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Cheap Broadband Broadband & line rent, equiv £9.73/mth

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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 Sky £320/yr, BT £340/yr and Virgin £380/yr. The deals below can bring it down to just £117/yr if you pay upfront and factor in cashback.

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 around £14 a month.

Typical standard broadband and line rental costs
Provider Standard monthly broadband cost Standard monthly line rental cost Cost per year for both
BT £12.50 £15.99 £342
Sky £10 £16.40 £317
TalkTalk £3.50 £15.95 £233
Virgin £15.50 £15.99 £378

Quick questions

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What if the broadband isn't in my area?

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 here, but do you need it?

    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.

    More of us are using more data online and because of this we need more speed. 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, you will need superfast.

    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.

Plusnet

B'band and line rental, equiv £9.74/mth incl £75 cashback* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £12.70/mth

  • Available to: 90% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 17Mb
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping? Yes
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Yes (no if you pay line rental upfront)
  • New line installation: £49.99

Plusnet is part of the BT group, and a high 79% rated its broadband customer service 'good' in our latest poll (see below for full results). Newbies who take out Plusnet's line rental can get Unlimited Broadband* for just £2.50/mth on a 12-month contract, and £75 cashback via our special link.

The deal's running until Tue 11 Nov. Here's how it works:

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £2.50/mth - a total of £30 for the year. This rises to £9.99/mth when the contract ends, so check then if you can get it cheaper.

  • Compulsory line rental. The cheapest way is paying £155.88 for a year upfront (equiv £12.99 a month). Select this option during sign-up, or alternatively pay £15.95 each month.

  • Weekend calls. Weekend calls to landlines are included if you pay monthly, but not if you take the upfront line rental option.

  • £75 cashback. Provided you've used the link above and not gone direct, you'll get a £75 cheque. You will receive an email within 10 working days of your Plusnet account being activated. Once you've clicked the link you will see a confirmation screen - this means you have claimed the cashback and will receive a cheque in the name of the account holder by post within 30 days of clicking the link.

  • Need a new line? If you need a new line installed, eg, if switching from cable or if you've moved into a property where the landline hasn't been activated (you'll be told during sign-up), installation is £49.99.

Analysis - the cheapest deal on the market, smashing standard offers

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 don't have a router, you can get one free, but you'll pay £5.99 p&p - we've included it in the analysis as most will need a new router.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband, line rental cost and router p&p for the first year is £191.87, equivalent to £15.99/mth. Plus you'll get the £75 cashback. If you factor that in, it's effectively £116.87 over the year, so equivalent to just £9.74/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental cost and router p&p for the first year is £227.39, equivalent to is £18.95/mth. Plus you'll get the £75 cashback. If you factor that in, it's effectively £152.39 over the year, so equivalent to just £12.70/mth.

ee

B'band & line rent £168 for a year, plus £100 Amzn vch* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's £225 for the year

  • 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: £30

Until Wed 31 Dec, you can get this special MSE Blagged deal by following this special EE link*, entering the code EEHBB10 and submitting your contact details. You'll be signed up to a one-year contract, which includes...

  • Compulsory line rental. It's cheapest to opt to pay £132 for the year upfront for a year as part of the sign-up process, 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.

  • £6 for a router. Technically the router is 'free', but you have to get one and the £6 delivery cost is part of the package price.

  • Weekend calls. Weekend calls to landlines are included. Others are mostly on a par with BT, and will be slightly cheaper after BT hikes prices on 1 Dec (unless EE follows suit and raises its prices too).

  • £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 079 5213 or for 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.

  • Still in contract? Get up to £100 credit to cover switching costs. If you're in contract elsewhere and have to pay to switch, EE will give you up to £100 credit to cover your costs (excl call charges) - plus you'll get the voucher as part of the deal above.

    You have to pay your old provider upfront, then claim through EE within 90 days of your new broadband going live. You'll need to upload your last bill from your old provider to the EE site - it'll then credit your account within 60 days.

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 £30 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 router delivery cost for the first year is £168, equivalent to £14/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 £68 over the year, so equivalent to just £5.66/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental cost and router delivery cost for the first year is £225, equivalent to £18.75/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 £125 over the year, equivalent to £10.42/mth.

