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Too many stick with their broadband provider through thick and thin, overpaying by £100s a year. If that's you, it's likely you can do the double whammy of boosting your package while massively slicing your bills.

Check your broadband and line rental cost now - people on standard deals typically pay BT £350/yr, Virgin £380 and Sky £300. The deals below can bring it down to £162 if you pay line rental upfront.

What is broadband?

These days broadband is the standard way of connecting to the internet. Originally people used to dial up over their phone connection. Broadband got its name as it allowed a broader range of information to be carried than old dial-up connections.

There are two main types of broadband:

  • Home broadband: This is hard-wired into your house. It's either carried through your phone line (known as ADSL) or by cable. This is what this guide focuses on.
  • Mobile broadband: This isn't generally as fast or reliable, but as it's via the mobile networks, it's far more flexible. If you're looking for that, see our Mobile Broadband guide, which includes how to find free hotspots.

With home broadband, it's important to understand that while the information is carried via your phone line, you can still use the phone while you're online - and the broadband connection is always on. Read more on how home broadband works

Switching broadband can save you £100s

Many people have a broadband provider they're comfortable with and stick with it for ease. But this becomes a licence for providers to print money, as older packages are more expensive and tend to allow lower downloads at slower speeds.

Assuming you already have home broadband (if not, read on to choose), it's crucial to work out what you're paying and the service you're getting. However...

Never just look at your broadband cost. Always look at your phone line rental too. Often, the services are interlinked, so cheap broadband can mean a costly phone service.

Here are some typical costs the big networks are charging for long-standing deals. By contrast, using the best deals in this guide, you can often get broadband and home phone for £13.50 a month or £162/year.

Typical standard broadband and line rental costs
Provider Standard monthly broadband cost Standard monthly line rental cost Cost per year for both
BT £13 £15.99 £348
Sky £10 £15.40 £305
Virgin £15.50 £15.99 £378

Quick questions

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Five things you need to know to slash broadband costs

If you only read five things about broadband before you switch, read these.

  1. Faster advertised speed doesn't mean faster broadband

    Remember advertised speeds are just that - "advertised". A provider only needs a paltry 10% of customers to get a certain speed before it can list it.

    While providers may tell you their service is "up to" 16Mb, many won't get near that speed. It depends factors including how close you are to the exchange, and how well-equipped that exchange is. Do a broadband speed test* to check what you're getting.

    Many things help to boost your speed for free without switching. Try using a shorter cable from socket to router, cheap household signal boosters and plugging in instead of using wi-fi for big downloads. There's a full list in the Broadband Speed Boosting guide.

    Quick questions

    What speeds are my neighbours getting?

    What affects the speeds I'm likely to get with a broadband provider?

  2. Check your data limit - aim for unlimited or it'll cost you

    Our data use has rocketed. Catch-up TV and movie streaming hoover it up, and since some packages have download limits, this can be costly. If you just use the net for light browsing, emails and the odd YouTube video, you'll probably be fine with a limited 10GB package.

    Yet web watchers, beware. Watching an episode of Game of Thrones in HD's roughly 1GB, equivalent to looking at thousands of web pages. If you've got a 10GB limit, it isn't long before it’s all used up and you're paying extra charges. With BT you pay £5.30 when you go over the limit, though this gets you a further 5GB.

    So check your bill now for penalty charges. If your download limit isn't enough, switch to the super-cheap versions below. These days the vast majority of the cheapest deals are unlimited anyway.

    To track how much data you're downloading, get a free bandwidth monitor - try Rokario, Netmeter and TbbMeter.

  3. Fibre optic is faster, but is it worth it?

    Internet speed is measured in 'Mb' (short for megabits per second). What you do on the web determines whether pootling along at 16Mb is fine or you need to roar along at 50Mb.

    Superfast broadband allows much faster speed with greater consistency. While phone line speeds rarely match the 'up to' figures firms boast of, fibre gets closer.

    Yet while superfast sounds hot, it's overkill for many. For simple web browsing and email, common 16Mb connections will do the job. But if you use it for lots of movie downloads, streaming videos, online gaming, or if everyone at home wants to connect at once, superfast is worth considering.

