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Author: Max Beckett | Last updated: 3rd May 2023

What do I get with a cheap broadband deal?

Cheap broadband deals will still give you a strong, robust broadband connection, regardless of their lower monthly price.

They do tend to leave out many of the premium add-ons and features that some more expensive deals come with, but the quality of your service shouldn't budge at all.

And while they might not offer the fastest internet speeds available, they still usually provide plenty of bandwidth for the average household. You should still be able to stream, game and scroll to your heart's content if you're a casual internet user.

Of course, you shouldn't just choose a cheap deal just because of its low price, because you'll need to make sure the speed is fast enough for your needs. But comparing low-cost offers are a great way to find great value in the broadband service you choose.

The best way to find cheap broadband on Uswitch is by putting in your postcode and address, then sorting the results above by cost (low to high).

Pros and cons of cheap broadband deals

There are many obvious benefits to choosing a cheap broadband package, especially while the cost of living remains so high. But as with most products, you get what you pay for and you need to make sure you choose a service that meets your needs.


  • Low monthly prices

  • You can still get superfast part-fibre speeds

  • Simple, straightforward broadband with no unnecessary bells and whistles


  • Usually offered by smaller providers with fewer services

  • Not a good option if your household needs broadband speeds above 100Mbps

  • They don't usually include other services like TV

How to compare cheap broadband deals

There are lots of things you should look out for in a broadband deal if you're looking to reduce your monthly bills.

Cheap deals don't necessarily mean ones with the lowest monthly price. They could be made cheaper by some high-value gift vouchers, or by combining multiple services into a single monthly bill. Here’s how to find a cheap broadband deal that suits you.

1. Look for extras and bill credits

It's important to look beyond monthly prices. Many providers will often throw in extras, such as vouchers, gift cards and bill credits that can bring the overall cost of your package down a notch.

For example, a cheap broadband deal could cost £20 a month for a 12-month contract, but it could come with a £50 voucher or reward card to spend as well. This effectively works out to £15.83 a month, which is quite a saving.

2. Consider bundle offers

If you already pay separate providers for other services like TV or your mobile phone, you could look into bundling them all with the same provider for a single monthly fee.

This way, you may find that the total amount costs you less than all of your separate bills put together. So make sure to look out for providers that offer all of these services. They won't be cheap deals, but you may end up paying less overall.

3. Check contract terms

Remember to check contract lengths when you compare deals.

A shorter contract is often more convenient (especially for renters), but they can sometimes come with higher prices.

And make sure you're aware of a provider's price increases before you buy too. Some have higher mid-contract price rises than others, and some might put your monthly rate up significantly once your initial contract term is over.

This is why it pays to thoroughly compare low-cost broadband deals to see what the total cost will be. But it also means you should keep track of when your contract ends, so you can switch away from any big price hikes.

4. Consider broadband social tariffs

If you receive Universal Credit or another type of government-funded financial support, you will likely qualify for a broadband social tariff.

These are affordable Wi-Fi deals that offer the same speeds as normal broadband connections, but from a much lower monthly rate of just £12 per month.

You also won't be charged any annual price hikes if you're subscribed to one of these deals, so you can be confident your price will stay the same until you decide to change your tariff.

Take a look at our guide on broadband deals for low income families to see if you're eligible for one.

What is the fastest cheap broadband deal?

The fastest cheap broadband deals available can offer 100-200Mbps speeds for under £20 per month.

For example, providers like Hyperoptic, Gigaclear and Community Fibre offer ultrafast packages of 150Mbps from a monthly price of around £18. This is far cheaper for a full fibre deal compared to the likes of Sky, Virgin Media and Vodafone who charge £28-30 per month for similar speeds.

The cheapest broadband deals with the fastest internet speeds are usually on offer from smaller providers, rather than the well-known big brands. This is because they run their own broadband networks, so can choose their prices a lot more freely than providers who rely on Openreach.

