The following is a guest post.
In the 21st century when everything is faster and cheaper we want the most for our hard earned cash, and Internet is no exception. In order to stay ahead of the crowd in a recession Internet companies are fighting one another to offer the highest service for the best value of money.
However with different contract lengths, monthly payments and download limits it’s easy to get lost amidst figures and facts.
Before choosing the best broadband plan you need to decide what you’re looking for in your broadband package. Simply the cheapest? A package deal with TV or the fastest with the highest download limit?
Uswitch offer a service to take a look through the best broadband deals. It’s as easy as putting in your postcode and clicking search. There are eight different deals all for a fiver or less.
(Tesco, Primer saver, Plusnet, TalkTalk, BT, Sky and Orange) The cheapest monthly option is offered from the supermarket Tesco. At £2.50 per month the monthly fee is pocket money. It offers unlimited downloads, free weekend and evening calls as well as club card points.
It’s essential to take note of line rental fees to cash in on the biggest savings. So whilst Tesco’s may have the cheapest monthly payment, if put line rental into the picture Primus comes out cheaper at £15.78 a month.
You would however sacrifice the unlimited downloads in exchange for saving pennies but get a higher speed in return. Making it the fastest and the cheapest.
Some of the big players such as BT and Sky have some attractive promotional packages including TV and vouchers. BT and Orange are both offering broadband offers with Sainsbury vouchers included. BT are selling two similarly priced packages; one at £3.50 a month and the other at £4. (For the first 6 months, £13 and £20 thereafter) they both come with a Sainsbury’s voucher for the value of £50. The price difference occurs with the offer of the TV essential pack with the more expensive package. This includes the ability to rewind and pause live TV.
Orange’s deal with Sainsbury’s comes at a higher rate but a smaller contract length. The voucher is for £40 and the line rental is £10 a month, but a bonus for any orange customers is that you can get a fifty percent discount making it £5 a month.
Creeping up over the £5 threshold and getting in on the broadband battle is another phone company o2. Similar to orange they offer a 12-month contract with a cheaper line rental for o2 customers.
At the rear of the top ten cheapest deals is the plusnet+ option. Whilst the most expensive out of the top ten at £6.25 it is the only one that doesn’t include a monthly line rental cost just a one off payment of £25 to set it up!
In times when money is tight moving to a different broadband provider could be the key in making your outgoings smaller and leaving more money in the bank at the end of the month! Head over to uSwitch to see how you could make those all important savings.