Are SSE broadband deals shockingly good value?

You may be surprised that SSE, or Southern Electric, Hydro, and SWALEC, as it’s also known, does more than just power. But then again what’s in a name - broadbandchoices also does mobile phone comparison, right?

SSE burst onto the scene with great value broadband packages that eschew fancy bells and whistles in favour of simplicity and affordability. With unlimited downloads, superfast speeds, and some appealing home phone options too, there’s plenty to choose from.

Want to know if it’s the right provider to switch to? Well, bright sparks that we are, we’ll take a look at some of SSE’s current packages to see if they’re worth being charged for.

…because electricity, see? Sigh, okay, let’s just get on with it.

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What does SSE do?

SSE has a number of broadband and home phone packages, which range from simple ‘everyday’ plans, to fibre optic options with superfast speeds. All packages give you the equipment you need, including a free wireless router, and include an 18-month subscription to an internet security package, comprising anti-virus, firewall, and parental controls.

SSE broadband packages

There are four basic broadband and phone bundles available from SSE. Its standard ‘Everyday’ broadband packages are solid, reliable and offer unlimited downloads - so you can use the internet willy nilly.

Its fibre optic broadband packages offer much faster download speeds than the others, making them perfect for large families or shared houses where people will be using the web at the same time. They’re also the best choice for heavy users who watch a lot of online video or play games, for example.

SSE home phone packages

If you want a good call plan, SSE has a few to pick from:

  • Talk Weekend - gives you inclusive calls between midnight on Friday and midnight on Sunday. Even better - there’s no cost other than standard line rental.
  • Talk Evening and Weekend - gives you inclusive calls before 7am and after 7pm, Monday to Friday, and inclusive calls all weekend.
  • Talk Anytime - gives you inclusive calls at any time. It also gives you inclusive calls to 20 international destinations (listed below).
  • Talk Anytime Plus - gives you everything in the Talk Anytime package, including inclusive international calls, but also features half price calls to UK mobiles.

Inclusive calls last for 70 minutes - if you go over, you’ll start being charged. So if you’re a chatterbox, remember to hang up after an hour and call back.

The international locations included in the Talk Anytime and Talk Anytime Plus plans are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.

What’s good about SSE?

  • Good range of packages to suit different users
  • Superfast fibre packages available - perfect for large households and heavy users
  • Straightforward, easy to understand packages
  • Unlimited downloads mean you can use your connection freely
  • Includes free 18-month subscription to internet security package
  • Cheaper line rental than many other providers, including BT
  • Choice of call plans, including inclusive anytime calls
  • Anytime call packages give you inclusive international calls to 20 countries

What’s bad about SSE?

  • Fibre optic broadband not available everywhere
  • Faster download speeds are available from other providers, such as Virgin Media
  • No TV service to bundle in
  • Not much in the way of extras or perks

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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, 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. 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.
  2. 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. 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.
  3. 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 80% 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.
  4. Why do I have to pay line rental?
    Even if you never use your home phone to make calls, you still need a phone line to receive your broadband connection. This is true of virtually all broadband providers, so paying line rental is pretty much unavoidable. Virgin Media is the only widely available broadband you can get without taking a phone line as well.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.