Bundling is a term used for getting your broadband, phone and TV service from a single provider – convenient, and often good value for money to boot!
Four of the biggest providers - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – offer bundled packages, but it can get a little confusing as to which to go with, as they all have different strengths when it comes to their deals.
All of the providers offer a good range of packages from basic through to the full monty, and these will be at respective prices. As such you'll want to consider what your needs are – for example, do you want loads of TV channels, more data allowance or really fast broadband speeds? The decision will come down to personal choice; this guide will just point out a few things to consider so you can select the package that's right for you.
If you stream lots of TV or films, or take part in a lot of online gaming, then the speed and consistency of your broadband connection will be of upmost importance. Virgin Media is renowned for its speed, but it's not available everywhere. BT's fibre optic network, BT Infinity, also offers superfast broadband speeds, and is becoming increasingly available throughout the UK.
If TV is your real addiction, then you'll be spoilt for choice. All four of the providers offer an excellent range of channels, from Sky with its extensive range of entertainment channels and Virgin's great on-demand service, to BT's Sport channels offering Premier League action and TalkTalk's customised packages. You'll need to compare the packages according to your own personal preferences on what you like to watch, and how you like to watch it.
When it comes to the telephone, most packages come with a choice of weekend, evening and weekend, or anytime calls. Remember that you'll need to factor line rental into the cost, too.
It's important to remember that not all deals will be available everywhere, so you'll need to use a postcode checker to make sure that the package you desire will be suitable for your property (Virgin's cable network currently covers just over half of the UK, for example, while BT, Sky and TalkTalk have a larger range of coverage). Furthermore, you will need to bear in mind that you need a minimum download speed to be able to run the TV packages. You can check broadband speeds in your area, as well as the availability of providers, using an online search.
Yes, if bundling is your bag, some providers such as Virgin and TalkTalk offer packages that include your mobile phone. This could be great for simplicity, but overall, make sure you're getting the deal that suits you.
Finally, always give a thought to the issue of whether you actually need the features of each package – if you don't use them, then it's just throwing money down the drain. Freeview, for example, has a good range of channels with no monthly subscription, and then you could opt for a cheaper deal of just broadband and phone, possibly with a smaller provider. The choice is yours.
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