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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.
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Online exclusive Superfast 1

Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 35 Mb 18 month contract
Free Gift Offer
Offer Ends 03/09/18
  • £24.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£288.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Faster Fibre

Call TalkTalk
0800 049 7843
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 35 Mb 18 month contract
  • £23.50 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£291.95 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Player TV Bundle

Call Virgin Media
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 54 Mb 12 month contract
£50 bill credit or 8 bottle selection of Virgin Wines
Offer Ends 22/08/18
  • £32.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£334.00 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract
Film 4
E4
Dave
+ 105 more

SuperFirst Broadband

Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 35 Mb 18 month contract
  • £24.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£299.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Superfast 2

Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 61.5 Mb 18 month contract
Free Gift Offer
Offer Ends 03/09/18
  • £29.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£348.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Unlimited Fibre Broadband

Call EE
0800 079 0562
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 36 Mb 18 month contract
  • £26.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £10.00 Setup Costs
£322.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Fibre Unlimited

Call Sky
0800 759 1469
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 36 Mb 18 month contract
£100 Prepaid MasterCard®
Offer Ends 23/08/18
  • £25.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.95 Setup Costs
£309.95 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Unlimited Fibre- Line Rental Only

Call SSE
0330 053 5146
Fibre 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* 35 Mb 1 month contract
  • £24.00 p/m for 1 months
  • £30.00 Setup Costs
£318.00 Total first year cost
  • 1 month contract

Unlimited Fibre

Call Plusnet
0808 178 7205
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 36 Mb 18 month contract
  • £23.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£287.88 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Unlimited Fibre Broadband + Weekend Calls

Call Post Office
0808 281 7028
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 35 Mb 18 month contract
  • £26.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £25.00 Setup Costs
£337.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Fibre Broadband Plus + Weekend Calls

Call Post Office
0808 281 7028
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 63 Mb 18 month contract
  • £31.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £25.00 Setup Costs
£397.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre + Weekend Calls

Call BT
0800 783 5390
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 50 Mb 18 month contract
£100 BT Reward Card - see BT's website for further details
Offer Ends 23/08/18
  • £29.99 p/m for 18 months
  • £9.99 Setup Costs
£369.87 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Online exclusive Vivid 50 Fibre Broadband + Talk Weekends

Call Virgin Media
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 54 Mb 12 month contract
£50 bill credit or 8 bottle selection of Virgin Wines
Offer Ends 22/08/18
  • £27.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£274.00 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Online exclusive Student Broadband: Vivid 50 + Talk Weekends

Call Virgin Media
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 54 Mb 12 month contract
  • £27.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£324.00 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Online exclusive Vivid 100 Fibre Broadband + Talk Weekends

Call Virgin Media
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
Average speed* 108 Mb 12 month contract
£50 bill credit or 8 bottle selection of Virgin Wines
Offer Ends 22/08/18
  • £32.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £0.00 Setup Costs
£334.00 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.

Heavy-duty broadband for heavy-duty use

Some people use more data than others. Those of us who regularly download large volumes of data need to make sure they choose a package that supports their habits. For example, a 25GB monthly usage limit is unlikely to be enough for a family that watches a lot of online video and catch-up TV, or someone who regularly downloads massive files.

Let's look at what broadband providers can offer heavy users, and the packages that likely suit their needs.

What is the best broadband package for heavy users?

If you're regularly downloading large amounts of data, you need a fast connection - otherwise you're going to spend a lot of your time waiting around staring at progress bars or buffering.

Fibre optic broadband is the fastest type of connection you can get, with average speeds ranging between 35MB and 1Gb depending on the package and provider. It's a more reliable system than traditional broadband through the phone line, and offers speeds much closer to what the providers advertise than you'd see with older copper wire connections.

Fibre was once quite expensive, but fierce competition in the market has driven down prices considerably in recent years. Most major providers, including BT, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin Media all offer fibre optic broadband packages - with Virgin Media typically being fastest.

That's the good news - the bad news is that it's still not available in all areas. You can use our postcode checker at the top of the page to see if it's available in yours.

If you can't get fibre, that doesn't mean you can't be a heavy user - it'll just take longer to get things done. The most important thing is to ensure you have an unlimited package without monthly download limits.

Unlimited broadband packages

All the major providers offer unlimited broadband. Some providers, like Sky, BT, or TalkTalk, let you download and upload as much as you like without limit - there are no fair usage policies, and traffic management.