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B'band & line rental, equiv £14.77/mth plus £75 vch* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £18.99/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

Until Thur 6 Nov newbies to TalkTalk's Simply Broadband* via this MoneySupermarket link, who also take TalkTalk's line rental, can get it 'free' on a 12-month contract. Plus, you can get a £75 Love2Shop voucher on top (not available if you need a new line installed). Here's how it works:

  • Compulsory line rental. It's cheapest to opt to pay £172.20 upfront for a year as part of the sign-up process (paid monthly it's £15.95 per month).

  • Unlimited broadband. It's free on a 12 month contract. The price will rise to £3.50/mth after the contract ends, so check to see if a better deal is available elsewhere.

  • Call costs. No calls are included - they're priced a touch more than BT standard (though it has packages you can pay for to reduce costs). TalkTalk also apply a £50 unbilled calls limit. TalkTalk also apply a £50 unbilled calls limit. This means if you make more than £50 worth of phone calls, further outgoing calls will be stopped until at least £25 is paid off.

  • £75 Love2Shop voucher, spendable at Boots, Argos & over 80 other stores. See the full Love2Shop list for all retailers. Once your broadband connection is live, log into TalkTalk My Account and the voucher will be posted within 28 days. You can't get the voucher if you need a new line installed.

  • You get a router but delivery is £5. Includes a compulsory router, but you must pay a one-off fee of £5 for delivery.

  • Need a new line? If you need a new line installed, eg, if switching from cable or rare cases from other landlines (you'll be told during sign-up), installation is free.

Analysis - this deal is really competitive

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, line rental and router p&p cost for the first year is £177.20, equivalent to £14.77/mth. Plus you get the £75 Love2Shop voucher. If you were going to spend that at any of the featured stores anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £102.20 over the year, so equivalent to £8.52/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental and router p&p cost for the first year is £196.40, equivalent to £16.37/mth. Plus you get the £75 Love2Shop voucher. If you were going to spend that at any of the featured stores anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £121.40 over the year, so equivalent to £10.12/mth.

Top deals if you want BT

BT isn't the cheapest provider around but as many of you tell us you'd like to stick with the big boy, here are its current top deals.

Remember BT broadband customers also get BT Sport, which is a bonus for sports nuts, although unless you upgrade to get both superfast and BT TV it's only available via an app or online player.

BT

Fibre broadband & line rent, equiv £26.60/mth. Plus £125 vch*If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £28.93/mth

  • Available to: 60% 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

BT Sport is also included with BT's superfast broadband, although only online or via an app unless you pay more to get BT TV as well.

Newbies who sign up now can get BT's* Infinity 1 fibre optic broadband on an 18-month contract, plus a £125 Sainsbury’s voucher. This offer ends Fri 31 Oct.

Here's how it works:

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

  • Compulsory line rental. It's currently £15.99/mth. But if you pay upfront for 12 months, it’s £159.84, equivalent to £13.32/mth. From 1 Dec, these costs are rising - it'll be £16.99/mth, or £169.90 if you pay upfront after then.

  • 'Free' BT Hub router. You have to pay £6.95 to cover p&p.

  • Watch BT Sport via an app or online player. You'll get BT Sport for 'free', though unless you upgrade to get BT TV as well it's only available via an app (free to download for iPhone and Android), or through online streaming.

  • £125 voucher. You get a £125 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.

Analysis - if you want BT Sport, 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, there's a one-off £6.95 delivery charge.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband, line rental, activation charge and router delivery cost over the 18-month contract is £478.73, equivalent to £26.60/mth. Plus you get the £125 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £353.73 over the contract, so equivalent to just £19.65/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental (including the price increase from 1 Dec) activation charge and router delivery cost over the 18-month contract is £520.77, equivalent to £28.93/mth. Plus you get the £125 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £395.77 over the contract, so equivalent to just £21.99/mth.

xxx

Broadband & line rent, equiv £25.60/mth. Plus £75 vch* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's £28.27/mth

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

New BT customers who sign up now via this BT link* can get its unlimited broadband and line rental on an 18-month contract, plus a £75 Sainsbury’s voucher. This offer ends Fri 31 Oct.

