Broadband & Phone

Selecting a broadband and phone deal is often the easiest way of connecting to the internet at home. Broadband deals without a phone line are possible, but not available to everyone. They’re not necessarily cheaper, either. Having a broadband and phone deal doesn’t mean you have to use the telephone. You can keep it unplugged if you wish; you just need to have an active phone line. Looking for a broadband and phone deal that suits you will ensure you get the right speeds and features for your needs.

 

Broadband And Home Phone Deals

 

The most important things to look for when finding a broadband and home phone deal, is the best deal and a hassle free swap over. By selecting a package deal rather than going for individual elements, you can usually get much better value for money. There are many providers that can offer you this sort of deal. This includes:

  • Virgin Media - you can find many great value deals with Virgin Media, including their superfast fibre optic broadband.

  • Digiweb - offer many cost effective deals and have one of the best reputations for 24/7 customer service.

  • Sky  - have many landline call packages and TV package deals.

  • Imagine - best for people who regularly call abroad. Unlimited downloads and low cost calls.

  • Eir - many features and competitive pricing.

  • Pure Telecom - unlimited download allowances and anytime calls.

  • Vodafone - off-peak and anytime call packages available.

  • Magnet - heavy phone and broadband users are best suited to Magnet. Many packages have no download limits.

 

You can also incorporate a TV package into your deal, which can be an attractive offer for those who want it all hassle free and cost effective. If you want a package complete with TV too, then you have 3 main providers to choose from:

  • Virgin Media

  • Eir

  • Sky

 

Choosing a package that includes all 3 can make things much less hassle free with only one bill to pay for them all.

 

Delivery And Speed

 

There are 3 ways the internet will be delivered to your home:

  • ADSL - with ADSL you can get speeds of up to 16Mbps, delivered over a copper wire. Not the fastest option.

  • Fibre optic - able to reach speeds of up to 38Mbps, delivered over fibre optic cables. Can watch TV online and play games easily.

  • Superfast Fibre - speeds of over 38Mbps, you can quickly download large files and enjoy quality online gaming.

 

Broadband And Free Calls

 

You’ll usually get free anytime minutes or off-peak minutes included in your package. Off-peak minutes are usually the cheapest option with a fair usage policy. Some providers will allow you to mix and match, while others will only offer pre-set packages.

 

Asking The Right Questions

 

Asking the right questions to select the right provider and deal is crucial. Here are some examples:

  • Will I have discounts to mobile phones or calls abroad? You can usually save money in the long run by adding extras such as this onto your package.

  • Will I use the landline? If not you can select a basic line rental deal.

  • How heavy will I use the phone and broadband? If you plan on downloading and streaming a lot, then an unlimited package is crucial. You may also want to look at superfast deals if you play games or listen to music.

  • How much will line rental cost me on top of broadband? In some cases, this can make what you’re paying less clear to you. Make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for and how much it is.

 

For instance, if you’ll be using the phone line and broadband in high volume, you want to find a package with unlimited phone calls and internet usage. Signing up to an unlimited package from a provider will ensure you’re not met with surprise costs when your bill comes through.

 

Here’s some advice on working out your internet usage to find the perfect package:

  • If you’re the only one using the connection and only use it to reply to an email here and there, you likely only use the internet lightly. Light users usually need deals that are around 2gb or more.

  • If you do things such as stream movies and stay in touch with loved ones on Skype, you’re a medium user. 20gb or more will usually suffice for this kind of usage.

  • You’ll probably have a good idea already if you’re a heavy user. If you’re always downloading things and using the internet, having unlimited access at all times is best for you.

 
 

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