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Cheap Broadband

April 12, 2007

There is no specific definition of what constitutes a cheap broadband package, but generally, broadband packages costing £15 a month or less are considered good value, and those under £10 a month excellent value.

Cheap broadband packages tend to have slower download speeds (often 512kb, 1meg or 2 meg) though some offer fast broadband up to 8 meg.

The cheapest broadband deals are often part of a bundle, or the low price may be an introductory offer for the first few months or first year.

Before signing up for a cheap broadband deal you should check what is included, and factor in other costs such as any connection charge, or charges for extra download allowance if you download more data than your package allows.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Broadband Contracts

April 11, 2007

Broadband packages are usually sold on 12 month contracts. After the first 12 months, you are usually free to move to another provider.

Some providers – both business and residential broadband providers – will offer broadband at a cheaper monthly cost if you sign up for 18 months instead of 12 (eg BT Total Broadband Option 1).

Switching broadband providers? Chech that you’re out of contract before you switch, or your original broadband provider may ask you for payment for the final months on your contract.

Some ISPs offer shorter contracts. Fasthosts, offers one-month contracts for new connections. AOL will offer broadband with no commitment if you switch to them and bring your own modem (AOL offer ends 29/04/07).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Broadband Availability Checker

April 6, 2007

A broadband availability checker, sometimes simply known as a broadband checker, is a database of broadband packages available in the UK. By entering your BT phone number or post code you can find out which broadband packages are available to you.

It is always worth searching on your BT number and your postcode to ensure you can receive your preferred broadband package. Searching on your BT phone number will bring up accurate information on which broadband packages can be delivered to you via your BT phone line, as your BT number is linked to your local exchange – and ADSL packages, ADSL Max packages and broadband packages delivered via local loop unbundling companies (where they put their own equipment in a BT exchange) can therefore be “matched” to your BT phone number. However cable broadband (from Virgin Media or Wight Cable) is not based on telephone exchange areas.

Broadband providers and ISPs will have availability checkers on their own websites which will tell you if you can receive internet access from them. Broadband comparison websites, including my own website, UK Broadband Finder (see Blogroll, right) can provide information on a range of broadband packages and broadband providers (though not necessarily all available packages in your area).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder

Contention Ratio

March 29, 2007

Contention ratio refers to how many other subscribers share the network connection between you and the exchange. Contention is a feature of ADSL broadband. So a contention ratio of, say, 50:1 this means that 50 subscribers share that bandwidth. The more subscribers sharing the bandwidth then the slower your connection will be. 50:1 is common for a residential package although business packages often have lower contention ratios, eg of 20:1 or even 10:1. This is because it is more important for a business to have a robust, reliable and fast broadband service.

Not all broadband providers and ISPs advertise their contention ratios.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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