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Time to check your broadband?

Time to check your broadband?

Category: Broadband

Updated: 20/10/2016
First Published: 20/10/2016

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Broadband is no longer seen as something that's "nice to have". These days, it's an absolute must for people up and down the country, and quickly heads to the top of the agenda when contracts run out or things go wrong. Similarly, setting up a new service is one of the first things people do when moving home, but many people forget to check their new area's suitability.

According to research from Broadband Genie, 63% of people surveyed said that broadband was an "important factor" when choosing a home – and 28% would even pay more for a property with fast broadband – yet 70% did no broadband availability research whatsoever before their last move. As a result, many reported that their broadband didn't meet expectations once they'd moved in, so it could pay to do a bit of digging beforehand.

"Too many of us take the unnecessary risk of being stuck with slow broadband by presuming that everything will be ok once we've moved in," said Rob Hilborn of Broadband Genie. "Clearly many aren't happy when they find out what's available at their new home, so it's important for people to do their research to avoid disappointment and frustration."

Finding out the broadband speed in your new area shouldn't be difficult to achieve, either. Most comparison tools offer a search feature when you're scouting out the best deals, and if you go directly to your potential provider you can get quick and easy confirmation. Given that 78% of people would be put off buying or renting a property it if had slow broadband, it makes sense to check before it's too late!

So, if you're about to move – or you're looking to upgrade your broadband for any other reason – make sure to do your research to find the best speeds, service and broadband deals possible.

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Compare broadband, TV and phone packages using our search tool – you can even put in your (potential) postcode to see which packages suit your area!

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