How to find cheap broadband deals
Broadband doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you’ll find a great choice of cheap broadband offers on Broadband Genie that can slash your monthly outgoings.
On this page, you’ll be able to find shortcuts to the cheapest deals currently available. We’ll clearly split this up for different criteria. So, if you’re looking for a simple, cheap broadband only package, or you want an affordable deal, but you’re not prepared to skimp out on a speedy full fibre broadband deal, you’ll be able to see these at a glance.
Head further down the page, and we’ll also offer up some of our best tips for getting hold of the cheapest broadband packages.
For the most part, you’ll tend to find the cheapest internet deals don’t offer any extra bells and whistles like TV or phone. But you can be sure that any broadband-only deal here will be good enough, and fast enough, for the average home user.
We can't emphasise enough that not everyone has access to sign up to the same broadband packages or providers. Your choice will always depends on your location. For this reason, it’s always best to use our address and postcode checker. This way, you’ll get a clear and accurate list of deals you can get for your home.
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What are the cheapest broadband deals right now?
Here are the very cheapest broadband offers you’ll find on Broadband Genie today.
Cheapest home broadband fibre optic deal (35Mb+)
We recommend a minimum fibre optic speed of 35Mb as the best option for most homes.
A fibre broadband package with an average speed of at least 35Mb will allow you stream video content over your internet connection in high definition (HD) without any problems. It will be plenty fast enough for average internet users who simply want to browse the web, send emails or carry out online calls.
Here is the current best offer available for entry-level, fibre optic broadband.
This package offers superfast fibre broadband speeds of at least 30Mb. It's suitable for small households who regularly use the internet a lot. We call this ‘medium internet usage’. A good example would be having 2 or 3 devices streaming, gaming or downloading simultaneously.
Need faster fibre for a bigger family or more devices? Look for a 65Mb+ deal.
Cheapest faster fibre deal (65Mb+)
This level of download speed is ideal for a medium to heavy usage household. Heavy usage means four or more devices online gaming, streaming or downloading at the same time.
Cheapest ultrafast broadband deal
The good news is that ultrafast broadband (meaning a package with speeds of 100Mb+) is getting cheaper and can offer great value. Here's the most affordable ultrafast deal going at the moment:
Ultrafast broadband relies on a full fibre network. This isn’t to everyone in the UK just yet. So, because availability can be far more limited, we recommend entering your address into our deals checker at the top of this page to find out what you can get at home.
How to get cheaper broadband deals if you’re on benefits: social tariffs
If you're receiving benefits such as Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, housing benefit, disability allowance or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you could be eligible for a discounted, social tariff on a broadband package.
Prices for broadband social tariffs are as low as £12.50 per month.
For more information on the broadband providers who offer social tariffs and how to apply, head to our guide: 'social tariffs and cheaper broadband deals if you're on benefits'.
Which are the cheapest broadband providers?
We’ve put together a list of the providers that usually offer the cheapest deals on Broadband Genie. Expect to pay from £20 per month.
- NOW Broadband: NOW is a great value provider offering flexible broadband and TV bundles. Plus, it uses TV passes that give access to premium Sky channels, without a satellite dish.
- Plusnet: as well as being inexpensive and offering great rewards with cashback, Plusnet has a good reputation for technical support and customer service.
- Shell Energy Broadband: Shell Energy regularly offers high-value gift cards for new customers.
- Sky Broadband: get Sky 'Superfast' broadband for £27 with no set-up costs. You can regularly snap up a gift card when you sign up too, for extra value.
- TalkTalk: this is a popular broadband provider in the UK for anyone on a tight budget. It offers very cheap Wi-Fi with free setup and regularly includes free gifts and rewards, too.
- Vodafone: Vodafone only supplies fibre deals, but the prices are some of the best out there. It tends to offer great rewards, making this great value for money.
- YouFibre: If you're seeing YouFibre deals when you add your address into our deals checker, you're in luck. Sign up to a speedy package with an average download speed of 150Mb for just £19.99 per month, with no set-up fee. For just a few pounds more, you can get sign up to YouFibre's 900Mb package and not break the £30 mark.
Don't be afraid to switch to an alternative network provider
You don't always have to stick to the big names! There are so many smaller, alternative broadband providers out there that may do fantastic deals for your immediate area. You might sometimes see these referred to as ‘altnets’.
Altnets don’t rely on the same broadband networks as some of the more popular names, they run their own. This means it’s very likely that even if you can only sign up to slower speeds from the likes of Sky, BT or TalkTalk, you might be able to get a very fast deal with a smaller, alternative provider.
Not only do these often offer very fast, full fibre packages, but prices can be extremely competitive compared to some of the more well-known names.
Another perk is that many altnets pledge not to raise prices mid-contract and have a fixed price promise, which means you're not going to suddenly end up having to budget more for your broadband. They normally have a better reputation for customer service, too!
Visit our guide to altnets for more help and tips.
What to look out for when buying cheap Wi-Fi
Although getting the cheapest broadband deal may be ideal for your bank balance, it has to give you the features you need. We don’t want your internet experience to be stressful. Here are some key things to look out for to make sure you’re getting a good deal for a great price.
