Whether you have recently moved home or are looking to find a better internet service provider, finding the best provider in your area can be tricky. Finding the best broadband provider isn’t purely about finding the cheapest deals on offer. Most contracts will last 18 months, so picking the right provider is vitally important. Here is our list of things to consider before agreeing to a new broadband contract.
The cheapest isn’t always the best
Broadband costs are primarily defined by the advertised internet speed. You can get broadband packages for as little as £2.50 and as much as £45, so the quality of service you will receive will vary hugely in some cases. If you’re a casual internet user, you may find the cheapest slow internet connection to be more than adequate for your needs. The problem with super cheap internet providers is that they often tend to be oversubscribed, meaning that at peak times, internet speeds can be painfully slow. The service you get can vary hugely area to area, so it’s advised you ask friends and neighbours in your area as to what they think of the service they are getting.
Compare, compare, compare!
With so many broadband providers operating all over the UK, it’s massively important that you spend some time comparing all the deals on offer. With so much competition, broadband providers are happy to undercut each other to get you buying their services. Using price comparison websites, you can find which broadband providers are operating in your area as well as the deals available to you.
Read the small print
Many broadband service providers advertise deal prices that may seem extremely cheap at a first glance. You will often find that reading the small print will give you a better picture of the deal on offer. Broadband providers often advertise prices that will only be applied for the first 3-6 months, with price increases being introduced afterwards. You may also be required to have a new line installed and pay for a router, so be sure to read all the small print before accepting an offer.
Finding a broadband provider that has good customer service is incredibly important in the long run, as it is more than likely you will be required to make contact in the 18 month period. If you find consider yourself a bit of a technophobe, making sure you choose a provider with good customer service will surely save you from pulling your hair out in frustration.
Finding the right provider can take a good bit of work and time but it is well worth it when you consider that it’s a service you will be using day in day out. Once you accept an offer, leaving without paying through the nose is incredibly difficult, so make sure you are 100% certain that the deal is the right one for you.