However, these smaller providers unfortunately have a lot less coverage across the UK than the larger providers do. So they’re a fantastic option if they’re available to your home, but have to make sure you can actually access them before you can sign up.

Are there cheap 30-day broadband deals?

30-day (or no contract) broadband deals tend to be more expensive per month, because of the better flexibility they offer. You’ll find much cheaper monthly prices with contracts that last for 18 or 24 months compared to 30 days.

However, if you only need a broadband connection for a few months (for example, you’re moving out soon), then a 30-day broadband deal will work out a lot cheaper. They’ll help you avoid paying expensive exit fees that you’d no doubt be charged if you cancelled a much longer contract really early.

Cheapest broadband plans on in May 2023

PackageBroadband speedContract length
Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Broadband158Mb average*24 months
Community Fibre 150Mbps Fibre Broadband - 12 Months150Mb average*12 months
Hyperoptic 150Mb Fibre Broadband - 12 Months158Mb average*12 months
Hyperoptic 30Mb Fibre Broadband33Mb average*24 months
Community Fibre 500Mbps Fibre Broadband500Mb average*24 months
Three: 5G BB Unlimited150Mb average*24 months
Hyperoptic 50Mb Fibre Broadband - 12 Months57Mb average*12 months
Community Fibre 500Mbps Fibre Broadband - 12 Months500Mb average*12 months
Gigaclear Superfast 200 Broadband200Mb average*18 months
Community Fibre 150Mbps Fibre Broadband150Mb average*24 months
More broadband deals

Uswitch has a 4.7 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot, based on around 22,000 customer reviews as of May 2023.

Shell Energy Broadband's Superfast Fibre broadband deal is one of the cheapest packages you could find for a 38Mbps average broadband speed.

Its monthly price is considerably low when you also consider its 18-month contract, compared to many other providers which charge more for a 24-month term. Plus, Shell Energy Broadband is more widely-available than some other smaller providers, whose deals can be cheaper and faster, but their availability across the country is a lot more limited.

This current deal also comes with a great-vaue gift card, so after you factor in the small setup fee, that's around three months' worth of cashback to spend on something you need online.

Shell Energy Superfast Fibre Broadband

£75 gift card
Contract length
18 Months
Download limit
Upfront cost
Average speed*
Per month

Which are the cheapest internet providers?

Many of the major broadband providers in the UK have relatively cheap Wi-Fi deals on offer. In most cases, this is for their copper ADSL or part-fibre broadband deals, which provide you with basic internet access for prices as low as £18 or £19 per month.

Providers that offer low-cost broadband plans include the following.


Plusnet often features some of the lowest-price internet deals on the market, and it's well-known for offering excellent customer service.

The provider is part of BT Group, which includes other telecoms brands BT and EE. All three companies have annual price increases baked into their terms and conditions, which is worth keeping in mind before you sign up.

However, most broadband providers with low monthly costs also include some form of annual price hike, so this shouldn't necessarily be a reason to avoid Plusnet alone.


Another popular low-cost broadband provider is TalkTalk.

Just like Plusnet, TalkTalk keeps its monthly prices low and focuses on delivering good service, with technical and financial support where needed. It's one of the 'big four' broadband providers in terms of the number of customers, alongside BT, Sky and Virgin Media.

TalkTalk also offers broadband, TV and home phone bundles for a single monthly fee. So if you watch a lot of television and still use your landline, a 'triple-play' provider like TalkTalk will likely keep your bills down by providing all three services at once.


Mobile network Vodafone is fairly new to the broadband market, but it has entered it with full force thanks to its very cheap broadband deals and comprehensive telecoms packages.

Vodafone often sells its superfast 67Mbps broadband deal for the same price as other providers' slowest deals — and sometimes even throws in gift cards worth dozens of pounds for signing up. That is a lot of money saved compared to other providers on the market, some of whom sell deals at a similar speed for several pounds per month more than Vodafone.