    Fibre broadband is still being rolled out across the UK. As a general rule, most big cities and towns have access to superfast broadband from a few different providers. Other areas (especially rural districts) may not have access to fibre broadband at all.

    To see if you can get superfast, see superfast best buys below. Alternatively, enter your postcode on Broadbandchoices* and click the fibre broadband tab (if there's no tab, it means you can't get it).

  4. Should you get a broadband and line rental bundle?

    Never just look at your broadband cost in isolation. Always factor in your phone line rental as well – even if you get them separately. Many cheap broadband deals require you to take costly line rental, but only advertise the sexy broadband price in the headline. The deal to pick depends on which category you fall into:

    • Only got landline for broadband? Unless you've got Virgin cable, you need a landline for broadband at home. Our poll of 20,000+ people showed 51% hardly ever, or never use their landline (80% of under-30s).

      Millions feel forced to keep it just for broadband. If so, cut the cost and just go for a cheap bundle. Alternatively, you don't need line rental for Virgin superfast – see Cheapest broadband without a landline below.

    • Still use your landline to make calls? If this is you, you'll need to factor in call costs when choosing line rental.

      But you can make massive savings on call costs to landlines, mobiles and overseas without changing phone line by using specialist access numbers. See Cheap Home Phones for a full how-to and best buys.

  5. Check if you're under contract and haggle your existing price down

    If you signed up to broadband in the last 18 months, or longer in rare cases, first check if you're still in your contract period. If so, double-check that leaving doesn't breach your contract before switching. Exit penalties may kibosh savings. If you're planning to move home soon, check if your new contract's portable, or consider a no-contract deal.

    Before you ditch your current provider, remember broadband's a mature market and companies are frantic to keep hold of customers, so...

    Just call up, threaten to leave and your existing company will often offer kick-butt discounts.

    Just ask for your "Mac code", which can be helpful when switching. This'll automatically lead to a 'why are you leaving?' chat. It should put you through to what we call 'disconnections' but they call 'customer retentions' - these operators have serious discount-giving power.

    We polled 2,600 MoneySavers to see where hagglers had most success. Companies where hagglers revealed over 70% success rates included TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin. See full results.

    For more tips and the top companies to haggle with, see the Haggle With Call Centres guide.

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Best buys: Broadband deals

Below are our top picks. These are purely price-focused, and these deals are only for those that live in the providers' network areas (about 90% of the population). If your local BT exchange hasn't been opened up to rival firms ("unbundled"), you'll pay more.

Cheapest unlimited broadband & line rental deals

Broadband usually requires a landline, and rather than getting your broadband and line rental from different companies, it's possible to get them as a 'bundle' for £15/month or less. All of the cheapest deals listed below also offer unlimited broadband, so you don’t have to worry about going over your download limit.

ee

B'band & line rent £162 for a year, plus £100 Amzn vch* If pay line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's £18.25/mth

  • Available to: 95% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 17MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping: Yes, at peak times
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekend
  • New line installation cost: £60

Until Thu 31 Jul, we've blagged a £100 Amazon voucher on EE's* already hot broadband and line rental deal. This deal used to be only for those with an EE Sim, but it's now open to all, bar existing EE broadband customers. (You must also be in the 95% of the UK supplied by EE - check here). On a one-year contract, you get:

  • Compulsory line rental. You pay £132 for the year upfront (you must opt for this during sign-up); equivalent to £11/mth. If you opt to pay by the month, it's £15.75/month.

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £2.50/mth, so £30 for the year. Note that after the first year the price will rise, so check then if you can get cheaper elsewhere.

  • Weekend calls. Weekend landline calls are included, other costs mostly on a par (or a touch more) than with BT.

  • A £100 Amazon voucher after 3mths. It's sent automatically, provided you go via this EE deal* link and enter code EEHBB10 to get the voucher. If you have any problems signing up, call 0800 953 5828 or any voucher queries email eevouchers@affiliatewindow.com.