A low monthly cost
This is the best place to start when you're looking for a good value deal.
ADSL packages (10Mb-11Mb) offer the most basic type of copper broadband, but by the end of 2025 the UK’s traditional phone network will be switched off and this technology will be obsolete. We highly recommend you opt for a fibre broadband package instead. As providers try to steer customers off signing up to an ADSL deal, they’re no longer the most affordable option.
Superfast broadband (part fibre) with 35Mb speeds come in at around £24-30 and is what we recommend as a minimum for most people. You’ll get a lot more speed for the money!
Always go unlimited
All the deals we list are unlimited broadband and come with unlimited data, but keep an eye on your provider's traffic management and fair usage policies. You don't want to face slower internet speeds depending on the time of day, or be charged extra fees if your usage is deemed 'excessive'.
Fast broadband: get the speed you need
The cheapest deals will almost always be a broadband only package. If you’re looking for the best value broadband, a good start is to look for entry-level fibre deals with speeds between 35Mb to 50Mb. This will help you if you have multiple devices streaming Netflix, video calling, or gaming on the same broadband connection.
If you've got four or five heavy users, then aim for faster fibre speeds of 65Mb+.
Are there even more of you at home, or are there always lots of devices connected to the internet at one time? It's definitely worth looking at 100Mb+ speeds and looking for full fibre deals (FTTP). These won’t be as cheap, but they'll give you an incredibly robust, speedy internet experience.
Upfront costs and hidden fees: Installation, equipment and delivery
Luckily, most cheap broadband deals have no setup fee. But if you are seeing an upfront charge, here’s what that normally goes towards:
- Installation or equipment fees: You may be charged upfront for installation or to cover equipment such as routers and TV boxes. On Broadband Genie, we show these fees as part of the overall 'set-up cost'.
- Delivery fees: Some providers will charge a small fee for the delivery of your router and any other equipment. We also show these fees as part of the overall 'set-up cost'. It's worth noting most providers will offer free installation, delivery, and equipment.
- Line installation: If the broadband you’ve chosen needs a phone line and you don’t already have an active line, there’ll usually be a charge, even if the deal includes free setup. Costs can vary between providers, but this can sometimes be priced at over £100. This happens in a very small number of cases, but we’re unable to display these fees on Broadband Genie. Your provider will tell you when joining if there is a charge for line installation.
- First month upfront: It’s standard practice for a provider to charge your first month's payment in advance, although it’s not always the case.
Read more about how to find a deal that takes this into account on our broadband with no upfront costs page.
Are there exit fees or small print I should watch out for?
All providers have early termination fees, which means you’ll have to pay something if you cancel before the end of the contract. Check the small print or speak to customer services to see whether this applies.
Also, be aware that some providers ask for the return of Wi-Fi routers and TV boxes and will charge you if you don’t send the equipment back if you cancel your contract.
To find a provider's exit fees, look for your provider in our cancellation guide and click through to their cancellation page.
Can my provider increase prices mid-contract?
Unfortunately, yes. Providers are allowed to raise prices even if you’re in the middle of your broadband contract. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) offer fixed price guarantees, which means you won’t encounter any surprise price rises in the monthly broadband bill.
We’d recommend reading the small print to find out which side of the fence your provider lands when it comes to mid-contract price increases.
You can find out more about how this will affect you in 2024 with our guide to broadband price increases.
Could a reward deal be better value?
This really depends on how much value a freebie or reward is to you. Check out the offers in our broadband comparison table, and you’ll almost always find a broadband deal that includes a free gift.
This can include prepaid credit cards, also known as reward cards. Plus, shopping vouchers, cashback, and even free TVs and other gadgets.
When you take the value of these freebies into account, it might make some deals cheaper than packages that have a lower monthly fee.
Add up the total cost of the package over the length of the contract and deduct the value of the freebie. This way, you can see which offers the best value for money.
Our price comparison tables include an 'effective monthly cost' calculation which does this for you.
A 12-month contract often means you can negotiate, switch, or get a new deal or reward earlier. However, if you get a great monthly price, an 18 or 24-month contract can lock into that great deal for longer.
A shorter contract can also mean a lower 'effective monthly cost'. This is because the reward is split across fewer months, so you’ll see a bigger monthly reduction.
You can also get rolling monthly deals. We call this ‘no contract’ broadband, as you’re free to leave at the end of the month. These deals can save you money if you only temporarily need internet access. However, you’ll pay for the flexibility. These deals tend to cost more per month and have high set-up fees. Sometimes totting up to £50 or more.
Can you save money with a broadband bundle?
Broadband deals that bundle in other services can be an easy way to save more and get a little extra with your money. You’ll find bundles including TV packages, home phone deals with free weekend, evening, or anytime calls packages, plus mobile phone plans.
Although there’s an extra cost per month, these bundles often work out to be slightly cheaper than buying separate subscriptions. Plus, it can make your monthly bill less complicated as you're paying one company. You may also benefit from free extras too, and these deals are more likely to come with higher rewards.
Is broadband without line rental cheaper?
