Working your way through all the broadband packages on offer in the UK can be overwhelming. There’s different speeds, allowances, prices, and more – and it’s sometimes hard to figure what’s going to be right for you. Even when you think you have the right deal, it might not deliver what you expect due to the limitations of suppliers in your area.
Please Connect Me is all about simplifying your move, and we’ve put together the following guide to help you navigate this tricky market. Read on to find out exactly what broadband package is right for you, or contact one of our Connections Experts and let us do the heavy lifting for you.
What is unlimited broadband?
Whenever you use the internet, you’re consuming data. With an unlimited broadband package, you can download music, stream movies, or watch YouTube as much as you like.
Should I choose unlimited broadband?
Unlimited broadband packages are by far the most popular for consumers today. With them you don’t have to worry about incurring any unwanted bills for exceeding your monthly usage.
If you’re on a capped broadband package, you will have a download limit for each month. Everything you do online uses data, and eats away at your allowance. If you exceed your monthly allowance, then your provider will charge you extra for any further data that you use, or may slow the speed down dramatically.
With an unlimited broadband package, you can use the internet as much as you like, safe in the knowledge that you can use as much data as you want each month without being charged extra.
We recommend usually going for an unlimited option to give you peace of mind while surfing the web.
What is fibre broadband?
Chances are if you’ve done any research on broadband deals you will have read a lot about fibre broadband deals. But what does this mean, and how is it different from standard broadband?
Fibre-optic broadband is a high-speed internet connection. It takes its names from the fibre-optic cables which are used to transmit data. These are made from either glass or plastic, which enable signals to travel much faster than traditional copper cables.
Fibre-optic broadband is becoming more and more widely available, but unfortunately not every home in the UK has access to it just yet.
How do I find out whether my house is available for fibre broadband?
The easiest way is just to send your details to us, and we’ll do the leg work for you. We can figure out whether your house can get fibre broadband and our Connections Experts will do all the research to find the best deal available to you.
Who provides fibre broadband in the UK?
Most providers use BT’s fibre optic infrastructure, Openreach. BT uses this network for their Infinity broadband, while other providers including TalkTalk, Sky and Plusnet also use the same network.
Virgin Media is not part of the Openreach network, and uses their own cable network instead. They have invested heavily to create their own fibre broadband network, and it now boasts some of the highest broadband speeds available.
A relatively new provider called Hyperoptic has recently become an option for consumers looking for high-speed internet. They, similarly to Virgin, use their own network, and have undoubtedly the fastest broadband speeds available in the UK. Not many areas can access Hyperoptic’s network yet, but get in touch and we can tell you if your area qualifies for their service.
Should I choose fibre broadband?
We recommend going with fibre broadband as it offers much faster speeds and a more reliable connection than regular broadband.
If you want a phone line, then most providers will offer line rental bundled in with broadband deals. In fact, most broadband packages require you to have a phone line, as they will use this to connect you to the internet.
Can I keep my landline phone number when switching providers?
You cannot always keep you landline phone number when switching providers. If you are moving within the same area, it is likely you will be able to keep your number, but the best thing is to check with us first.
If you’re looking for pay TV, then this can also be bundled with a broadband package. Different providers have different packages, and there’s a wide variety to choose from. Talk to us and we can advise you on the TV deal that’s best for you.
Still unsure, or want to know the best deals available right now? Simply get in touch and use our free service, you will get straight through to one of our Connections Experts. Fill out the form below or give us a call.