Full Fibre 900
Britain's biggest broadband provider hasn't always been Britain's best broadband provider. In previous Which? surveys, BT has often fallen below average and has even been trumped by Virgin Media and Sky. But with improving availability of faster speeds, including lightning-fast full fibre broadband, could BT have become one of the best broadband providers?
Below you’ll find a range of information about BT broadband. Which? Members can also read our full review, including:
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We'll tell you exactly what you need to know about all the UK's biggest broadband providers, and help you avoid signing up for a deal you'll come to regret.
Which? Recommended Providers are the cream of the crop, and the accolade is only given to broadband companies that achieve a customer score of 70% or above.
That's not all. We know that price is important, so companies can only be Recommended Providers if they charge a reasonable price for their services. If they charge too much they're not eligible, whatever score they receive in the survey.
BT supplies customers with its Smart Hub (launched in July 2016) for superfast fibre customers, or the Smart Hub 2 for Ultrafast Fibre Plus customers. These are free, apart from a £9.99 postage and packaging charge.
BT offers broadband and home phone deals, or broadband, home phone and pay TV. Until recently, have a broadband deal with BT meant having a phone line too. However, that's no longer the case - mean that it's now possible to get broadband-only services if you're prefer.
However, all BT broadband packages still include line rental which costs £23.05 a month. You can pay this monthly or quarterly with no discount. However, if you pay for 12 months upfront, which would cost £219.84, you can reduce the annual cost of your broadband deal by £56.76 when compared to the standard monthly cost.
BT's broadband deals now have an 24-month contract as standard, which may be too long for some. If you do decide to take up a broadband contract with BT, also keep in mind that it will raise the price of your deal at the end of March each year, by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation as published in January plus an additional 3.9%.
BT broadband users can enjoy access to TV sports content through the BT app or by streaming it online. This costs £10 a month if you have a BT broadband package, although there are sometimes free offers available. BT's deals also give free and unlimited access to the company's wi-fi network - this comprises five million hotspots in public places across the UK.
BT has the best broadband availability in the country. The chances are that if any company can supply broadband to your house, it will be BT.
BT offers standard ADSL speeds (average speed 10Mbps) to those who can't access fibre, although it no longer advertises standard deals on its website. Instead, it focuses on fibre-optic connections with average speeds between 36Mbps and 67Mbps, depending on the package you take.
A small number of homes can also access ultrafast BT broadband via fibre-optic technology called 'G.fast' or 'fibre to the premises' (FTTP). BT's full fibre offerings have average speeds of 145Mbps, 300Mbps, 500Mbps and 910Mbps, depending on the package.
BT’s ultrafast packages also come with a speed guarantee, whereby you can claim £20 if your speed falls below a set rate.