Budget your broadband

The Government promised this week to give the UK 'the best super-fast broadband in Europe', but that might take some time.
The Government promised this week to give the UK 'the best super-fast broadband in Europe', but that might take some time. So for now, shop around for the cheapest price on your internet package.

The easiest way is to cut out extras you don’t need. If you mainly use the web to read emails or visit news sites, don’t pay for an unlimited download, top-speed package.

Prices vary according to where you live and whether you go for a bundled deal- buying broadband alongside a home phone or digital TV package, for example.

Search through the best options on simplifydigital.co.uk, an impartial site. Type in your postcode, select the speed of broadband you want and any extra services, and it provides a list of options. You can also call on 0800 542 4704.

It’s easy to swap providers. Simply ask your current internet firm for a MAC code (which they must give you), then pass it on to the new company.

Make sure you check what each deal includes. Some offers include valuable free equipment, such as wireless routers, while others impose hefty fees for overuse or helplines.

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