  • How to sign up. The EE link* will take you to a new window, where you'll need to enter the code and your contact details (for the voucher to be sent). You'll then be automatically redirected to the EE website where you can sign up. Two confirmation emails will be sent - one about the voucher and one for the new contract.

Analysis - this is staggeringly cheap:

We explain how the deal works above, but with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats, so we like to help you make a fair comparison.

The following analysis excludes call costs, as they depend on you as an individual, and the £60 new line installation fee for those on cable or who need a line.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband and line cost for the first year is £162, equiv to £13.50/mth. Plus you get the £100 Amazon voucher. If you were going to spend that at Amazon anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £62 over the year, so equiv to just £5.16/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband and line rental cost is £18.25/mth, that’s £219 for the first year. Plus you get the £100 Amazon voucher. If you were going to spend that at Amazon anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £119 over the year, equiv to £9.92/mth.

http://www.poptelecoms.co.uk/Cheapest_UK_Broadband_1

B'band & line rental, equiv £13.50/mth* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £17.49/mth

  • Available to: 90% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 24MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping? No
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? No
  • New line installation: £59.99

If you're a newbie, you can get Pop Telecom's unlimited broadband for £2.50/mth on a 12-month contract if you take its line rental too. Existing customers who have line rental with Pop Telecom are also eligible. Not heard of Pop Telecom before? Read on for more.

Here's how it works:

  • Compulsory line rental. You pay £14.99/mth. But we suggest, if you can afford it, you pay £132 upfront for the year (equivalent to £11/mth), as part of the online sign-up.

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £2.50/mth for the 12 months - a total of £30 for the year's contract.

Analysis: This is a very cheap deal

We explain how the deal works above. But with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats. So we like to help you make a fair comparison.

The following analysis excludes call costs, as they depend on you as an individual.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband and line rental cost for the first year is £162, equivalent to £13.50/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband and line rental cost for the first year is £209.88, equivalent to is £17.49/mth.

Pop Telecom uses the BT network, so as long as you have a BT line already, you won't need a new line installed. If you don't have one, or have a cable line, installation's £59.99.

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B'band & line rental, equiv £15.25/mth* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £19.45/mth

  • Available to: 85% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 16MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping? No
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? No
  • New line installation: Free

Newbies to TalkTalk's Simply Broadband* can get it for £3.50/mth on a 12-month contract. To get the deal, you must also take its line rental. The offer ends Thu 10 Aug. Here's how it works:

  • Compulsory line rental. You pay £15.95/mth. But we suggest, if you can afford it, you opt to pay £141 upfront for the year (equivalent to £11.75/mth), as part of the online sign-up.

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £3.50/mth - a total of £42 for the year.

Analysis - this is a good deal:

We explain how the deal works above. But with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats. So we like to help you make a fair comparison.

The following analysis excludes call costs, as they depend on you as an individual. If you need a new router its 'free' but p&p is £5. If you need a new line, its free with this offer.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband and line rental cost for the first year is £183, equivalent to £15.25/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband and line rental cost for the first year is £233.40, equivalent to is £19.45/mth.

Cheapest superfast (fibre-optic)

Superfast broadband allows much faster speed with greater consistency, though it's far pricer than normal broadband.

Virgin Media

Fibre optic broadband and line rental, equiv £21.16/mth* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £23.82/mth

  • Available to: 50% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 50MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping: Yes at peak times
  • Contract length: 18 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekend
  • New line installation cost: Free

If you want superfast broadband, this is a great deal. Until Thu 31 Jul, newbies who sign up to Virgin Media* using this Broadbandchoices link, can get fibre optic broadband and line rental for the equivalent of £21.16/mth. Here's how:

  • Fibre optic broadband. Sign up via the link above and you'll pay £4/mth for the first 12 months. It's then £15.50/mth for the next six months.

  • Line rental is compulsory: It's £15.99/mth or £144 if you pay the first year upfront (equivalent to £12/mth). To pay upfront, sign up, then call 0845 840 7777 once your installation date's confirmed, and request the Line Rental Saver option.

