Best broadband deals
By Jon Barrow
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.
No one likes paying more than they need to. So to save you money we've trawled through all the available broadband packages around to find the best cheap broadband deals on offer.
The broadband deals highlighted below are the cheapest available if you want the most common type of 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 1 December 2016. The prices we've listed include all standard charges so are higher - but more accurate - than those advertised by the providers.
Cheap broadband deals
Option 1 - Sky Broadband Unlimited (Black Friday deal and so likely to run out soon)
- Total first year cost: £189.95 (effectively £15.83/month)
- Sign up incentive: £75 PrePaid MasterCard
This great Black Friday online deal is the cheapest that we've seen recently. It costs just £15/month though there is a £9.95 charge to send out a router - giving a combined effective cost of £15.83/month over the course of the one-year contract.
You don't get a call allowance with this deal so you'll either have to pay-as-you-go or add a calling plan (prices start from an additional £4/month). However you do get a free £75 PrePaid MasterCard as a signing on incentive plus free access to Sky Wi-Fi at over 20,000 locations across the UK.
Sky broadband review – see how Sky did in our latest customer satisfaction survey
Option 2 - Plusnet Unlimited broadband (18 month contract with line rental saver option)
- Total first year cost: £192.99 (effectively £16.08/month)
If the Sky Black Friday deal has expired then this Plusnet package is a decent alternative. The effective monthly cost is only slightly higher though you will miss out on the £75 PrePaid MasterCard.
To get this price you will need to opt for an 18-month contract rather than a 12 month deal (packages with annual contracts are available but are more expensive). You'll also have to pay a year's worth of line rental fees up front - at a cost of £185.88 - along with a £6.99 charge to send out a router (you can decline this and use an existing one though Plusnet 'strongly' advises that you don't). You then just pay a 1p/month charge for your broadband service. Put this all together and you're left with an effective price of £16.08/month.
Two final points. As with the Sky deal, this one doesn't include any inclusive calls so you'll either have to pay-as-you-go or add a calling plan (prices start from £4/month). And though the broadband contract runs for 18 months, the line rental deal only covers a year so to avoid the price going up for the final six months you'll need to renew the line rental saver by paying another lump sum.
Plusnet broadband review – see how Plusnet 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.