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Cheap Broadband Broadband & line rent, equiv £13.50/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 £300/yr, BT £350/yr and Virgin £380/yr. The deals below can bring it down to £162/yr 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 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 £13 £15.99 £348
Sky £10 £15.40 £305
TalkTalk £3.50 £15.95 £233
Virgin £15.50 £15.99 £378

Quick questions

How long does it take to switch provider?

What if I have problems setting up my new broadband?

How do I find out what customer service is like?

What's a Mac code?

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.

ee

B'band & line rent £162 for a year, plus £100 Amzn vch* If 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 Tue 30 Sept, 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 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.

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, equivalent 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 equivalent 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, equivalent to £9.92/mth.

Sky

Line rent & b'band £192 over a year (£15.40/mth + £7 p&p), plus get £100 M&S vouchers* New Sky customers only

  • Available to: 90% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 17Mb
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping? No
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekends
  • New line installation: £20

Until Thur 25 Sept, new Sky* customers (incl those who left 12+ months ago) can get a good deal on a 12-month contract, if you get both line rental and broadband from it. Select the 'join without TV' option to see if you qualify.

  • Line rental. You pay £15.40/mth for this, £184.80 for the year. To guarantee you get the deal (as long as you fit all the other criteria) you will need to know and input your landline number. It doesn't mean you won't get the deal if you fail to, but in some rare circumstances (eg, you move into a house recently converted into flats and it's unclear which line is yours) you may miss out.

  • Unlimited broadband. You pay nothing for 12 months. Once the contract ends it's £10/mth (£7.50/mth if you have Sky TV) thereafter, though you are free to move at that point.

  • Calls. Weekend calls to landlines are included (for the first 60 minutes per call). Other call costs to UK phones match BT, see the full info below.

  • £100 M&S voucher. This is sent within 90 days of your phone line being activated.

  • You will need a new router... It's free but you’ll pay £6.95 for P&P.

  • £20 installation fee may apply Don't have a line, or switching from cable? You'll pay £20. A few on certain normal lines may need to as well. The only way to know is via the application process (it'll tell you before you commit). See full info below.

Analysis - this is a good deal

If you pay 12 months of £15.40 and the £6.95 p&p for the router, the first year cost is £191.75. But you get £100 in M&S vouchers, so if you were going to spend those at M&S anyway, it's effectively £91.75 for the first year, equivalent to £7.65/mth.

Of course, you may also pay call costs or the new line charge too so factor that in too.

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B'band & line rental, equiv £16.10/mth* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £17.70/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 on a 12-month contract for £1.75/mth if you take its line rental too. 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 £172.20 upfront for the year (equivalent to £14.35/mth), as part of the online sign-up.

  • Unlimited broadband. It's £1.75/mth for 12 months - a total of £21 for the year. Usually, you'd also need to pay a one-off £30 connection fee, but there's no charge with this deal.

  • Need a new line? If you don't have a line, or you have a cable one, it's likely you'll need a new line installed. It's free with this deal (usually £50).

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 p&p is £5.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband and line rental cost for the first year is £193.20, equivalent to £16.10/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband and line rental cost for the first year is £212.40, equivalent to is £17.70/mth.

Top deal if you want BT

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Broadband & line rent, equiv £18.90/mth. Plus £25 vch* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's £22.40/mth

  • Available to: 99% of UK
  • Speed: Up to 17Mb
  • Download limit: Unlimited
  • Traffic shaping: No
  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Deal requires line rental? Yes
  • Inclusive calls? Weekend
  • New line installation cost: Free

This BT deal quite simply isn't as cheap as the others above, but it is cheap for BT, good as many of you tell us you like to stick with the big boy. Plus it's on a 12-month contract (its standard is 18 months).

Until Mon 29 Sept, new BT customers can get its unlimited broadband and line rental for around £80/yr less than standard offers, via this specific BT link* (it's the second one down called UNLIMITED BROADBAND), and you'll also get a £25 Sainsbury's voucher.

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 opting to pay £159.84 for a year upfront, equiv £13.32 a month or is currently £15.99 monthly (rising to £16.99/mth from 1 Dec). 

  • Broadband. This is the bit we've blagged. It's £5/mth for the year, as opposed to the price on its site (£7.50/mth for 6mths, then £16/mth on an 18mth contract) - so it's £84 cheaper over the year. 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'd 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.

  • £25 Sainsbury's in-store voucher BUT you must claim it. Frustratingly, you need register for this via an online form (bookmark this link) 5 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 auto-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 good 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.

P.S. 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 12-month contract is £226.79 excluding calls, equivalent to £18.90/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 £201.79 over the 12 months, so equivalent to £16.82/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 12-month contract is £268.83 excluding calls, equivalent to £22.40/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 £243.83 over the 12 months, so equivalent to £20.32/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 £23.72/mth* If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £26.38/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. Newbies who sign up to Virgin Media* using this Broadbandchoices link can get fibre optic broadband and line rental for the equivalent of £23.72/mth. Here's how:

  • Fibre optic broadband. Sign up via the link above and you'll pay £4/mth for the first 8 months. It's then £15.50/mth for the next 10 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.

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. If you need a new line, it's free. The router's also free and you don't pay delivery.

  • If you pay line rental upfront. The total broadband and line rental cost over 18 months is £426.94, equivalent to £23.72/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband and line rental cost over 18 months is £474.82, equivalent to £26.38/mth.

EE

Fibre b'band & line rent, equiv £32.82/mth. Plus £100 vch* If you pay line rental upfront. Pay monthly and it's £35.99/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 Tue 30 Sept, 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 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 mths.

  • Connection fee. This is £50 for those signing up to fibre broadband.

  • £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 079 5213 or for 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 £590.75, equivalent to £32.82/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 £490.75 over the year, so equivalent to just £27.63/mth.

  • If you pay line rental monthly. The total broadband, line rental and connection fee, cost over the 18-months is £647.75, equivalent to £35.99/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 £547.75 over the year, so equivalent to just £30.43/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 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 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.

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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.

Top broadband deals 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. BT Sport comes 'free' with BT's broadband packages, Sky Sports subscribers can get two years' 'free' broadband - though in both cases you'll have to pay for line rental. If you're a big sports fan who wants either BT Sport or Sky Sports anyway, these deals are worth considering.

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Fibre broadband & line rent, equiv £27.93/mth. Plus £50 vch*If line rent's paid upfront. Pay monthly and it's equiv £31.43/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 £50 Sainsbury’s voucher. The offer ends Mon 29 Sept.

Here's how it works:

  • Broadband. It's £5/mth 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.

  • Compulsory '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.

  • £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.

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. 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 £502.78, equivalent to £27.93/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 £452.78 over the contract, so equivalent to just £25.15/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 £558.82, equivalent to £31.43/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 £508.82 over the contract, so equivalent to just £28.27/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. If you're a Sky Sports customer with a Sky box who's paying £15.40/mth line rental, Sky is giving away two years' broadband. Speed's 'up to 17MB' and there's no download limit. Alternatively, you can opt for a year's half-price fibre-optic broadband (see below).

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 new customers 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. You'll also get £75 back in credit on your first bill.

    If you're an existing customer, you could get a £25 M&S voucher - see the Watch Premier League for Less guide.

  • What if I want faster broadband? Instead of taking the 'free' broadband option, you can get a year's half-price fibre-optic broadband. It's usually £20/mth, but for 12 months you'll pay £10/mth, plus its £15.40/mth line rental.

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