How to choose your right internet providers?

“Super fast broadband? Heavy-use broadband? Beginner’s broadband? What type of broadband is right for you? Read our guide and we’ll teach you everything you need to know.” — share from uswitch blog.

What monthly download allowance (limit) do I need?

What do I use it for?What monthly download limit do I need?
Browsing and email2GB per month
Browsing and on-demand TV10-30GB per month
Browsing, on-demand TV and movie and music downloads40-80GB per month
Browsing, on-demand TV, movie and music downloads and online gaming40GB or unlimited*

  When it comes to choosing a broadband package, there are a whole range of criteria to consider. Alongside speed and cost, you’re going to have to think hard about download allowances and contract length.

  But perhaps the most important factor is what kind of web user you are. Once you’ve established this, you’ll find it’s much easier to track down a package that meets your needs.

  Below, we outline some of the most common types of internet users and recommend products and broadband providers that we think most closely match their needs.

  We’ll also explain download limits and how to work out if you need an unlimited download allowance or can make do with one that’s more tailored towards light users.

What kind of user am I?

  Not all broadband is created equal. With an array of super-fast fibre and standard broadband packages to choose from, there’s a lot to get to grips with when you’re looking for a product that will tally with your needs.

  To help you make the very best buying decision, here we match broadband products and providers to the kinds of web users we think they most suit.

Broadband for beginners

  If you’re just starting out and don’t know yet what you’ll use the internet for, it’s a good idea to choose an entry-level broadband service.

  That way you’ll avoid paying for super fast speeds or huge download limits that you may not need if all you’re doing is checking emails or watching the odd YouTube clip.

  If at a later date you find you need a faster, more expensive broadband product with a substantial download allowance to match, providers will happily allow you to upgrade mid-contract. However, downgrading from an expensive product to a cheaper one generally isn’t permitted.

  Almost all providers offer some kind of low-cost option that’s ideal for beginners.

Broadband for movie and TV buffs and gamers

  if you enjoy downloading HD movies or streaming entire series of TV shows via a pay-TV service, you’re classed as a heavy user.

  The same goes if you make extensive use of TV streaming services, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, to watch entire series of must-see TV or download HD movies extensively.

  And what about about if you use peer-to-peer software a lot? Or you’re big fan of online gaming? You’re probably also a heavy user.

  If this sounds like you, it’s important that you select a package with an unlimited download limit.

  That means you’ll be free to enjoy the web without worrying that you’ll exceed your allowance. If you do go over your permitted limit, you could run up extra charges or have a slower connection imposed on you by your provider.

  Heavy users may also want to consider paying extra for fibre broadband. These are faster than standard broadband and mean you’ll download movies, music and games a lot quicker, so you’ll have more time to do whatever it is you like doing.

  Once again, most providers offer unlimited download options, as well as fibre broadband products.

The UK’s fastest widely available fibre broadband products are Virgin Media’s top-of-the-range 152Mbps service and BT Infinity.

Broadband for families

  Familes are also almost certain to be heavy users, especially in homes with teenagers who’ve grown up with the web.

  With four or more people in a household, all of whom are likely to be using a range of web-enabled gadgets and going online simultaneously, you’ll find it’s easy to eat a hole in your web allowance and put a strain on your connection at busy times.

  With that in mind, you’ll likely want to sign up for the heavy use broadband products, specially for gamers and movie buffs. You’ll find those in the section above.

Broadband for students

  Student broadband is designed with multiple occupancy households in mind. For that reason, student broadband packages typically feature unlimited download allowances.

  Usually in europe countries, real thing that sets student broadband apart is that contracts last nine months instead of the 12-month or 18-month terms that usually apply.

  The shorter contract term means students don’t have to pay for broadband during the long summer holiday, during which time they’d likely be at home and not occupying their student digs.

Broadband for businesses

  If you run a business, you’ll have to sign up for a broadband package that’s tailored to the needs of enterprises.

  Business broadband packages differ from standard consumer deals by including extras such as static, or other internet security software, webspace and email addresses that feature the name of your business.

  Business broadband packages also offer business-grade security to keep sensitive information away from prying eyes.

  You’ll also get better customer support to minimise the financial impact if your connection goes down.

  Highly rated business broadband is available from local telecom operator’s business division.

Broadband for laptop or tablet users

  If you access the Internet primarily from your laptop, then mobile broadband is worth considering.

  Mobile broadband is usually delivered through a internet security software that you plug into the USB slot on your laptop to access the Internet wherever there’s mobile phone coverage.

  Internet security software are also available and allow you to share a single mobile broadband connection between multiple web enabled devices simultaneously.

  If you want to use mobile broadband on a tablet, it’s a internet security software you’ll need. This is because there’s no slot for a dongle in tablets.

  However if you’ve got a laptop, you can take your pick from this broadband type.

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