Manchester’s tech history
Manchester has been at the heart of computer advancements since the very early days.
In 1946 at the University of Manchester, Freddie Williams and Tony Kilburn invented the ‘Williams-Kilburn Tube’ – a cathode ray tube that could be used to store binary data; essentially the first ever RAM computer memory device.
Along with Geoff Tootill, they went on to invent ‘Baby’, or to give it its full name, the Manchester Small-scale Experimental Machine. Baby was the world’s first stored-program computer, running its first program in 1948. Later this was developed into the Ferranti Mark 1 (pictured - what a beauty!), the first commercially available general purpose computer.
In more recent years, Manchester has also been a hotbed of broadband success stories. TalkTalk was started in Warrington (as Opal Broadband) and held its first network trials in Manchester in 2002. Zen Broadband is also from the area, hailing from Rochdale just 15 miles away.
Comparing mobile broadband in Manchester
If you’re looking for mobile broadband, Manchester is well catered for. You should be able to receive a strong 3G signal; in fact your biggest problems will probably be capacity overload, rather than a lack of the towers themselves (we know - it's equally annoying!).
The latest mobile broadband signal standard, 4G, is also on hand. The last of the four UK networks to launch 4G was Three, but thankfully Manchester was one of the first three cities it arrived in.
Unfortunately, mobile signal strength is governed by many factors and the best rule of thumb is to ask around with neighbours, friends and colleagues about which networks work best in the areas you’re most likely to need it.
We only list home broadband deals in this table, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered over on our main mobile broadband page.
Comparing home broadband in Manchester
Manchester broadband is in good shape. Whether you’re in Salford or Stretford, Rusholme or Moss Side, you’re likely to have a strong range of broadband choices.
But as we mentioned at the top of the page, please do use our postcode checker before you start comparing deals; there’s nothing worse than deciding on a deal, clicking through to sign up, only to find it’s not available in your road!
You may want to narrow things down before you enter your postcode; and we can help there too. For example, if you know you're looking for superfast broadband - or perhaps a broadband deal with TV - then we have dedicated sections of the site for those too.
Once you’ve narrowed your choices by postcode, and listed your options by price, data limit, speed or contract length, you’re ready to go – but don’t forget the small print. Whether it’s a short term offer meaning you need to be quick, or making sure you get the extras you need (wireless router, parental controls etc), be sure to check all the details before clicking ‘go’.