A broadband bundle combines your broadband, phone and TV into one package. Bundling them together like this can make paying your bills less complicated and cheaper.
- Bundling your broadband, home phone and TV package together could save you money
- Consider the data cap and speed of the broadband deal before making a decision
- Adding a TV package with film and sport channels could drastically increase your monthly bill
What’s a broadband bundle?
While shopping for broadband deals, you’ll find options that bundle other services, like your home telephone or TV, with your internet for one set monthly fee.
By bundling your broadband, phone and TV package together you’ll only have one supplier to deal with and it might work out cheaper too.
The benefits of broadband bundles
The main attraction of bundled products is cost and convenience.
Buying a home phone plan and TV package together with your broadband service could prove cost effective compared with sourcing them separately.
Bundling is also convenient, as you’ll only have to deal with one company for multiple services, rather than separate providers.
Before you decide on bundling your broadband, think about what kind of services you actually need.
Types of broadband
Firstly, consider the broadband speed your household requires, the download allowance you want, and your budget.
How many people use the internet in your house? What do they need the internet for: leisure or business? Activities like gaming and video publishing typically require a faster broadband service.
If you do opt for a higher speed, remember that the advertised speed isn’t always the speed you’ll get.
If you have a household of heavy internet users, you may want to think about the benefits of unlimited broadband.
A bundle probably won’t be right for you if you don’t want a landline, but some cable packages don't require you to have a home phone, as they don’t use a phone line to provide a connection.
Once you know what kind of broadband you want, you can think about how to bundle your service.
What bundle do you need?
The best place to start is by thinking whether you want a phone and broadband bundle, or phone, broadband and digital TV package.
Be cautious during your search, as it’s easy to spend more than you originally intended if you’re sucked in by a good deal.
If you don't want or need a landline or digital television, adding them could mean an extra unnecessary cost, so understand your own requirements before settling on a package.
If you’ve opted for a standard ADSL broadband connection, you'll still need a landline, even if you don't intend to use your home phone. Consider bundling your broadband with a no-calls phone package, which could lower the cost.
Do you want a subscription digital TV package such as Sky or Virgin, or is Freeview sufficient?
A bundled TV package is likely to offer you an attractive range of entertainment options, but there are cheaper – or free – alternatives.
Online streaming services like BBC iPlayer and ITV Player mean you can watch some programmes almost instantly after they've aired without subscribing to a digital TV package. You still need a television licence though.
The cost of digital TV is likely to increase significantly if you add sport and movie packages.
You could instead use services like Netflix or NowTV as alternatives for watching films, series and documentaries.
Don't forget to take activation and installation costs into account when you compare broadband bundles. What looks like the most suitable offer could end up being more expensive than you expected.
Check the terms and conditions
Once you've chosen a bundle, make sure you check the terms and conditions of the contract, including the duration and cost.
Most providers will upgrade you mid-contract, but are unlikely to agree to a downgrade at a reduced cost.
From the outset, avoid adding services to your bundle that you know you won’t use.
If you're not keen on a 12-24 month contract, you could take out a rolling one, but this flexibility will probably come at a cost.
Is a bundle right for you?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What services do you want, and which do you actually need?
- The broadband download speed and cap. Are they sufficient for your household?
- Would it cost more to pay for each service separately? Look at the true cost over the first year as this will take into account any introductory rates or discounts as well as any charges
- Is line rental included in the price? If not, how much will it cost you?
- What call package is on offer and does it suit your needs? For example, if it offers free daytime calls but you're only home in the evenings, you won't benefit from it
- What are the charges for exceeding your calling allowance or download cap? How likely is this to happen?