The super-competitive UK home broadband market got even more competitive this week. TalkTalk is looking to take advantage of Tiscali's financial difficulties by offering an aggressive 50 cashback deal for Tiscali customers looking to leave.
But that doesn't mean Tiscali customers should simply switch to TalkTalk. With so many rival offers available, it's essential to shop around to find the best value deal for your own needs. Should you buy a standalone broadband deal, for instance? Or is it better to bundle your broadband with your home phone or even your TV service?
Answering all these questions is not as simple as it might seem. Broadband deals are complicated and there are literally thousands to choose from, dependent on where you live - and no obvious place to go for impartial advice.
So here is our five step guide to finding the ideal broadband deal for you...
Step 1: The first thing to consider when choosing a bundle deal is your address. Broadband service availability varies hugely depending on your location and so too does broadband pricing. Remember that headline cheap deals that you have seen advertised may not be available in your area, so use a comparison service with a postcode availability checker.
Step 2: You then need to take account of your current services. Digital TV, home phone, mobile phone and existing broadband services are all important. For example: if you are in contract with a current broadband provider, you will not be able to switch without incurring significant costs (as you will need to buy yourself out of your contract). …