There are many ISPs to choose from varying in price, speed and download limit, below is a table of some of the 12 month or less contract ISPs with Unlimited downloads. These packages are broadband only for the main part, although when the extra service is at no extra cost I have included them. If the extra services cost more to get a discount they have been excluded from the table.
Remember when signing up for your broadband to do so via Quidco to save yourself that bit extra!
|Provider||DL||UL||DL Limit||Contract||BT Line||Cost||Wireless Router|
|Be Unlimited||24||1.3||Unlimited||1 year / 3 mths||Required||£22||Yes|
|Be Value||12||1.3||Unlimited||1 year||Required||£17||Yes|
|O2 The Basics||8||1.3||20GB||1 year||Required||£13.50*||Yes|
|O2 The All Rounder||20||1.3||Unlimited||1 year||Required||£17.50*||Yes|
|O2 The Works||24||2.5||Unlimited||1 year||Required||£21.00*||Yes|
|AOL Broadband Only||8||1.3||10 GB||1 mth||Required, can be included in certain packages||£15.30||Yes|
|Plusnet||8||1.3||10GB (60GB)||None||Required or Included||£6.49 (£11.49)||Yes, £25 activation fee.|
*O2 will discount you quite considerably if you are an O2 customer, at a minimum you need someone with O2 Pay as You Go who tops up more than £10 every three months!
** O2 offer 2 months free at the time of writing.
I have not included BT on this table due to its low download limits and 18 month contacts, which may be unsuitable for students living in a house only for a maximum of 12 months. Sky has also been excluded as you are required to join up to Sky TV as well, the same is true of the cheaper Virgin Media options – If TV is something you are interested in then these offers may well be worth considering. Talk talk broadband similar to BT offers only 18 month contracts.
My recommendation this year has changed, from Be Broadband who were my favourites last year to O2, even without owning an O2 phone they offer a great value service, reliable and high and unlimited downloads. Their routers are just as reliable as the Be Boxes, the only downside is a 1 year contract, but even factoring this in, on certain packages they still come out cheaper than the comparable Be Broadband package used for only 9-11 months. I would recommend the O2 Premium package as in my experience most houses will not receive much higher than 20megs so you will just be wasting your money to achieve 24 megs, and even if you can unless you are a prolific downloader I see no reason to have the extra 4 megs.
As a second recommendation Be Broadband are still reliable, despite the difference in price.
I would also recommend looking at these websites to help decide what to get, especially if you are unable to receive Be or O2 broadband: