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Getting the best broadband deal depends on the types of internet connection and speeds available in your area. Check the latest home broadband deals using your postcode, our broadband comparison brings you the latest live prices and offers from the UKs’ leading broadband providers including:
BT broadband, EE broadband, NOW, Plusnet, SKY broadband, TalkTalk, O2 Virgin broadband, Vodafone broadband and others.
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How to change broadband provider in 3 STEPS
Switching your broadband provider is easy
① Use our comparison service to find the latest broadband offers in your area.
② Click on ‘view deal’ to head over to the service providers website.
③ Fill in the required details, agree to the providers t&c’s, enter your payment details and click to signup.
Switching broadband providers usually involves moving your line rental and phone number across to your new internet service provider. The whole process can take up to 2 weeks but is usually faster. Once you have agreed to switch to a new provider your new provider will work with your existing provider to agree a changeover date. You will be provided with this date and any new equipment (e.g. a router) will be sent out, ready to plug in and use on the day your service switches over.
In the meantime your old service will continue to work up until the switch over happens. You may temporarily loose service for a short period on the switchover day, but providing there are no serious issues switching providers is usually very straightforward.
Home Broadband – Our Top Tips
Go for unlimited broadband – If you plan to stream video or music and run smart TV apps like Netfilx, Now TV or Amazon Prime TV, always consider ‘unlimited usage’ plans to ensure you don’t incur unexpected extra data charges.
It’s all about speed – Select broadband with faster average speeds to watch in high definition with uninterrupted streaming and no buffering.
Live in a 5G area, take a look at 5G mobile broadband for your home – 5G broadband via the mobile network brings superfast internet to numerous postcodes across the UK. Take a look at our 5G broadband guide to see if you can switch to 5G for your broadband.
Don’t be afraid to switch your broadband provider – Households that switch broadband or fibre internet providers could save £120 or more, per year. This is based on average annual savings by taking up limited time broadband offers …Why not compare offers using our broadband comparison today?
Home Broadband FAQs
Most broadband offers and prices are time limited - So always check the T&Cs!
You can switch your broadband contract whenever you like. However, if your existing contract has a minimum term and you are still within that period and you decide to switch, you might be required to pay an early exit charge. Your provider may even require you to continue paying the monthly fees up until the contract ends. Once your contract period has ended you are free to switch and there should be no penalty for doing so.
- Connection charge and monthly cost - switching providers should be hassle free, some providers do charge a small initial connection charge, this is usually to cover sending out equipment like a new router however other providers have no connection charges providing no engineer work is required. The cost of your service will be based on a monthly fee, any other charges should be listed clearly.
- Contract period or length - contracts usually last between12-24 months, prices often automatically increase when your initial contract period comes to an end.
- Line rental, phone and inclusive calls - broadband contracts usually include line rental within the monthly cost, occasionally you might decide to have your phone line (line rental) and broadband from separate providers however this is increasingly rare as it is usually cheaper to have a single provider for both. Most ISPs offer line rental, phone and calls packages bundled in with broadband, these offers provide great savings especially with 'anytime calls' packages.
- 'No in contract price rises' - always check whether the ISP (internet provider) guarantees against in contract price rises. Occasionally advertised prices can rise if this is not stated. If your provider wants to increase prices they must write to you, you should be provided a cooling off period, during this period you can switch providers without a penalty (even if you are still in a contract).
- Remember you are always able to switch your broadband provider when you come out of contract - always recheck the best offers with your existing broadband provide, you can choose to sign up for a new contract ..or you can visit WOWCOMPARE.CO again to search for the latest broadband, home phone & TV offers.
Our comparison engine compares offers from most of the UK's main ISPs (Internet Service Providers) including: BT, EE, Hyperoptic, John Lewis Broadband, +Plusnet, SKY, TalkTalk, Virgin and others.
By entering your postcode & current supplier a search will retrieve the best providers and offers in your location. You can even use the search filters to add or remove suppliers and select options to fine tune your search.
