What is the average cost of broadband in the UK?

Staying connected has become a vital part of living, so much so that paying for internet is now considered an essential bill to pay, along with gas, electricity, water, and council tax. But bills can be expensive, especially once you add up the cost of all your outgoings. With the cost-of-living increasing year on year, the average household bills continue to increase.

The cost of broadband can really vary depending on your provider, what speeds you are looking for and whether it’s a ADSL or fibre connection.

Households with a standard ADSL connection paid an average of £28.33 per month for both their broadband and home phone service.

Broadband and phone customers with a superfast fibre connection, however, paid an average of £39.75 for the dual service.

Meanwhile, households with the fastest speeds paid £61.90 per month on average for an ultrafast broadband connection with landline.

Here at Purefibre we offer we offer our ultrafast fibre broadband connection for just £36 per month.

How to save on your broadband bill?  

With the cost of living continuing to increase people are now more than ever looking for ways to help reduce their bills. Here are a few tips on how to reduce your broadband bill:

  1. Don’t pay for more than you need! – The faster the broadband the more expensive it usually costs. It’s best to work out how much you use and then buy a package that best suits your usage, so you don’t end up paying for what you don’t need.
  2. Choose the right contract length – Broadband contract lengths can range from monthly rolling agreements, all the way to two-year commitments. Depending on your living arrangements, the length of your contract is an important factor when choosing your next broadband deal. It can be tempting to choose a shorter contract, but these often come with higher monthly costs.
  3. Watch out for price increases – To stop customers leaving early after their price increases, many providers have now added a minimum annual price increase to their T&Cs before you sign up. If you choose one of these providers, you’ll have to agree to a yearly price increase. And unlike some other price increases, you won’t be able to leave your contract free of charge because of it. Many providers don’t bake annual price increases into their contract terms, though. But this doesn’t mean they’ll fix their prices either. You should be able to leave your contract early for free if your provider increases its prices by an amount higher than inflation. So, if your provider doesn’t have price increases built into its contract, but it still hikes your bills by more than inflation, you should be able to leave penalty-free.

What are your options when it comes to switching providers?

Finding the right broadband provider can improve your service and help ensure you’re not overpaying.

  1. Before you start thinking about switching broadband provider you need to check your current contract and make sure you’ve completed the minimum term. If you’re still under contract, you could be hit with a heavy cancellation fee if you try to leave early. If you’re outside your minimum contract period, your broadband provider will be keen to keep your custom and may even offer you a cheaper broadband deal or another incentive to stay.
  2. When choosing a new broadband deal, if you haven’t already found a broadband package that works for you it’s a good idea to check which providers offer broadband where you live and to compare the available offers on a comparison website. Once you’ve got a deal in mind, make sure you have all the details on exactly what you’ll be signing up for and for how long. If you’re not given one by the provider, ask for a speed estimate for your address, as well as checking for any connection or router charges and the total monthly cost.
  3. Contact you chosen provider. If you’re switching between providers who use the Openreach telecoms network such as BT, EE, Sky and TalkTalk then your new provider will arrange the whole transfer for you. They’ll let your old provider know that you want to move and you’ll then be sent notification letters (from your old and new providers) confirming what’s happening and when the transfer should take place as well as setting out any early termination charges that you’ll have to pay.
  4. Contact you existing provider. If you’re switching to or from a separate network such as the ones used by Virgin Media or Purefibre Internet, you’ll need to stop your service with your current provider and start a new one with a new provider. In these circumstances you’ll need to contact both your current provider to cancel your contract and your new provider to arrange your new broadband service. You’ll then receive notification from the provider you are leaving that your contract is ending (and notification of any charges associated with this), and will be given a new contract from your new provider which will tell you when your contract is due to start.