The best broadband deals for December 2018: find a cheap home internet deal

Paying for home internet is a necessary evil. Never fear, we'll make sure that you don't pay over the odds for your broadband deal

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There's nothing that will make seeing internet payments on your bank statements any less painful; but it's a necessary evil of the 21st Century. With an ever increasing reliance on the internet at home, basic tasks such as watching TV, keeping up with your finances and staying in touch with loved ones require broadband. 

Here at Real Homes, we'll help numb the pain a little by directing you to the best home broadband deals available in your area right now. Your first stop on this page will tell you all you need to know and consider before browsing the deals. Then, you'll be faced with the best current deals on broadband only, fibre broadband and then broadband and TV.

Lastly, you'll come to our comparison chart, where you'll be able to see the cheapest internet prices around – whether you're after super-fast fibre optic broadband, an all-singing, all-dancing broadband and TV package, or just want to pay as little as possible for your connection. 

Decide if you want to play it safe with BT broadband, or opt for a less familiar brand – use the interactive filters to pinpoint your ideal internet plan.

Find more deals on our dedicated page.

Fibre broadband know how

You've probably heard of fibre broadband, but maybe aren't sure what it is. This is where we come in: fibre broadband allows you to be connected via fibre optic cable instead of the standard copper telephone lines used by an ADSL connection. Meaning faster, more reliable internet speeds. 

As for the term Mb, it stands for megabits, as internet speed is generally measured and marketed in Mb.

But of course, it comes at a greater cost, and it's only worth paying the additional money if you really need it. Below is more information about which to choose.

ADSL (17Mb): The speed of standard ADSL is set at up to 17Mb, which means a maximum download speed of around 2.1MB per second. Ideal if there's only a couple of you in the household and your internet activity is confined to a bit of web surfing and streaming HD video. Not so ideal if a lot of people try to use it at once though. 

Fibre (38Mb): At more than double the Mb of ADSL, you can already get the idea why fibre optic is worth getting if you want to ramp up your home internet speed. Now available to more than 90 per cent of UK homes, if you want fast downloads, 4K streaming and/or if there are several faces in your house all wanting to use the internet at once without interruption, this is the one. 

Faster fibre (50Mb+): You'll pay a premium for the fastest broadband speeds out there, but it's worth the spend if rapid, lag-free internet is a must in your home. You're looking at downloads in excess of 6MB per second, which equates to seamless 4K video streaming. Heavy broadband users can rejoice, as films and albums will download in no time. 

Fibre broadband: what to consider

For the most part, you don't get much of a choice as to what contract length you'll be signing up for. If you've got your deal and internet provider decided, then you're stuck with whatever length the company chooses.

That will usually be 12 or 18 months. One year used to be the standard, but an increasing number of ISPs are now tying customers into 18 month broadband deals. You can use the filter in our comparison chart if you're dead set on a shorter term. When your contract comes to an end however, be prepared for your monthly tariff to be hiked skywards as most of the prices you'll see are reduced introductory offers. On that basis, 18 month offers can sometimes be advantageous.

For complete commitment-phobes, a few providers offer rolling 30 day internet plans. Handy if you're renting or know that you'll be moving house within the year. But you will usually be penalised with higher upfront activation costs.

The cheapest broadband only deals in the UK for December

Perfect for small households that aren't as reliant on broadband, don't pay for a whopping internet speed if you don't need it. Still using a landline? Well, line rental is included in the price of your internet (some Virgin Media broadband only plans being the exception). Meaning you'll automatically be able to make and receive calls from your tethered home phone. Just be sure to check how much they cost. Have a browse below of the cheapest deals right now.

Onestream Flow Unlimited Broadband Including Line Rental | Avg speed: 12Mb | 12 months | £9.99 per month 

This offer from Onestream is for WiFi at just £9.99 per month and is the cheapest deal we've ever seen. It includes top download speeds of 17mbps, as well as no usage caps and a FREE Onestream router. What are you waiting for?View Deal

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Post Office unlimited broadband | 12 months | Avg speed: 11Mbps | Price per month: £15.90

One of the cheapest broadband prices right now, the Post Office is currently offering not just unlimited broadband for this cheap monthly price, but line rental and free weekend calls are also included AND it's free upfront. If you're asking us, this is a cracking broadband deal. Total cost for 12 months: £190.80.View Deal

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NOW Super Saver | 12 months | Avg speed:  11 Mbps | Price per month: £18 | Delivery: £9.99

Perfect for smaller households, this bargain broadband deal includes line rental, and the internet is unlimited. There is a one off set-up fee of £15 if you're committing for 12 months, or it's £50 if you don't want to be tied in to a contract. Total cost of 12 months: £225.99.View Deal

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Talk Talk broadband | 12 months | Avg speed: 11Mbps | Price per month: £19.95

This Talk Talk offer is ideal for households that have only a few devices connected to the WiFi at one time and aren't hugely reliant on them. You'll get a free Super Router which is usually £79.99, and your first month is on a flexible contract, so if you don't like it, you can change. Total cost of 12 months: £239.40. 

