What is broadband with no credit check?
Broadband with no credit check are deals where the provider does not require you to pass a credit check in order to sign up. So if you’ve got bad credit, CCJs or other black marks on your financial history, you’re not barred from getting broadband.
Can I still try getting broadband with bad credit?
You can still try signing up for a provider even if your credit history isn’t perfect. People are accepted all the time, and the criteria are not as strict as applying for something like a loan or credit card.
If this doesn’t work, then you can look at providers who do not require credit checks.
Which providers offer broadband without a credit check?
At present, Broadband Genie lists one ISP which offers broadband with bad credit - Directsave Telecom (DST). DST is a smaller provider you may not have heard of previously, but they do have interesting features which may make them an attractive option even if you’re not looking for internet without a credit check.
DST has the option of short term contracts, a rarity in the UK broadband market. Short term contracts are great if you’re not certain about your living arrangements in the near future, or would just prefer to avoid committing to an ISP for a year or more. It’s also important to note that the contract term covers both the broadband and phone service.
You can also sign up for a BT Basic service. These are aimed at people on a low income, or anyone who can't get other broadband packages. Although the monthly data limit is only 12GB, it does cost just £9.95 per month for broadband and phone.
Is broadband without a credit check different from other broadband deals?
The only difference is the lack of a credit check, otherwise the services are identical, with the same choice of deals offered to other customers.
How do I compare broadband with no credit check deals?
Comparing these deals is the same as choosing any other broadband package.
Step 1: Check availability
Use the postcode check in our comparison table to find out what services are available in your location.
Step 2: Filter and sort
Use the comparison table filters to narrow down the options, then sort the filtered table by the criteria most important to you, such as speed, price and data limit.
Step 3: Buy!
Click ‘Go’ and you’ll be taken to the provider’s site to sign up for your new broadband package.
How can I check my credit history?
To see your credit history you can request a report from one of the following credit report agencies:
Can I use mobile broadband instead of home broadband?
Another option worth considering for those of you struggling to find broadband with no credit check is pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobile internet.
While mobile broadband is not always as fast or reliable as some home broadband services (though 4G performance can now comfortably overtake ADSL home broadband) it is very flexible. You can get online very quickly without worrying about credit checks simply by picking up a compatible device and a SIM card.
For further advice on this topic read our guide to using mobile broadband at home.