NOW Broadband

Sky-owned TV and broadband provider NOW focuses on great value-for-money offers.

While its Wi-Fi services and TV bundles aren't as premium as Sky's, NOW makes up for it with some very low monthly prices. Plus, you can still get access to exclusive Sky content with its affordable TV add-ons.


Hyperoptic is a full fibre-only provider that mainly supplies broadband to flats and new build houses. It's not a very widely-available provider, but it makes up for that by offering ultrafast and gigabit broadband speeds for surprisingly low prices.

With Hyperoptic, you'll get access to 150Mbps, 500Mbps and even 1Gb fibre internet, at prices that the major broadband providers don't even sink to for their slowest deals. It also doesn't include any mid-contract price increases for the entirety of your initial term.

So if you can access Hyperoptic's network, you'll be able to get incredibly fast speeds for a very low monthly rate.


Gigaclear is another full fibre provider that offers fast speeds for relatively low prices. It has less coverage across the UK than the bigger broadband providers, but if you're able to use its services, you'll have access to ultrafast speeds for under £20.

Community Fibre

Community Fibre is a full fibre provider based in London. And like its peers Hyperoptic and Gigaclear, it focuses on regional coverage, extremely fast speeds, and lower prices than most of the major broadband providers.

You could save £174 if you switch broadband with Uswitch, according to our broadband sales data from March 2023. Find out how we calculated this savings figure.

What's the cheapest BT deal on Uswitch?

The cheapest broadband deal on offer from BT is BT Fibre Essential, which provides superfast 36Mbps average internet speeds.

At just below £30 per month, there are many cheaper options available from other providers for the same (and faster) speeds as this, so you won't find BT on our cheap broadband page as a result.

However, the provider is considered to offer a more comprehensive service than many other brands, so it tends to charge more because it usually gives customers a more premium experience.

Compare our BT broadband deals on Uswitch.

Can I trust a cheap broadband provider?

Not only can you trust a cheap broadband provider, but these providers are some of the most trustworthy on the market.

Famously good-value providers like Plusnet and NOW Broadband, and smaller full fibre providers like Hyperoptic, have some of the best customer ratings around for customer service and reliability. So you can know that many of these brands have your interests at heart throughout, and not just in their pricing.

While it’s relatively true that a cheaper service won’t normally be as premium as a more expensive one, there are much better ways to weigh up the value that each brand offers. For example, our broadband reviews give a detailed look into each of the biggest providers in the UK, and highlight what type of customer each one would be best for.

Uswitch broadband provider reviews

Read our expert reviews of all of the UK's biggest broadband providers.

Can I get a broadband social tariff?

If you receive Universal Credit or another type of financial support from the government, you'll likely qualify for social tariffs - the cheapest broadband deals on the market.

Broadband social tariffs are on offer from multiple well-known providers. They give you the exact same service as a normal broadband connection, but for a heavily discounted price. They're often between £12-20 per month, depending on the provider or speed you choose.

You'll also get to avoid yearly mid-contract price increases if you're on one of these tariffs, so it's absolutely a worthwhile option if you're looking to reduce your bills.

Will I have to pay setup fees on a cheap broadband deal?

This depends on the provider, and whether they are running a promotion or not. Some cheap broadband providers rarely charge setup fees in general, whereas others will offer free setup as part of a limited-time offer.

On our Uswitch tables, we clearly display the setup fee that every broadband deal comes with. So you’ll know straight away whether a deal that you like comes with an upfront cost or not.

However, it’s also worth looking out for an installation cost when you’re signing up to a new provider. Most providers won’t need to send an engineer around to install your connection because many providers use the same network, but if you need a new broadband line installed, you may be charged an additional fee for your broadband to be activated.

How to save money on your broadband

There are a lot of things you can do to enjoy the full potential of your internet, for the price you want it.

Our broadband guides have lots of useful information for both choosing the right deal, and for getting what you need from your current service.

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