Prefer to purchase by phone? Call 08000-492-103.View Deal

Plusnet Unlimited Broadband + Line Only  | 18 months | Avg speed: 10Mb | Price per month: £19.99

With line rental included as well as unlimited broadband, if you're looking for a cheap and cheerful broadband deal , check out Plusnet. It should be noted, though, that there's a £10 activation fee. Total price for 18 months: £359.82.View Deal

The top three fibre broadband deals in the UK for December

For larger families who are reliant on the internet, fibre broadband is for you. It's worth paying that little extra per month in case you have guests so you can cater to everyone who steps foot in your house. Here's our top pick of the best, ranging from fibre to faster fibre. 

Note: subject to availability at your postcode

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Vodafone Superfast 1 | 18 months | Avg speed: 35Mbps| Price per month: £25 | Delivery: free

For the low price of £25, you can score a cracking broadband deal with Vodafone this month. With a decent 35Mb average speed as well as nothing to pay up front, it's even better if you're a Vodafone mobile customer, as the price drops to £23 a month. It is worth noting though, that there's a one-off cost of £60. Total cost for 18 months: £456.View Deal

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Virgin Media VIVID 50 | 12 months | Avg speed: 54Mbps | Price per month: £27 | Delivery: free upfront

Now just £27 a month, Virgin's most affordable super fast fibre optic broadband deal just got even cheaper. With weekend calls included and the upfront cost gone, it's a cracking deal. There's an average internet speed of 54Mbps, ideal for fast internet surfers. However, it's worth using the postcode checker below to see if you can get it though, as only 60 per cent of the UK qualify for Virgin. Also, there's a one-off cost of £25. Total cost for 12 months: £349.

Prefer to purchase via phone? Call 08000-492-102.View Deal

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BT Superfast Fibre Unlimited | 18 months | Avg speed: 50Mb | Price per month: £29.99 | Delivery: £9.99

Enjoy superfast fibre broadband that's perfect if you frequently enjoy streaming and catch-up TV, as well as 200Gb of cloud storage and the option for half price BT Sport. Oh, and it also includes weekend calls, a £100 pre-paid mastercard AND if you add the BT Sport App to your package, you'll get a free Google Chromecast worth £30. Total price for 18 months: £549.81.View Deal

The top 3 broadband and TV deals in the UK for December

In a bid to get as much business from you as possible, most major internet providers now offer broadband and TV packages - a one stop entertainment shop. They range from basic TV packages offering a scant selection that you'd normally expect from Freeview (although there may be a set top box allowing you to record and rewind thrown in, too), to comprehensive 300+ channel plans that include BT Sport, Sky Cinema and pretty much every other premium station you can think of. Here's our pick of the best ones right now.

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NOW Fab Fibre + Entertainment Pass | 12 months | Avg speed: 36Mbps | Price per month: £25 | Delivery: £9.99

Yes, NOW have started doing internet! One of the cheapest broadband providers out there at £25 per month, they also have the option to add a TV package for an extra £4.99. Included is the best of Sky programmes as well as over 300 box sets. Currently, there's no upfront cost if you opt into a 12 month contract, or £50 if you don't want to. Total cost for 12 months £369.87 (includes TV package).View Deal

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Sky Fibre Max + Sky Entertainment | 18 months | Avg speed: 63Mb | Price per month: £45 

Not only does this deal include unlimited broadband, but it also lets you watch over 300 channels live, and catch up on over 60 other channels. There's also line rental included, but it's worth nothing that there's quite a large start-up fee of £59.95. Total cost for 18 months: £869.95.

Prefer to purchase via phone? Call 08000-142-334.View Deal

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The Full House bundle | 12 months |Avg speed: 108Mbps | Price per month: £57

Offering a mix of TV, broadband and calls, this bundle gives you access to over 230 channels, a Virgin TV V6 box AND all BT sport channels. With an average speed of 180Mbps, the unlimited broadband is perfect for those who have five to nine devices connected, and weekend calls are inclusive, too. It's also worth nothing that there's a £25 set-up fee. Total cost for 12 months: £709

Prefer to purchase via phone? Call 08000-492-102.View Deal

Still unsure if you've got the best deal? Type your postcode in below to see the best offers for your area. To change your preferences, click 'filters' and it'll let you refine your search.