Best broadband deals in Stockport


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Stockport

Best broadband deals in Stockport


Find fast and cheap broadband deals in Stockport

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Fastest broadband deal in Stockport

These speeds are based on the Stockport postcode SK4 3HH. We've used this postcode because it is representative of one of the fastest areas for broadband in Stockport.

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

Cheapest broadband deal in Stockport

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




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Broadband providers in Stockport

In Stockport, 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 Stockport.
Also available in Stockport are .

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





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

Whatever you do online, whether it's streaming video, gaming, reading the news or simply looking at your emails, you need reliable 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, determining which package 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 searching for? Then you're in the right place.



Why switching broadband provider is often a good idea

One of the most irritating 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 sometimes 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 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 on the planet, Which? British consumers can save an eye-watering £143 yearly by switching.

Saving money is normally most buyers' primary motivation to switch, however it's not the only reason switching is often a good idea:



Loyalty doesn't mean rewards

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 higher 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

More affordable 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, the majority of broadband providers offer money-saving deals to first-time customers in addition to competitive speeds.



Types of broadband in Stockport

When searching for the best broadband deals, you'll come across many buzzwords, and it's important you understand 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 choice you need to make is what kind of broadband you need.


ADSL (Standard broadband)

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and is the most commonly obtainable broadband type in the UK. With ADSL, broadband is delivered through the phone lines, along copper wires. As these wires were originally designed for voice calls, they're not very efficient at transferring data and for that reason can't achieve 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 accomplish speeds of 24Mbps. However, 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 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 incredibly quick 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 home). While this isn't generally a big issue for most consumers, it can cause drops in performance if your home is located far 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 accessible to 96% of UK homes.

While the steadily increasing fibre coverage is promising, people living in rural areas may still struggle to discover 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 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 home. 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 few smaller sized 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, much like with satellite television. Satellite broadband isn't common in the UK but is a great alternative for households in extremely 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 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 one other person and don't do especially 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 are enough for a couple of 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 may have three individuals 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 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 requirements of a family this size with typical internet usage. But of course, you can select 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 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 ample, 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 less expensive the monthly rate.

Alternatively, some broadband providers offer short-term or rolling broadband contracts for individuals renting for short time periods or working away from home temporarily. These contracts usually work on a month by month basis and can be cancelled at short notice. However, these contracts are usually 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 existing contract. Nevertheless, if you want to switch early, you'll most likely have to pay an exit charge, so it's only worth it if your cost savings or performance improvement are substantial.

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 situation 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 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 via live chat, phone, or email.


How do I check my broadband speed in Stockport?

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


How can I find better broadband deals in Stockport?

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


Will I get the advertised speeds in Stockport?

Maybe, but not always. Many 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. Essentially, today, broadband providers are only allowed to promote 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 promoted.

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