Bundling is a tried and tested way to save money on your broadband. Combining broadband and home phone - or even broadband, phone and TV - can save you pounds a plenty compared to getting them separately. And you can cut some faff out of your life as you only have the one bill to manage.
Brilliantly, there’s no shortage of such available deals around, and they cater for all types of users - from people who just want the internet for email and Facebook, and use the phone every now and then, to those who binge-watch TV series on Netflix and the like, and talk on the phone for hours.
Of course, with great choice can come great indecision. With so many options, how can you make sure the package you pick is the one that’s best for your particular needs? Well… that’s what broadbandchoices is for, right? Our postcode checker and the advice below will make finding your ideal broadband and phone deal a doddle.
Find the best broadband
When you start comparing, it's best to have an idea of what you want from your broadband and phone package. Rather than picking just by price, compare the packages that have everything you want, then find the best for your budget.
Let’s start with broadband. Here are the main things to consider when comparing packages:
- Speed - Want to stream a lot of TV and music, download big files or play online games? If so, look for superfast fibre deals. If not, a cheaper standard broadband package will suit you just fine.
- Usage - Certain online activities, like streaming TV and downloading big files, use a lot of data. If you, or others in your house, want to do stuff like that all the time, you need an unlimited package. The good news is that these are plentiful - pretty much every provider offers unlimited broadband, and they all let you pair it with home phone as well. Compare unlimited broadband and phone packages here.
- TV - Bundling a TV package with a broadband package is a good way to get more for less. If you want the top channels, compare packages from the big four providers - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Pick the perfect home phone plan
Almost all broadband packages include basic line rental, but if you've got a chatty household you might want a little more than that. Here are the main things to look out for when you’re considering your phone options.
- Inclusive calls - Chatty? Use your home phone at all times of day? Look at packages with inclusive anytime calls. Don’t use your landline? Save cash by getting one with only evening and weekend calls or just basic line rental.
- Call charges - Before signing up to a package, check the call rates if you’re likely to use your phone. This is one way providers can make back the money they lose on low headline rates, so keep your wits about you.
- Extras - You can usually expand phone plans by adding cheaper overseas calls, inclusive UK mobile phone calls, and more. These will cost you extra, but could save you money in the long run if you make those kind of calls a lot.
- Calling features - Want anonymous caller reject, call waiting and what not? Some plans come with more features than others, so check which ones you get and how much the other ones cost.
Which providers offer broadband and phone deals?
Which one doesn’t? Every provider packages broadband and phone together, including:
- BT - get average broadband speeds of 67Mb, and tons of home phone and calls options to choose from
- Virgin Media - has broadband with average download speeds of 362Mb, plus unlimited anytime calls are available
- Sky - lets you bundle in unlimited broadband, cheaper limited broadband, phone line, and even TV
- TalkTalk - low prices that are locked in for your whole contract, average broadband speeds of 63Mb, and home phone upgrades are available
- EE - average broadband speeds of 67Mb, and loads of options for your home phone
- Plusnet - Sheffield-based but BT-owned, offering average broadband speeds of 66Mb; broadband that's a bargain when bundled in with a phone line
- Vodafone - speedy fibre optic broadband plus easy home phone choices
In other words, you're not lacking options!
Compare broadband deals in your area
What's the cheapest broadband and phone deal?
Bundling multiple services together is a great way to save money - you'll grab a bargain simply by getting broadband and phone in one package altogether from the same provider. It certainly costs a lot less than getting a broadband-only package from one provider and a home phone package from another.
The best way to find the cheapest option for you is of course by comparing all your options. Enter your postcode into our comparison tool, select what you want from the filters, and sort the grid by first-year cost. We'll show you the cheapest deals in your area that tick everything you're looking for.
- Some providers are known for offering cheap and budget-friendly broadband - take a look at deals from TalkTalk, Plusnet, Vodafone, and Post Office Broadband, for instance
- Some services are cheaper than others - standard ADSL broadband is cheaper than fibre, for instance, and a package with pay-as-you-use calls is cheaper than one with anytime calls - but it's not always worth the sacrifice if you really do need the speed or the calls
- Look out for special limited-time offers - we call these out in our postcode checker so you can spot them straight away
- Check out our broadband deals with cashback and deals with free gifts
Broadband and mobile phone
If it’s a mobile phone plan you’re looking for, as opposed to home phone, then you do still have bundling options, but not as many. A few providers offer ‘quad-play’ packages that combine broadband, home phone, TV and mobile phone plan into the same package. As it stands now, your choice is limited to Virgin Media, BT, Sky, and EE when it comes to quad-play. And bear in mind that for most broadband packages, you'll still need to subscribe to line rental as well.
It's also easy to save money on your mobile phone plan without going quad-play by comparing mobile deals separately. Check out our mobile comparison service to do just that.