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Shell Energy Broadband Shell Energy Broadband
Ends 2 Mar

Its standard broadband speed, despite the name

B'band customer service: 3.9 (Poor)

Not part of the Ofcom automatic compensation scheme

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

18 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

£10.55

Setup costs

'£20.58'

Effective monthly cost

£19.99 Monthly cost

(Prices may change during contract)

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

18 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

'£20.58'

Effective monthly cost

£10.55

Setup costs

£19.99 Monthly cost

Octopus Energy has bought Shell Energy UK More info
NOW Broadband NOW Broadband
Ends 2 Mar

New broadband customers only
B'band customer service: 5.9 (OK)

Part of the Ofcom automatic compensation scheme

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

12 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

£10.00

Setup costs

'£20.83'

Effective monthly cost

£20.00 Monthly cost

(Prices may change during contract)

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

12 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

'£20.83'

Effective monthly cost

£10.00

Setup costs

£20.00 Monthly cost

NOW Broadband NOW Broadband
Ends 2 Mar

New broadband customers only
B'band customer service: 5.9 (OK)

Part of the Ofcom automatic compensation scheme

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

1 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

£70.00

Setup costs

'£25.83'

Effective monthly cost

£20.00 Monthly cost

(Prices may change during contract)

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

1 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

'£25.83'

Effective monthly cost

£70.00

Setup costs

£20.00 Monthly cost

Plusnet Plusnet
Ends 2 Mar

New broadband customers only
B'band customer service: 7.7 (Good)

Part of the Ofcom automatic compensation scheme

10 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

24 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

£0.00

Setup costs

'£25.99'

Effective monthly cost

£25.99 Monthly cost

(Prices may change during contract)

10 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

24 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

'£25.99'

Effective monthly cost

£0.00

Setup costs

£25.99 Monthly cost

TalkTalk TalkTalk
Ends 2 Mar

Its standard broadband speed, despite the name

New broadband customers only
B'band customer service: 5.8 (OK)

Part of the Ofcom automatic compensation scheme

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

18 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

£0.00

Setup costs

'£26.95'

Effective monthly cost

£26.95 Monthly cost

(Prices may change during contract)

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

18 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

'£26.95'

Effective monthly cost

£0.00

Setup costs

£26.95 Monthly cost

Plusnet Plusnet
Ends 2 Mar

New broadband customers only
B'band customer service: 7.7 (Good)

Part of the Ofcom automatic compensation scheme

10 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

24 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

£0.00

Setup costs

'£26.99'

Effective monthly cost

£26.99 Monthly cost

(Prices may change during contract)

10 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

24 month

Contract

No calls included

Call costs

'£26.99'

Effective monthly cost

£0.00

Setup costs

£26.99 Monthly cost

Shell Energy Broadband Shell Energy Broadband
Ends 2 Mar

Its standard broadband speed, despite the name

B'band customer service: 3.9 (Poor)

Not part of the Ofcom automatic compensation scheme

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

18 month

Contract

Anytime calls included

Call costs

£10.55

Setup costs

'£33.23'

Effective monthly cost

£32.64 Monthly cost

(Prices may change during contract)

11 Mb

Average Speed

Usage details

18 month

Contract

Anytime calls included

Call costs

'£33.23'

Effective monthly cost

£10.55

Setup costs

£32.64 Monthly cost

Octopus Energy has bought Shell Energy UK More info

Which is the best broadband in my area?

Plug your postcode into our broadband checker and see what’s available in your area. You can filter by speed, contract length and provider.

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What types of broadband are available?

This will largely depend on where you live, as not all options are available to everyone. You’ve also got to factor in what you use the internet for and how much you’re willing to spend. If you regularly stream music and videos, or you’re an avid gamer, you’ll want the fastest broadband - ultrafast or fibre optic - but these aren’t available to everyone just yet. 

The most common types of broadband are:

  • Standard – with average speeds of 10-11Mb. This is the basic level, sometimes called ADSL.
  • Fibre-optic broadband – average speeds of 35-36Mb (though some offer 50Mb). This is delivered through more sophisticated glass or plastic wires before connecting to your home. Seefibre deals.
  • Fast fibre-optic – with average speeds around 60Mb. Uses the same fibre wires, it's just faster.
  • Superfast fibre-optic broadband – with average speeds usually above 100Mb. This requires more sophisticated wiring usually direct to your home, and is only available from a limited number of suppliers. See Fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband.

Broadband speeds and different areas

It's important to understand that these advertised speeds are based on the average speed received by at least 50% of a provider's current customer base between 8pm and 10pm – when most people are online.

Most firms have signed up to a code of practice committing to give a personalised estimate and a minimum guaranteed speed before you sign up. So if your speeds drop below this minimum for three consecutive days, you can ask your provider to check for a fault – and get it fixed.

If it remains unresolved for 30 days, you should be able to exit your contract penalty-free. This applies both to broadband-only deals AND packaged deals that include TV and a landline phone, provided you bought them at the same time as the broadband.

 Who are the best internet providers in my area?

 You can use our tool to find the best broadband deals where you live: 

  1. ​Enter your postcode above and then click ‘Check Availability’.
  2. You’ll see all the deal that are available in your area.
  3. Use the filter on the left of the page to pick how fast you want your package to be, the length of the contract, whether you want a TV package and what kind of phone package you’d like.
  4. Choose the deal you want. Click ‘More Details’ to see more specific information about the package and hit ‘Get Deal’ to go to the provider’s website and sign up to the deal.

What about Virgin Media?

The big exception is Virgin, which runs its own separate cable network. This covers a smaller area - just over 50% of households. But if you're in the right area it can be very fast, offering top speeds of 1,000Mb.

It's worth noting broadband and home phone service work a little differently in some places in and around Hull - the city has an entirely independent telecoms network run by KCOM, also known as Kingston Communications.

Our top need-to-knows

1

Who we do and don't compare

This tool looks at 23 of the biggest providers, including the giants of BT, Sky and Virgin. Plus special deals we've found or blagged that we think are top picks. Yet there are also many small providers we can't list - which occasionally have cheap deals - so it's always worth checking direct with any local provider you know of. Let us know if you find a top deal we've missed and see which providers this tool covers.

2

Switching can save you £100s

Many get a cheap promo deal for broadband, line rent and/or TV, and stick with it when it ends, usually paying £100s/year more than they started with. Don't let it be you - compare now and see if you could save

3

Fast advertised speeds don't mean faster broadband

Providers only have to advertise the average speed received by at least 50% of customers between 8pm and 10pm. Your actual speed can depend on a host of factors - see the full checklist of tips in Broadband Speed Boosting.

4

Consider your need for speed

If it's just you and the dog, you're likely to be fine with standard speeds averaging around 11Mb. If you share a house, or you use the web for movie downloads, streaming or gaming, you may want to opt for faster speeds in excess of 30Mb.

5

Beware of mid-contract switching costs

Usually you'll pay for the rest of the contract plus termination fees. If your provider increases prices mid-contract and didn't warn you before you signed up, you can switch penalty-free within 30 days of notification of the price hike.

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