There’s a lot to consider when it comes to media and broadband packages, from costs, download allowances and connection speed. We take you through some of the main points you should be thinking about before tying yourself to a deal.
Firstly, you should consider what type of broadband user you are.
What do you use broadband for?
To know what broadband package is right for you, you should think about what you’ll be using it for and how much you’ll be using it.
Light use: If you don’t use the internet a lot, then a lower usage package might be a good fit for you. You can always upgrade if you find you need higher speeds.
Heavy use: If you enjoy streaming TV or movies, gaming or have multiple devices using WiFi, then you’ll probably need unlimited download limits. You should also look at fibre broadband as it’s much faster.
Working from home: If you run a business from the comfort of your own home then it would be worth looking at business broadband packages.
Student use: Students use the internet almost all day every day, so you’ll be happy to know that there are now specialist student packages! These are usually unlimited and often have contract periods around term time rather than a fix 12 months.
Don’t forget! Most broadband contracts are between 12 and 24 months and if you want to quit early then you could be charged a pretty penny. So, make sure that you are fully content with the deal you get and that it suits yours and your family’s needs.
Do you need a home phone package?
Many people have been moving away from home phones since the rise of the smartphone. The most popular plans however are pay as you go, evening and weekend calls and inclusive anytime calls.
How much data do you need?
You’ll need the following data for:
- Browsing and email use: Up to 10GB a month
- Browsing and on-demand TV: 10-30GB a month
- Browsing, on-demand TV, movies and music downloads: 40-80GB a month
- All of the above, plus gaming: 40GB to unlimited a month
Other things to consider when choosing a broadband package include:
- How will you connect to the internet
- How many people will be using your connection
- How important broadband speed is to you
- How long a contract you want
- Whether you should bundle broadband with TV and phone deals