Get bang up-to-date and compare broadband deals
Got gaming on the brain? Are you a sucker for streaming? Can't go more than two minutes without updating your Facebook status with inspired gems like: 'Having broccoli for tea!'
Well if it's the latter, desist immediately. But there's actually one thing that links all these online activities (however annoying they are) - the need for the right broadband.
Fortunately, we've got your back. You're welcome.
Bone up on broadband
- The actual speed your home receives may be lower than the speed advertised
- Truly unlimited broadband means you can use the internet to you heart's content without getting charged
- Parental controls mean you can limit what your child sees while they're online
- Want to know more? Peruse our bulging box of broadband guides
Types of broadband
There are a few different options to decide between when it comes to broadband.
Where you live can narrow your options. For instance, if your abode is out in the sticks, you may have to plump for rural broadband options or satellite broadband.
However, those closer to civilisation will be presented with more choice, including super-fast fibre optic broadband and cable broadband options.
Another option is mobile broadband which uses the mobile network to access the internet, you'll need a dongle to get online though.
Or of course there's the old faithful - ADSL.
Compare broadband deals
With the help of our partners broadbandchoices you can compare the latest broadband and broadband bundle deals tout suite, giving you the chance to save money and find a broadband package that really satisfies your internet appetite.
As well as price, you'll want to think about the level of customer service and technical support your chosen broadband package can provide.
Why not go the whole hog and bundle your broadband in with a TV package and home phone price plan?
You can choose the type of entertainment package you want, including access to premium sport and film channels.
Not only could it save you money, but you'll only have to deal with one provider - making the whole process easy peasy.
A word to the wise, it's not just about price when it comes down to it. You'll need to make sure that your broadband is delivering speeds which will enable your internet activities 24/7, whether you're a hardcore user or an occasional peruser. Nobody likes a buffering film after all.
Be aware of the words 'up to' when choosing your broadband bonanza deal, these innocent enough words mean that you won't necessarily reach that top speed.
You'll also want to get clued up on whether your provider will implement any pesky download caps or traffic management.
Get up to speed
- 21% of people have never switched their broadband provider meaning they could be missing out on a breathtaking broadband deal
- 82% of adults in the UK use the internet at least every other day and three out of four adults go online while out and about
Check the speed of the internet in your area and choose an appropriate deal. If you only get 20Mbps at your home, there's no point in opting for a 30Mbps option. You do the maths.
The cost of broadband
Having the fastest broadband on the market is all well and good, but if you have to eat beans every day to fund your internet habit, that ain't good.
Take into account the first-year cost, line rental and how much it would cost to upgrade if your current package does nothing to quench your insatiable internet hunger.
Of course you'll want to find out whether there's any connection fees for installation or one-off costs and how much you'll be charged monthly for your chosen package.
Need more information on broadband?
You'll want to head over to our broadband guides which are packed to the brim with all the information you need to know. From unlimited broadband and money-saving tips to internet security and hardware - you can learn more. It's a doddle.