This burning question is something we all ask ourselves when deciding on our next broadband deal. None of us wants to be left stranded when watching a movie with drop-outs and buffering. And we don’t want our connection to slow to a crawl when someone else jumps online. We also do not want to pay over the odds for a service we simply do not need.
The actual speed you require for your home, all depends on the kind of online activity you use your service for. If you live alone or in a household where everyday surfing amounts to watching iPlayer, YouTube, shopping, checking emails and social media – then a standard 11mb broadband service should be sufficient.
If your home has multiple devices connected to your router simultaneously, and are used for streaming TV, online gaming and large downloads – then considering an affordable fibre broadband connection is highly recommended. Read more or take a Speed Test.
Usage allowance – how much is enough?
Most broadband products now come with unlimited broadband allowance. The few capped services which remain may be suitable for some users, but there’s now very little difference in the monthly cost. With this in-mind, you should consider an unlimited service when comparing broadband deals.
The main focus now is on those providers who provide truly unlimited broadband, as-appose-to those who operate traffic managed services. Traffic management helps providers’ run their network efficiently at peak times – so those customers frequently downloading large files will notice their connection slowed, as priority is given to those who are using their connection for more instantaneous activities. Read more
How much can I expect to pay for my set-up?
Most broadband, TV and phone packages include the right kit to get you up and running. If you order digital TV on its’ own or indeed part of a package, then you will receive a set-to-box. Similarly, if you order broadband, then your new provider will send you a router. This kit is normally advertised as free or included. However, the set-up or upfront cost is the one to look out for.
Set-up costs can vary from free to as much as £59.95. This fee depends on the kind of package you go for and what deals are on the market. Don’t let that put you off, some of the super-fast fibre broadband products carry the higher set-up fees, but you can often get a deal with discount monthly subscription or some kind of reward or voucher to off-set the charge.
Another point to note is that, some providers’ insist that you pay any set-up charges when you place your order. While others charge this to your first bill.