BT

The UK's largest telecoms provider offering nationwide broadband availability with the same low prices even in rural areas

  • Wide range of packages available with truly unlimited usage
  • Faster than average basic fibre with Superfast Fibre averaging at 50Mb
  • Free access to over 5 million BT Wi-fi hotspots
  • Free technical support over a variety of media
  • Wide range of TV inclusive options with BT TV and the exclusive AMC channel
  • Superfast Fibre comes with the fastest and smartest hub of any major broadband provider
  • BT Sport Pack, exclusively covering UEFA football and 38 Premier League matches

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BT Broadband and Weekend Calls
£24.99 for 18 months
£45.49 thereafter

£19.99 upfront cost

  • Ending £60 BT Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • Free BT Sport app and player
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access
  • BT Home Hub 4 with n-rated Wi-Fi
  • BT Virus Protect on 2 devices
  • 200GB Cloud Storage
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 18 month contract

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BT TV Entertainment with Superfast Fibre and Weekend Calls
£44.99 for 18 months
£67.49 thereafter

£29.99 upfront cost

  • Ending £90 BT Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 50Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • AMC channel free with BT TV
  • BT Smart Hub with ac-rated Wi-Fi and smart technology to give faster connections in more rooms!
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 18 month contract

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BT Superfast Fibre 2 with Weekend Calls
£39.99 for 18 months
£58.99 thereafter

£14.99 upfront cost

  • Online only: £100 BT Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 67Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • BT Smart Hub with ac-rated Wi-Fi and smart technology to give faster connections in more rooms!
  • Now with Anytime calls as standard, save £135 over the contract length!
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose BT

  • Established reputation - BT have been operating for a very long time, and it's a name that people know and trust
  • Available nationwide - BT Broadband's lowest prices are available at all BT telephone exchanges, even in rural areas
  • Superfast Fibre 2 - BT were the first to offer the higher FTTC speeds, now at 67Mb average speed, and ultrafast 160Mb and 300Mb FTTH products are now rolling out in some areas
  • Faster basic fibre - BT's Superfast Fibre 1 fibre products offer speeds averaging 50Mb, beating most competitors' approximately 36Mb average speed products
  • Variety of packages with truly unlimited usage
  • BT TV - enjoy a range of TV channels, movies and catchup TV powered by YouView
  • BT Sport - not just on BT TV, all BT broadband customers have access to BT Sport Lite via the online player at BTSport.com - BT Sport Pack with exclusive live UEFA matches is free on BT TV and only £6 per month for BT Broadband customers via the app or an existing Sky TV package
  • Comprehensive security - with BT Virus Protect, Web Protect and True Key
  • Extensive support options - you can get in touch with BT in a variety of ways, including the phone, online chat, online forums and Twitter
  • Smart Hub for Superfast Fibre - router with the latest 802.11ac wireless technology and smart techology to get faster Wi-Fi connections in more rooms of your home. BT claim this beats the latest hubs from other major UK broadband providers
  • BT Wi-Fi - free and unlimited access over 4 million wi-fi hotspots in the UK - the UK's largest hotspot network
  • BT Cloud storage - for storing your personal files, the amount depends on the size of the package
  • SmartTalk app - lets you use your mobile phone via wi-fi to get the same rates as yout BT landline

Possible downsides

  • Must use BT for phone - unlike some providers, such as Plusnet, it's not possible to take your call plan and line rental from another phone supplier
  • Best Hub not on standard broadband - If you're not opting for BT Superfast Fibre you need to pay £50 extra for the BT Smart Hub, or opt for the slower free Home Hub 4
  • No short contracts - All products are on 18 month contracts and prices rise from the 19th month
  • No fixed price term - Prices may rise during your 18 month minimum contract

Features at a glance

  • Download speeds average at 10Mb for standard broadband, 50Mb for Superfast Fibre and 67Mb for Superfast Fibre 2

