Best broadband deals 2020

Looking for a broadband deal? These are the best to bag in January 2020...

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Looking for a new broadband deal for the new year? You'd better be quick: providers such as Virgin Media, Sky and more are currently offering incredible package deals with generous download limits  – and some include freebies!

Whether you're after a broadband-only deal, a fibre broadband package, a student broadband deal or a television AND broadband option, we suggest you snap up that big brand internet at the cheapest possible price speedily, before some of the best deals end. 

Use the links (right) to navigate your way through this page with ease. Completely lost? Scroll to our comparison chart below and input your postcode to find the best broadband deals in your area. This way you can scroll Instagram, browse Wikipedia or stream YouTube – all with a smooth (yet affordable) connection at your fingertips.

Head to our broadband page for more expert advice.

  • BT: Save up to £168 in their January sale
  • EE: Prices from £19 per month
  • Gigaclear: Smart Wi-Fi for £49 per month
  • Hyperoptic: Use code JAN20 at checkout 20% off
  • John Lewis: FREE £50 e-gift card
  • NowTV: Broadband + TV from £23.99 per month
  • Onestream: Packages from £19.99 per month
  • Origin: Unlimited broadband for £16.99 per month
  • Plusnet: Up to £70 cashback
  • POP: Packages start at £15.99 per month including line rental
  • Post Office: £15.90 broadband
  • Shell: January sale still on
  • Sky: Incredible broadband deals in their Winter sale
  • Talk Talk: Prices from £17.95 per month
  • Virgin: Broadband and phone deals from £27 per month
  • Vodafone: Free Apple TV 4K + 1 year AppleTV+ subscription

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 £15.90 per month (deal above); fibre broadband packages begin at £21 per month and as for those who want broadband and TV, you're looking at anything from £35.99 per month. Not bad, huh?

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

The best broadband only deals

Broadband only is a great option for small households that aren't super reliant on broadband. Wi-Fi speeds usually average at around 11Mbps, while line rental is included in the price of your internet (some Virgin Media broadband-only plans being the exception). 

We've featured the top broadband-only deals that are under £20 per month

Post Office unlimited broadband | 12 months | 11Mbps | £15.90 per month
One of the cheapest broadband prices right now, the Post Office is currently offering not just unlimited broad.band 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. There's also no upfront or delivery fees. Total cost for 12 months: £190.80.View Deal

JetStream Fibre | 12 months | 17Mb | £19.99 per month | Delivery: £9.99
This broadband deal is officially the cheapest on the web right now. It comes with a free router as well as line rental. Oh, and did we mention that you'll be able to download content at a top speed of 20Mbs?  Total price for 12 months: £249.87.View Deal

The best fibre broadband deals

For larger families who are reliant on the internet, fibre broadband is a great option 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. Below, you'll find all the best fibre and faster fibre deals under £30 per month

Vodafone Superfast 2 | 18 months | 63Mbps| £23 per month
For the low price of £23, you can score a cracking broadband deal with Vodafone this month. With a very decent 63Mb average speed as well as nothing to pay upfront, we think this is a great option for those who live in larger, more internet-reliant households. For existing Vodafone customers, the monthly price drops to £21 per month. Total cost for 18 months: £414.View Deal

FREE £80 REWARD CARD

BT Superfast Fibre | 18 months | 50Mb | £35.99 £28.99 per month | Upfront: £9.99
Enjoy superfast fibre broadband that's perfect if you frequently enjoy streaming and catch-up TV thanks to this affordable package. It comes with a Stay Fast Guarantee, you'll get free access to over five million UK Wi-Fi hotspots and also a BT Smart Hub for free. Oh, and it also includes unlimited UK weekend calls and a £70 reward card. Total price for 18 months: £700.75.VIEW DEAL ON BT superfast fibre broadband

The best student broadband deals

University student? You could just choose any broadband deal, student adapted or not, but then you won't have the added bonus of a nine month contract (no paying during summer holidays!), a freebie and the cheap price that comes with anything student-related. Maybe you and your housemates want a TV and broadband deal? Or you're after a package where you pay absolutely nothing up front – we get it! 

M100 broadband + Phone | 12 months | 100Mb | £33 £27 per month
For just £27 per month, you'll enjoy average download speeds of 108Mbps for the next year, as well as free line rental. A bargain.  Total price per month: £324.View Deal

The best broadband and TV deals

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. We've selected the best deals under £50 per month and popped them below.

