Best broadband deals in Harrow
Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Harrow
Best broadband deals in Harrow
Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Harrow
Fastest broadband deal in Harrow
These speeds are based on the Harrow postcode HA1 2BT. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Harrow.
The fastest broadband deal in Harrow is , with a download speed of .
Cheapest broadband deal in Harrow
The cheapest broadband in Harrow 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 Harrow so it is worth looking for other packages which might suit your needs better.
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Broadband providers in Harrow
In Harrow, 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 Harrow is .
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Everything you need to know to choose the best broadband deal in Harrow
Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or merely looking at your emails, you need dependable broadband. In the UK, we're lucky 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 require, or what you should be looking for? Then you're in the right place.
Why changing broadband provider is often a good idea
Among the most frustrating parts of adult life is that you need to join a seemingly never-ending 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 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 annually by switching.
Saving money is normally most buyers' main reason to change, but it's not the only reason why switching is often a good idea:
Loyalty doesn't guarantee rewards
In the past, being a long time customer could guarantee you more benefits like competitive rates, cashback, or add-ons. However, today, 'loyalty penalties' are significantly 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 yearly while new customers get offered cheaper broadband deals with the same provider.
Better all-round broadband deals
Cheaper 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 simpler than ever to compare deals. As a result, most broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers along with competitive speeds.
Types of broadband in Harrow
When looking for the best broadband deals, you'll encounter numerous buzzwords, and it's important 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 type 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. As these wires were originally designed for voice calls, they're not very efficient at transferring data and therefore can't attain the fast speeds we see with fibre.
There are two commonly used sorts 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. 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 usually 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 traditional copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both incredibly fast and stable.
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 generally a big issue for most consumers, it can lead to 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 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 accessible to 96% of UK households.
While the gradually increasing fibre coverage is promising, people residing in rural areas may still struggle to discover fibre deals.
This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still mainly 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 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 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 house, much like with satellite TV. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK however is a good option for homes in very 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 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 another person and don't do particularly bandwidth-intensive activities, you should be fine with standard broadband (ADSL). When trying to find the best broadband deals for standard broadband, you'll usually 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!
When you get to 3+ individuals in the home, you can begin to see performance challenges 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. Lots of entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will meet 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 among you or just to be on the safe side.
Intensive Internet Users
If you have a larger than average family (5+) or numerous online gamers under your roof, then you'll want to look for 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 more than enough, so don't think you need to strive for that magic 100 number.
What are my contract length options?
Broadband contracts are usually 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 provide 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 usually more expensive because 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 current contract. However, if you would like to switch early, you'll most 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 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 a continuous broadband contract is when your provider fails to satisfy their contract's guaranteed terms. For instance, 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 through live chat, phone, or email.
How do I check my broadband speed in Harrow?
You can check out your broadband speed using an online broadband speed test tool.
How can I find better broadband deals in Harrow?
You can find better broadband deals by using our address level accurate comparison tool.
Will I get the advertised speeds in Harrow?
Maybe, but not always. Many broadband contracts include small print saying 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 allowed to advertise the average speed of their service rather than a top speed only available to a handful of properties. This was a move in the right direction and means that most customers experience speeds near those promoted.
If your speeds fall short of what you were guaranteed, you should contact your broadband provider.