  • 18 month contracts on all deals

  • Truly unlimited download allowances on many deals

  • Many deals with free or discounted activation

  • Free 24/7 customer support

  • BT Yahoo email accounts that don't get full included with all deals

  • Security includes fre BT Virus Protect, Web Protect and True Key

  • BT Home Hub 4 802.11n wireless router as standard or 802.11ac BT Smart Hub with BT Infinity

  • Range of BT TV packages available from BT TV Starter to Total Entertainment with exclusive channels and Ultra HD

  • Inclusive phone calling to UK landline numbers with some packages

  • Free access to thousands of wi-fi hotspots worldwide

  • Line rental required for all packages

  • BT Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 23633 customer ratings since 2017-10-18. See more BT customer ratings and reviews.

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BT Broadband and Weekend Calls More Info

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10Mb
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£320 £24.99
£45.49 after 18 months
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£19.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre Essential with Weekend Calls More Info

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802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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36Mb
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£378 £28.99
£44.49 after 18 months
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£29.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre with Weekend Calls More Info

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802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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50Mb
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unlimited
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£380 £29.99
£52.49 after 18 months
Reward only available to new customers signing up online

£19.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Starter + BT Sport with Broadband and Weekend Calls More Info

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802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

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10Mb
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£442 £30.99
£51.49 after 18 months
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£69.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre Unlimited for Students More Info

Special offer: 9 month contract designed for students, includes BT Sport app FREE for 9 months + Smart Hub!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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50Mb
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£465 £35.00

£44.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre 2 with Weekend Calls More Info

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802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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67Mb
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£495 £39.99
£58.99 after 18 months
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£14.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre 2 Unlimited for Students More Info

Special offer: 9 month contract designed for students, includes BT Sport app FREE for 9 months + Smart Hub!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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67Mb
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£525 £40.00

£44.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Entertainment with Superfast Fibre and Weekend Calls More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £90 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + free AMC channel + Smart Hub!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

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50Mb
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unlimited
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£570 £44.99
£67.49 after 18 months
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£29.99 upfront cost

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BT Superfast Fibre Plus with Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: 18 months reduced price + Smart Hub + BT Plus + no activation fee!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!
BT Plus offers BT's Keep Connected Promise, 18 months Broadband Price Freeze and Double Data for BT mobiles

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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67Mb
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unlimited
18
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£670 £54.99
£58.99 after 18 months

£9.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Entertainment with Superfast Fibre 2 and Weekend Calls More Info

Online exclusive: £100 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + free AMC channel + BT Sport Pack + Smart Hub!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

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67Mb
truly
unlimited
18
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£685 £54.99
£73.99 after 18 months
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£24.99 upfront cost

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BT TV Max 4K with Superfast Fibre 2 and Weekend Calls More Info

Online exclusive: £100 BT Reward Card + 18 months reduced price + free AMC channel + BT Sport Pack + 4K UHD BT Sport channel + Smart Hub!
Add Anytime calls for just £7.50 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

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67Mb
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£783 £63.99
£82.99 after 18 months
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£14.99 upfront cost

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for BT.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 23633 customer ratings since 2017-10-18