The majority of home broadband services use the Openreach network. If line rental is required, this tends to be included in the total price. However, in December 2025, the UK's traditional phone lines will be shut down and will be going full digital. More and more broadband providers are dropping traditional line rental charges completely ahead of this. If extra charges are applied, you'll find details of this by expanding the 'offer details and pricing' section on each deal.
Top tips for getting a cheaper broadband deal
Check if you’re out of contract
With mid-contract price rises now sadly being the norm, the price you pay for broadband will gradually rise. Unfortunately, you very rarely get any treats for being a loyal customer anymore. New customers tend to get much better deals.
Although it’s possible to haggle with an existing provider, signing up to a new provider as soon as your existing contract is up is the best way to make sure you’re getting the best price.
We’re here to make the switch to a new broadband provider easy.
Check with your provider to find out when your contract ends. If you’re no longer within the ‘minimum term’ then you’re free to leave without any hassle.
‘Minimum term’ means the original length of the contract you signed up for. So, if you signed up for a 12-month package and more than a year has passed, you can leave to find a better deal more easily.
If you’re still in contract, make a note of the end date in your calendar. ‘In contract’ means you've not come to the end of the original agreement you made. If you signed up for an 18-month package, and it’s only been a year, for example. Set a reminder so you know when it’s time to start the search for a cheaper deal.
Haggle with your current provider
Before you’re swayed by a new customer deal you’ve spotted here, it’s always worth getting in touch with your current provider to see what else they could do.
Sometimes you can get a better price with your current provider by telling them you’re thinking of leaving. Ask if they can offer a new deal that would make it worth your while to stay. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid to say you've found a new deal!
You can even go as far as saying you’ve begun the process of switching or cancelling your contract for real. We've heard plenty of stories of providers offering fantastic deals once they see you’re really leaving.
Compare the latest offers
Use the Broadband Genie comparison tables to find the best deal.
- Start by entering your address to see what’s available in your area.
- Use the filters to narrow down options.
- Sort the table by key criteria such as contract length and monthly price.
Compare the effective monthly cost
When looking through all those great broadband offers, it pays to know the effective monthly cost. Here’s how we work this out.
- First, add up the overall cost of the package including setup fees.
- Then, deduct any special offers.
- Finally, divide this by the length of the contract and you’ve got your effective monthly cost.
But, as if by magic, on Broadband Genie you don't need to do the sums yourself. By expanding the ‘offer details and pricing’ bar on our comparison tables you can easily see this effective monthly cost total.
Frequently asked questions about cheap broadband
What's the cheapest broadband deal?
We've listed some of the cheapest deals right here, but deals change all the time. Use the Broadband Genie comparison table to see the latest offers. We’ve built really useful table sorting options and filters to speed up your search.
Can I get cheap fibre broadband deals?
Yes! Entry-level fibre with download speeds of 35Mb are now the cheapest broadband deals you can get.
Can I get a cheap deal from Sky, BT, and Virgin Media?
BT, Sky, and Virgin Media are three of the most popular providers. However, you won’t always see their names in the search results when you’re looking at the cheapest deals. That’s because they tend have higher monthly prices than other providers.
That said, these big-name providers do regularly offer free gifts. These freebies and extras can make their deals extremely good value. Check out our guides to BT rewards, Sky rewards, and Virgin rewards to see what’s on offer at the moment.
Is cheap broadband unreliable?
There’s no major difference in reliability between cheap broadband deals. Over 650 broadband providers in the UK use the BT Openreach network, so are essentially using the same technology to provide internet to your homes. So there is no major difference in reliability.
Similarly, if you get a cheap broadband deal, you should still get a reliable router. All routers supplied by providers are perfectly fine for the average users.
Can you get a cheap broadband package with bad credit?
Can you get cheaper packages if you're on benefits or a low income?
Yes, you can. You can find out all about these in our guide to broadband social tariffs.
Do cheap broadband providers offer worse service?
Cheap broadband doesn't mean bad service. No provider offers truly terrible customer service. This data is backed up by our home broadband survey.
Are there any alternatives to cheap home broadband?
Your best alternative option might be to consider 4G or 5G mobile home broadband. This is rarely cheaper than fixed-line broadband, although it might be a good choice in a rural area where options are limited. You can read more about this in our guide to using mobile broadband at home.
While the cheapest broadband deals are less likely to include free gifts such as vouchers, you can still find cheap broadband with rewards.
Visit our broadband rewards page for the latest offers.
When it comes to the best broadband deals for good prices, Broadband Genie has you covered. We’ve got a great choice of cheap broadband offers for all types of broadband. Plus, we make it simple for you to figure out how much a deal will cost on average every month. So, you know you’re getting the best price.
Take your time to weigh up all the costs with any plan. Broadband with free gifts might be a great add-on, but make sure it really represents the best value for you before committing to a switch.
Check whether you’re out of contract. If you are, get in touch with your existing provider to see if they can sweeten the deal you already have.
Cheap broadband doesn’t mean you sacrifice quality connection. A quick browse on our site will show you there are some great deals to be found with fast fibre packages that won’t break the bank.