The best broadband deals: Our expert picks for the week beginning 18th February
Every week the Broadband Genie team chooses a selection of the best broadband deals around to help you save money and get a better broadband service. Below you’ll find our pick of the best value packages, as well as our favourite ADSL and fibre optic internet deals.
This doesn’t represent the full selection of available offers, of course, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for here enter your postcode in the table above to see a complete listing of deals in your area. And if you’re unsure about any aspect of choosing a broadband deal visit our blog and guides pages for help and advice. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and offers.
The best broadband deals
This is our pick of the best broadband deals for this week. These may not be the very cheapest or the fastest, but these are the offers we think represent the best value for money for most people with a balance of speed, features and price.
Right now you can claim rewards worth £90 with BT Broadband, or get an exclusive reward with TalkTalk broadband.
BT Superfast Fibre + Weekend Calls + £80 reward
50Mb average speed | 18-month contract | £29.99 per month | £9.99 setup | £80 Mastercard | Ends 21st February
Don't miss out on the latest special offer from BT: get a superfast fibre service with £80 rewards, adding up to an effective monthly price of only £25.55 for the first 18 months.
50Mb average speed: Most other fibre providers have an entry-level speed of around 35-36Mb, but BT offers a significantly quicker 50Mb.
£29.99 per month: The monthly cost for the first 18 months, then it increases to £52.49.
£9.99 setup: The up-front fee covers broadband activation and includes postage for the router. You must have an active phone line, otherwise extra costs will apply.
£80 reward: This offer includes a Mastercard loaded with £80 credit which you must claim from BT after the broadband is activated. Only valid for new BT customers.
Extras: Includes a free BT Smart Hub Wi-Fi router, free 100GB BT Cloud storage, free BT Sport 1 (online only) and free access to the BT Wi-Fi hotspot network.
TalkTalk Faster Fibre for only £19.95/month
36Mb average speed | 18-month contract | £19.95 per month | £0 setup
We have an awesome money-saving offer for TalkTalk’s fastest fibre broadband package. The heavily discounted monthly fee makes this one of the cheapest fibre deals on the market, coming in at less than £20 per month.
36Mb average speed: This is a fast broadband speed, and it provides plenty of bandwidth to handle the demands for an individual or a small household of medium to heavy users.
£19.95 per month: A very low price for the speed, though it will increase after 18 months. However, you are safe from mid-contract price rises thanks to TalkTalk’s fixed price guarantee.
£0 setup: There’s no charge for setup, provided you already have an active telephone line. Extra costs will apply if you need a new phone line.
Extras: A free Wi-Fi router is included (and there’s no charge for P&P).
Best broadband deals: ADSL
Standard ADSL broadband is available to most homes around the UK, and is generally the cheapest type of home internet so this is where to begin your search if you’re looking to cut household bills. But ADSL is quite slow by modern standards and not recommended for homes where the connection is shared. If you need broadband that can provide fast internet for your whole family look at fibre internet instead.
This week we have two great value ADSL broadband deals: BT Broadband with a £50 reward and free weekend calls, and a cheap package from TalkTalk.
BT Broadband including £40 reward
10Mb average speed | 18-month contract | £24.99 per month | £19.99 setup | £50 BT reward card | Ends 21st February
New customers who sign up for the entry level BT Broadband package can claim a pre-paid Mastercard loaded with £40 credit.
This unlimited broadband package also comes with free weekend calls. Including setup and the reward that equals an effective monthly cost of only £22.76.
10Mb average speed: This is an ADSL package so you’re not going to get blazing fast speeds, but it’s suitable for small households and light usage and is still being capable of handling Netflix, gaming and downloads.
£24.99 per month: Increases to £45.49 after 18 months.
£19.99 setup: The cost of broadband activation. Extra fees may apply if you require a new line. Postage of the Wi-Fi router is included.
£54 reward: For new BT customers only. The BT reward card must be claimed from BT after activation of your service.
Extras: Includes 100GB BT Cloud storage, free BT Home Hub 4 Wi-Fi router, free BT Sport 1 (online only) and free access to the BT Cloud public hotspot network.
