How to Choose the Right Broadband Package
Wednesday, 29th April 2020
Don’t just pick a broadband package out of thin air… there’s a lot to consider to ensure it works for you and your family. We’ll talk you through everything you need to know, so don’t go anywhere!
Choosing the right broadband package is more important than you may think. It can create a happy and calm household – something that’s priceless! Follow our six factors to consider when choosing the right broadband package and never suffer the frustration of slow connections or the stress of expensive bills again.
1) Type of broadband
There are two main types of broadband: ADSL and fibre optic. ADSL transmits data via copper cables, whereas fibre uses glass or plastic cables which results in much faster speeds.
ADSL or standard broadband is more widely available across the UK, so if you live in a remote area, it could be your only broadband option.
2) Amount of data
Do you know how much data your household uses? A lot of broadband packages nowadays offer unlimited data – but not all! You’ll definitely want to check this before signing up to a contract.
Ofcom worked out that the average household uses 190GB a month – but if it’s just you and you don’t use the internet that much (especially for things like streaming movies and TV shows), you might not need that much.
3) Broadband speed
This is the confusing bit. The broadband speed you require depends on a few different factors.
The amount of people in your home. If there’s a lot of you all under one roof, it might increase the need for faster broadband – but only if you all use internet-enabled technology.
The amount of devices in your home. If there are several devices (like smart TVs, laptops, mobile phones, tablets etc) all being used at once, you’ll need a better broadband package to keep up with the demand.
What you use the internet for. You might have lots of people and devices in one house but if you’re only using the internet to send emails and surf the internet, you won’t need a superfast broadband package.
The connection in your area. If you live in a remote area, you might want to get a faster broadband deal to increase your chances of a better connection.
4) Contract length
Always check the contract length before you sign up. They normally range from 12 to 36 months – but there are 1-month deals out there. It’s up to you how long you feel comfortable getting a contract for. But beware that the provider could up your price after the contract term ends.
5) Cost of broadband
Speed, type of broadband and amount of data might mean nothing if it all comes down to budget. If that’s the case, you’ll be pleased to know that there are broadband deals for every budget – starting from around £18 a month for standard broadband to £40+ a month for superfast broadband. You can usually filter your search by price on a comparison site.
6) Bundle packages
Could a bundle deal be right for you? If you pay for TV subscriptions separately, you can bundle it into one and get broadband, TV and your phone line all from one provider. Doing this could save you some money!
Now you know what to look out for and what will best suit your needs, why not take a look at some great broadband deals and upgrade your internet package today?