Best broadband deals August 2020: the best packages in the UK

Changing to the best broadband deal around for August 2020? Smart idea. Here are all of the packages worth shouting about...

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Considering switching broadband and want to find the best broadband deal around? Whether you are after a basic option such as ASDL, you're looking at faster fibre or a broadband and TV package, we've found the best ones around for August 2020, and we've popped them below. They're also from the best broadband providers in the UK, too. So you can be rest assured the service you are buying is the service you will get.

We've trawled the web to find the very best broadband deals from BT, Virgin Media, Sky, Vodafone, John Lewis broadband and more. So as to make this process easier for you, we've listed just one best broadband deal for each type of broadband. So, one ASDL broadband deal, one fibre broadband deal, a faster fibre broadband deal and a broadband + TV deal. If you are already set on the provider you want, we've also listed the best broadband deals by provider – one for Talk Talk, one for BT and so on. If you are completely lost and have never chosen a broadband deal before, scroll down a tad to our broadband comparison chart and type in your postcode, broadband deals in your area will show. 

Use the links below to jump through this page by section. Or, just keep scrolling.

First up on this page you'll find our broadband comparison chart. Pop in your postcode to find the best broadband deals in your area. Then, we've written a quick list of broadband providers along with their current offers on today.

Current broadband offers:

  • BT: Packages from £26.99 per month + £70 Reward Card
  • EE: Broadband + line rental £25 per month
  • John Lewis: Broadband from £20 per month + FREE £40 gift card
  • Now TV: Packages from £18 - £25 per month
  • Plusnet: From £18.99 per month
  • Shell: HUGE sale on – £19.99 per month for broadband
  • Sky: £22 per month broadband with £0 fees
  • TalkTalk: site shut for maintenance
  • Virgin: Broadband from £24 per month, TV + broadband for £33
  • Vodafone: £23 per month for Superfast 1

How many Mbs do I need?

Megabits per seconds: explained

ADSL (24Mb and under): 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 low.

Fibre (around 38Mb): At more than double the Mb of ADSL, this is a great option if there are two of you in your house who are reliant on the internet, however, price-wise you'll find that Fibre broadband packages and Faster fibre broadband packages are very similar.

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.

Internet speed is measured in Mbs – this stands for megabits per second. The higher this number, the faster you will be able to surf the web and upload and download content. While there is no definite answer to what broadband speed is the best to buy, we can help you choose depending on your household size. Not sure what speeds you currently have? Use our broadband speed test (link below) to check. From there you can choose whether you need a faster connection or not...

What are the best broadband deals for this month? Well, in terms of broadband-only deals, prices start at £17.99 per month for ASDL broadband; the best fibre broadband package is just £23 per month; faster fibre broadband costs only £24 per month and we think that for the best broadband + TV, you're looking at £39 per month. Not bad, huh?

The best broadband deals by speed

The best ASDL broadband deal

Plusnet Unlimited Broadband | 12 months | 10Mb | £17.99 per month | £50 Reward Card
A cheap price to pay for broadband and line rental – although it is pay as you go – this Plusnet broadband deal is great. It also has a £0 setup fee and it comes with a £50 Reward Card, too. Total price for one year: £215.88.View Deal

The best fibre broadband deal

Vodafone Superfast 1 | 14 months | 35Mbps | £23 per month
This may be Vodafone's most affordable broadband deal, but it certainly doesn't mean it's not worth it. For just £23 per month, you'll get average download speeds of 35Mbps, unlimited broadband usage, a Vodafone Wi-Fi hub and of course, if you're an existing Vodafone customer, the monthly price goes down to £21. Total price for first 12 months: £276.View Deal

The best faster fibre broadband deal

M100 Fibre Broadband | 18 months | 108Mb | £24 per month | £0 upfront | FREE £75 e-gift card
This broadband deal is ideal for busy households with five to nine devices inside. It comes with fast broadband and a £50 Amazon voucher, all at a very cheap monthly price. It also has a £0 upfront fee. No phone line is included. Total price for first 12 months: £288.View Deal

The best broadband and TV deal

Sky TV & Superfast Broadband | 18 months | 59Mb | £52 £39 per month | £39.95 setup fee
This Sky broadband and TV deal has £13 off its monthly price right now. It comes with 147 channels as well as Sky Q. It also includes a pay as you go phone line and broadband at 59 megabits per second. Total price for first 12 months: £497.95.View Deal

The best broadband deals by provider

We've picked one best deal from top broadband providers and popped them below. So, if you're set on a provider but yet to decide on a package, let us help.

The best Virgin Media broadband deal

Big Bundle | 12 months | 54Mb | £33 per month
This package is Virgin's cheapest broadband and TV bundle for those who want the best of both worlds. The Big Bundle comes with 110 channels, free line rental on weekends, broadband at 54 megabits per second and a V6 box to pause, rewind and record TV.View Deal

The best Sky broadband deal

Sky Broadband Superfast | 18 months | 59Mb | £27 £25 per month | £19.95 setup fee
A cheap price for Sky, Broadband Superfast is now only £25 per month. This comes with average speeds of 59 megabits per second.View Deal

The best BT broadband deal

BT Fibre 1 | 24 months | 50Mb | £27.99 £26.99 per month | FREE £50 Reward Card | £9.99 upfront
This BT broadband deal is their most popular option and for good reason, too. Not only is it currently a cheap monthly price, but with it comes broadband speeds averaging 50Mb as well as a £50 BT Reward Card. The upfront fee is just £9.99, too. Line rental is pay as you go. View Deal

The best Vodafone broadband deal

Vodafone Superfast 2 | 24 months | 63Mb | £25 per month
Superfast 2 is on a 24-month contract so that you pay a cheaper price for longer. This broadband package works at an average speed of 63 megabits per second and benefits from unlimited downloads. Setup is free meaning there are no hidden costs and line rental is included, but it's pay as you go.View Deal

Can I buy broadband over the phone?

Yes, you certainly can. If you'd prefer to talk to someone over the phone about your new broadband deal, use the numbers below:

  • BT broadband: 0800 783 5462.
  • TalkTalk broadband: 0808 108 0354.
  • EE broadband: 0800 079 0075.
  • Plusnet broadband: 0808 168 5438.

What to consider when choosing a broadband package

Availability
Surprisingly, in this day and age, super fast fibre broadband isn't available nationwide, and you may live in the 10 per cent of UK households that don't benefit from the speediest internet. The quickest way to find out if you can access it is by entering your postcode in our comparison chart at the top of this page. If you're faced with several options, you're in luck. If no results show, then you'll have to stick to ADSL for now.

Contract length
For the most part, you don't get much of a choice as to what contract length you'll be signing up for. Usually, contract lengths span 12 or 18 months. When your contract comes to an end, 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.

Line rental
Want landline calls included in your new broadband deal? The majority of broadband packages include free evening and weekend calls, but be sure to check before buying. If not, there'll always be an option to add line rental for a small monthly price.

Upfront fees
Some broadband providers charge an upfront price for starting a broadband contract with them, this usually includes the price of your new broadband box that they'll send to you. Some providers do offer this service for free. Also be wary of postage and packaging fees, too. 

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