How to choose the best broadband deal for you

There is a bemusing array of different broadband deals available on the market today and knowing what you need for your home is not as straight forward as you might think. Watch out, especially for the advertisements that reel you in with an amazing deal for the first three months and then whack the price up later! If you are confused about what type of broadband deal would be the best for you, then read this simple to guide, that explains some of the broadband options that are available.

1. Do you want a standalone deal, or a bundled package?
Depending on what you are already signed up for with other providers, taking out a bundled package can save you money overall. Bundled packages usually include broadband, home telephone and a TV deal, and bundled together, they are usually cheaper.

2. Consider the low-cost options
Don’t go straight for the all singing, all dancing, whiz-bang, option if you don’t really need it. If you all are using broadband for, is the odd email, or Facebook post, then you might be able get away with a low cost broadband deal. Why pay for superfast, unlimited broadband, if you don’t need it?

3. Do you need unlimited data?
Another factor that will affect the cost of your broadband is how much of a data allowance you will need each month. Unlimited data means that you will never have to worry about how much you download, but it comes with a price tag. On the flip side of that, watch out for the data limits on the really cheap broadband deals, because they can very small indeed. If in doubt, there are a lot of free broadband data usage calculators on the web that will give you an indication of the data allowance you will need.

4. When might you need an unlimited broadband deal?
The top of the range broadband deals are designed for heavy users of the internet. If you play online games or download movies and TV box sets, then you will probably be a heavy user. Also, if you have teenage kids and there could be several people online at the same time, then you will be more likely to be classed as a heavy user.

5. Superfast broadband Vs Standard speed broadband
With most broadband operators, you will be given two choices on speed. You have the superfast, fibre optic broadband offerings, or the standard ADSL lines. Heavy users will probably want the super-fast option, but they will cost more and often only come with and eighteen month contract. The standard ADSL line connections are certainly not unusable, just slower. 

6. Broadband deals for businesses
For people who are running a business from home, it might be better to consider a business broadband package. Business packages are different from the home packages because they usually include better support services and higher security. They often also come bundled with business email addresses and website hosting deals. Business packages do, however, cost more than home consumer packages.

7. Student broadband deals
If you are a student, living in shared accommodation, then there are also special broadband deals for you. These deals usually include unlimited data and they are also usually for nine month periods also that the contract coincides with the academic year.

8. Shop around and switch if you need to
You don’t gain much, these days, by staying loyal to a broadband supplier, so be prepared to shop around for the best broadband deal for you.  There are plenty of comparison websites that will help you find a broadband supplier and switching is a relatively easy process. Just be aware that when you switch broadband supplier, you might get a short period of downtime.

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