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A Buyer's Guide to: Broadband & Calls Bundles

Bundle packages from broadband providers are becoming more and more popular as they allow you to combine all your needs into one easy to manage contract.

Choosing the same provider for your phone and broadband needs will not only make it easier for you to manage your bill, it can also save you money. In this guide we talk you through broadband and call packages and compare the major providers to see who is offering you the best deal.

What do you need?

The key with broadband and calls packages is to work out what your needs are and look for deals that match them. Ask yourself how many hours a week you spend online, how many calls you make, check if the bundle you’re considering offers you extras such as free evening or weekend calls, how much you’ll be charged for line rental, what connection speed will I get and what is my download limit. By making these considerations you’ll be able to choose a package that best suits your needs and avoid paying out for things you don’t need.

Pick the best broadband plan

Speed: If you need to stream TV, videos or download big files, then you should look into fibre optic broadband. If you only need to check your Facebook, email and read the news, then cheaper ADSL broadband can be a good solution.

Usage: Streaming TV and downloading requires a lot of data, if you need to do that go for unlimited broadband.

Pick the best phone line plan

Inclusive calls: If you like a long chat on the phone, look for plans with inclusive anytime calls. If yuo don't really use you home phone, then opt for a basic line rental.

Call charges: If your phone pakage doesn't come with inclusive calls, look at the rates before you start making calls.

Extras: Some phone plans come with inclusive oveaseas calls or inclusive UK mobile minutes so watch out for that.

Providers

Sky: Offers a bundle that will allow you to surf the web for as little as £5 a month, with free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines, unlimited usage and a free wireless router all thrown in. In terms of connection speed you’ll be looking at a maximum of 14mbps, and if you do take this deal you’ll need to sign up to a 12 month contract, but you will also get a free M&S voucher worth £25.

TalkTalk: Are offering virtually the same deal as Sky – free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines, unlimited broadband with speeds of up to 14mbps and a free wireless router. The difference? TalkTalk are offering you all this for just £3.25 a month. To really sweeten the deal TalkTalk also offer 1,500 free minutes to mobile numbers in the UK from your landline. If you’re already a TalkTalk customer and you switch to this package you’ll receive a £25 voucher to shop at Sainsbury’s.

Virgin: Do things a little differently, they offer speeds of up to 30mbs, a free wireless router, free evening and weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobile numbers for £4 a month for the first three months, rising to £14.50 a month for the next 15 months. While Virgin may seem like a much more expensive option when compared to other providers, they do offer the best broadband speeds as they use fibre optic cables.

BT: Offer speeds of up to 16mbps, 10GB broadband and unlimited evening and weekend calls for £3.50 a month for the first six months, rising to £13 a month for the next 12 months. Additionally by signing up to this deal you’ll also be getting a £50 Sainsbury’s gift card.

Of course in addition to who we’ve mentioned there are other providers who offer broadband and phone bundles. If you’re still not sure about which deal to choose or which provider is right for you, a quick visit to a comparison website will allow you to search through hundreds of offers to find the one that best suits your needs. However, a word of caution, comparison sites can be confusing sometimes as one might list offers and packages from companies that another doesn’t and vice-versa, so to give yourself the best chance of finding the deal that’s right for you check at least two sites.

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