Best broadband deals in Leeds


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Leeds

Best broadband deals in Leeds


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Leeds

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Fastest broadband deal in Leeds

These speeds are based on the Leeds postcode LS8 2QH. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Leeds.

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

Cheapest broadband deal in Leeds

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




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Broadband providers in Leeds

In Leeds, 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 Leeds.
Also available in Leeds are .

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





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Everything you need to know to find the best broadband deal in Leeds

Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or merely looking at your emails, you need reliable 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, determining which package 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 looking for? 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 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 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 on the planet, Which? British consumers can save an eye-watering £143 annually by switching.

Saving money is normally most buyers' primary reason to switch, however it's not the only reason that 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 fee might hike in price yearly 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 simpler than ever to compare deals. As a result, the majority of broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers in addition to competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in Leeds

When searching for the best broadband deals, you'll encounter numerous buzzwords, and it's critical you understand 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 available broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is delivered through the phone lines, along copper wires. Since these wires were originally developed for voice calls, they're not very efficient at transferring data and consequently can't achieve the fast speeds we see with fibre.

There are two commonly used kinds of ADSL in the UK, ADSL1 and ADSL2+. ADSL1 is the slower of the two, with maximum speeds of around 8Mbps, while ADSL2+ can attain 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 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 one thinner than a human hair). It uses glass fibres rather than the standard copper lines used in standard ADSL broadband. Fibre is both incredibly quick 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 remainder 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 from the cabinet.

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

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 homes.

While the steadily increasing fibre coverage is promising, people living in rural areas may still struggle to find fibre deals.


Cable

This is where things can get a little complicated. Cable broadband is still mostly fibre, but 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 deliver cable TV 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 way of getting internet in your home without all the wires. With satellite, data is beamed from space to a satellite dish set up on your house, similar to with satellite TV. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK however is a great option 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 understand 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 trying to find 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. Plus, it's cheap!


Larger Households

Once you get to 3+ individuals in the household, you can begin to see performance issues with standard broadband. For example, you might have three individuals trying 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 package deals with speeds of 30-60Mbps are recommended. Lots of entry-level fibre packages in the UK offer speeds of 35-38Mbps, which will satisfy the needs of a family this size with normal internet usage. But obviously, you can choose 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 look for broadband deals with speeds of 60-100Mbps. For the large majority of households in this category, speeds in the range of 60-70Mbps will be ample, so don't think you need 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 normally work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are normally 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 current contract. Nevertheless, 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 substantial.

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 scenario 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 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 by means of live chat, phone, or email.


How do I check my broadband speed in Leeds?

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


How can I find better broadband deals in Leeds?

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


Will I get the advertised speeds in Leeds?

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 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 market the average speed of their service instead of 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 to those advertised.

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