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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.
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Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 36MB 18 month contract
  • £23.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£297.83 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre & Evening & Weekend UK & Mobile Calls

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 36MB 18 month contract
  • £27.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£345.83 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Special Offer Vodafone Existing Mobile Customers Only - Superfast 1

FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 35MB 18 month contract
£50 Gift Card redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, ASOS, Debenhams or Marks and Spencer
Offer Ends 30/11/18
  • £20.00 p/m for 18 months
£240.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Faster Fibre

Call TalkTalk
0800 049 7843
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 36MB 18 month contract
  • £19.95 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£249.35 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre Extra

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 66MB 18 month contract
  • £27.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£345.83 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Special Offer Superfast 1

FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 35MB 18 month contract
£50 Gift Card redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, ASOS, Debenhams or Marks and Spencer
Offer Ends 30/11/18
  • £22.00 p/m for 18 months
£264.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

SuperFirst Broadband

FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 35MB 18 month contract
  • £23.99 p/m for 18 months
£287.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Faster Fibre with speed boost

Call TalkTalk
0800 049 7843
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 63MB 18 month contract
  • £24.95 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£309.35 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Fibre Unlimited

Call Sky
0800 759 1469
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 36MB 18 month contract
  • £25.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£309.95 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre Extra & Evening & Weekend UK & Mobile Calls

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 66MB 18 month contract
  • £32.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£405.83 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre & Unlimited UK & Mobile Calls

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 36MB 18 month contract
  • £31.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£393.83 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Fibre Broadband & Evening and Weekend Calls

FibreBroadband unlimited
Average speed* 36MB 12 month contract
John Lewis £50 E-Giftcard
Offer Ends 04/12/18
  • £27.50 p/m for 12 months
£330.00 Total first year cost
  • 12 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 for gaming - is it time to level up?

Gaming

The internet sits at the heart of gaming. Almost every modern console or PC game requires a broadband connection in some way.

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The most obvious online feature is multiplayer - the latest Call of Duty is literally half a game without broadband for example. But even ostensibly single-player games benefit from being online - downloadable quests and gameplay fixes for The Witcher 3 for example, or in-game advice from other players in Dark Souls III.

All of which is to say, if you're a gamer, a decent internet connection is essential.

What's the best broadband for gaming?

You don't need a particularly fast broadband connection to play games but you do need decent speeds - ideally from fibre optic broadband - to take advantage of all that the modern gaming scene offers, from games titles and updates, to instantly streaming HD movies.

You also need unlimited downloads. Games are getting big these days, and you don't want to spend your time worrying about data, when you could be worrying about how to unlock the next loot box on Overwatch.

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 pretty pricey, 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.

What do I need broadband for?

These days, broadband touches nearly every part of gaming. Without a reasonably fast connection, you'll miss out on many of the amazing experiences that games consoles and PCs offer. For example:

  • 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 - Even single-player games benefit from a web connection. 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 the hottest games - Increasing numbers of people are downloading their games digitally rather than buying boxed copies from a shop. Big blockbuster games can be 50GB+ these days, and even smaller digital-only games are getting pretty chunky.
  • Indie games - The big games publishers get a lot of attention, but 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 - Consoles are about more than games - they've essentially become entertainment hubs. 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.

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.

Which raises the question: can you use mobile broadband to play games like Fortnite or Call of Duty? Yes you can. But, then again, you can toast a muffin in the bath or poke a grizzly bear in the eye - just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

Yes, 4G connections are technically capable of managing online gaming, but 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 latency issues - lag in other words.

When playing with most home broadband connections, modern games disguise latency very well. They'll adapt and adjust to give the impression of a seamless experience. But with mobile broadband, the issues tend to be more pronounced, potentially breaking the game. There are few things in Battlefield or Call of Duty as frustrating as unloading bullet after bullet into an enemy with no discernible effect - it's feels like being the bad guy in a James Bond movie.

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