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The need for high-quality broadband in today’s digital and connected age is often seen as a necessity, not a luxury. Internet service providers are increasingly offering customers broadband packages which include other services such as telephone calls, a digital TV subscription or a mobile phone package. When installing broadband in your home, consider how many people will use it and how many devices will need to connect at the same time. All of these factors will need to be taken into consideration since some internet services will start to lag when more users and devices connect to the internet simultaneously.

DT’s broadband comparison tool will help you find the best broadband package from leading providers across the UK. Whether you’re looking for high-speed Internet or the most competitive prices, Hoppy is here to help!

What are the different types of broadband?

In the UK there are four main types of broadband Internet – ADSL (between 17Mbps and up to 24Mbps for ADSL 2+), fibre optic (between 20Mbps and up to a massive 350Mbps) and mobile broadband (up to 60Mbps download speed). However, not all of these options will necessarily be available in every UK postcode, which is why when comparing broadband packages, we ask you to enter your address. The different types of broadband will each have their owns pros and cons, which you can see below.

ADSL

ADSL is the most common type of broadband connection in the UK and stands for ‘asymmetric digital subscriber line’. With ADSL broadband, internet data is delivered directly to your home through the standard copper wires that carry your telephone line. There are two types of ADSL line, ADSL1 and ADSL2, with ADSL2 being the faster of the two.

Fibre optic

Fibre optic broadband is available from Virgin Media, Plusnet, Talk Talk, Sky, John Lewis and BT Infinity. Unlike ADSL, fibre optic broadband is delivered through fibre optic cables instead of copper telephone lines, which has the benefit of offering much faster Internet speeds. In some areas, you can expect to reach speeds of around 300Mbps.

Mobile broadband

Mobile broadband packages run on 3G and 4G mobile phone networks and do not require a landline. This type of broadband package is often best suited to people looking for greater flexibility, and getting online when on the move or abroad is pretty straightforward. 4G offers faster connection speeds, but coverage may vary across the country, whereas 3G connections are widely available but offer slower speeds.

Choosing the right broadband package for me

Choosing the right broadband package really depends on your needs. Some broadband packages will put a limit on your monthly Internet usage, which if exceeded, you must pay a charge on top of your existing monthly subscription. You can choose an unlimited package, which may be more expensive initially, but can often work out to be cheaper as you won’t have any extra charges to pay.

Unlimited packages are often best if you enjoy the following: -

  • Online gaming
  • Netflix or other TV and film streaming services, such as Amazon Prime
  • Catch up TV, such as BBC iPlayer
  • YouTube
  • Cloud storage for photos or videos

Having unlimited fibre optic broadband will ensure you not only have unlimited use of the items listed above, but you will also get the benefit of enjoying them at the fastest speeds possible. This means that the quality of video you watch online, and the speed at which you can download and upload pictures and videos to cloud storage, is at the highest level.

Broadband packages with TV

With some broadband providers, you will be able to add TV services and can often customise your TV package to your own preferences. Nearly all the main broadband providers will offer you a TV package to go with your broadband, however, there are things you need to be aware of to ensure you’re getting the best value: 

  • Number of channels offered
  • Installation cost
  • Set-top box cost
  • Length of contract
  • The TV shows you want to watch

Broadband packages with calls

Another option is to include a phone line with your broadband package. Your broadband provider will often include unlimited daytime, evening and/or weekend calls, free minutes to other numbers on the same network, as well as cheap local, national and/or international calls. If you do make frequent international calls, be sure to check the international tariffs as the costs may vary between different providers.

Broadband, home phone, TV, and mobile packages

One option that could offer the best savings is to bundle together your broadband, phone, TV package, and even mobile phone. The savings can be significant as the more you buy, the bigger the discount. All the main providers offer these packages so be sure to check the differences between them.

Whatever you’re looking for in your broadband and TV set up, you’ll find the perfect fit for you and your family with Hoppy.

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