Here's how it works:

  • Who is eligible? Anyone who doesn't have BT broadband now. Eg, if you only have its phone line, that's fine. Or if you used to have its broadband, that's fine too.

  • Compulsory line rental. You need a BT phone line. If not, the cheapest way to get one is by opting to pay £159.84 for a year upfront, equiv £13.32 a month. Otherwise, it is currently £15.99 monthly (rising to £16.99/mth from 1 Dec).

  • Broadband. It's £5/mth for the first six months, then £14/mth for the remaining 12 months. Up to 17Mb speed.

  • 'Free' BT Hub router. You have to pay £6.95 to cover p&p.

  • 'Free' line installation. Don't have a line, or switching from cable? Normally you'd pay £130 for one to be installed, with this deal it's free - see full info below (if it's a second line, you'll pay).

  • Call costs. Weekend calls (up to 60 mins per call) to landlines included, other call costs are BT standard rates. See full call charges below.

  • £75 Sainsbury's in-store voucher BUT you must claim it. Frustratingly, you need to register for this via an online form (bookmark this link) five days after the broadband's activated. It's then posted within 30 days so diarise carefully. Warning: You need to claim this voucher, it isn't automatically sent - set a diary alert so you remember to claim - see full details.

  • Watch BT Sport via an app or online player. BT broadband customers get BT Sport for 'free', though unless you upgrade to get both superfast and BT TV it's only available via an app (free to download for iPhone and Android), or through online streaming.

Analysis - this is a decent deal for BT

With this deal, we explain how it works above, but with broadband, different companies use different promotional formats, so we like to help you make a fair comparison. If you already have a router, you don't have to get a new one but, as most will, we've factored it into our analysis.

PS If you're a member of a cashback site, depending on what you're actually signing up for, some cashback offers could beat the savings with this deal - see Top Cashback Sites.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband, line rental and delivery cost for the router over the 18-month contract is £466.73 excluding calls, equivalent to £25.93/mth. Plus you get the £75 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £391.73 over the 18 months, so equivalent to £21.76/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental - including the price increase from 1 Dec - and delivery cost for the router over the 18-month contract is £508.77 excluding calls, equivalent to £28.27/mth. Plus you get the £75 Sainsbury's voucher. If you were going to spend that at Sainsbury's anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £433.77 over the 18 months, so equivalent to £24.10/mth.

Cheapest fibre-optic

Superfast or fibre-optic broadband offers a much faster speed with greater consistency, though it's far pricier than normal broadband. If you're a heavy user - if you love to stream movies and music, or regularly download things - it can be a better option. It can also be a good idea if there are several people in the household likely to be online at the same time.

However, if you only use the web to browse and check emails or social media, or stream and download less frequently, you might be better off boosting your existing broadband speed instead. Our Broadband Speed Test guide shows you how.

Virgin Media

Fibre-optic broadband and line rental, equiv £17.17/mth incl £55 bill credit If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £21.16/mth

  • 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? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekend
  • New line installation cost: Free

For superfast broadband, this is a top deal with a big provider. Currently, newbies who sign up to Virgin Media via uSwitch can get fibre-optic broadband and line rental for the equivalent of £17.17/mth on a 12-month contract, including £55 back in credit on your first bill with the code USWITCH55 (enter it when you get to the final checkout page). Here's how:

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

  • Compulsory line rental. It's cheapest to opt to pay £144 upfront for a year (equivalent to £12/mth). To do this, sign up, then call 0845 840 7777 once your installation date's confirmed and request the Line Rental Saver option. If you'd prefer to pay monthly, it's £15.99/mth.

  • £55 back in credit on your first bill. Enter the code USWITCH55 at checkout and you'll receive £55 credit on your first bill.

  • Call costs. Weekend calls (up to 60 mins per call) to landlines are included, other call costs are a touch more than BT. See full call charges below.

  • Need a new line? If you need a new line installed, eg, if you only have a standard BT line, it's free with this deal.

Analysis - this is a great deal for fibre

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. The router's also free and you don't pay for delivery.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. Factoring in broadband, line rental and the £55 credit on your first bill, it comes to £206 all-in over 12 months, equivalent to £17.17/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. Factoring in broadband, line rental and £55 credit on your first bill, it comes to £253.88 all-in over 12 months, equivalent to £21.16/mth.

