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There’s an overwhelming choice of broadband, phone and TV packages available to today’s consumers. If you’re looking for the right package to keep you and your family connected, Quote Goat can help guide you through the maze – it’s easy to switch providers.

To find broadband, phone or TV deal, use the table below to check availability in your area and compare prices.

A look at broadband options

There are several decisions to make when choosing a broadband package, including connection speed and the amount of data you need each month. Below we look at the various options to help you decide which package will suit your needs.

Speed

When it comes to speed, there are a variety of options which will affect the performance and the price of your package. If you download movies through your TV, stream online, play games online or download other large files, you may be better off going for Fibre or Ultra Fibre broadband.

Fibre and Ultra Fibre are significantly faster than standard ADSL broadband, so they will cope better in a household with heavy internet usage.

However, if you are not regularly downloading/streaming programmes/gaming, you may find that standard broadband is perfectly well-suited to your needs.

As a comparison, you will find that fibre is roughly eight times quicker than standard ADSL broadband.

Data usage

As well as download speeds, you will also need to decide on a suitable data package. Many packages are available with unlimited data, and if your household uses the internet regularly, we would recommend opting for unlimited. With unlimited, you will not have to worry about monthly usage quotas.

If you choose a package with a set data allowance, be aware that you will likely incur additional usage costs, penalties, or even automatic upgrades if you go over the data limit.

Coverage

As the network providers roll out broadband upgrades across the country, you may find that Fibre or Ultra Fibre packages are available in your area, so we ask you to provide your postcode when comparing broadband providers. We do not store this information.

Upgrades to broadband services are carried out in largely populated areas first and eventually rolled out to more rural areas.

You may find it better to consider a mobile broadband package supplied via a dongle in more rural situations. Mobile broadband uses 3G/4G mobile networks. Speeds on 4G networks are still very fast, and providers are starting to offer unlimited data packages.

In the most rural areas, your only option may be satellite broadband, delivered to you via a satellite on the side of your house.

When using the comparison system, we will show you all providers available in your area and the various connection types available to you.

What is the difference between Fibre, ADSL & Full Fibre?

ADSL: ADSL Is a broadband connection that relies on entirely copper wires both to the cabinet and the premises. Typical speeds with this technology are between 6 and 12mbps. ADSL is available to almost every UK resident.

Fibre: Fibre means that instead of using copper wires for the data, both incoming and outgoing internet traffic travels up and down a fibre optic cable which, rather than using electrical pulses, relies on light to transfer data. However, this fibre optic cable does not carry the data the entirety of its journey in standard fibre broadband but merely to and from the cabinet, with old style copper cables carrying the signal to the property. Average speeds vary from 20 Mbps – 80Mbps. Speed will be dependent on the property’s distance to your local Openreach cabinet. This is commonly abbreviated to FTTC and is available to 95% of UK households

Full Fibre: Full fibre is the most reliable and fastest broadband technology. It requires fibre optic cables to the household and is commonly abbreviated to FTTP or FTTH. Typical download speeds are between 100-2000+ Mbps, and it’s only available to 10% of UK homes.

FAQs

When will my router arrive?

Your router will usually arrive within 3-5 days of the date that your broadband is expected to go live and the package can usually fit through the letter box.

When will my broadband be activated?

When you place your order with our partners, Simplify Digital, they will give you an estimated activation date. Shortly after placing your order, you will receive a letter/email with the exact activation date.

Do I need to be at home on the activation day?

If one of the services you have ordered requires a visit from an engineer then you will need to make sure someone over 18 is at home to explain where you would like the services to be installed. In many cases the engineer will not need to come round, they will be able to activate your broadband through the hub near your house.

Can I upgrade/downgrade my package?

This depends on your contract. However, most providers are usually happy to upgrade/downgrade broadband packages. However, if do decide to change package you may find that you lose your new customer deal/offer, so depending on the situation, it may be better to wait until the promotional period has ended before changing.

The cost of my contract is increasing – can I switch?

Thanks to new regulations that came into play in January 2014, if your provider wants to increase the price of your broadband, you are allowed to exit the contract during the minimum term. This is done to protect consumers against price increases.

What internet speed do I need?

Some general download speed requirements:

To check emails and browse text based websites: 1 -5 Mbps
To stream HD content: 8-16 Mbps
To stream 4k content and play competitive online multiplayer: 40 – 100 Mbps
For an online experience that can deliver intensive download speeds to multiple users: 200Mbps +

What is the difference between upload and download?

Internet providers most often quote the download speed as they are usually several times larger than upload and will matter when downloading content, browsing the web and streaming media. Upload speeds are usually found further down within a providers package description and they will dictate the speed at which attachments can be uploaded to emails, backups can be performed or videos can be uploaded to YouTube. Customers who regularly use services such as Dropbox or google drive should look for a providers with higher upload speeds ideally 20 Mbps +

Written By Michael Foote, Insurance and Finance Expert

Michael Foote is the founder of Quote Goat and has over 13 years experience working in the finance, insurance and currency sectors. Since launching Quote Goat he has appeared on TV as well as many of the largest online publications including Forbes, The Telegraph and The Metro. Prior to Quote Goat, he worked in finance in the city for a number of firms including HSBC.