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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Approximately a year in contact and all I can say is a year of poor service. First months spent complaining of connectivity but my husband gave up. We get cut off all the time, on acsessability to customed downloads!! Why I ask? Do not choose this provider. I’m so frustrated as my husband has to use his 4g in the house to access email. This can’t be right. Help or advise needed!!!
Kings Lynn BT  
Absolutely ridiculous service. I have been with BT for years. Recently I decided to change providers because the cost of their service is just ridiculous in comparison to other similar services. After switching provider to the Post Office I received a call from a BT customer support agent. The agent promised me a reduced price at £20 and included a £50 gift voucher to keep me to stay. After 3 months, still no sign of the gift voucher and emails about it ignored. The price has gone up to £24 without any warning. Avoid at all costs.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Southend BT  
BT is a serious thief in this country we, their customer services team are a big lairs wasting our times, I have been suffering from them for more than one year, they not canceling my contract and not fixing the problem, in addition to all that they overcharging me every month and always I have spend many hours speaking with their rubbish team, really we should bring those thief to the court and it must not be allowed steal people, we should not just write a review we should act to bring those to the court, I am going to make claim for compensation, because they did not let me to cancel it
Burton on Trent BT  
It's so bad. For years it has droped out, slows down and just does not work. We have been with BT for years, it's been really bad for the last five. The support team exists, but they are experts on sending people on a wild goose. We must have spent weeks on the phone with them over the years. Unfortunately, if you leave, you lose your email addresses. So it feels like a bit of a trap. I would advise anybody to avoid if you can, there are much better and more reliable providers for the money.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dorset BT  
Very disappointed. Raised our price after a yer from 33 to 54 quid, this is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous. By reading more and more reviews I see that that seems to be the problem with everyone all the time. They value drawing in customers and screwing them over and you better be sure as hell that I am NOT coming back to them ever again. You can catch me at TalkTalk getting higher speed, reliability AND lower prices. We're paying for what exactly with BT? Most of the times I'd have my connection drop, their customer service is NO WHERE TO BE FOUND and they screw you over without even notification, an email maybe like HEY dudes, we're gonna raise your internet price with 21 quid now? Naaaah... who gives a crap about the customers themselves right?
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
York BT  
I am very unhappy with BT. I have had many problems since joining the latest today is my new expensive iPhone charge is not working after a few weeks of having the phone and Bt said even under warranty they will not replace it very disappointed
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Chigwell BT  
The hours i have spent on the phone to this company is beyond belief. AVOID in the end switched to XNL for business very professional and great communications and they answer the phone within 5 seconds. Should the big wigs be brought in front of a parliamentary committee and drilled about why they are providing a unacceptable service!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Worcestershire BT  
Absolutely amazing service had no internet since yesterday the bloke came out today to fix it even though we have gale force winds and rain he came 10am and it wosint sorted till about 4pm bless him he'd been out in it all day customer service was amazing too thank you so much BT
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Murton BT  
Avoid this rubbish internet provider. Their service and customer service is useless. I have been having problems with their internet for the last 4 months. Whenever I connect using wifi to any of my devices, it says "no internet available". When friends/ family tries to connect to my wifi, it says the same thing. I rang BT on numerous occasions explaining the problem and all they can tell me over the phone is " they have done all checks on their end and everything is fine from their end". So there is nothing they can do for me because everything seems fine from their end. They said that I am getting the best signal strength although I am not getting any internet service. Do you know how frustrating it is to be told that an internet provider cannot do anything to try to resolve a problem you are facing because they cannot see a problem on their end? They wouldn't send a new hub or even an engineer to find the problem. Just absolute nothing I got from them with poor customer service. I expected better from a big company but all I got was dirt, considering I am still paying £30 a month for this service I'm not getting and not being able to come out of an 18month contract without having to pay a huge sum to exit. It is unfair, they are unreliable and useless, customer service was beyond poor and staff are rude, unhelpful and speaks to you with attitude. This company has stressed me out to the core. Once they have you, they feel they can take your money and give you 0 to nothing service. I wish I read their bad reviews before I signed up to them or I would have gone elsewhere. This company is a major disgrace. Once I am out I will never go back. Disgusting service, nasty company.
Oxford BT  
Been with BT for over 25 years and the price increased to over £75 pm. They wouldn't budge on price so I switched. Best thing I ever did. My broadband speed has increased from 13mbps to 21mbps even though I'm on the minimum speed (and I was paying for a premium broadband speed from BT). Cost is less than 50% of what I was paying previously.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Congleton BT  

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BT Student Broadband

Are you starting or returning to university this year? Check out BT's student broadband deals!

