The best broadband deals: Our expert picks for the week beginning 3rd December
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.
This week we have exclusive offers on Sky and TalkTalk broadband which include rewards you’ll only get from Broadband Genie.
EXCLUSIVE: Sky Fibre just £25 for 18 months with £100 M&S gift card
36Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £25 per month | £59.95 setup | £100 M&S gift card | Ends 17th December
An affordable price for a fast fibre optic broadband service from Sky, and it includes a £100 M&S voucher exclusive to Broadband Genie.
36Mb average speed: A decent upgrade from ADSL, it’ll let you rapidly download files and effortlessly stream HD video, and has enough bandwidth for small family homes (though busier homes may want to look at Sky Fibre Max instead).
£25 per month: This is the price for the first 18 months, then it increases to £38.99. Make a note of the contract end date so you can renegotiate or switch.
£9.95 setup: The up-front cost for broadband activation and postage of the Wi-Fi router. Extra fees will still apply if you need a new line, however.
£100 M&S voucher: To claim the voucher you must buy online through our link and enter an email address when prompted. We have to be able to track your registration with Sky so don't click any other links after ours, and disable browser extensions which may interfere. Please allow up to 90 days for us to verify the sale with Sky and send your voucher. Visit our help page for further details.
Extras: A free Sky Hub Wi-Fi router and access to The Cloud Wi-Fi network are part of the package. No calls are included, but can be added if required.
EXCLUSIVE: TalkTalk Faster Fibre with £145 Amazon gift card and free setup
36Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £26.50 per month | £0 setup | Ends 6th December
Bag yourself a fibre bargain with this offer from TalkTalk and Broadband Genie. Including the exclusive voucher the effective monthly price is just £18.44.
36Mb average speed: This is a good choice for individuals and families, fast enough for gaming, streaming and downloads.
£26.50 per month: Increases to £33.50 after 18 months, but you have a fixed price guarantee so won’t be hit with a mid-contract rise.
£0 setup: No activation fee with this offer, but this assumes you already have an active phone line. New lines will cost extra.
£145 Amazon gift card: The voucher is exclusive to Broadband Genie. You must sign up online using our link, and enter an email address when prompted. We must be able to track your purchase so don’t click on any other links after ours, and disable browser extensions which may interfere. Vouchers are sent after we have confirmed your TalkTalk registration, which can take up to 90 days. See our help page for further info.
Extras: Free Wi-Fi router and access to the TalkTalk TV Store.
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 broadband instead.
This week we have two great value ADSL broadband deals: a John Lewis offer with a £40 John Lewis gift card, and an exclusive TalkTalk deal with an Amazon voucher.
EXCLUSIVE: TalkTalk Fast Broadband with £80 Amazon gift card and free setup
11Mb average speed | 12 month contract | £19.95 per month | £0 setup | £80 Amazon gift card | Ends 6th December
Sign up for TalkTalk Fast Broadband by 6th December and as well as getting a cheap broadband deal with free setup, you’ll also receive an £80 Amazon voucher.
The offer ends in a couple of days though so don’t hang around if you want to take advantage of this deal.
11Mb average speed: Most ADSL broadband has an average speed of 10 or 11Mb so this is in line with other providers. Your actual speed will vary but an accurate estimate is provided when joining.
£19.95 per month: Increases to £27 after 12 months. TalkTalk has a price guarantee which means you’re safe from mid-contract price rises.
£0 setup: Free setup and free postage for the Wi-Fi router. However to get this deal you must already have an active phone line, otherwise extra fees apply.
£80 Amazon gift card: Amazon voucher only available when buying through Broadband Genie, and you must provide an email address after clicking out. Don’t go to any other links after clicking ours, and if you don’t complete the process in one session you should start from the beginning. Vouchers are sent after the sale is confirmed with TalkTalk which can take 90 days. Further info is found on our help page.
Extras: Includes a free TalkTalk Super Router with Wi-FI.
John Lewis Broadband + Evening & Weekend Calls + £40 John Lewis Gift card
10Mb average speed | 12 month contract | £20 per month | £0 setup | £40 gift card | Ends 4th December
This cheap entry level home broadband service comes with the welcome extra bonus of a £40 John Lewis gift card. Including the voucher that brings its effective cost to just £200 for the year, or £16.66 per month.
10Mb average speed: Much slower than fibre optic, but enough for individuals or small homes with light usage. It may struggle if shared among more than a couple of people though.
£20 per month: The price is fixed for 12 months, after which it increases to £26.50. Mid-contract price rises can happen, but then you have a right to cancel for free if it’s not linked to inflation.
£0 setup: No setup fee if you already have an active phone line, but a £49.99 charge will apply if you require a new line.
£40 gift card: John Lewis will send you a £40 reward after signing up. Note that this is an e-gift card, not a physical voucher.
Extras: Includes a free Wi-Fi router. Evening and weekend calls to UK landlines are included in the bundle.
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 £189.99, and Vodafone has a very cheap fibre offer that’s ideal for getting fast internet on a budget.
BT Superfast Fibre 2 + Weekend Calls + £100 reward + Free Amazon Echo
67Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £39.99 per month | £9.99 setup | £100 Mastercard + Free Amazon Echo | Ends 6th December
When you sign up for BT Superfast Fibre 2 by the 6th December you'll not only receive a pre-paid Mastercard loaded with £100 credit, but also get a free Amazon Echo worth £89.99! Including setup and the free gifts that's an effective monthly cost of £29.99 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 calling 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.
£100 reward + Amazon Echo: This offer includes a pre-paid Mastercard loaded with £100 credit and an Amazon Echo, 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.
Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38 just £20
35Mb average speed | 18 month contract | £23 per month | £6.99 setup
No special offers here, just a simple low monthly price for this entry level fibre optic package from Vodafone.
35Mb average speed: Average is a little lower than some, but it can always be a little slower or faster than quoted and you will get an accurate estimate for your home.
£23 per month: This is Vodafone’s standard price, there is no price increase built in after the initial contract. Mid-contract price rises are possible, but unless they’re linked to inflation you have 30 days to leave for free.
£6.99 setup: No charge for the broadband activation, just a £6.99 postage fee for the Wi-Fi router. If you need a new phone line it will cost an additional £60.
Extras: Free Wi-Fi router. Free six month subscription to F-Secure anti-virus.
More help buying 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.