Best broadband deals in Harlow
Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Harlow
Best broadband deals in Harlow
Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Harlow
Fastest broadband deal in Harlow
These speeds are based on the Harlow postcode CM17 0FJ. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Harlow.
The fastest broadband deal in Harlow is , with a download speed of .
Cheapest broadband deal in Harlow
The cheapest broadband in Harlow 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 Harlow so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.
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Broadband providers in Harlow
In Harlow, you will see Openreach broadband providers advertise speeds up to . Virgin Media advertise speeds up to .
According to Ofcom data, the average broadband speed in Harlow is .
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Everything you need to know to choose the best broadband deal in Harlow
Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or merely checking your emails, you need to have dependable broadband. In the UK, we're fortunate to have access to a wide range of broadband services with different levels of performance and features. However, with so many broadband deals out there, deciding which deal is right for you can be tough.
Not sure how to find the best broadband deals, what speed you need, or what you should be searching for? Then you're in the right place.
Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea
One of the most annoying parts of adult life is that you have 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 a lot of 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 sluggish 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 each year by switching.
Saving money is normally most consumers' main reason to switch, 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 may guarantee you extra benefits like competitive rates, cashback, or add-ons. However, today, 'loyalty penalties' are increasingly 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 annually while new customers get offered cheaper broadband deals with the same provider.
Better all-round broadband deals
Cheaper 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 easier than ever to compare deals. As a result, many broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers along with competitive speeds.
Types of broadband in Harlow
When looking for the best broadband deals, you'll come across numerous buzzwords, and it's critical 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 choice you need to make is what kind of broadband you want.
ADSL (Standard broadband)
ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most commonly available broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is provided by using the phone lines, along copper wires. Since these wires were originally developed for voice calls, they're not super efficient at transferring data and consequently can't attain 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 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 instead of the standard copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both exceptionally fast and stable.
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 rest of the way (into your home). While this isn't usually a huge issue for most consumers, it can result in drops in performance if your house is located far away from the cabinet.
On the other hand, full-fibre, or fibre-to-premises (FTTP), takes the fibre right into your home.
Typically 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.
This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still mostly fibre, however with one key difference. Data is sent through 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 household. These are the same cables that provide cable television 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 broadband is an alternative way 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 however is a great choice for homes in extremely rural areas that don't have fixed line broadband infrastructure.
What speed do I need?
While many 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 another person and don't do particularly bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be alright 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 suffice for one or two people to stream video, do internet shopping, or browse social media without performance issues. Plus, it's cheap!
Once you get to 3+ individuals in the household, you can start to see performance issues with standard broadband. For example, you might have three individuals attempting to stream HD video simultaneously 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 suggested. Numerous entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will satisfy the requirements of a family this size with typical internet usage. But obviously, you can opt for 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 several online gamers under your roof, then you'll want to try to find broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the vast majority of households 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 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 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 very best time to switch broadband providers is at the end of your present contract. However, if you want to switch early, you'll probably need to pay an exit charge, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are considerable.
It's also worth noting 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 scenario where you can guarantee no penalties for cancelling an ongoing broadband contract is when your provider fails to satisfy their contract's promised terms. For example, if you're getting broadband speeds far below what they quoted for your area.
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 Harlow?
You can check your broadband speed using an online broadband speed test tool.
How can I find better broadband deals in Harlow?
You can find better broadband deals by using our address level accurate comparison tool.
Will I get the advertised speeds in Harlow?
Possibly, but not always. Lots of broadband contracts include small print saying that the advertised speed isn't guaranteed or warning you that certain factors might 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. Basically, 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 consumers experience speeds near those marketed.
If your speeds fall short of what you were guaranteed, you should contact your broadband provider.