Posted on 2018-08-03 13:27 in Offers BT

With Summer in full swing the new academic year may seem far away, but if you're starting or returning to university then you'll want to make sure you're all set up for broadband in your new digs. As a student broadband is going to be vital, from planning your social life and streaming TV or gaming in your downtime, to the things important to your education, like research, communicating with your tutors and submitting coursework.

Getting your internet connection set up may seem daunting, but don't worry, it's pretty simple really. BT have broadband deals designed exclusively for students, with shorter than standard contract lengths so you're not paying a penalty to cancel early when the university year is over. With unlimited downloads and fast fibre speeds, everyone in your student household with all their devices is catered for.

BT offer a choice of two packages:

Both packages are on a 9 month contract and come with unlimited monthly usage, the BT Smart Hub, unlimited UK weekend landline calls, and free access to over 5 million UK wi-fi hotspots when you're out and about.

If your student housing isn't in a fibre-enabled area, don't worry. You'll be offered the standard broadband package with average speeds of 10Mb. You'll still get the rest of the benefits above for just £25 a month*.

Interested? Head on over to the BT student page to get started!

 

* Up front and delivery costs of £44.99 apply to fibre packages and £29.99 to standard broadband.

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Loyal broadband customers pay £113 more than those who switch providers

Posted on 2017-04-12 13:46 in News EE Virgin Media Sky BT TalkTalk

Loyal customers who stick with their broadband provider end up paying on average 43% more than if they had switched.

Research by Citizens Advice has cast a light on the way the major providers hike their prices once a contract has ended. Customers who choose to keep their existing deal instead of shopping around find themselves paying an average of £113 extra each year in what has been dubbed a "loyalty penalty".

Citizens Advice analysed the cheapest broadband deals from the UK's five largest suppliers. They found that Virgin Media was the only one that did not bump its prices at the end of the initial contract period. The other four saw increases of as much as 67%.

  • BT - the price rises from £24.49 to £40.99 after 12 months. An increase of 67%, amounting to £198 per year.
  • TalkTalk - the price goes from £20 to £25.50 after 24 months. An increase of 28%, or £66 per year.
  • Sky - after 12 months the price rises from £18.99 to £28.99. An increase of 53%, or £120 per year.
  • EE - the price rises from £21 to £28.50 after 18 months. An increase of 36%, amounting to £90 extra per year.
  • Virgin Media - the cheapest deal is £32.25 per month for 12 months. The price doesn't rise at the end of the contract.

The report found that more than a third of customers didn't realise that prices could go up once their contract had ended. It also found that customers stay on the same deal for an average of four years, which ends up costing them as much as £594 extra.

Those over 65 or on lower incomes were significantly more likely to stick with a deal for more 10 years.

Time to switch

The study highlights the fact that it's more important than ever to shop around for the best broadband deal. Our Ofcom-approved price comparison service helps you find the best and cheapest packages available for your postcode.

Switching broadband providers is easier than you might expect. In most cases, your new provider will handle all aspects of the switchover. You should experience no loss of service, and you won't even need to inform your old supplier that you're leaving. Read our guide to switching broadband providers to see how the process works. 

Citizens Advice is calling for greater clarity in how providers advertise their services, and also to inform customers by text when the fixed price comes to an end.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said, “People often choose their broadband deals based on the price that works for them - but our evidence shows that many do not realise the price will rise after the end of the fixed deal. The government has rightly put energy firms on warning for how they treat loyal customers - the actions of broadband firms warrant similar scrutiny. Extra protections for vulnerable consumers are also a must.”

The moral of the story is clear: loyalty doesn't pay. Once your contract is up, find a new provider. There are some incredible deals to be had on both standard and fibre broadband, and if you're lucky you might even bag an awesome free gift at the same time.

So don't delay. Click here to visit our postcode checker and you can start saving money today.

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BT Buyers Guide

Can I get BT Broadband?

