Right now, new customers to Plusnet can sign up to a deal which works out at an equivalent £10.24/mth. Compared to BT’s out-of-contract price at £45.49/mth, this represents a saving of over £420/yr from switching provider.
Use these as a benchmark when looking for your next deal or when haggling.
TalkTalk and Vodafone are battling it out for the cheapest deals
This year has seen two providers dominate the fibre broadband price war, with Vodafone and TalkTalk battling it out for the cheapest spot.
To date, Vodafone has come out top, offering the cheapest option for 18 weeks this year, with TalkTalk a close second at 15 weeks. TalkTalk has also been vying for the cheapest standard speed broadband too, at 14 weeks as the cheapest option, with Plusnet in second place with 10 weeks.
However, while these providers consistently offer competitive deals, the cheapest we’ve seen this year have been an equivalent £8.33/mth from Sky for standard 11Mb broadband and £16.76/mth from Now Broadband for 36Mb fibre, so it’s always worth comparing deals before you sign up.
You need to switch regularly to always bag a cheap deal
If you want to constantly win the broadband price game, you need to be on the ball.
Most broadband providers bank on you not changing once your initial promotional rate ends, so follow these steps to always ensure you get the best deal:
1. Check when your contract ends, if you leave before this date you will usually be charged a penalty.
2. Around one month before it ends, compare the deals available to you in your area using our Broadband Unbundled tool.
3. Switch to the best deal for you; your new provider will usually notify your existing provider and arrange a switch date.
4. Make sure you claim and activate any rewards as part of the deal.
For more information, see our top need-to-knows in our Broadband Unbundled tool.
Don’t want to switch? Haggle with your current provider
For those who don’t want to switch, the other option is to haggle.
Our latest poll showed 82% of broadband customers overall who tried to haggle were successful in negotiating a better deal. With some firms, the success rate was even higher – for example, 85% of Sky customers claimed victory in reducing their costs.
Use the above prices as a benchmark and give your provider a call. See our 15 top haggling tips for more information.