Compare broadband deals for heavy users

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Broadband options
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
TV options
Phone calls / line options
Contract length
Providers
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Other
Line rental included
Line rental is now included in pricing, you can find out more here.

Fibre Unlimited

Call Sky on
0800 151 2878
Fibre Unlimited
Unlimited Fibre Broadband!
Offer Ends 30/03/17
  • £30.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £39.99 Setup Costs
£399.99 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Faster Fibre

Call TalkTalk on
0800 049 7843
Fibre Unlimited
Fixed Price Guarantee
Offer Ends 11/04/17
  • £27.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £30.00 Setup Costs
£354.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Entertainment Pass + Fab Fibre Combo (12 month)

Call NOW TV on
Fibre Unlimited
Sky Atlantic
Sky 1
Film 4
see all 100 channels
Over 250 box sets
  • £29.99 p/m for 12 months
  • £22.00 Setup Costs
£381.88 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract
Sky Atlantic
Sky 1
Film 4
+ 100 more

Unlimited Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls

Call BT on
0800 783 5390
Fibre Unlimited
£150 BT Reward Card + £25 John Lewis voucher
Offer Ends 27/03/17
  • £28.99 p/m for 12 months
  • £59.99 Setup Costs
£407.87 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Super 50 Fibre Broadband + Talk Weekends

Call Virgin Media on
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
fair usage applies

Some broadband providers have a fair usage or traffic management policy applied, which can end up imposing limits on your downloading or throttling your speeds at certain times of the day.

Unlimited Downloads
Offer Ends 29/03/17
  • £27.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £14.99 Setup Costs
£338.99 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Player Bundle

Call Virgin Media on
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
fair usage applies

Some broadband providers have a fair usage or traffic management policy applied, which can end up imposing limits on your downloading or throttling your speeds at certain times of the day.

Film 4
E4
Dave
see all 100 channels
Over 70 channels!
  • £29.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £14.99 Setup Costs
£362.99 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract
Film 4
E4
Dave
+ 100 more

TV with Faster Fibre

Call TalkTalk on
0800 049 7843
Fibre Unlimited
Film 4
E4
Dave
see all 83 channels
Fixed Price Guarantee
Offer Ends 11/04/17
  • £27.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £55.00 Setup Costs
£379.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract
Film 4
E4
Dave
+ 83 more

Vivid 100 Fibre Broadband + Talk Weekends

Call Virgin Media on
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
fair usage applies

Some broadband providers have a fair usage or traffic management policy applied, which can end up imposing limits on your downloading or throttling your speeds at certain times of the day.

Unlimited Downloads
Offer Ends 29/03/17
  • £32.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £14.99 Setup Costs
£398.99 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Faster Fibre up to 76Mb

Call TalkTalk on
0800 049 7843
Fibre Unlimited
Fixed Price Guarantee
Offer Ends 11/04/17
  • £32.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £30.00 Setup Costs
£414.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Starter + Unlimited Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls

Call BT on
0800 783 5390
Fibre Unlimited
BT Sport
Film 4
E4
see all 94 channels
£150 BT Reward Card + £25 John Lewis voucher
Offer Ends 27/03/17
  • £28.99 p/m for 12 months
  • £69.99 Setup Costs
£417.87 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract
BT Sport
Film 4
E4
+ 94 more

Player Bundle + Mobile SIM

Call Virgin Media on
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
fair usage applies

Some broadband providers have a fair usage or traffic management policy applied, which can end up imposing limits on your downloading or throttling your speeds at certain times of the day.

Film 4
E4
Dave
see all 100 channels
Over 70 channels!
  • £35.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £14.99 Setup Costs
£434.99 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract
Film 4
E4
Dave
+ 100 more

TV with Faster Fibre up to 76Mb

Call TalkTalk on
0800 049 7843
Fibre Unlimited
Film 4
E4
Dave
see all 83 channels
Fixed Price Guarantee
Offer Ends 11/04/17
  • £32.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £55.00 Setup Costs
£439.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract
Film 4
E4
Dave
+ 83 more

Faster Fibre with Unlimited UK Calls

Call TalkTalk on
0800 049 7843
Fibre Unlimited
Fixed Price Guarantee
Offer Ends 11/04/17
  • £34.50 p/m for 18 months
  • £30.00 Setup Costs
£444.00 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Fibre Unlimited + Talk Evenings and Weekends

Call Sky on
0800 151 2878
Fibre Unlimited
Unlimited Fibre Broadband!
Offer Ends 30/03/17
  • £34.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £39.99 Setup Costs
£447.99 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Super 50 Fibre Broadband + Talk More Evening and Weekends

Call Virgin Media on
0808 168 6088
Fibre Unlimited
fair usage applies

Some broadband providers have a fair usage or traffic management policy applied, which can end up imposing limits on your downloading or throttling your speeds at certain times of the day.

Unlimited downloads!
  • £37.00 p/m for 12 months
  • £14.99 Setup Costs
£458.99 Total first year cost
  • 12 month contract

Sky Fibre Max

Call Sky on
0800 151 2878
Fibre Unlimited
Unlimited Fibre Broadband!
Offer Ends 30/03/17
  • £35.00 p/m for 18 months
  • £39.99 Setup Costs
£459.99 Total first year cost
  • 18 month contract

Broadband for gaming - is it time to level up?

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 speeds typically ranging between 38MB and 200Mb 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 Plusnet and Virgin Media do manage traffic at peak times to ensure everyone gets a consistent connection. For example, Plusnet prioritises real-time services like streaming video services, but slows down peer-to-peer file transfers.

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

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.

FAQs

  1. How fast is fibre broadband?

    Speeds vary between providers and packages, but most fibre broadband offers download speeds of up to 38Mb or faster. BT Infinity has speeds of up to 52Mb or 76Mb; and Sky Fibre and TalkTalk fibre broadband have speeds of up to 38Mb or 76Mb depending on the package. Virgin Media cable broadband is even faster, with speeds of up to 200Mb 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. 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. What fibre package should I get?
    Think about how you and your household use the internet. Does everyone connect to the Wi-Fi at the same time? If so, you’ll want a faster speeds and an unlimited downloads. Think about things it’d be nice to have too, like BT Sport or Sky Cinema, and see if there’s a bundle that includes them. Try not to forget your budget. A lot of offers expire after a few months, leaving you with a bigger bill for the remainder of your contract, so don’t sign up until you’re 100% sure what you’ll be paying.
  4. 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.
  5. Can I keep my email address if I switch provider?
    It depends on which provider your email address is currently from. BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, and Plusnet all let you keep your email address in some form after you've switched - but we'd recommend using a free service like Gmail or Outlook. See our guide for more information.