BT's standard broadband services are available at all UK telephone exchanges (excluding those in Hull) so can be accessed in all but the remotest of rural areas

BT's fibre-optic service, BT Superfast Fibre, is available to more than 85% of UK homes — more than 25 million premises — with BT continuing the roll out to more and more areas every month. BT Superfast Fibre is based on fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology meaning that both your telephone exchange and your street cabinet need to have been upgraded to support fibre before you can sign up to the service. Urban and central areas tend to be activated first. You can check to see if BT Superfast Fibre is available in your area with our postcode checker.

Does BT Broadband have a technical advantage or faster installation time?

BT Broadband is provided by BT Retail, which is a separate company from those that administer telephone exchanges, street cabinets and phonelines. As a result, there is no technical advantage over any other provider reselling BT Wholesale Connect; they have to wait in the same queues for Openreach installation or home visit engineers and use the same systems of contact as any other reseller.

BT Broadband are just one of many consumer broadband service providers using BT Wholesale Connect technology. In many areas competiting broadband providers have installed their own equipment in telephone exchanges and may even be able to beat BT's standard broadband speeds.

As British Telecom, BT provided the nationalised telecoms service for the whole of the UK, controlling all telephone exchanges (except those in Hull). Since then British Telecom were split into three companies; BT Wholesale, who sell telecommunications services to phone and broadband suppliers, Openreach, who maintain the technical aspects of the BT infrastructure including phone lines, exchanges and street cabinets; and BT Retail, who sell BT phone and broadband products to consumers. This separation was enforced by the Competition Commission to ensure that BT did not have a monopoly or unfair advantage over other telecommunications companies.

What broadband options are available?

BT provide a wide range of packages catering to different speeds, download restrictions, and associated extras including TV options.

BT also allow you to build your own package on their site by choosing from a range of broadband speeds:

  • BT standard broadband - averages 10Mb download and 1Mb upload speed (limited to 8Mb maximum down speed and 0.75Mb upload in some rural areas)
  • BT Superfast Fibre 1 - averages 50Mb download speed and 9.Mb upload speed
  • BT Superfast Fibre 2 - averages 67Mb download speed and 18Mb upload speed

Whether you can enjoy BT's fastest speeds depends on factors like whether your exchange and street cabinet have been upgraded to the latest technology, and how much copper telephone cable there is between your home and the exchange (or the street cabinet for BT Superfast Fibre).

For the standard broadband and Superfast Fibre 1 packages you can choose whether to have unlimited usage, allowing you to use as much Internet as you like each month, or whether you will pay less and have a download limit. There are a range of limits available with smaller limits usually costing less, although special offers and promotions may apply to make unlimited options more affordable. Superfast Fibre 2 is unlimited.

All packages come with free unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines, but this is again flexible, allowing you to extend the option to unlimited anytime calls.

What TV options are available?

You can also combine your broadband and phone service with a TV service by adding BT TV - BT's digital television service - to your package.

BT TV can only be taken with a BT broadband subscription as it uses your connection to stream content which is not available on Freeview. Speeds of 5Mb or more are required to view high definition content, 2Mb or more for standard definition. If your connection falls short of this minimum you won't be able to sign up.

Customers can choose between:

  • BT TV Entertainment Starter - 80 Freeview channels (including 12 in HD), On Demand, Catch up TV, BT Sport, 20 premium channels
  • BT TV Entertainment Plus - 80 Freeview channels (including 12 in HD), On Demand, Catch up TV, BT Sport, 27 premium channels and TV on the Go
  • BT TV Total Entertainment - 80 Freeview channels (including 12 in HD), On Demand, Catch up TV, BT Sport, 50 premium channels and TV on the Go

All BT TV packages come with up to 80 Freeview TV and radio channels, plus access to 7 day catch up TV and on-demand shows. The YouView powered set top box also gives you high definition versions of the 4 main terrestrial TV channels via Freeview HD and allows you to pause and rewind live TV or record your favourite shows for later. You can also access a large library of on demand TV shows, music videos and more, or pay per view blockbuster films.