Installation's free. Assuming you pay the line rent upfront, the total package is £380.94 all in (excluding calls), equivalent to £21.16/mth. It works out at £23.82/mth if you pay line rental monthly.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/redir/d4d6f08f

Fibre b'band & line rental, equiv £26.65/mth* If you pay line rental upfront. Pay monthly and it's £29.45/mth

  • Available to: 60% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 38MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping? No
  • Contract length: 18 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? No
  • New line installation: Free

Until Thu 10 Aug, new customers who take TalkTalk's line rental can get its Superpowered Fibre* broadband for £13.50/mth on an 18-month contract. A breakdown:

  • Compulsory line rental. You pay £15.95/mth. But we suggest, if you can afford it, you opt to pay £141 upfront for the year (equivalent to £11.75/mth), as part of the online sign-up.

  • Unlimited fibre broadband. It's £13.50/mth - £243 over 18 months.

Analysis - this is a good deal if you can't get Virgin (above)

We explain how the deal works above. But with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats. So we like to help you make a fair comparison.

The following analysis excludes call costs, as they depend on you as an individual. If you need a new line its free and the router is also free but p&p is £5.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband and line rental cost over 18 months is £479.70, equivalent to £26.65/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband and line rental cost over 18 months is £530.10, equivalent to £29.45/mth.

EE

Fibre b'band & line rent, equiv £30.04/mth. Plus £100 vch* If you pay line rental upfront. Pay monthly and it's £33.20/mth

  • Available to: 54% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 38MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping: Yes, at peak times
  • Contract length: 18 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekend
  • New line installation cost: £60

Until Thu 31 Jul, we've blagged an £100 Amazon voucher on EE's* 38MB fibre broadband and line rental. This deal used to be only for those with an EE Sim, but it's now open to all, bar existing EE broadband customers. (You must also be in the 54% of the UK supplied by EE - check here). Here's what you get:

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £5/mth for the first six months, then £19.95/mth for the remaining 12mths.

  • Line rental is compulsory. It's usually £15.75/mth, but later in the online sign-up process you can opt to pay £132 a year upfront. It's then £15.75/mth for the final six mths.

  • £100 Amazon voucher. Sent automatically, if you go via this EE deal* link and use code EEHBB10 to get the voucher. If you have any problems signing up, call 0800 953 5828 or any voucher queries email eevouchers@affiliatewindow.com. Warning - it takes three months to arrive.

  • How to sign up. The EE link* will take you to a new window, where you'll need to enter the code and your contact details (for the voucher to be sent). You'll then be automatically redirected to the EE website where you can sign up. Two confirmation emails will be sent - one about the voucher and one for the new contract.

Analysis - this is a decent deal:

We explain how the deal works above, but with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats, so we like to help you make a fair comparison.

The following analysis excludes call costs, as they depend on you as an individual, and the £60 new line installation fee for those on cable or who need a line.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband, line rental and connection fee, cost over the 18-months is £540.75, equivalent to £30.04/mth. Plus you get the £100 Amazon voucher. If you were going to spend that at any of the featured stores anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £440.75 over the year, so equivalent to just £24.49/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental and connection fee, cost over the 18-months is £597.60, equivalent to £33.20/mth. Plus you get the £100 Amazon voucher. If you were going to spend that at any of the featured stores anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £497.60 over the year, so equivalent to just £27.64/mth.

Cheapest broadband-only deals

It’s outrageous that people just want broadband almost always need a phone too. However, on the rare occasions broadband is available as a standalone product, it's more costly than the cheapest line rental and broadband deals (see above).

Here's how they compare, but be warned - you might be better off taking a phone line too, to cut costs.

Virgin Media

Fibre optic broadband only, equiv £30.66/mth* No line rental needed, though it's £49.95 to install

  • Available to: 50% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 50MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping: Yes at peak times
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? No
  • Inclusive calls? No
  • Installation cost: £49.95

The only no line rental option is Virgin Media*, costing £30.66/mth equiv for new customers signing up to a 12-month contract.