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Fibre b'band & line rental, equiv £22.99/mth plus £75 vch* If you pay line rental upfront. Pay monthly and it's £24.06/mth

  • Available to: 66% 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

TalkTalk newbies (inc those who left 12 + months ago), taking an 18 month contract via this specific TalkTalk* link get the following deal (not available if you're getting a new line):

  • Unlimited fibre broadband. This is avail to 66% of the UK. It's £5/mth for a year, then £13.50/mth for the remaining six months. The speed is up to 38Mb - you'll be told your predicted speed before signing up and you can also test your current speed

  • Compulsory line rental. It's cheapest to opt to pay £172.20 upfront for a year as part of the sign-up process (paid monthly it's £15.95 per month). For the last six months either pay £15.95/mth or choose to pay upfront for another year.

  • Call costs. No calls are included - they're priced a touch more than BT standard (though it has packages you can pay for to reduce costs). TalkTalk also apply a £50 unbilled calls limit. TalkTalk also apply a £50 unbilled calls limit. This means if you make more than £50 worth of phone calls, further outgoing calls will be stopped until at least £25 is paid off.

  • £75 Love2Shop voucher, spendable at Boots, Argos & over 80 other stores. See the full Love2Shop list for all retailers. Once your broadband connection is live, log into TalkTalk My Account and the voucher will be posted within 28 days. You can't get the voucher if you need a new line installed.

  • You get a router but delivery is £5. Includes a compulsory router, but you must pay a one-off £5 for delivery.

  • Need a new line? If you need a new line installed, eg, if switching from cable or rare cases from other landlines (you'll be told during sign-up), installation is free.

Analysis - this is a top deal for fibre-optic broadband

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, line rental and router delivery cost over 18 months is £413.90, equivalent to £22.99/mth. Plus you get the £75 Love2Shop voucher. If you were going to spend that at any of the featured stores anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £338.90 over the 18 months, so equivalent to £18.83/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental and router delivery cost over 18 months is £433.10, equivalent to £24.06/mth. Plus you get the £75 Love2Shop voucher. If you were going to spend that at any of the featured stores anyway, factor it in and it's effectively £358.10 over the 18 months, so equivalent to £19.89/mth.

EE

Fibre b'band & line rent, equiv £30.38/mth. Plus £100 vch* If you pay line rental upfront. Pay monthly and it's £33.54/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: £30

We've blagged a £100 Amazon voucher 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 fibre area supplied by EE - check here.) Here's what you get:

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £5/mth for the first three months, then £19.95/mth for the remaining 15 months.

  • 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 months.

  • £6 for a router. Technically the router is 'free', but you have to get one and the £6 delivery cost is part of the package price.

  • Weekend calls. Weekend calls to landlines are included. Others are mostly on a par with BT, and will be slightly cheaper after BT hikes prices on 1 Dec (unless EE follows suit and raises its prices too).

  • 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 079 5213 or for 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.

  • Still in contract? Get up to £100 credit to cover switching costs. If you're in contract elsewhere and have to pay to switch, EE will give you up to £100 credit to cover your costs (excl call charges) - plus you'll get the voucher as part of the deal above.

    You have to pay your old provider upfront, then claim through EE within 90 days of your new broadband going live. You'll need to upload your last bill from your old provider to the EE site - it'll then credit your account within 60 days.

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, and the £30 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 router cost over the 18 months is £546.75, equivalent to £30.38/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 £446.75 over the 18 months, so equivalent to just £22.38/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental and connection fee, cost over the 18 months is £603.75, equivalent to £33.54/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 £503.75 over the 18 months, so equivalent to just £27.99/mth.

Cheapest broadband-only deals

It’s outrageous that people who 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'll probably find taking a phone line too works out cheaper.

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 equivalent 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 £23.72/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 17Mb
  • 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 accommodation 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, equiv £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.




Having trouble with a previous broadband deal?

If you recently signed up to an MSE Blagged deal and have yet to receive a voucher, or are having problems getting the deal despite having signed up in time, you can check the details of the deal and how to get help below.

Sky: £192 M&S vouchers with b'band & line rent

BT: Up to £75 Sainsbury's voucher with b'band & line rent

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