If you want to take advantage of the multitude of broadband deals that are available to consumers in the UK but find the acronyms and terms used confusing and sometimes even a little daunting, you may want to try visiting a price comparison website. These free services collect up information from every major internet service provider (ISP), presenting the details that matter to consumers in a clear and simple to understand way. They also often feature ‘jargon busting’ sections and a list of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ which can be extremely useful if you do not consider yourself to be ‘computer literate’.
If you are currently connecting to the internet via dial-up and would like to upgrade to a broadband connection, there are tools online that can tell you whether or not you live in an area that has fixed-line broadband services available. Fixed-line broadband is a connection that runs through above or underground cabling. Some rural areas are not able to access broadband from ISPs like BT and Virgin Media at the moment, but mobile or satellite broadband could provide an alternative solution. You can browse deals from providers offering these forms of broadband on price comparison sites just as easily as you can search for fixed-line broadband.
Whether you want to download music and stream video from TV catch-up sites like 4OD and the BBC’s iPlayer or you just want to occasionally browse a few websites, rather than just calling an ISP and agreeing to whatever deal you are offered, it is worth spending some time looking through what deals are out there, which of them offer incentives to join, and how much they cost per month. By doing this, you can ensure that you get a broadband package that suits both your web needs and your pocket.
If you have a phone line and live in an area that can receive fixed-line broadband, it is possible to buy a wireless router from a computer supplies shop for around £50 and just pay to receive a broadband signal through your phone line. However, many ISPs provide customers with a free wireless router when they sign up to a broadband package, so it is worth checking on a price comparison site which deals come with an incentive like this. Those with no phone line can also take advantage of broadband deals, although they may be charged to have one installed. Providers like BT do, however, offer to install your line for a discounted rate if you sign up to one of its broadband packages.
By looking through the deals available on a comparison site, and reading customer reviews, you can sure that you receive a broadband package that provides a reliable connection and good customer support. If you are thinking of switching providers, make sure your first stop is a broadband comparison site.