Although you don't need a landline to get this, it works out cheaper to get Virgin broadband AND line rental, which is equivalent to £21/mth in comparison.

Here's how it works:

  • Unlimited fibre optic broadband. It's £26.50/mth for 12 months, with speeds of up to 50Mb (depending on your postcode).

  • Compulsory installation fee. Costs an additional one-off £49.95.

Over the 12-month contract it's £367.95 equivalent to £30.66/mth, excluding calls.

Plusnet Unlimited

Broadband only, equiv £14.57/mth* You'll need a BT line to get it

  • Available to: 90% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 16MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping: Yes
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? No
  • Inclusive calls? No
  • New line installation cost: £49.99

If you're new to Plusnet and want to add unlimited broadband to existing line rental (which doesn't have to be with Plusnet, but must be a BT line), Plusnet* Unlimited is £12.49/mth.

You will need a phone line on top though, and it is likely to be cheaper to get broadband and line rental as a package.

  • Line rental. You must have an existing, working BT based line for Plusnet broadband. This doesn't necessarily mean paying BT for its use - Sky use BT based lines for example, it just can't be a cable line. If that's all you have, you'll need a new line installed.

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £12.49/mth for a year, so £149.88 for the year (available to 90% of the UK).

There is a £25 connection fee. If you need a router it's free but will cost £5.99 p&p.

The cost of the broadband plus connection fee for the first year is £174.88, equivalent to £14.57/mth.

Cheapest short-term contract broadband

If you're planning to move home soon, living in student accomodation or want the freedom to leave with a short, no-penalty notice period, the Tesco deal below allows you to sign up on a monthly rolling contract, which although more expensive, can be cheaper than paying penalty charges to get out of a standard 12 or 18-month contract.

However, if you are planning to move, first check if your new contract's 'portable', meaning you can take it with you. Some providers will let you do this, but it's on a case-by-case basis.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/redir/fd19d524

Rolling 30-day contract, £17.40/mth for first 12 mths* Cancel with 30 days notice. Must pay £40 connection charge

  • Available to: 55% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 16MB
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping? Yes
  • Contract length: 30 days
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? No
  • New line installation: £35

Newbies who take Tesco* line rental can get a year's unlimited broadband for £2/mth for the first 12 months (it's £6/mth after), plus you'll earn Clubcard points.

You can opt for a 30-day rolling contract (its standard contract length is 12 months) during the sign-up process. You'll have to pay an additional £40 connection charge too.

  • Broadband. £2/mth for the first 12 months, with speeds of up to 16Mb (depending on your postcode). After the 12-month term is up, it's £6/mth.

  • Compulsory line rental. It's £15.40/mth.

If you need a new router it's free but will cost £6 p&p.

Top broadband with BT Sport and Sky Sports

If you're a sports nut, bear in mind both BT and Sky offer broadband deals for TV customers with a sports package. If you want BT Sport anyway, or are already paying for Sky Sports, the following are worth considering.

xxx

Broadband & line rent, equiv £22.54/mth. Plus £25 vch* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's £24.32/mth

  • Available to: 99% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 17MB
  • Download limit: 10GB
  • Traffic shaping: No
  • Contract length: 18 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekend
  • New line installation cost: Free

Newbies who sign up now can get BT's* standard broadband on an 18-month contract, plus a £25 Sainsbury’s voucher.

This is a good option if you want BT Sport, though you'll only be able to watch it via its app and online player - you need superfast AND BT TV to watch it on your telly (more in Digital TV Deals and Football on TV). Here's how it works:

  • Broadband. It's £5/mth for the first six months, then £10/mth for the next 12 months on an 18 month contract.

  • Compulsory line rental. It's usually £15.99/mth. But if you pay upfront for 12 months, it’s £159.84, then £15.99/mth for the remaining six months.

  • £25 voucher. You get a £25 Sainsbury's voucher. Warning: You need to claim this voucher, it isn't auto-sent - set a diary alert so you remember to claim (details below).

