Should I choose the cheapest broadband deal?
The cheapest broadband isn't necessarily the best broadband for you. If you can afford to, then it's usually well worth spending a little more in order to get the broadband provider or package that is best suited to your needsGocompare.com
How are download speeds measured?
Broadband speed is measured in kilobytes per second (Kb/ps) and megabytes per second (Mb/ps). The higher the number of bytes you are able to download per second, the faster the connection. Packages with faster download speeds normally cost more. Remember that the speed advertised is the maximum you could getGocompare.com
What is a download cap?
A download cap, also known as a download limit or restriction, is the maximum usage permitted by your broadband provider over a set period, usually one month. Your usage is monitored as the flow of information (uploads and downloads) between your computer and the internet. It is measured by the number of gigabytes (GB) you download per monthGocompare.com
Is business broadband the same as home broadband?
Business broadband can be a very different beast to home broadband and your choice of provider can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Use our comparison service to help find the right dealGocompare.com
Why use Gocompare.com's broadband comparison service?
With the help of our partners Broadband Choices you can compare the latest broadband deals in one quick and easy search, giving you the chance to save money and find a package that's best suited to your requirements. Just choose from the links above depending on whether you want to look at broadband packages, mobile broadband, or a bundle that will compare broadband alongside digital TV and/or home phone options.
If you feel that you need more information before making a decision, try our broadband guides
Should you select the broadband only or broadband bundle option, all you need to do is enter your postcode. You'll then be presented with a best-buy table showing the name of the provider, usage limits and speed (up to), plus prices broken down by monthly line rental, monthly charge, one-off costs and first-year cost.
If you choose to compare mobile broadband deals, you'll be asked to tick one of four options to determine whether you want to consider pay monthly deals, pay-as-you-go/short-contract packages, laptop and mobile broadband deals, or all of those choices. You will then see our best-buy table showing the name of the network, speed (up to), minimum contract length and usage limit, plus prices broken down by over-usage charges, monthly charges, dongle/laptop costs and first-year cost.
In the best-buy tables you can sort the results according to whichever factor is of most importance to you. If you're struggling with any of the terms, click the relevant heading at the top of the table for a simple explanation. Each option will also have a link to the key facts of a particular product - just click on the package name. When you see an option you like, you can either click through to purchase online or - for broadband and broadband package comparison - call the number provided to speak to someone.
If you feel that you need more information before making a decision, try our broadband guides, where you'll also find the answers to frequently asked questions. The guides can help you with the basics, including what broadband is and how it works, what's available in your area, and the different sorts of broadband including ADSL, cable, satellite and mobile.
You can also read more about download caps, security, line rental, the importance of first-year cost, upgrading, dongles, contract length, connection fees, monthly charges, customer service and technical support, plus find dedicated pages on broadband speed and wireless broadband (wi-fi).
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