BT TV's streamed channels and on-demand films and TV shows do not count towards your broadband usage allowance. Viewing rival services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or NOW TV will count towards any usage limit you might have on your BT Broadband service, so bear this in mind when deciding between limited or unlimited packages.

Which package should I choose?

It is worth working out what your download needs are in advance as there is no need for you for to pay more than you have to, such as paying for extra bandwidth that you won't need.

At average speeds of 50Mb, the BT Superfast Fibre 1 package offers the fastest potential speeds for basic fibre broadband in the UK (at launch time, at least — it's likely that other providers will upgrade their basic services in due course). This is fast enough for virtually all online activities, including watching BT Sport in Ultra HD, and may now be sufficient for those customers who would have previously been considering the faster Superfast Fibre 2 connection.

BT Superfast Fibre packages will help prevent slowdown in households with many heavy Internet users, such as student households or those with large families. However, if you're close enough to the telephone exchange, BT Broadband's average speeds of 10Mb may still be fast enough, allowing you to stream live television or communicate over Skype without encountering problems. You might benefit from faster internet speeds if you do a lot of online gaming, regularly download a lot of large files or stream large amounts TV and films, especially in larger households where more than one person might be doing these things at any one time.

When considering your usage limit, it is worth asking yourself what you use the Internet for, and how often you use it. Those who use the Internet regularly for downloading files, gaming or watching a lot of streaming video (outside of the unmetered BT TV service) will hit a usage limit faster than those who only use the Internet for email, websites and social media, or go online less often. If you can find out your current monthly usage, it will provide a useful estimate for what limit you might need. There is no need to pay for capacity you will not use, but it can also provide peace-of-mind not to worry about if a YouTube video might take you over your limit.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband connection?
  • Are you a heavy downloader, or do you regularly play online games?
  • Will you only watch streamed TV and films on unmetered BT TV or will you also use rival services like Netflix or NOW TV?
  • How heavy is your Internet usage and how often do you use it?
  • Would the expense of the faster speed or larger download capacity be worth it for you?

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I already have Superfast Fibre 1, do I automatically get the new, faster speed?

Existing Superfast Fibre 1 customers will not be upgraded automatically to the faster speeds, and will continue on their current 40Mb maximum speed service.

You can upgrade by taking out a new contract, but unless you're already getting speeds of 40Mb, or thereabouts, it may not be worth it. For many users the internet speeds they get are limited by physical factors such as their distance from the street cabinet, rather than the speed limits of their chosen broadband service. Thus, upgrading to a faster service will not automatically mean faster internet.

What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • BT Home Hub router - Standard BT Broadband customers will receive a free BT Home Hub 4 802.11n wireless router for their connections, while Superfast Fibre customers get the enhanced Smart Hub which is supercharged for fibre with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and uses smart techology to get faster Wi-Fi connections to more rooms in your home that any other major broadband providers' hubs. These routers use dual-band technology to reduce wireless interference and come with an easy online set-up.
  • BT Cloud storage - BT Broadband comes with access to BT Cloud, which allows you to store your files online. This enables you to have a back-up of important documents on your devices so that you do not lose them if something happens to that device. You can also access BT Cloud from anywhere if you have an account, which makes it easy to transfer and share files. The unlimited packages come with either 200GB or a massive 1TB, depending on which you choose. Cloud storage is an optional extra on the limited packages.
  • Internet security - All of BT's unlimited broadband packages come bundled with BT NetProtect Plus online security with McAfee. Up to 7 PCs and Macs can be protected through firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and site rating systems. The cheaper BT Broadband deals with limited data allowances can still get BT NetProtect Plus for a small extra cost. BT Family Protection is also available to restrict and monitor children’s internet usage, including blocking access to social media and setting time limits.
  • SmartTalk - BT provide a SmartTalk app that BT Broadband users can use. This allows you to use up to 5 smartphones for landline calls through your router, potentially saving a lot of money on expensive mobile calls, and even allowing you to use your landline while abroad with a wi-fi connection. No other provider offers this option.
  • BT Sport - You don’t have to be a BT TV subscriber to have access to BT Sport. If you are a BT Broadband customer then you can use the BT Sport app or the online player to access BT Sport Lite for free or you can pay £6 extra per month for the BT Sport Pack and the exclusive sports coverage they provide, including live UEFA football, 38 Barclays Premier League matches and all Aviva Premiership Rugby matches. You can also add BT Sport to your existing Sky TV service for only £6 per month.

