Managing household utilities can be a tedious task that many will put off as long as possible even if it ends up costing us. But getting a good broadband package is something that can deliver a quick win. It’s never been easier to switch, and with such a competitive market there’s no shortage of special offers so you can easily snag a deal that’ll deliver significant savings.
Here is Matt Powell’s, from Broadband Genie top tips for getting the right deal and saving money on a broadband contract.
Choose the right service
Not everyone needs the fastest broadband speed possible. Superfast fibre optic is recommended for busy shared or family homes, or for anyone who plans on very frequently using the connection for demanding activities like high definition video and large file downloads.
If there’s just one or two of you mainly using the broadband for web browsing and social media a cheaper standard broadband service is sufficient, while still being capable of handling Netflix and Spotify.
Switch providers at the end of a contract…
Some of the best broadband deals offer a cheap price for the initial contract term. These can be great value but the cost may be much higher once the offer period ends, penalising those who are content to just let the service continue without scrutiny.
To keep your costs low you’ll need to be ready to switch to a different provider when the existing contract ends. This will also let you take advantage of the many offers which are reserved for new customers.
Switching broadband is now fairly straightforward as we have a “Gaining Provider-Led” (GPL) process. This means that so long as you’re moving between providers on the Openreach/BT telephone network the new ISP will handle the transfer – all you have to do is choose a new service.
…or negotiate for a better deal
If you would rather not switch providers then it’s worth speaking to your ISP about your current package.
Say that you’re thinking of leaving and they may offer you a better price to stay. Most providers have some wiggle room on pricing if it means they can retain a customer.
Combine TV and broadband
Assuming you were planning on paying for a TV service you’ll probably save money by getting a broadband and TV bundle from the same provider.
TV and broadband bundles are no longer confined to Sky and Virgin Media; while these are still the best choice if you want a vast number of channels with the latest shows and movies they are also expensive, and there are alternative options at all kinds of price points.
Providers such as BT and TalkTalk offer TV services using Freeview boxes with premium extras (including Sky channels). You don’t need anything other than TV aerial and can customise the package to add channels as desired, while also using the boxes to record and stream catch-up services like iPlayer.
Look for freebies and special offers
The broadband market is competitive and in an effort to entice new customers there are often special offers with tempting extras.
Shopping vouchers are a common freebie. Even better are prepaid credit cards that can be spent almost anywhere. The value can exceed £100, and they’ll frequently be combined with introductory pricing that cuts the cost of the broadband service for the initial contract term.
When you take these extras into account it can effectively result in a much lower monthly price that saves hundreds over a year. But remember to make a note of the contract end date so you can look for the next great deal and avoid the price rise that often occurs at the end of a special offer.