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Origin Broadband Review 2021

Is Origin Broadband any good?

Our Origin Broadband rating: 4/5

Origin provides a small but very affordable selection of home broadband deals, with a focus on delivering great customer service as well as value for money. But is it any good, and is it the right choice for you? Read our Origin broadband review to find out more about their packages, prices and speed.

Origin Broadband - the Broadband Genie review

We like We don’t like
  • Very cheap ADSL and fibre broadband.
  • UK-based support.
  • Optional upgrade to a more powerful router.
  • More expensive in some areas.
  • Basic free router is disappointing.

Origin Broadband speed

Origin average speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media

  Origin BT Sky TalkTalk Virgin Media
ADSL download speed n/a 10Mb 11Mb 11Mb N/A
ADSL upload speed n/a 1Mb 1Mb 1Mb N/A
Fibre download speed 18Mb / 36Mb / 67Mb 36Mb / 50Mb / 67Mb 59Mb 36Mb / 63Mb 54Mb / 108Mb / 213Mb / 362Mb / 516Mb / 630Mb
Fibre download speed 9.5Mb / 19.5Mb 9.5Mb / 19.5Mb 19Mb 9.5Mb / 19Mb 5Mb / 10Mb / 20Mb / 36Mb

Origin uses the Openreach telephone network, and like many other providers, it offers fast fibre optic broadband deals with an average speed of 36Mb or 67Mb.

However, Origin also has the option of a cheap entry-level fibre package with an average speed of 18Mb for around the same price (and often less) than other ISPs charge for a slower ADSL service.

Origin Broadband value for money

Origin Broadband cheapest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Origin Fibre (18Mb) BT Broadband (10Mb) / BT Fibre Essential (36Mb) Sky Essential Plus (11Mb) TalkTalk Fast Broadband (11Mb) Virgin Media M50 (54Mb)
£20.99 £27.99 £30 £24.95 £28

Origin Broadband cheapest package vs Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Origin Max (67Mb) BT Fibre 2 (67Mb) Sky Broadband Superfast (59Mb) TalkTalk Fibre 65 (67Mb) Virgin Media M500 (516Mb)
£26.99 £30.99 £26 £25 £46

Last checked July 2021. The prices displayed above are the initial contract cost for new customers; charges may increase after renewal. The cheapest price is the lowest monthly cost regardless of speed. The fastest price is the fastest service available on Broadband Genie for the lowest monthly cost, excluding TV bundles.

Value for money is where Origin shines. Its entry-level package is a great value fibre optic service that provides speeds of 18Mb at around the same price as slower ADSL packages. Its fastest fibre optic deal is not quite as competitive, but still costs less than many other providers.

Origin Broadband features and extras

As a budget provider Origin doesn’t provide any notable extras or freebies. You can choose to add a static IP address or upgrade to a better router, but otherwise, these are barebones packages.

Origin Broadband router

Origin supplies Asus routers with its home broadband packages - an Asus N14 for ADSL or N16 with fibre. But while Asus is a respected manufacturer, these particular models are outdated. You only get support for 802.11n Wi-Fi, which means you don’t get the faster transfer speeds from newer Wi-Fi devices which support 802.11ac. They’re not terrible by any means, but if you want the best performance and require more advanced features, it may be worth investing in the upgraded models offered by Origin.

Origin home phone

Line rental is included in the cost of all Origin deals. Broadband only is not an option with Origin so you must take their phone line, or move your existing phone line to their service when switching. 

Inclusive calling is not included in the standard bundles, but you can choose to add evening and weekend calls, anytime calls or anytime with international calling for an additional fee. 

Origin Broadband review conclusion

Our Origin Broadband rating: 4 / 5

Origin is an extremely tempting proposition if you’re looking to keep costs down as its broadband deals are among the cheapest around.

Origin isn’t bursting at the seams with free extras. That’s not surprising for a budget service, but it’s disappointing that it doesn’t include a more modern Wi-Fi router, rather than having to pay extra to get something that many other providers offer for free.

One potential drawback is that in some locations Origin broadband could cost quite a lot more — up to £25.99 for ADSL. This isn’t unique to Origin, but in that situation, you may find other deals end up being cheaper.

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