Broadband Genie blog

  • Sky logo Sky Broadband free for 12 months, plus £80 M&S voucher exclusive to Broadband Genie! Announced on 27 Jan 2015

    Sky Broadband is currently running an amazing offer that can help save you money over the next year, and it comes with a brilliant voucher offer you’ll only find on Broadband Genie! Sign up for...

  • Get a free superfast broadband installation for your business with the Broadband Voucher Scheme

    Do you have a small business that would benefit from faster broadband? Connecting Cambridgeshire's Livia Oldland explains how you could upgrade for free with the Broadband Voucher Scheme. Digital technology has revolutionised the way we work, shop and socialise, and never is that more apparant than at Christmas. Christmas 2014 was a busy time for for online retailers. A survey carried out...

    by Matt Powell on 07 January 2015
  • What is Wi-Fi?

    You’ll be familiar with its yin-yang logo from the ubiquitous stickers advertising public internet access in pubs, hotels and coffee shops across the UK, but what actually is Wi-Fi? Wi-Fi is a wireless technology that allows devices like computers, tablets, games consoles and smartphones to talk to a network without a physical link.  Rather than being tethered with a cable you can...

    by Matt Powell on 06 January 2015
  • EE logo Free roaming data with EE double speed mobile broadband plans Announced on 16 Dec 2014

    We recently posted about an offer EE is running where PAYG mobile broadband users get 100MB free data every month for life. The provider has now launched another freebie data deal, this time aimed at travellers....

  • Christmas competition: win a top movie every day and an Apple iPad mini 3 with Sky Movies!

    Broadband Genie and Sky Movies have teamed up to offer some fantastic prizes this Christmas. We're giving away a movie every day, and at the end of it there's a prize draw to win an Apple iPad mini 3!  For the next week there'll be a hit movie up for grabs each day (on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray). Just answer the daily question to get involved.  Plus, anyone entering will...

    by Matt Powell on 08 December 2014 7 Comments
  • The UK loves online shopping - 45% will do Christmas on the web

    As we saw from last week’s carnage the American tradition of Black Friday is now firmly entrenched in the UK. But this shopping frenzy isn’t just limited to scraps in the electronics aisles of supermarkets, online stores have also been attracting those who are after a calmer sort of bargain hunting, with big names like Amazon running week-long sales and the now-annual Cyber Monday signalling a...

    by Matt Powell on 02 December 2014
  • Black Friday carnage on the web - Argos, Very and more topple under pressure

    By now you've probably seen the footage of fights breaking out over cheap electrical goods in supermarkets (top tip: Blaupunkt TVs are cheap all year round), but this absolute chaos isn't just restricted to the real world, it's also felled some web site operators who seem to have neglected to warn their sys admins to expect additional traffic.  Still, the web remains the best option...

    by Matt Powell on 28 November 2014
  • Competition: enter our broadband survey, win an Apple iPad Air 2, LG G Watch R or Amazon Kindle!

    Our last competition of 2014 is our biggest giveaway ever! We want to know what you think about your broadband provider, and in return you'll get the chance to bag hundreds of pounds worth of high-tech goodies.  Every year in our Home Broadband Survey we gather data on the UK's internet providers to see how they perform in key areas such as speed, customer service and technical support....

    by Matt Powell on 20 November 2014 3 Comments
  • What is satellite broadband?

    Sky has been beaming TV into our homes via satellite since the 90s, and more recently it got into the broadband game with no small degree of success. So if we talk about satellite broadband Sky is likely to come to mind before anything else. But there is another kind of satellite broadband, and while it remains relatively obscure in comparison to most home broadband services it has a unique advantage...

    by Matt Powell on 03 October 2014
  • What is broadband max? The fastest broadband speeds and packages

    Back when dial-up internet was still commonplace and broadband was just starting to make an impact in the UK, BT delivered a product known as ‘ADSL Max’. This cutting edge technology promised a blazing 8Mb - a big leap over existing broadband. We enjoy much faster internet now of course, but you may still encounter phrases like ‘broadband max’, so let’s look at what...

    by Matt Powell on 24 September 2014