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Origin broadband

If you’re looking for affordable broadband, Origin’s a good place to begin. It specialises in easy to understand, low-cost packages that cater to those who want to keep things simple. What’s more, it offers flexible payment options that let you choose between paying for everything upfront to save in the long term, or spreading the cost over your contract term.

Here’s what you need to know:

What does Origin Broadband do?

Origin gives you the choice of standard ADSL or fibre optic broadband, and also gives you the option to pay for the whole contract upfront if you so choose.

Three packages are available:

  • Origin Broadband - gives you unlimited downloads. This is best suited for small households.
  • Origin Fibre - gives you unlimited downloads. This is a good choice for families and large households who want to stream video, surf the web, play games and more at the same time.
  • Origin Max - gives you unlimited downloads. This is Origin’s fastest package, making it even better for families with lots of web-connected doo-dads, and heavy users who will be downloading a lot.

All Origin Broadband packages include an all-in-one router and free 24 hour UK-based tech support. They’re all available with pay as you go calls, but for a bit extra money you can upgrade to inclusive evening and weekend, international and anytime calls.

Origin phone packages

As well as broadband, you can get landline-only packages from Origin. You can choose between inclusive weekend, evening or pay as you go calls, and there are a number of add-ons available too. These include:

  • 1471
  • 1571
  • Anonymous call reject
  • Call barring
  • Caller display
  • Call diversion

Origin Supersaver

If you want to cut the overall cost of your package, Origin gives you the option to pay for the whole thing all at once. It’s a fairly sizable initial outlay, but it cuts the overall cost of the package by nearly a third, and also means you don’t have to worry about monthly bills.

What’s good about Origin Broadband?

  • Specialises in affordable broadband
  • Superfast fibre optic broadband great for families and shared houses
  • Truly unlimited broadband without fair usage or traffic management
  • Simple, easy to understand packages
  • Can pay for a whole year upfront to reduce overall price
  • 24 hour customer service available all year round
  • Refer a friend to receive credit on your bill

What’s bad about Origin Broadband?

  • Not much in the way of extras compared to some other providers - no free Wi-Fi access, or antivirus software, for example
  • Fibre optic broadband not available everywhere
  • No pay TV options

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch broadband provider?

    The process of changing your broadband provider is actually pretty straightforward. First, you put your postcode into our impartial comparison tool. We’ll display the broadband, phone and TV deals available where you live, and then you can use our search filters to narrow down the options and find the perfect package for your household. Finally, you sign up with your new provider online. They’ll contact your existing provider and take care of everything else for you (unless you're switching to or from Virgin Media).

    The actual switch should be virtually seamless, and in the vast majority of cases it is. Your new broadband provider will send you all the stuff you need to get set up, like a new wireless router and/or TV set-top box.

    For more info, see our guide: How to switch broadband

  2. Why can’t I get fibre optic broadband?
    Superfast fibre optic broadband is slowly making its way across the UK as part of a nationwide roll-out part sponsored by the government. Currently, around 90% of the country has access. You can use our postcode checker to see whether fibre optic broadband’s reached your area yet. That's the most likely reason why it's not available to you, but it could also be due to living in a rural area, in an awkwardly-placed property, or just too far away from a street cabinet.
  3. How long does it take to switch broadband?
    When you sign up to a new provider, they’ll contact your existing one and request a transfer of your service. The only exception is when you're switching to or from Virgin Media, in which case you'll have to call and cancel. While switching times vary depending on the type of package, it shouldn’t usually take more than 10 working days. It can take longer if you don’t currently have a phone line, as an engineer will need to come out and install one for you.
  4. Can I keep my email address if I change provider?
    This depends entirely on who your current provider is. If your email address is from BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, or Plusnet, you'll still have access to your emails at least temporarily - but we'd suggest changing over to a free service like Gmail or Outlook so you don't need to worry about losing all your emails just for switching broadband. See our guide for more info.
  5. Will I lose my connection if I switch?

    No. You can continue using your current service to the day your new provider activates your connection.

    With some providers, the only downtime you may experience is a couple of hours on the day the switch actually happens. However, you should be able to plan ahead if you provider has an order-tracking system.

  6. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, home phone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.
  7. Do I need fibre optic broadband?

    Fibre optic broadband is much faster and much more reliable than broadband through the phone line, but it’s not essential for everyone. If you just want to browse the web, check email, Facebook, Twitter etc, you’ll be fine with standard broadband through the phone line.

    However, if you stream a lot of video, download music, films and games, and other such activities, you will likely find a fibre connection hugely beneficial.

    It’s also a boon for large households, especially ones with lots of gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers connected up most of the time. The more people using a connection, the slower it will be, so if you have a big family where lots of people want to connect to the web at the same time, for example, a fibre connection will ensure everyone can get a good experience.

  8. Can I keep my phone number if I switch provider?

    Yes, you can normally keep your existing number if you switch from one provider to another. However if you're a cable customer or need a new line, you may need to get a new one.

    For everything you need to know, see our guide: Can I keep my phone number?