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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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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

13/11/19

£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

Special offer Offer ends 24/10/19 - See TalkTalk's site for T&C's

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre


Call TalkTalk

0800 049 7843

67Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£60 Voucher redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Tesco, Argos or a Prepaid Mastercard

Offer Ends

24/10/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£299.40 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£24.95 p/m for 18 months

£299.40 Total first year cost

Unlimited Fibre Extra


Call Plusnet

0808 178 7205

66Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£70 Cashback

Offer Ends

22/10/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£330.00 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£27.50 p/m for 18 months

£330.00 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre + Weekend Calls


Call BT

0800 783 5390

50Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Weekend calls included

£9.99 Setup costs

£357.87 Total first year cost

Weekend calls included

£9.99 Setup costs

£28.99 p/m for 18 months

£357.87 Total first year cost

Unlimited Fibre


Call Plusnet

0808 178 7205

36Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£65 Cashback

Offer Ends

22/10/19

£0.00 Setup costs

£282.00 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£23.50 p/m for 18 months

£282.00 Total first year cost

Jetstream Lite Fibre Unlimited Broadband


Call Onestream

03003032181

17Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

12 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£9.99 Setup costs

£225.87 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£9.99 Setup costs

£17.99 p/m for 12 months

£225.87 Total first year cost

Broadband Superfast


Call Sky

0800 759 1469

60Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Evening & weekend calls included

£9.95 Setup costs

£333.95 Total first year cost

Evening & weekend calls included

£9.95 Setup costs

£27.00 p/m for 18 months

£333.95 Total first year cost

Online exclusive Superfast Fibre 2 + Weekend Calls


Call BT

0800 783 5390

68Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Weekend calls included

£9.99 Setup costs

£489.87 Total first year cost

Weekend calls included

£9.99 Setup costs

£39.99 p/m for 18 months

£489.87 Total first year cost

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

£274.80 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£22.90 p/m for 12 months

£274.80 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

£276.00 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£23.00 p/m for 18 months

£276.00 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

Superfast Fibre


35Mb Broadband Speed (average*)

Unlimited Downloads

18 month Contract

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£359.88 Total first year cost

Pay as you go calls

£0.00 Setup costs

£29.99 p/m for 18 months

£359.88 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.

Broadband packages for heavy users

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If you or your family regularly download large volumes of data, you need a package with a large or unlimited download limit. On this page, we have everything you need to know about choosing a package, as well as how to save money in the process

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

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.

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.

What is the best broadband package for heavy users?

To avoid waiting for files to download and 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 more reliable 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.

Which providers offer unlimited download packages?

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

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