For new home buyers, high speed broadband has almost become a given now - it is like the power steering on a car - no one asks whether the car they're buying has it anymore.
More and more people are consuming ever more bandwidth - with an increasing use of streaming music services, things like Netflix, Amazon Prime and other video content.
There are several things to think about when you’re organising broadband:
- Decide whether you want to get a bundle - a deal with one provider that combines broadband, phone and TV. They can be cheaper and will also simplify your monthly bills.
- Compare tariffs from different providers. Use an Ofcom-approved price comparison site - they’ve been approved because they’re independent and unbiased. You’ll usually find better deals online than in shops or on the phone. Find a comparison site here [https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/costs-and-billing/price-comparison]
- Understand the quote. Sometimes you’ll be offered six or 12 months free. Make sure you check how long you’re signing up for, and how much the monthly fee will be after the free trial. Make sure you factor in any installation, line rental or connection charges.
- Decide how you’ll pay bills and monthly rental - it’s usually cheaper to pay by direct debit.
- Once you’ve found the right deal, sign up and contact the new provider.
- Pay your final bill with the old provider or get a refund if you’re in credit.