Broadband: Choosing the Right Package

By: Nick C

Research has revealed that the vast amount of broadband packages currently available is leaving customers feeling baffled and confused, with four in 10 struggling to understand the differences between the deals that are advertised.

Despite 53% of UK households now having broadband internet, the research has highlighted that many still do not understand the technical terminology used by providers to differentiate between the packages that they offer.

It's not necessary to know the technical workings behind broadband to help you choose the best deal for you; all you need is a basic understanding of the terminology that the providers use. Once you have that, it's then relatively straight forward to decide what package is most appropriate for you.

The main thing to consider is how much you intend to use the internet. Internet providers set the charges for each package against how much data they allow you to download. Providers set a monthly download capacity for each package, for example:

&bullPackage A - 5 GB monthly download allowance
&bullPackage B - 8 GB monthly download allowance
&bullPackage C - Unlimited monthly download allowance

For a cheap broadband deal then go for the lowest monthly download allowance i.e. Package A.

If you foresee that you will be using the internet frequently and you will be using it to download large files, then you will need a package that offers you a higher download capacity.

If you use the internet mainly just to browse web pages and for occasional emails then a cheaper package offering a lower download capacity will suffice.

To put things in perspective, viewing 25 web pages roughly equates to 1MB (megabyte) of data. There are 1000MB in 1GB (Gigabyte), so a one gig limit set by the provider should leave you with plenty of headroom if you plan on avoiding large file downloads.

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