Do you find it a bit confusing looking for a new broadband package?
Do you think broadband adverts can be misleading with their prices?
This is the current debate in the news about broadband advertising. A joint study by the ASA and Ofcom found that fixed broadband adverts can mislead customers with their prices. They tend to separate the line rental costs, rather than showing a full up-front cost and as of May 30th this won’t be allowed.
According to the study:
- 81% of people couldn’t calculate their bills correctly based on the information in a selection of broadband adverts;
- 64% of those didn’t realise that line rental wasn’t included in the price;
- 74% thought the information about one-off and ongoing costs was unclear.
Would you be able to calculate the costs of your bill based on a broadband advert from the information that they give at the moment? It can be difficult to get your head around and many people get caught out.
Well, as always, we’re here to help and give you advice on what to look out for when you’re buying a new broadband package.
What is fibre optic broadband?
First things first, what is fibre optic broadband? It’s an advanced broadband technology which provides a quicker internet connection than regular broadband, giving you super-fast speeds. Is it worth the extra cost? Well, if you use the internet a lot for downloading and streaming films, TV programmes, and music, then we would definitely recommend it. Unfortunately, fibre optic connection doesn’t cover the whole of the UK, so make sure that this is available before purchasing.
Which broadband package is best for me?
This really depends on what you use it for and there’s a range of packages available that you can tailor to your own preferences. If your family are sports or movie mad then you can add these on, usually at an additional cost. Make sure that you don’t get carried away with add-ons that you don’t really need, or you could end up paying more than you had planned to.
How much does broadband really cost?
Each option will come with a cost per month for the broadband contract. On top of that you have to pay a monthly line rental fee. Depending on the package and internet provider that you choose, you may also have to pay a one-off activation fee. These costs may not always be clear so make sure you check before you buy.
How much data do I need?
Many packages come with unlimited data usage, but if you don’t think that you need all of that data you might save some money going with a capped deal.
Our broadband discounts for NHS staff
We have some great offers from BT Broadband and Sky Broadband. Our broadband discounts for NHS staff show you the costs on each deal, including the line rental and any activation fees. Any extras can be added later on at your own preference, making it simple and easy to understand.
- Unlimited Infinity Broadband – £10.00 a month + £17.99 a month line rental, includes weekend calls – for new BT customers.
- Unlimited Infinity 2 Broadband – £25 a month + £50 reward. £17.99 a month line rental, includes weekend calls – for new BT customers.
- Sky Broadband Unlimited – 33% off + £25 reward – for new Sky Broadband customers.
Register for your NHS discounts for free and start saving money today!