Comparing mobile broadband in Salford
Salford, like nearby Manchester, is well served by all four of the UK’s mobile network operators, including access to next generation 4G mobile broadband.
4G coverage on the networks is available in central Salford and out toward areas such as Prestwich, Swinton, Urmston and Stretford. EE and O2 claim to have the strongest 4G signal, with Three’s 4G appearing to be most comprehensive in the centre and north east of the town. EE also provides its double speed 4G in many areas, which can allow even faster speeds.
3G is reportedly excellent on all networks, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for the cheapest mobile broadband in Salford. Three has also upgraded its network to ‘Advanced 3G’, which provides greatly improved 3G performance - approaching 4G speeds - for no extra cost. This is already supported by many smartphones, tablets and dongles so you might be able to take advantage of it right away without buying any new equipment.
It’s important to check coverage before purchasing any mobile service. For further information see our guide to mobile broadband coverage, which includes links to the network’s coverage check tools so you can confirm signal strength for yourself.
Comparing home broadband in Salford
As well as good mobile broadband coverage, residents of Salford also have access to an extensive range of fixed line home broadband packages.
The Pendleton, Broughton and Trafford exchanges which serve the Salford area all provide unbundled ADSL, fibre optic broadband from BT and Virgin Media. Additionally, the Broughton exchange is also future-proofed with support for ‘full fibre’ FTTP services.
ADSL is the best option if you’re looking for the cheapest home broadband as both setup and running costs are low, but it still offers enough performance to cope with downloading files, online gaming and streaming video, as well as the usual web browsing and email.
Fibre optic broadband, which uses either BT lines or Virgin Media fibre network (aka cable broadband) offers the fastest mass-market connectivity in the UK. These come at a higher cost, but are easily worth it if you’ll benefit from the greater bandwidth.
Our broadband deals also include triple play and quad play bundles where you can get broadband, phone, TV and mobile all in one. This can be a good way to save money and makes bill paying convenient.