Tips For Switching Your Broadband

Switching broadband is a good idea as it can help you save some money and here are some tips to do so.

1.  Always make sure you compare several providers

There are numerous broadband providers that are available, and each offers slightly different prices and features.  When you are looking to switch to a different service make sure to make use of a price comparison tool to find out which ones will provide you with the best deal and what options are available in your area. This will help you switch to a cheaper deal

2. Check your contract

Contracts for Broadband have a tendency to last for a while, so before you take out a new one find out what is happening with your current provider.

If you are not within the minimum terms of the contract any longer, then you can switch to a different service.  If you are within the contract’s minimum terms still, you can make a switch, but most likely you will need to pay a cancellation fee – and it is often large.

If a random price hike was introduced by your provider with the past 30 days, or if the speeds you are receiving are not fast enough, or you think your provider is in breach of your contract in some other way, then it might be possible for you to cancel the contract without being penalized.

3.  Determine what speed you need to have 

Broadband package download speeds can range from the slow pace of 2Mb out in the country all the way to an incredibly fast 1GB (1,000Mb) in some locations.

So it is important to determine the speed that you need – and whether or not you should pay the extra to get a fiber optic connection.  A package that offers superfast speeds of 24Mb and over is good for downloading large files on a regular basis, for playing games online, for streaming lots of videos, or for large households.  If you aren’t sure what you need, then a speed checker can be used to see what speed you are getting currently so that use that to compare other services.

4.  Limits or No Limits?

Most broadband packages these days are unlimited, which means you can download and use as much as you want to without running into any type of cap.

If you only use the internet for short periods of time – less than one hour per day of basic browsing, no streaming podcasts or music, no watching videos, no online gaming – then you might be able to save some money by choosing a limited, less expensive download package.

However, in general, unlimited broadband has a tendency to be comparable with capped counterparts when it comes to price.  So for your peace of mind, we recommend that you go with an unlimited option.

5.  Bundle 

Do you use some pay-TV or a phone line?  If so, you can save some money by bundling them with your broadband service.

Home phone

For talkative households that use landline phones quite a bit, search for a package that includes calls – whether it is unlimited anytime calls or weekend and evening calls.  On the other hand, if you don’t ever use the hone, then go with either basic pay-as-you-go calling or broadband-only.

TV

Bundles from Virgin Media or Sky are ideal for big televisions fan and great for getting lots of premium channels.  Or to get a couple of extra channels – or to be able to add on services such as Sky Cinema or BT Sport – search for basic TV from either TalkTalk or BT.