TalkTalk Fast Broadband for only £17/month
11Mb average speed | 18-month contract | £17 per month | £0 setup
The cheapest offer currently available unsurprisingly happens to be one of our most popular. TalkTalk has heavily discounted all of their packages and their entry-level Fast Broadband is no exception. A great deal for anyone hunting an ADSL bargain.
11Mb average speed: This is a standard ADSL speed and should be suitable for an individual to stream standard-definition videos, or for a household of light users (i.e. browsing only).
£17 per month: A very low price indeed, which will also increase after 18 months. Again, TalkTalk’s fixed price guarantee prevents any nasty surprises with a mid-contract price rise.
£0 setup: As with all current TalkTalk deals, there is no charge for setup. A fee will apply for installation of a phone line, however, if required.
Extras: A free Wi-Fi router and no P&P!
Best deals on fibre broadband
Netflix buffering getting in the way of a box set binge? Downloads taking an age to complete? Fibre optic broadband is where you need to look if it’s time to upgrade your broadband, and it doesn’t have to be expensive with our great value fast fibre deals.
This week, BT is giving away rewards worth £120, and you can claim a £50 reward with Plusnet Fibre Extra.
BT Superfast Fibre 2 + Weekend Calls with £130 reward
67Mb average speed | 18-month contract | £39.99 per month | £9.99 setup | £130 Mastercard | Ends 21st February
Claim a reward card worth £120 when you sign up for BT Superfast Fibre 2 by the 21st February.
Including setup costs and reward vouchers, the effective monthly price for this fast fibre optic broadband package is only £33.32 for the first 18 months!
67Mb average speed: For most of us this is the quickest fibre optic service available from BT, well suited to big downloads, HD video streaming and handling multiple users and devices in a family home.
£39.99 per month: For the broadband and phone line, including weekend calls to UK landlines. Increases to £58.99 after the initial 18 month contract.
£9.99 setup: The setup fee covers postage for your free Wi-Fi router, and the activation of the broadband service, assuming you already have an active phone line. Extra charges apply if you need a new line.
£120 reward: Only for new BT customers. Offer includes a pre-paid Mastercard loaded with £120 credit which you must claim from BT after the service is activated.
Extras: BT doesn’t hold back on the freebies: as well as the Wi-Fi router you get 500GB BT Cloud storage, free BT security and parental control tools, web access to BT Sport 1, and free BT Wi-Fi for staying connected away from home.
Plusnet Fibre Extra Line Only with £50 reward
66Mb average speed | 18-month contract | £27.99 per month | £9.95 setup | £50 reward | Ends 19th February
Sign up for Plusnet’s award-winning home broadband service by the 13th February and not only do you get fast fibre internet for a great price, you can also claim a £50 reward.
66Mb average speed: Fast fibre speeds are perfect for busy shared homes, or anyone who wants to download large files or stream in high definition. But if you don’t need this speed you can save with a cheaper deal.
£27.99 per month: The price for 18 months, then it increases to the regular price of £39.98.
£9.95 setup: For the broadband activation and router delivery. Extra fees may apply if you require a new line.
£50 reward: Only for new customers. Deal includes a pre-paid credit card loaded with £50. Reward must be claimed from Plusnet; you’ll be sent an email with a claim link after activation and you have two months to claim once the email is sent.
Extras: Includes free Wi-Fi router. No phone calls included, but can be added if required.
More help buying broadband
While at Broadband Genie we live and breath broadband, we realise that not everyone cares as much as we do, and that buying a new broadband package can be confusing. That’s why we’ve put together some guides which we hope will help make things a lot clearer so you can feel confident about choosing the right broadband deal.
What is broadband? If you’re a complete broadband beginner then this introduction to the topic is a good place to start, giving an overview of what broadband is, how it works, what you need to use it, and why you might want it.
Guide to broadband speed It’s important to understand what broadband speeds actually mean, so if you can’t tell your megabits from your megabytes consult this guide and become an instant expert on the subject.
How to choose the right broadband speed Speed is one of the major deciding factors when choosing a broadband deal. But how much speed do you need?
Can you get free broadband? Does free broadband exist? What are your options for getting very cheap or even free internet access?
Broadband glossary If you’re confused about a technical term, consult our handy broadband dictionary for a plain-English explanation.