Best broadband deals
There are so many different broadband deals out there that finding the cheapest one can be daunting. So we've done the hard work for you.
We've trawled through all the available broadband packages to find the best on offer.
The deals highlighted below are the cheapest available if you want the most common type of broadband package – that is a standard speed one (up to 17Mbps) in which you also pay line rental to the same provider. All the packages mentioned include unlimited downloads.
Best broadband providers - these deals may be cheap but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best. Read our in-depth broadband provider reviews before signing up for any deal. These contain everything you need to know, from our latest satisfaction survey ratings to lab reviews of the equipment they supply.All package and price information correct as of 6 July 2016. The prices we've listed include all standard charges so are higher - and more accurate - than those advertised by the providers.
Cheapest broadband deals
Option 1 - Post Office Broadband Premium (line rental saver option)
- Total first year cost: £174.95 (effectively £14.58/month)
- Cost over the 18 month contract: £306.95 (effectively £17.05/month)
This package is the cheapest that we've found if you look at prices in the first year of the deal.
It includes free weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 and 0845 numbers and free caller display. There's no charge for the broadband element for the first 12 months, meaning that you only pay line rental fees during this period. Do this in one go (£168 a year or £14/month – it's £16/month otherwise), add in the £6.95 charge to send out your router and you're left with an effective monthly cost in the first year of £14.58.
However you should bear in mind that as with most of the best deals you will need to sign up to a lengthy 18 month contract and prices do increase after the first year. Once the free introductory deal runs out you'll have to pay £8/month for your broadband on top of the line rental fees, giving an effective monthly cost over the whole 18 months of £17.05.
Post Office Broadband review – see how Post Office Broadband did in our latest customer satisfaction survey.
Option 2 - TalkTalk Simply Broadband (value line rental option)
- Total first year cost: £187.35 (effectively £15.61/month)
- Cost over the 18 month contract: £277.65 (effectively £15.43/month)
- Sign up incentive: £50 Love2shop voucher
TalkTalk's package is more expensive than the Post Office's over the first year though is cheaper when you compare it over the full length of the contract (both tie you in for 18 months). Plus new customers switching online from BT, Sky or Plusnet are eligible to receive a £50 Love2shop voucher, which can be spent in a wide range of stores, making this deal potentially much better value for some people.
Like the Post Office plan, TalkTalk Simply Broadband comes with unlimited data and download speeds of up to 17Mbps. However you don't get a call allowance so you'll either have to pay as you go or add a calling plan.
During the 18 month-long contract you only pay line rental (effectively £15.05/month if you pay all 18 months in advance - £270.81 - or £17.70 if you pay it monthly). Add in the £6.75 one-off P&P charge for the router and you pay an effective monthly cost in the first year of £15.61 or £15.43 over the whole 18 months.
TalkTalk review – see how TalkTalk did in our latest customer satisfaction survey
Cheapest broadband deal (with a 12-month contract)
EE Unlimited Broadband & Calls (line rental saver option)
- Total first year cost: £207 (effectively £17.25/month)
EE's broadband deal is quite a bit more expensive than the other two packages we've highlighted when judged on first year costs. However the advantage of this deal is that you're only locked in for 12 months, meaning that you're free to find a better deal after just one year.
EE's plan costs £1/month for the broadband element plus £15.75 in line rental charges (as long as you're happy to pay 12 months in advance for £189 - if not it's £17.50/month). There's also a £6 router charge. Giving an effective monthly cost in the first year of £17.25.
In return you get an unlimited data allowance, download speeds of up to 17Mbps, free weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 and 0845 numbers and 12 months' Norton Online Security.
EE Broadband review – see how EE Broadband did in our latest customer satisfaction survey
Get a better broadband deal without switching
You don't have to switch provider to save money. Our latest Which? investigation found that it's easy to save money by simply phoning your current provider and asking for a better deal.
Simply follow our expert haggling tips and ask your provider to match the prices set out above.