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Best UK Broadband Deals – May 2020

Updated May 2020.

Are you looking for the best broadband deals in the UK? In this post, I will help you to find them.

I know a lot about Broadband supply in the UK.

At work, I am a very high user of broadband, running an entirely distributed team performing web development (lots of upload and download happening almost constantly). At home, there are a lot of devices, all streaming, for a family with the usual differing interests and tastes. All of this is happening through the same connection a lot of the time.

You need a speedy and reliable broadband service in your home.

Heck, in 2015, I even stood for election based on the fact there was such dreadful broadband in my then local area. In the end, I was unsuccessful, but I have achieved for myself and my family an incredibly fast broadband in the home and my workplace (see the evidence below), and I’d like to help you to achieve the same for your household.

A note on affiliate links

Please note, many of the links to service providers in this post are “affiliate link”. This means that I may be credited with a fee for referring you to the service provider in question. This covers my costs producing, researching and publishing this very fast page cram packed full of broadband deals for your pleasure.

Practically everybody who posts content about broadband deals is likely to be paid a commission.

  • Money Saving Expert – is paid a commission.
  • Money Supermarket – is paid a commission.
  • Uswitch – is paid a commission.
  • Compare the Market – is paid a commission – those Meerkats won’t stuff themselves.
  • Broadbandchoices (etc) – all paid commissions.

I am not affiliated in any way with some providers – for example, B4RN I am just a delighted customer… one who believes this landmark service should be replicated nation-wide. The don’t pay me a commission to say this… but it is not available everywhere. It should be.

Please leave a comment under this post if you know – or think you know – of a better broadband deal or scheme, and I will add it to the table, whether or not I am paid a commission 🙂 .

Best Standard Broadband Deals

What do I mean by “Standard”? I mean not hyper-optic. Normal high speed broadband, usually coming at you via copper wires. These are the deals you can get basically “anywhere” (though not anywhere, anywhere) – anywhere that a broadband supply is available.

It is the same phone line, and the same supply, so shopping around for the best deal does make some sense here.

Post Office Broadband Unlimited

  • Average Speed: 11mbps
  • Term: 12 Month contract
  • £15.90 per month

Shell Energy Fast Broadband

  • Average Speed: 11mbps
  • Term: 18 Month contract
  • £19.99 per month
  • £25 Amazon Gift Card

TalkTalk Broadband Unlimited

  • Average Speed: 11mbps
  • Term: 24 Month contract
  • £19.95 per month

Sky Broadband Essentials

John Lewis Broadband

Like everything in John Lewis, you’ll probably be thinking “ah, it will be lovely, made of wood, and probably have polka dots, but it’ll be 2x more expensive…” well, it isn’t:

Best Fibre Broadband

Fibre broadband offerings, but which are not FTTH (which are further below, and are way better!).

Sky Superfast Fibre

John Lewis Fibre Broadband

Vodafone Superfast 2

John Lewis Fibre Extra

This is currently available for £29 a month – down from £31!

Post Office Unlimited: Fibre Broadband Plus

This is currently available for £26.90 a month – down from £42!

  • Deal: Unlimited – Fibre Broadband Plus
  • Average Speed: 67mbps
  • Term: Minimum 12 months
  • £26.90 per month (£0 signup fee)

Plusnet Fibre Unlimited – Fibre Extra

  • Deal: Unlimited Fibre Extra (no calls included)
  • Includes line rental
  • Average speed 66mbps
  • Minimum 18 months term
  • £27.99 per month
  • No activation fee

Plusnet also have call centre staff with nice relaxing Yorkshire accents, if this is of any benefit to you to know 🙂

BT Fibre Unlimited – Ultrafast Fibre 250

Currently there’s no setup fee on this (usually £10)

  • Deal: Ultrafast Fibre 250
  • Average speed 300mbps
  • Speed guarantee of 150mbps
  • Includes line rental
  • Minimum 24 months term
  • £49.99 per month
  • £9.99 P&P

Best Broadband Deal in the UK

1,000 Mbps fibre-to-the-premises from £30 per month

The best broadband deal in the UK is 1,000 Mbps fibre-to-the-house (FTTH) broadband from B4RN in Cheshire, East Anglia and the North West for £30 per month.

