How do broadband and phone deals work? If you opt for the same supplier for both your phone and your broadband, you can bundle your contracts into one easy to manage bill and often save money. Some providers even reward customers who use their services, for all their telephone and internet needs.
To pick the perfect package, you have to think about your internet and phone usage. If you sign up to a deal that offers only light usage, you could end up with a hefty fine at the end of each month for spending too long browsing the net or calling your friends.
At the same time, you don’t want to pay over the odds for an unlimited package that you don’t need or use.
How do I calculate my usage?
It can be tricky to work out exactly how many gigabytes of internet you use on a monthly basis, which is why many consumers end up with a premium package that offers unlimited data.
However, our quick guide can help you to find a package that suits your lifestyle – and your budget.
Light users might include people who live alone, or use the internet to reply to the odd email or browse the web. Typically, light users should go for a broadband deal that offers 2GB or more.
Moving up the scale, users who like to stream movies, TV programmes or Skype friends and family are referred to as medium users. As a rough guide, medium users should opt for a deal with 20GB or more, in order to avoid a bill shock at the end of every month.
You’ll know if you’re a heavy user if you’re often glued to your laptop, phone or tablet, playing online games or downloading the latest movies. You probably also live in fear of being without an internet connection. Heavy users should always go for a broadband package that gives unlimited access to the net at all times.
What internet speed do I need?
The internet can be delivered to your home in one of three ways - and the delivery method determines the speed of your connection
- ADSL - An ADSL connection is delivered over a copper wire telephone line and offers speeds of up to 16Mbps. It’s not the fastest, but it should enable you to watch catch-up TV without too much buffering or too many pauses.
- Fibre optic - Here, the internet is provided over fibre optic cables and can reach speeds of up to 38Mbps. You can comfortably watch live TV and play online video games with fibre optic broadband.
- Superfast fibre - With internet speeds that exceed 38Mbps, superfast fibre broadband and phone packages offer lag-free online video gaming and extremely fast downloading of large files or videos.
Want to add on a TV package too?
While you’re at it, why not add a television package to your broadband and phone deal? You can then condense all three contracts into one easy to handle bill.
There are so many different phone and broadband deals that consumers are often confused. But MoneySuperMarket’s comparison tables can help you find the perfect broadband and phone deal - a deal that suits your monthly usage, and more importantly, your budget.
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