What are the benefits of BT Broadband?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Very fast basic fibre - BT's cheapest Superfast Fibre 1 fibre cabinets offer average download speeds of 50Mb while most competitors offer basic fibre that maxes out at 40Mb. If you're close enough to your street cabinet to get the boost then the extra 10Mb to 15Mb could make a significant difference.
  • Wi-fi access points - All BT Broadband customers benefit from free unlimited broadband access even when not at home through free access to BT Wi-fi (formerly BT FON/BT Openzone), the world’s largest wi-fi network with over 5 million wi-fi hotspots across the UK. This lets you access the internet without the restrictions of mobile broadband from coffee shops, airports, high streets, stations, and many more places - including international hotspots.
  • Free technical support - BT Broadband provide many support options for when things go wrong. Customers can call their helpline for free from their landlines at any time of day, and access hundreds of free online guides complete with videos. BT Broadband also maintain a social media presence through forums, Twitter and YouTube, helping you solve any problems that may occur.
  • Available in rural areas - BT offer the same prices at all telephone exchanges, making BT a good choice for those living in rural and remote areas where choices may be limited. In areas where Virgin cable TV isn't available, BT TV may be a good alternative to Sky.
  • Super Hub for BT Superfast Fibre - Supercharged for fibre with the very latest 802.11ac advanced wireless networking technology, BT claims their smart techology makes the Smart Hub better than any major broadband provider's latest hub at getting faster connections into more rooms of your home.
  • BT Sport Pack - If you're a sports fan and intend to sign up for BT Sport in order to see UEFA Championship, Premiere League Football, FA Cup, Rugby etc matches, it can be very attractive to switch to BT TV and get these channels for free, or to switch to BT Broadband and get them through the app or your existing Sky TV package for only £6 per month.
  • No satellite dish needed for TV - If you don't want or aren't able to install a satellite dish for your home, BT TV is available using your standard Freeview aerial and BT broadband connection.

What are the drawbacks of BT Broadband?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • Costs - BT Broadband is rarely the cheapest option for all the services they provide, however this is made up for by BT providing a wider range of included extras than many other providers.
  • Must take BT phone and line rental - BT Broadband is only offered bundled with BT phone services, you can't take your line rental or call plan from someone else, or sign up with broadband from BT without having a phoneline. BT line rental tends to be priced higher than many other providers.
  • No short contracts - BT’s contracts are for 18 months, which requires a greater degree of commitment and less flexibility than other providers that offer shorter contracts. Those looking for one month contracts may be better off looking elsewhere. However, as BT Broadband is available at all BT telephone exchanges, you're unlikely to find yourself moving home to an area with no BT Broadband service at all, which can happen with some providers.
  • Smart Hub only standard on Superfast Fibre - If you want the lastest and greatest router technology, capable of getting faster connections into the 'dead spots' in your home, you only get the BT Smart Hub inclusive with BT Superfast Fibre. If you're a standard broadband customer then you get the previous generation BT Home Hub 4 or you need to pay an extra £50 to get the Smart Hub.
  • Complaint levels - The communications regulator Ofcom keeps track of the customer complaint levels of for broadband and TV services. The Ofcom complaint figures for late 2015 show that while BT had the third lowest level of complaints among the major broadband provders, it was still well above the industry average. It also the highest level of complaints for pay TV, nearly four times the industry average.
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