much more. All these require a decent internet connection, and without one, you're only scratching the surface of what your machine can do.
Frequently asked questions

How fast does my internet need to be for online gaming?

As a rule, the faster your connection, the better the chances of having a smooth game online, although technically, you only need speeds of around 5Mb to actually play most console or PC games.

That said, the games themselves, and the necessary updates required to play online, are often huge downloads and if you have a slow broadband connection, you're going to spend a lot of time waiting to play instead of actually doing it.

Can I play games online through mobile broadband?

Most mobile phone operators sell mobile broadband dongles that you can plug into a computer to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. Alternatively, some handsets, such as the iPhone, can also be used to create a wireless hotspot via 4G or 3G.

But although 4G connections are technically capable of managing online gaming, most mobile plans come with tight data limits. That data will go fast when you start gaming, so it's best to stick to a home broadband connection where you can.

We'd advise steering clear of 3G connections entirely for gaming. They seem like they should be capable of it, but players of fast-paced shooters are likely to experience some lags.

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