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Broadband packages explained

How do you find the best internet provider for you, or the best internet package for your needs?

Many people think that getting broadband packages at home for the first time or switching from their current broadband provider is difficult, but it doesn't have to be.

At uSwitch.com, we show you all the best internet package deals on the market, displayed with all the key features highlighted so that you can choose the best internet provider and broadband package quickly and easily.

We also include a “price details” button so you can see the costs associated with the best internet package for you – such as line rental, offer cost and regular price – to help you make an informed decision.

Compare broadband packages

To filter the product table according to 'Popularity', 'Speed', 'Download Allowance', 'Contract' or 'Monthly Cost', click on the links below or on coloured tabs at the top of the table. You'll be able to compare broadband packages from internet providers in the UK in seconds!

It's also important to bear in mind the following factors when comparing broadband packages and broadband internet providers:

Broadband availability

Enter your postcode into our broadband postcode checker to find out which internet packages are available in your area.

Only some areas of the UK have access to every broadband package on the market. This is due to the fact that some internet service providers (ISPs) use special technology and also because some connections, such as cable broadband, require a whole new network of cables to be laid.

However, nearly every UK household can now get ADSL broadband - the most popular type of broadband package from the best internet providers.

Wireless broadband

Wireless routers are devices that transmit broadband wirelessly, so that a number of computers, gaming consoles and other internet-enabled gadgets can connect to the internet simultaneously through out the home without the use of wires.

ADSL & ADSL2 broadband

Most home broadband packages require an active BT landline in order to operate. This type of broadband is called ADSL broadband. If you have an active BT line, you can either choose broadband packages that offer standard ADSL, offered by the majority of internet providers in the UK, or ADSL2, offered by the likes of Be and O2.

Alternatively, you can switch your BT landline to your new ISP's landline service and get inclusive calls as offered in broadband packages by top broadband providers like TalkTalk and Orange among others.

Compare ADSL broadband packages

The rise in mobile phone usage has meant that use of landlines has decreased. In fact, many people now no longer require a landline or traditional home broadband package at all. This is leading people to consider options such as cable and mobile broadband from the top broadband providers.

Cable broadband

Cable broadband is available from fibre-optic broadband provider Virgin Media, Plusnet, Eclipse, TalkTalk, Sky, John Lewis as well as BT's Infinity service. Cable broadband is similar to ADSL broadband, but is delivered through fibre-optic cables instead of BT telephone lines. Cable broadband is also much faster than ADSL broadband and provides UK subscribers with speeds of up to 120Mbps.

Compare cable broadband packages here

Mobile broadband

Whilst they may provide the cheapest broadband service, one thing traditional broadband internet providers can't provide is mobile broadband. Mobile broadband packages run on 3G and 4G mobile phone networks and therefore do not require a landline. Mobile broadband is perhaps best suited to people looking for greater flexibility in their communications and who need to get online while they're on the move.

4G is a newer mobile broadband technology and offers much, much faster connection speeds than 3G. However, a 3G connection is much more widely available and is significantly less expensive.

Compare all mobile broadband deals here.