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How to cut your broadband costs down to size

How to cut your broadband costs down to size

Category: Broadband

Updated: 13/12/2016
First Published: 04/02/2015

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Do you think that you're paying too much for your broadband? You could be paying far more than you need, so in conjunction with our partners, we bring you a few tips to reduce your broadband and line rental costs and cut your bills down to size.

Pay for line rental upfront

You may think it's more cost-effective to spread the cost of your line rental, but in many cases, that's simply not true. In fact, several major providers offer hefty discounts - often as much as 20% - if you pay for 12 months of line rental in one go compared with paying monthly, so if you can afford to pay in a lump sum, it's definitely worth doing. Just make sure to check the terms and conditions, however, as some discounts can change the terms of your contract.

Opt out of line rental altogether

Think it's impossible to say 'so long' to line rental? Well, it isn't! Many people begrudge paying for it, particularly if they don't actually use their landline, but there are some lucky souls that can eliminate this cost altogether. There are a few line rental free options available, but you'll need to live in an area that can access Virgin Media's fibre optic network. You'll be getting a superfast package but that means it's likely to be more expensive, so you'll need to weigh up whether removing line rental costs are worth it, and whether you actually need such superfast speeds for your general use.

Alternatively, be on the lookout for niche, local broadband providers that offer broadband connection without line rental. They generally provide a service to specific neighbourhoods, and as such they're few and far between, but it's worth doing a bit of research, particularly if you live in a big city.

Give 4G a go

Do you only use the internet for the basics? If so, you might want to consider using 4G mobile broadband instead. Connection speeds can be faster than some home broadband options and it could work out as better value than opting for the usual home phone and broadband setup, but remember that you'll need to live in an area that has reliable 4G connection (it's still fairly new so you may be out of luck).

Also make sure to consider the data allowance. Mobile broadband often has fairly stingy limits so it won't be practical if you're a heavy internet user and download movies regularly, but if you're a low user - i.e. if you use it to browse the web, send emails and watch the odd YouTube video - it could be a great alternative.

Hunt out the best deals

Of course, one of the best ways to cut your broadband bills down to size is to look for the package that offers the best value for money. It's a great time to get searching, too - many providers offer great discounts for new customers at this time of year, including 'free' broadband (you'll still need to pay for line rental, but the comparative cost will still be cheap).

Make sure to shop around to see the type of deals on offer, but don't always go for the lowest price. Consider your needs as a broadband user - do you really need a superfast connection or could you do without it? How much do you use your landline? And is it really worth spending money on all those extra TV packages? Be ruthless, but be practical, and if you do your research and strike the right balance you could lower your bills while still getting the service you need. Check out our comparison tool to get the process started.

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