A reliable broadband connection might be something you’re willing to splash out on, but there’s a decent chance you might actually be paying too much. What’s more, cheap broadband boils down too much more than just the price.
It could be that while you’re happy enough with the number at the bottom of your bill, you’re missing out on some services that could really elevate your package – from free calls to TV subscriptions. To help you make sure you’re getting the right kind of deal for your lifestyle, we’ve put together some top tips.
Do you use the internet a lot? Are you often downloading games or watching 4K TV? If so, a package with a speed of 20 or 30Mbps is probably right for you, but if you hardly use the net for streaming at all, you might not be using much more than a tiny 5Mbps.
Think about how many people are in your household and add their speed-needs to you own (so, if you’ve got one partner or flatmate who loves Netflix (10Mbps) and you’re a gamer (20Mbps), add your speeds together and pop an extra 20 per cent on the top to cover crunch times. That total is all you need to look for when you’re choosing a package so don’t be tempted by flashy, sky-high speeds if you don’t need them – there’s no point in paying for something you won’t use.
Once you have an idea of your requirements, keep those at the front of your mind while you compare deals. Many providers will have incredibly good introductory offers and these are well worth a look. Just be sure to also check how your monthly payments will change once the deal ends and balance that up against the length of your contract.
If you’re looking at a two-year contract, for example, and the honeymoon period ends one year in, add the total costs for the two years together then divide in half. That will give you the true cost of the package. Also, unless you’re willing to find a new deal as soon as your contract runs out, there’s a chance you’ll be paying the higher rate for much longer.
Changing providers is very easy these days and is generally free (as long as you’re not still within your initial contract). Even if you do have to pay an exit fee, it might be worth it based on monthly savings.
There are great broadband deals appearing (and disappearing) every day, so don’t feel as though you have to rush into a switch – wait until you find the one that suits you best.