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Get the best broadband deal with Broadband Essentials

Broadband Essentials has researched the broadband marketplace to bring you the best broadband deals around. There are a huge variety of broadband deals and services available so use our compare broadband provider service to find the one most suitable for you.

We've provided an impartial list of the best broadband deals around. All of the data Broadband Essentials uses comes from broadband providers and is reviewed and updated regularly to ensure that it is accurate.


Free, quick and easy service to get the best broadband deal for you

There is no charge for using any of our services. However, some broadband providers do charge a set up fee. All of the costs involved for a particular broadband service are set out clearly and simply when using our compare broadband provider service.

We've brought you the best deals around so you can concentrate on getting the best broadband package. We've done our homework so you don't have to!


Broadband essentials also provides information on a whole range of broadband products and services from ADSL and Cable to Online Gaming. Our Broadband answers page explains the terminology used in the broadband marketplace whilst our Broadband providers section provides a comprehensive breakdown of the packages offered by the main broadband providers.

If you are having problems getting to grips with the technology involved see our Hardware page.


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The Broadband Internet experience

Broadband speeds up your connection to the Internet enabling you do all your favourite things faster. Up to 400 times faster (16Mbps) than your current dial-up connection. From as little as 6.49 a month you could get fast internet and email access. This includes a free modem and free connection.


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Broadband Internet speed

Broadband comes in many different speeds, that is the speed with which data travels up and down your phone line or cable network. The standard entry level is now 8Mb, 160X faster than a dial-up internet connection.

Although 8Mb is now the standard broadband speed, broadband is becoming cheaper and cheaper and broadband speeds of up to 24Mb are achievable down your phone line or up to 50Mb via cable. The faster your broadband, the more enjoyable the whole online experience; internet pages load faster, movies and music download faster, online gaming is awesome.


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Broadband Usage

Most broadband packages have some sort of monthly usage allowance, varying from 2GB to 10GB to 30GB to unlimited. This figure indicates the amount of data you can transfer (download or upload) each month.

In order to simplify the comparison task we have split the way most people use the internet into 3 categories (Standard, Medium and High Usage), we use these categories in our compare broadband package service.


The following packages provide the best deal in each category:

Plusnet Value Broadband

Plusnet Value Broadband

Standard usage: ADSL

  • from 6.49/month
  • Up to 16Mbps download speed
  • 10GB monthly usage
  • Free wireless router
  • 25 activation fee
  • 12 month contract
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Be Value Broadband

Be Value Broadband

Medium usage: ADSL

  • 17/month
  • Up to 10Mbps download speed
  • Up to 1.0Mbps upload speed
  • 40GB monthly usage allowance
  • Free wireless Be Box modem
  • No set up or connection fee (BT line rental required)
  • 12 month contract
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Orange Home Broadband & Off Peak Calls

Orange Home Broadband and Off Peak Calls

Standard usage: ADSL

  • 5/month for Orange mobile customers
  • 10/month for non-Orange mobile customers
  • 13.50/month line rental
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Free 'Bright Box' wireless router
  • Free unlimited evening and weekend calls to all UK landlines including 0845 and 0870 numbers
  • No set up or connection fee
  • 12 month contract
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Virgin Broadband L

Virgin Broadband L

Standard usage: Cable

  • 17.50/month for 3 months
  • 22.50/month thereafter
  • 20 credit (ends 24th May)
  • Up to 30Mbps download speed
  • Unlimited monthly usage
  • Free Virgin Media Hub
  • 5GB of online storage
  • 10 free photo prints/month
  • Automatic file backup
  • 49.95 standard installation
  • 12 month contract
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Plusnet Value Fibre Broadband

Plusnet Value Fibre Broadband

Medium usage: Cable

  • 16.49/month
  • Up to 38Mbps download speed
  • 40GB monthly usage allowance (Free between midnight and 8am)
  • Free wireless router
  • 50 installation charge unless you take Home Phone.
  • 18 month contract
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Plusnet Extra Fibre Broadband

Plusnet Extra Fibre Broadband

High usage: Cable

  • 21.49/month
  • Up to 38Mbps download speed
  • 120GB monthly usage allowance (Free between midnight and 8am)
  • Free wireless router
  • Free Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee
  • 50 installation charge unless you take Home Phone.
  • 18 month contract
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Broadband Internet additional features offered

There are many different additional features available when looking at broadband packages. Some broadband providers include some or all of these additional features as standard, others are optional.

  • Email - the majority of broadband providers offer at least one personalised email account for free. The amount of email space and number of email accounts offered varies between providers.
  • Web space - space to host your own web site. Similarly to email, the amount of web space offered varies between providers.
  • Virus protection - email virus protection to stop your mailbox falling victim to the latest viruses.
  • Firewall protection - prevents unauthorised users from hacking into your computer.
  • Parental control - enables you to block offensive websites and control email use.
  • Junk mail/Spam filter - prevents your mailbox being clogged by annoying unsolicited emails.

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Broadband Internet contract options

There are two main options with regard to contracts:-

  • 12 month contract - pay monthly for a package that is usually cheaper and will probably contain additional features such as free router and connection costs. Some broadband providers do prefer 18 or even 24 month contracts.
  • 1 month contract - effectively a rolling monthly contract that gives you greater freedom allowing you to cancel your broadband package with just one months notice.

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