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SSE deals

Why choose SSE?

  • 3 year fixed monthly package price for SSE Energy customers
  • 12 month fixed monthly package price for Non-SSE Energy customers
  • No fixed term contract
  • Free router and free delivery on every package

SSE:Unlimited Broadband

£21.00 p/m for 1 month
£30.00 setup costs, 1 month contract

Unlimited downloads
  • Unlimited downloads!
  • UK-based call centre
  • 12 month fixed monthly package price

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 cheap broadband deals. 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.

To sign up to an SSE Broadband package, click here.

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 a subscription to an internet security package, comprising anti-virus, firewall, and parental controls.

Best of all, every package is available on a one-month rolling contract. That's super flexible, and means you aren't tied down long term and can cancel whenever you like.

Choosing a broadband package from SSE also gives you access to SSE Rewards, which offers priority tickets to events at SSE venues, including Wembly Arena, the Hydro Glasgow and Hydro Belfast. You can also get discounts on entry to attractions around the UK.

SSE broadband packages

There are three basic broadband packages available from SSE. They're 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.

  • Unlimited Broadband - gives you average download speeds of 11Mb and unlimited downloads.
  • Unlimited Fibre - gives you average speeds of 35Mb and unlimited downloads.
  • Unlimited Fibre Plus - gives you even faster broadband, with average speeds of 63Mb, again with unlimited downloads.

SSE home phone packages

All its broadband comes with a phone line bundled in, which you can upgrade to include calls if you like. For these call plans, SSE has a few to pick from:

  • Line Rental Only - gives you a landline with pay-as-you-go calls. It comes with all broadband packages, and there’s no cost other than standard line rental.
  • Anytime Landline - gives you inclusive calls at any time to UK landlines.
  • Anytime Plus - inclusive calls all day, and inclusive international calls to 35 countries.

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 Talk Anytime Plus plans are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Rep, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan 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
  • No fixed term contracts
  • Unlimited downloads mean you can use your connection freely
  • Includes free subscription to internet security package
  • UK-based customer service
  • Access to SSE Reward scheme, which gives discounts on attractions, and early tickets to music, comedy and sports events at major arenas, including Wembley, Glasgow and Belfast.
  • Choice of call plans, including inclusive anytime calls
  • Top calls package give you inclusive international calls to 35 countries

What’s bad about SSE?

  • Fibre optic broadband not available everywhere
  • Faster download speeds are available from other providers, such as Virgin Media
  • Expensive setup costs for non-SSE energy households
  • No TV service to bundle in
  • Not much in the way of extras or perks

Providers like SSE Broadband

SSE Broadband isn't your only choice. To compare all your options, take a look at our guides to other broadband and line rental providers too:

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. 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.
  3. What is traffic management?

    Traffic management - also known as traffic shaping - is a technique used by broadband providers to prioritise, ration and even restrict how networks and connections are used by customers like you. This is done to ensure a smooth-running service, even when a lot of are people using the internet at the same time.

    Think of broadband as a motorway. When the ‘motorway’ gets congested, traffic management is like a priority lane that keeps certain types of traffic moving. The kind of traffic that’s prioritised differs from provider to provider, but in general things like streaming video content - watching EastEnders on BBC iPlayer, for example - are given right of way to keep it from buffering or cutting out.

    Traffic that doesn’t necessarily need to get anywhere quickly, like downloading movies and music, is usually kept to the regular lanes during peak times - rush hour if you will - as is light traffic like emails, which can get to its destination without needing a lot of space on the road, kind of like a motorbike.

    These days, most major broadband providers do not practise traffic management. Still, always check out your chosen provider's policy before taking out a plan with them, just in case it'll affect you.

    Read more about traffic management

  4. 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.
  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. 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?

  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.