1,000Mbps FTTH broadband to every property in our coverage areas, costing households only £30 per month.

If this is available where you live, grab it with both hands. You can even ditch your “landline”, get VOIP and stop paying line rental too.

If this is near where you live, apply pressure, make donations and generally ask nicely for this to come to your area soon.

Apply political and social pressure to make FTTH a reality everywhere in Britain. I have this package for £30 a month. It is incredible. Life changing, even. You should have it too.

Other Options

For everyone who doesn’t live in the selected coverage areas, the most speed per £* is as follows:


1,000Mbps fibre-to-the-premises from £45 per month

Gigabit fibre to the building services for selected areas including London, Bristol, Cardiff,  Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Reading from £40.50 per month. Check out the coverage map for homes here.

Hyperoptic B2C Hyperoptic B2B

Hyperoptic recently secured £100 million to roll out FTTP even further in the UK – read more here.


900Mbps fibre-to-the-premises from £75 per month

Hyperfast FTTP in the rural South West from Gigaclear PLC.

The usual suspects

The major telecoms companies and what they say they can offer:

Broadband ProviderTop Speed Package
EE Home Broadband
Fibre Max 2 Broadband – 300 Mb/s – £43 per month for 18 months – £25 Fibre set-up fee

(“plans are totally unlimited so there are no usage caps or download limits.

….If you’ve got an EE pay monthly plan we’ll also boost its monthly data allowance.“)
Plusnet B2CUnlimited Fibre Extra Broadband download: 66Mb, from £27.99 per month
GiffGaff “Always on” 4G* 40 GB data + Unlimited minutes + Unlimited texts £20 per month
O2 Mobile Broadband20GB data, 4G, Unlimited minutes, Unlimited texts, Sims fit all devices – top up £30
XLN TelecomUnlimited 76Mb Fibre £19.95 For 6 months. £33.95 thereafter. 24 month contract

*Speed expectations based on Ofcom Report. 4G service is available in selected areas with 4G coverage. 4G speed will vary depending on location and number of people using the service.

What’s “best”? A history of broadband coverage in the UK

Having lived a substantial amount of time in a “not spot” where broadband coverage was… worse than dialup speeds were… I know a thing or two about “best”. A few years back, cable was the thing to deliver the best broadband speeds at an affordable price, and, to be fair, still is a good package.

Gigabit with FTTP (AKA FTTH) in the home – B4RN Example

Now though, with Fibre, it is possible to get Gigabit (1000mbps+) speeds to the household, as well as businesses. This is legitimately the best way ahead for the UK, in my view. I am incredibly lucky to be served by B4RN, and achieve an incredible around 800mbps upload and 800mbps download speed. This is the absolute truth. I tested it just now – see the proof below:

690 Mbps Down and 945 Mbps Up

You can have this in the UK – if only your community and Government wanted you to

Several things are worth noting about this excellent broadband performance:

  • The Upload speed is insanely fast… your provider probably filters and throttles your upload speed. Who knows why they do this, but they probably do.
  • Checkout the “ping” rate. This is near instant to a server in Manchester. No lag.
  • This costs just £30 per month.
  • We do not require a phone line, line rental, nor any “other” or extra service charge to obtain this excellent service. You can get telephone (voice) services via Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) at a fraction of the monthly cost on this service.

Share your insight

Please feel free to share your speed tests and broadband community projects in the comments section below. If you found a great broadband deal and you think it should be mentioned above… well mention it. The internet is not printed – we can add improvements as we move through time. That’s why it is superior in every way to the technologies of the past… in the right hands (you know, fake news etc 🙂 ).

By Robin Scott

I'm Robin Scott, a WordPress and WooCommerce expert who, along with three other people, runs a business called Silicon Dales Ltd remotely, from a base in the North West of the UK (kind of near Manchester!). I enjoy using my talents for programming to track and interpret sporting, political or retail data - and therefore you'll see me posting some content in these spaces in this, my personal website. If you're interested to talk about leveraging this for your business (in sport, entertainment, retail, etc) please contact me.

6 replies on “Best UK Broadband Deals – May 2020”

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