Analysis - this is a decent deal.

We explain how the deal works above, but with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats, so we like to help you make a fair comparison.

The following analysis excludes call costs, as they depend on you as an individual. If you need a new router, it's free, but you'll need to pay £6.95 delivery.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband and line rental cost over the 18-month contract is £405.78, equivalent to £22.54/mth. Plus you get the £25 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £380.78 over the year, so equivalent to just £21.15/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband and line rental cost over the 18-month contract is £437.82, equivalent to £24.32/mth. Plus you get the £25 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £412.82 over the year, so equivalent to just £22.93/mth.

xxx

Fibre broadband & line rent, equiv £28.38/mth. Plus £50 vch*If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £30.16/mth

  • Available to: 62% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 38MB
  • Download limit: Up to 20GB
  • Traffic shaping: No
  • Contract length: 18 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekend
  • New line installation cost: Free

Newbies who sign up now can get BT's* Infinity 1 fibre optic broadband on an 18-month contract, plus a £50 Sainsbury’s voucher.

This is a good option if you want BT Sport, though you'll only be able to watch it via its app and online player - you need superfast AND BT TV to watch it on your telly (more in Digital TV Deals and Football on TV). Here's how it works:

  • Broadband. It's £7.50/mth for the first six months, then £15/mth for the next 12 months on an 18-month contract.

  • Compulsory line rental. You must take BT line rental, usually £15.99/mth. If you pay upfront for 12 months, it’s £159.84, then £15.99/mth for the remaining six months.

  • £50 voucher. You get a £50 Sainsbury's voucher. Warning. You need to claim this voucher, it isn't auto-sent - set a diary alert so you remember to claim (details below).

  • £30 activation charge. If you need a new line installed, there's no charge. If you need a new router, it's free, but you'll need to pay £6.95 p&p.

Analysis - if you want BT Sport through your TV, this is a good deal

We explain how the deal works above, but with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats, so we like to help you make a fair comparison.

The following analysis excludes call costs, as they depend on you as an individual, and router delivery. If you need a new router, there's a one-off £6.95 delivery charge.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband, line rental and activation charge cost over the 18-month contract is £510.78, equivalent to £28.38/mth. Plus you get the £50 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £460.78 over the contract, so equivalent to just £25.60/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental and activation charge cost over the 18-month contract is £542.82, equivalent to £30.16/mth. Plus you get the £50 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £492.82 over the contract, so equivalent to just £27.38/mth.

Got Sky Sports? 'Free' broadband for 2 years

For those already paying for Sky Sports, shelling out extra for broadband may well be pointless. Sky is giving away two years' broadband to Sky Sports customers who have a Sky box and pay £15.40/mth line rental. Speed's 'up to 17MB' and there's no download limit.

Important: we're not suggesting you should get Sky Sports for the 'free' broadband - this really works best for those who already have Sky Sports. If you do though, and can't pay upfront, then this is the cheapest way to get phone and broadband. It's also a price which is locked in for two years, whereas the slightly cheaper deals you can get elsewhere are generally shorter.

  • Is it just for existing customers? No - the deal makes most sense if you're already a Sky Sports subscriber, but it's open to new customers too (see below).

  • How do you get it? If you're an existing Sky Sports subscriber, you need to activate the new, free Sky Sports 5 channel (which focuses on European football). You can do this through your online account, via the red button or over the phone. If you're a new customer, you can sign up for Sky Sports and the 'free' broadband online.

  • Can't I just get the deal then cancel Sky Sports? Although Sky's T&Cs guarantee you'll get broadband 'free' for two years, the actual contract is for 18 months if you're an existing customer or 12 months if you're a newbie. If you cancel Sky Sports before your contract's up, you'll have to pay the normal broadband price - £7.50/mth if you're a Sky TV customer, or £10/mth if you're not - until the contract ends.

  • How much is Sky Sports? Currently you can get the Sky Sports* bundle, including its basic TV package, Sky Sports AND the 'free' broadband, for £34.50/mth on a 12 month contract, plus £15.40/mth line rental.

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