Best broadband deals: 5 low-cost broadband offers for May 2020

The best broadband deals for May 2020 are right here. From ASDL to faster fibre and broadband + TV, these are the most affordable broadband deals this month

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Finding the best broadband deal couldn't be easier thanks to our guide. Whether you're wanting to switch to one of the best broadband providers out there or just fancy a nosey at what's on offer, these are the very best deals for May 2020, below.

Coronavirus means that some broadband providers have had to put a stop to new customers buying packages if they don't have the right lines installed. Sky broadband, BT, EE, Talk Talk, Vodafone and Plusnet all work with Openreach so if you're switching between any of these, you should be fine. However, Virgin requires a completely separate line. In this case, if you do not have this line, you can bag a deal now and wait until an engineer is allowed to come out.

Whether it's ASDL or a broadband + TV package you're after, we've found the best on offer this week and popped them below. Prices start from just £19.99 monthly!

Use the links below to jump straight to what you want to see. Or, you can keep scrolling.

First up on this page you'll find our broadband comparison chart, here you can input 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.

  • BT: Packages from £24.99 per month + £100 Reward Card
  • EE: Broadband + line rental £25 per month
  • John Lewis: Broadband from £20 per month + FREE £35 gift card
  • Now TV: Packages from £18 per month
  • Plusnet: £70 reward card for new customers
  • Shell: HUGE sale on – £17.99 per month for broadband
  • Sky: £27 per month broadband with £0 fees
  • TalkTalk: Prices from £21.95 per month
  • Virgin: Big Bundle – TV + broadband for £29.99 and self-install
  • Vodafone: £22.95 per month for Superfast 1 or 2!

How many Mbs do I need?

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...

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 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 (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. So it may just be worth the extra £1 to £2 per month to get Faster Fibre. 

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. If you're all Netflix binge-watchers and social media lovers then this is the option for you.

The best broadband deals by type

What are the best broadband deals for this month? Well, in terms of broadband-only deals, prices start at £19.99 per month for ASDL broadband; the best fibre broadband package is just £21.95 per month; faster fibre broadband costs only £24 per month; we think the best student broadband deal is only £28 per month and for broadband + TV, you're looking at £29.99 per month. Not bad, huh?

Use the links below to jump to the deals you want to see.

The best ASDL broadband deal

JetStream Lite Fibre Unlimited Broadband | 12 months | 17Mb |£19.99 per month | £9.99 upfront
The cheapest broadband deal on the web right now is this package from OneStream. For £18.99 per month, you get 17Mb speeds for 12 months. It has a £9.99 upfront fee and is a bargain! Total price for 12 months: £215.40.View Deal

The best fibre broadband deal

Talk Talk Faster Fibre Broadband | 18 months | 38Mbps | £21.95 per month
This is Talk Talk's best broadband offer right now – unlimited broadband speeds of 38 megabits per second combined with line rental for under £22 per month? Yes, please. Total price for 18 months: £395.10.View Deal

The best faster fibre broadband deal

Virgin M100 Broadband | 12 months | 108Mb | £24 per month
This Virgin broadband deal is probably the best in the UK right now. It's just £24 per month for 12 months – that's just £288 for the year – while it comes with broadband at a strong 108Mb. It's on a 12-month contract, too. With this deal comes a FREE £50 Amazon e-gift voucher. Click through, pop in your email, sign up for the broadband package and your gift card will be sent over. Total price for 12 months: £288.View Deal

The best student broadband deal

Vodafone Gigafast Broadband 200 | 18 months | 200Mb | £28 per month
This Vodafone broadband deal is a bargain! Broadband speeds at 200 megabits per second for under £30 per month is unheard of, not to mention the £0 upfront fees. There's also no line rental included because we know you won't be using it. Total price for 18 months: £504.View Deal

The best broadband and TV deal

Big Bundle | 12 months | 54Mb | £33 £29.99 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. Total price for one year: £359.88.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: 0800-587-1366.
  • Sky broadband: 08000-142-334.
  • Virgin broadband: 0808-281-2998.
  • TalkTalk broadband: 08000-492-103.
  • EE broadband: 08000-795-137.

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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