How to save money on your broadband

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Spending more than you need on your broadband package? Here’s everything you need to know to trim your outgoings, including how to get the most value from your current package, when to switch, and how to find the best deals

Chances are, if you’ve been with the same provider for a long time, you’re almost certainly paying too much for your broadband.

That’s borne out by studies that show that customers pay on average 20% more for broadband when they’re out of contract, than they would if they’d just taken out their package.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to save money on your broadband package. Read on as we share our top money-saving tips.

Talk to your supplier

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First, speak to your current provider. If you’ve been with them for a while, chances are the package you have now probably isn’t fit for purpose.

For example, if your son or daughter enjoyed playing video games, but recently moved to university, you probably won’t need a fibre optic package – the best package for heavy gamers – anymore.

That means you’re effectively paying a premium price for a speedy service you don’t really need. So ask them to measure your current usage, and suggest a more suitable package.

Avoid data caps

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Data caps might sound helpful. But if you go over your data allowance, you could end up paying more than you can afford after all.

To avoid this, think about how you use the internet right now. For example, if you live in a large household where several people use the internet at once, it might be cheaper for you to get unlimited broadband, as you won’t have to worry about exceeding your data limit.

On the other hand, if you rarely use the internet, and you live alone, a data cap might be the best option for you. This is why it’s important to contact your provider to find out which package you’re on right now, and what your data allowance is currently.

Think about what you need

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Most major UK broadband providers offer inclusive calls at evenings and weekends, but charge for line rental. And although you might find a package without line rental, your options will be limited.

With Virgin Media, for example, you don’t need a landline because it’s the only major provider in the UK that doesn’t deliver broadband using BT’s copper-wire infrastructure.

That said, to offset the cost of the line rental, you might end up paying more for the broadband package itself. So think about how much you use your phone, and whether it would be worth paying for line rental.

Check how you pay

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If you pay via direct debt, some providers may charge slightly less for your broadband. Discounts vary, but the typical saving is around £5 per month.

Moreover, you can usually save money by paying upfront for your broadband, too. Although, the catch is you’ll need to have a lump sum to hand.

Bundle your packages

Bundling your TV, phone broadband together could actually save you money.

So, if you’re currently paying for TV, phone and broadband with different providers – and you’re sure you need all those services – think about getting a bundle from a single supplier instead. You might just save some money.

Switch providers

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Okay, so you’ve tried everything. Perhaps now is the time to consider switching providers. Which just happens to be what Broadbandchoices is good at.

Our broadband deals

Package Broadband Speed Contract Length Monthly Cost
Virgin Media M50 Fibre Broadband + Phone 54Mb average 12 months £26.00
SSE Unlimited Fibre - Line Rental Only 35Mb average 18 months £22.00
Vodafone Superfast 1 35Mb average 18 months £23.00
Vodafone Superfast 2 63Mb average 18 months £27.00
BT Superfast Fibre 50Mb average 24 months £28.99
SSE Unlimited Fibre Plus - Line Rental Only 63Mb average 18 months £26.00
  • M50 Fibre Broadband + Phone
    Exclusive Offer: £75 Bill Credit
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 54Mbps
    • Weekend calls inc.
    • Offer ends
    • £26.00 per month
    12 month contract
  • Unlimited Fibre - Line Rental Only
    £70 e-gift
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 35Mbps
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £22.00 per month
    18 month contract
  • Superfast 1
    £75 Gift Card redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Currys PC World, Marks and Spencer
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 35Mbps
    • Pay As You Go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £23.00 per month
    18 month contract
  • Superfast 2
    £100 Gift Card redeemable at Amazon.co.uk, Currys PC World, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis!
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 63Mbps
    • Pay As You Go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £27.00 per month
    18 month contract
  • Superfast Fibre
    £80 BT Gift Card - see BT's website for further details
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 50Mbps
    • £9.99 up-front costs
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £28.99 per month
    24 month contract
  • Unlimited Fibre Plus - Line Rental Only
    £75 e-gift
    • Online Exclusive
    • Average speed* 63Mbps
    • Pay as you go phone
    • Offer ends
    • £26.00 per month
    18 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.

What are my options when it comes to switching?

There are two ways you can switch. First, tell your current provider who your new provider is, and they will contact your them to cancel.

But, if your provider doesn’t use an Openreach line – the same line used by BT – you’ll need to contact your existing network yourself to tell them you want to leave.

If you change your mind, you have 14 days to cancel before the start of your new contract.

To find a new provider, simply enter your postcode into our postcode checker to see what’s available in your area, and filter the results to what you’re looking for.