Broadband is the term used to describe a modern always on internet connection
ADSL Broadband: Provides connection via the same line as your landline phone, the old copper line that allows you to receive and make phone calls with an internet connection via an ADSL router/modem. Around 99% of the UK is ADSL accessible however speed can be highly limited depending on geographical location and distance from the nearest exchange/junction box.
ADSL will gradually be phased out in many locations as the UK fibre rollout continues. ADSL will probably only remain in very rural areas.
Fibre broadband: Provides the best speeds, many times faster than ADSL or cable. Fibre provides the best internet connection in terms of speed and reliability, perfect for multiple users and ideal for smart TVs, streaming music, video and for online gaming.
Cable broadband: Is faster than ADSL and uses the same cables as cable TV. Cable broadband is only available in certain locations like cities and new estates where cable equipment has been installed. Cable connections can be either fibre optic or coaxial.
Mobile Network (3G 4G 5G) Broadband: Is not available via our comparison service, however you can find out by checking mobile phone data coverage in your area.
- Mobile broadband can be accessed via a 4G/5G router or 'Mifi box' which provides a wireless connection just like a broadband ADSL or fibre router.
- You will need a PAYG SIM or data SIM on a monthly contract. 5G could be the game changer for remote locations where other services are unavailable.
Superfast broadband can be via ADSL, cable, fibre and is defined by Ofcom as providing minimum download speeds of at least 30Mbits/s. Superfast broadband is now available to almost 96% of the UK.
The fastest superfast broadband is via a fibre connection, the UK's fastest connections are now over 350 MB/sec, however. The annual home broadband report (May 2020) compiled by Ofcom estimates the average available home speed to be around 71.8 Mbit/s (megabits per second). The report found the slowest internet speeds were via an ADSL connection with the lowest average speeds just 11Mbit/s.
A fast, reliable internet connection is increasingly important, everyone seems to spend more time as well as doing more online. The type of connection and internet speed is one of the key requirements to a satisfactory service, Fibre internet provides the best and fastest connection in the UK.
Many households are using multiple devices and streaming more content from music & video to smart TV services like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, NowTV, boxsets, on demand services and internet gaming. At the same time the Coronavirus pandemic has meant a large number of people need to work from home and use services like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and SKYPE, or log into company networks and email servers.
Faster speeds help ensure you don't suffer from 'drop out' or dreaded 'buffering' the speed you need depends on the sort of things you’re using the internet for. The number of devices connected and what you are downloading or streaming.
For single people and couples with moderate usage a standard ADSL broadband connection of 30mb/s should be adequate.
If you are a family with three or more people using multiple devices and you are all downloading or streaming content then a faster broadband speed is essential. Speeds in excess of 50mb/sec are best for data rich content like gaming, HD or 4K TV & video.
Broadband use is measured by the amount of data downloaded or streamed. This is measured in gigabytes (GB). Internet Service Providers or ISPs offer various data plans, from as little as a few gigabytes of data per month all the way up to 'unlimited use' data plans.
Opting for 'unlimited' usage ensures your data limit is not capped. As everything you do online uses data, it's a no brainer to go for unlimited usage. It will cover you for all the things you watch, listen to or do online (no worries & no unexpected extra charges).
If you don't use the internet for more than browsing websites, emailing and personal banking you probably won't need an unlimited use plan, however as soon as you start watching video, connecting multiple devices and smart TVs your data usage will increase rapidly. If lack of data becomes an issue you can always upgrade your broadband to 'unlimited data', ISPs will always allow you to upgrade, at additional monthly cost!
Most broadband plans allow you to add home phone, line rental and calls packages all in one. Some providers like BT, NOW, SKY, TalkTalk & Virgin also offer options to add-on TV packages. Adding TV in with your broadband and phone often works out cheaper than having separate contracts for each. Packaging everything up under one provider and one monthly bill could save you £'s.
All in one is simple
- often cheaper than separate providers and separate contracts
- simple single monthly bills
- a single contact point for customer service & support