Best broadband deals in Exeter


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Exeter

Best broadband deals in Exeter


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Exeter

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Fastest broadband deal in Exeter

These speeds are based on the Exeter postcode EX1 3DZ. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Exeter.

The fastest broadband deal in Exeter is , with a download speed of .

Cheapest broadband deal in Exeter

The cheapest broadband in Exeter 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 Exeter so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.




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Broadband providers in Exeter

In Exeter, 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 Exeter.
Also available in Exeter are .

According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in Exeter is .





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Everything you need to know to choose the best broadband deal in Exeter

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

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



Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea

One of the most frustrating 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 often confusing and time-consuming, and that's why many people prefer just to do it once. They discover a deal they like and let it renew every 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 consumers' main reason to change, however it's not the only reason switching is often a good idea:



Loyalty doesn't guarantee rewards

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



Better all-round broadband deals

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



Types of broadband in Exeter

When searching for the best broadband deals, you'll come across numerous buzzwords, and it's critical you know what these words mean. For instance, 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 obtainable broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is provided via the phone lines, along copper wires. As these wires were originally designed for voice calls, they're not super efficient at transferring data and for that reason can't achieve the fast speeds we see with fibre.

There are two commonly 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 accomplish speeds of 24Mbps. Nevertheless, it's worth noting 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 over clusters of fibre optic cables (each one thinner than a human hair). It uses glass fibres instead of 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 offer 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 remainder of the way (into your house). While this isn't generally a big issue for most consumers, it can lead to drops in performance if your house is located far from the cabinet.

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

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

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


Cable

This is where things can get a little confusing. Cable broadband is still mainly fibre, but with one key difference. Data is sent 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 deliver cable TV and are much faster than copper phone wires.

Cable is more reliable 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, similar to with satellite television. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK but is a good option for households in very rural areas that don't have fixed line broadband infrastructure.



What speed do I need?

While the majority of people understand that the more the megabits, the quicker 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 looking for the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll normally see average speeds of 10-11Mbps.

Speeds of 10-11Mbps are enough for one or two people to stream video, do internet shopping, or browse social media without performance issues. Additionally, it's cheap!


Larger Households

Once you get to 3+ people in the home, you can start to see performance issues with standard broadband. For example, you might have three people trying to stream HD video at the same time while using the internet on their other devices, all from different house areas.

For a household of 3-4 people, fibre package deals with speeds of 30-60Mbps are suggested. Many entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will satisfy the requirements of a family this size with normal internet usage. But obviously, you can go with speeds closer to 60Mbps if you have a gamer among you or just to be on the safe side.


Intensive Internet Users

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



What are my contract length options?

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

Alternatively, some broadband providers provide short-term or rolling broadband contracts for individuals renting for short time periods 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 generally more expensive since you're paying for the privilege of cancelling whenever you want.



When can I switch broadband?

The best time to switch broadband providers is at the end of your existing contract. Nevertheless, 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 an ongoing 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 through live chat, phone, or email.


How do I check my broadband speed in Exeter?

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


How can I find better broadband deals in Exeter?

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


Will I get the advertised speeds in Exeter?

Maybe, but not always. Lots of 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 enabled to advertise 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 the majority of consumers experience speeds close to those promoted.

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