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Best broadband deals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Best broadband deals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

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Fastest broadband deal in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

These speeds are based on the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole postcode BH9 2RW. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The fastest broadband deal in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is , with a download speed of .

Cheapest broadband deal in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

The cheapest broadband in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is 's package costing per month. With download speeds advertised at and upload speeds at . Other broadband providers also offer very cheap broadband deals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.




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Broadband providers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, you will see Openreach broadband providers advertise speeds up to . Virgin Media advertise speeds up to .

of the big 5 providers are available as options for broadband in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Also available in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are .

According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is .





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Everything you need to know to find the best broadband deal in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or merely looking at your emails, you need to have reliable broadband. In the UK, we're fortunate to have access to a wide array of broadband services with different levels of performance and features. However, with so many broadband deals out there, choosing which deal is right for you can be difficult.

Not sure how to find the best broadband deals, what speed you need, or what you should be trying to find? Then you're in the right place.



Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea

Among the most annoying parts of adult life is that you need to join a seemingly endless number of contracts. Want entertainment? You'll want a Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Sky subscription. Want heating and water? That's another contract. Setting up new contracts is sometimes confusing and time-consuming, and that's why many people prefer just to do it once. They find a deal they like and let it renew year after year.

However, things can change a lot from when you first arrive in your new home to today. Are you still paying a competitive rate? Is your broadband download speed still fast, or is it slow compared to what's on offer today? According to the UK's consumer champion and second-largest consumer organisation in the world, Which? British consumers can save an eye-watering £143 annually by switching.

Saving money is normally most customers' main reason to switch, but it's not the only reason switching is often a good idea:



Loyalty doesn't guarantee benefits

In the past, being a long time customer may guarantee you more rewards like competitive rates, cashback, or add-ons. However, today, 'loyalty penalties' are significantly more common. A loyalty penalty is where you pay a greater amount to continue with the service. So, for example, your service fee may rise in price each year while new customers get offered cheaper broadband deals with the same provider.



Better all-round broadband deals

Less expensive broadband doesn't necessarily mean slower speeds. Broadband is a competitive consumer product and even more so in the age of the internet, where it's easier than ever to compare deals. As a result, many broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers together with competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

When looking for the best broadband deals, you'll come across many buzzwords, and it's important you know what these words mean. For example, did you know the terms 'superfast' and 'ultrafast' aren't just fancy ways of saying fast but actually have distinct definitions?

The most important decision you need to make is what kind of broadband you want.


ADSL (Standard broadband)

ADSL represents Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most commonly accessible broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is provided through the phone lines, along copper wires. As these wires were originally developed for voice calls, they're not super efficient at transferring data and therefore can't attain the fast speeds we see with fibre.

There are two frequently used types of ADSL in the UK, ADSL1 and ADSL2+. ADSL1 is the slower of the two, with maximum speeds of around 8Mbps, while ADSL2+ can achieve speeds of 24Mbps. However, it's worth keeping in mind that with both ADSL types, speeds can vary depending on how far you live from the telephone exchange. Additionally, actual speeds are normally much lower than the maximum speeds.


Fibre Optic and Full Fibre

With fibre broadband, data is sent out over clusters of fibre optic cables (each thinner than a human hair). It uses glass fibres rather than the conventional copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both extremely fast and dependable.

So that's fibre, but what's 'full fibre?'. Some broadband providers deliver fibre services that are known as fibre-to-cabinet (FTTC). This means that the fibre service stops at the street cabinet, and data travels over copper wires the rest of the way (into your home). While this isn't typically a huge issue for most consumers, it can lead to drops in performance if your home is located far away from the cabinet.

On the other hand, full-fibre, or fibre-to-premises (FTTP), takes the fibre right into your household.

Typically you'll see FTTC called 'superfast fibre' and FTTP called 'ultrafast fibre'. According to Ofcom, superfast broadband (with speeds over 30mbps), is now offered to 96% of UK households.

While the steadily increasing fibre coverage is promising, individuals residing in rural areas might still struggle to find fibre deals.


Cable

This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still mostly fibre, however with one key difference. Data is sent out via fibre cables to the local exchange cabinet (the same as in FTTC). However, it then uses coaxial cables for the last little stretch into your home. These are the same cables that provide cable television and are much faster than copper phone wires.

Cable is more dependable than ADSL, and can support much faster speeds than FTTC and lastly, speeds are not lost with distance. The dominant cable provider in the UK is Virgin Media, although a couple of smaller cable broadband providers are also out there.


Satellite

Satellite broadband is an alternative method of getting internet in your home without all the wires. With satellite, data is beamed from space to a satellite dish installed on your property, just like with satellite TV. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK but is a good choice for homes in very rural areas that don't have fixed line broadband infrastructure.



What speed do I need?

While most people understand that the more the megabits, the faster the internet connection, many struggle to grasp how that relates to their household. So, how many megabits is enough for you?


1-2 People in the Household

Generally speaking, if you live alone or with one other person and don't do especially bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be fine with standard broadband (ADSL). When trying to find the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll normally see average speeds of 10-11Mbps.

Speeds of 10-11Mbps suffice for a couple of people to stream video, do internet shopping, or browse social media without performance issues. Plus, it's cheap!


Larger Households

When you get to 3+ individuals in the household, you can begin to see performance challenges with standard broadband. For instance, you may have three individuals attempting to stream HD video at the same time while using the internet on their other devices, all from different house areas.

For a home of 3-4 people, fibre deals with speeds of 30-60Mbps are recommended. Many entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will satisfy the needs of a family this size with typical internet use. But obviously, you can opt for speeds closer to 60Mbps if you have a gamer amongst you or just to be on the safe side.


Intensive Internet Users

If you have a larger than average family (5+) or several online gamers under your roof, then you'll want to try to find broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the large majority of homes in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be ample, so don't think you require to strive for that magic 100 number.



What are my contract length options?

Broadband contracts are typically 12, 18, or 24 months, and generally speaking, the longer you're prepared to commit, the less expensive the monthly rate.

Alternatively, some broadband providers use short-term or rolling broadband contracts for individuals renting for short periods of time or working away from home temporarily. These contracts generally work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are typically more expensive since you're paying for the privilege of cancelling whenever you want.



When can I switch broadband?

The very best time to switch broadband providers is at the end of your present contract. However, if you would like to switch early, you'll more than likely have to pay an exit fee, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are significant.

It's also worth keeping in mind that broadband contracts have a 'cooling off period' of 14 days where you can cancel without penalties if you change your mind or find a better broadband deal.

The only other circumstance where you can guarantee no penalties for cancelling a continuous broadband contract is when your provider fails to meet their contract's promised terms. For example, if you're getting broadband speeds far below what they quoted for your location.



Broadband deals FAQs

How do I know when my broadband contract ends?

You can check when your contract ends by logging into your account online or asking your internet service provider by means of live chat, phone, or email.


How do I check my broadband speed in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?

You can check your broadband speed using an online broadband speed test tool.


How can I find better broadband deals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?

You can find better broadband deals by using our address level accurate comparison tool.


Will I get the advertised speeds in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?

Possibly, but not necessarily. Many broadband contracts include small print stating that the advertised speed isn't guaranteed or warning you that certain factors could impact it (like distance from the telephone exchange).

In May 2018, the rules around broadband speed advertising were changed to promote more transparent (and less misleading) information around broadband speeds. Essentially, today, broadband providers are only permitted to market the average speed of their service rather than a top speed only available to a handful of households. This was a move in the right direction and means that most customers experience speeds close to those advertised.

If your speeds fall short of what you were guaranteed, you should contact your broadband provider.