Here at broadbandchoices, we’re big fans of low-cost broadband - and costs don’t get much lower than free. So what do we mean by ‘free’ broadband, and how do you get it?
What is ‘free’ broadband?
Don’t get your hopes up - sadly, there is no such thing as completely free broadband. What you can get, however, is a broadband package with nothing to pay upfront. That means a free connection, free installation, and a free router or other equipment. All you need to pay are the monthly bills on your service.
How to find free broadband deals
Start off by entering your postcode into our postcode checker.
We’ll show you all the available broadband deals for your area - which you can refine using the controls on the left-hand side. So you could choose, for instance, to only see deals on fibre broadband, or packages with inclusive landline calls.
At the top of the results, use the drop-down tool to sort the deals by setup costs. This will push all the free, upfront-cost-less deals right to the top of the page where you can see them. Et voila - take your pick and just click on a deal you like to sign up.
Is ‘free’ broadband really cheaper?
Free broadband is cheaper right now, because there’s nothing to pay upfront.
However, you’re right to be sceptical - deals with free setup aren’t always the cheapest packages overall. There may be broadband out there with slightly higher upfront costs but slightly lower monthly bills, which ends up balancing out at a lower overall price.
To see what the lowest-cost deals really are, sort your results by total first year cost. Or, take a look at today’s cheapest broadband deals, hand-picked by us.
Another option for spending less is paying upfront. If you’d rather not fork out on broadband bills each month, there are a few providers that let you pay for everything upfront in one big lump sum. Or, you can pay for a year of just line rental upfront - which means significantly reduced bills, and usually an extra discount on top of that too.
Broadband providers with no upfront costs
You can find deals on both ADSL broadband and fibre optic broadband - and tons of broadband and home phone combo deals - with free setup. Some providers, including TalkTalk, even offer ‘free’ deals on TV packages.
Some providers always offer packages with nothing to pay upfront, while others have setup-free deals available for a limited time only as part of a special offer.
Providers that have been known to offer free broadband, with no upfront costs, include:
…and plenty more.
If you can’t see any deals you like right now, check back in a week or two. Special offers pop up all the time that could be worth your while - including ones with the upfront costs slashed.
Can I get pay-TV with no upfront cost?
Yes, you can, though it's less common than 'free' broadband. Most TV providers do charge an upfront cost, usually for equipment or engineer visits - but you can absolutely find broadband and TV packages with free installation, and therefore nothing to pay upfront.
- TalkTalk doesn't charge any setup costs for its basic telly package
- EE doesn't either - though it works a little differently from most pay-TV
With other providers, you'll need to look out for special deals that lop off the setup fees. Or, take a look at packages with low upfront costs - setup can cost as little as a tenner or so.
To find broadband and TV bundles with nothing upfront, use our postcode checker to see what's in your area, and sort the deals by setup cost. You'll see free installation deals first, followed by the ones with the cheapest setup costs.
Broadband without a credit check
If your finances are on your mind, you may also be looking into broadband that doesn't require a credit check. Sadly, this is quite difficult to find - but there are options. BT has a special credit check free package, PAYG mobile broadband doesn't require a check, and, really, a lot broadband providers are just quite lenient with their checks. Check out our full guide here for more info: