Like most families, yours no doubt relies heavily on the internet. Perhaps you use the web to work, shop or stream services like Spotify and Netflix. Whatever you need the internet for, you need to have the right broadband package. Here are a few things to consider when you’re searching for the best deal:
Price isn’t the only factor
Given some of the prices increases implemented by many of Britain’s major web service providers, you might be keen to ensure you seek out the most competitive offers around. However, when you’re engaging in a broadband comparison, you’ll need to make sure you look at more than just price. After all, the cheapest packages are a bit slower and limit how much you can download per month. You may be better off paying more if your family love curling up together on the couch, popcorn on laps and fizzy drinks in hands, and watching streamed TV shows and movies.
If you want access to the fastest speeds (of course you do!), think about opting for super-fast broadband. Bear in mind that these packages come with varying download limits and maximum speeds. This makes it important to find a deal that matches your family’s requirements. Normally, you can upgrade your package further down the line if your habits change.
Also, note that the actual speeds of super-fast packages don’t always tally with the speeds advertised, so read the small print carefully. For instance, companies may use phrases like ‘speeds up to 36Mbs’ but not guarantee this level of service for all customers.
While the UK’s broadband infrastructure is improving all the time, there are still certain restrictions you should be aware of. For instance, copper-based ADSL (a data communications technology) broadband is available across almost the whole of the country, whereas fibre optic and cable broadband currently reaches only around half of the population. It may be the case that you can’t access the package you’re after and have to compromise by opting for a slower service instead.
Finding the right broadband deal for your household isn’t easy, but if you keep an eye out for good value offers and make sure you select a package that meets your family’s needs, you should achieve the desired results. After that, you can all just kick back, relax and tune into that family favourite!