Others like Virgin Media do manage traffic at peak times to ensure everyone gets a consistent connection. Providers may do this by prioritising real-time services like streaming video services, but slowing down peer-to-peer file transfers.

You can find out more about traffic management and fair usage in our guides.

And if you're a heavy phone user too, don't forget that you can get high data or unlimited data plans to support your activities on the go too.

How do I know if I'm a heavy user?

Everything you do online - from checking email, to watching YouTube - requires you to download data, but some activities are more data intensive than others.

Everybody's usage will be different, but as a general guide, here are some activities that are likely to require you to download a significant amount:

  • Streaming TV and movies - streaming video uses less data than downloading, but still uses a lot. An hour of streamed standard video might use 250MB and HD 2GB. That's approximate - the actual data used will vary from service to service, but if you watch a lot of catch-up TV or rent a lot of movies, you'll use a significant amount of data.
  • File-sharing - Many people use file sharing services to download files from the internet. The size of a shared file can vary greatly - it could be 3MB or it could be 3GB - but if you regularly use these services to download large amounts, you're likely to be a heavy user.
  • Downloading TV and movies - if you buy or rent movies online, you may be given the option to download them. This requires you to download a fair amount - around 700MB for a standard definition film, and 4GB for a high-definition flick.
  • Gaming - playing games online doesn't actually use all that much data, but with today's consoles that's only half the story. Many people now buy games and additional content online, which typically requires a lot of data - in other words, if you want to get the most out of your console or PC expect to do a lot of downloading.

Those are just some of the types of activities that use a lot of data. Doing one of them doesn't necessarily make you a heavy user, but regularly doing two or three means you are likely to be.

You'll probably already know if you're a heavy user, but if you're not sure, take a look at our guide to data usage, and work out how much you typically download. For a more precise reading, you can use a download monitor to see exactly the number of gigabytes being guzzled.

If you are a heavy downloader, then there are two things you need from your broadband package - fast speeds, and generous - preferably unlimited - download limits.

Which broadband providers are best for heavy users?

Any provider that offers fast broadband with unlimited downloads will work for a heavy-use household. Providers with suitable packages include:

  • BT - fibre optic BT Superfast Fibre (formerly BT Infinity) broadband will do the job
  • Gigaclear - specialises in fibre optic broadband at superfast speeds
  • Plusnet - offers unlimited fibre optic packages at low costs
  • Sky - look out for its unlimited fibre deals
  • TalkTalk - perfect for budget broadband that doesn't compromise on speed
  • Virgin Media - all of its broadband packages are fibre optic with unlimited downloads and very fast speeds, going up to an incredible 350Mb
  • Vodafone - its fibre broadband comes complete with a minimum speed guarantee

…and many more. Just enter your postcode above and we'll show you what else you can get in your area.

FAQs

  1. How fast is fibre broadband?

    Speeds vary between providers and packages, but most fibre broadband offers average download speeds of around 35Mb or faster. BT Infinity has average speeds of 50Mb or 67Mb; while Sky Fibre has average download speeds of 34Mb and 57Mb, and TalkTalk fibre broadband has average speeds of 35Mb or 63Mb depending on the package. Virgin Media cable broadband is even faster, with average speeds of 362Mb on top-end bundles.

    While ‘up to’ speeds are never guaranteed, when you’re on fibre the speeds you receive are typically closer to the advertised speeds than with standard broadband.

  2. How do I get fibre broadband?

    Exactly the same way you'd get regular broadband. Put your postcode into our comparison tool to see what’s available where you live:

    Fibre optic broadband

    You’ll need an active phone line for the majority of fibre services, such as BT Infinity, as they’re delivered through that.

    The main exception is Virgin Media, which doesn't require a phone line because it uses a separate network. Once you've found a package that ticks all the boxes, click through to the provider’s website and sign up. Then it won’t be long before you’re all set up.

  3. How long does it take to switch to fibre?
    It varies between providers, but usually within a couple of weeks from when you place the order. It can be much quicker, or it can be slightly longer, depending on whether you need an engineer to visit you. Your new provider will give you a more accurate idea of how long the switching process will take.
  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. Why can’t I get Virgin Media?
    Virgin Media has its own separate cable network to deliver the provider’s broadband, phone and TV services, which now covers more than half of the UK. If you live in a town or city, or at least a built-up suburb of one, then chances are you’ll have access to Virgin Media. The network is always growing, though, so if you can’t get it now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to get it in the future. Enter your postcode into our comparison tool to find out if Virgin Media is available where you live.
  6. 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.