Virgin Media Big bundle | 12 months | 213Mbps | £43 £33 per month| Upfront: £35
Virgin's TV and broadband deals just keep getting better and better. As well as super fast Wi-Fi speeds of 213Mb, this bundle includes over 110 channels to watch including Sky News, CBebbies and more. Line rental is included, but remember the £35 one off fee. Total price for 12 months: £396.View Deal

£80 BT REWARD CARD

BT Starter with Superfast Fibre + BT Sport | 18 months | 50Mbps | £45.99 £38.99 per month | Upfront: £49.99
While the upfront fee on this BT deal is very high, those who are frequent sport watchers will be more than happy to pay. Average Wi-Fi speeds are 50Mb, and 85 channels are included in this package. Of course, you can watch BT Sport until your heart's content. Oh, and it comes with a £70 BT Reward Card as well as a FREE six month Amazon Prime membership. Total price for 18 months: £751.81.VIEW DEAL ON BT Starter with superfast fibre and sport

Sky Entertainment + Broadband | 18 months | 59Mb | £57 £39 per month | Upfront: £19.95
This is Sky's most affordable TV and broadband deal around right now at just £39 per month. 59Mb broadband combined with Sky Entertainment makes a heavenly package – think: 300 Entertainment channels to choose from and fast Wi-Fi speeds. What more could you need? Total price for 18 months: £702.View Deal

Broadband packages: what are my options?

The world of broadband deals can be verrrry confusing. This is why we're here to help you find a deal that's best suited to you, from a provider you like the most. There are several broadband packages on offer from several providers in the UK, with the most popular being BT, Virgin Media and Sky. While we're all for going with a brand you trust, if there's a smaller broadband provider company offering faster speeds for a lower monthly price, why not? Below, we've listed all the broadband options from top providers to give you an overview and help make your decision a little easier.

BT'S BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All BT broadband packages are on a 24 month contract unless stated otherwise. All packages have a £9.99 postage and packaging fee, too.


VIRGIN MEDIA'S BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All Virgin Media broadband packages are on a 12 month contract and have an upfront fee of £35.


SKY'S BEST BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All Sky broadband deals are on a 18 month contract. All packages include an upfront deal, but prices for this change depending on what's included. 



TALKTALK BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All TalkTalk broadband packages are free upfront and their contract length is 18 months. While TalkTalk only offer three Wi-Fi only deals, they also offer several broadband + TV deals on their website.


NOW TV'S BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All Now TV's broadband offerings are free upfront and on a 12 month contract. We've listed the best Wi-Fi only options below.


VODAFONE BROADBAND OFFERINGS: 

All Vodafone broadband deals span 18 months and are free upfront. Prices change depending on whether you're an existing Vodafone customer or not, but right now, both packages are the same price making the best Vodafone broadband deal you can buy their SuperFast 2 option.

PLUSNET BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All Plusnet broadband deals are on an 18 month contract and are free upfront. All packages include line rental.

HYPEROPTIC BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

Hyperoptic broadband deals range from 12 month contracts to rolling contracts starting at one month. Upfront costs are £20 unless stated otherwise.

ONESTREAM BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All OneStream broadband packages have a £9.99 upfront fee and a contract length of 12 months.

SHELL ENERGY BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

Shell broadband deals are all on an 18 month contract AND are free upfront.

JOHN LEWIS BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

Both John Lewis Fibre broadband packages span 12 months and are free upfront.

POST OFFICE BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

Both Post Office broadband offerings last for 12 months and have an upfront cost of £10.  Currently, Post Office offers one of  the cheapest available broadband in the UK at £15.90 per month.


POP TELECOM BROADBAND OFFERINGS:

All Pop Telecom broadband packages have an upfront fee of £9.99 and a contract length of 12 months. 

How many Mbs do I need?

What is fibre broadband? The answer is simple: it's a faster internet connection than the traditional means of broadband. If you've ever heard of ADSL, that's the old standard. Using a fibre connection gives you a faster, more reliable internet connection. 

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.

It makes sense to go for fibre broadband if you have a home bustling with people all trying to use the internet at the same time. The extra bandwidth should cope easily where a standard connection may begin to falter. And if the people in your home love streaming films and TV on a glorious 4K TV, then faster fibre is a must.

Find out more on ASDL, Fibre and Faster Fibre broadband below to discover which one is best for you.

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. Jet Stream's Lite Fibre Broadband should suffice.

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.  Vodafone's Superfast 1 at £22 per month will do. If you're all Netflix binge watchers, social media lovers and frequent pre-drinks hosts  then you may want to choose something with a little faster average speed around 50Mb. Hyperoptic's 50Mb deal is a bargain.

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. Virgin's M100 (108Mb)is a great option or Sky's Broadband Ultrafast 1 (145Mb). If you live in a verrrry large household and are suuuuper reliant on WiFi, we suggest buying Hyperoptic's 1GB Fibre Broadband; for just £46 per month you'll get average speeds of 1,000Mbps and it's free upfront. Bargain.

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 (above). 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. If you've got your deal and internet provider decided, then you're stuck with whatever length the company chooses; this will usually be 12 or 18 months. 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.

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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