Can we get broadband without signing a 12-month deal? We’re only renting for three months while we renovate our home
We have had to move to a rented flat for a few months while renovating our home.
We hope it will only take three months to get the work finished, but what can we do about our broadband?
Is there any way of getting broadband without signing up for 12 months or will we have to go without?
Broadband: Most contracts will charge you a termination fee if you try to leave early
Emma Gunn of This is Money replies: Most providers will let you move an existing contract to a new property if it offers the same service in your new location.
So you do have the option of taking out a traditional 12-18 month contract and switching it between properties if you want.
But make sure your provider covers the new area as otherwise you will get stung with termination fees unless you are within the 14 day cooling off period.
A simple rolling contract could be a good option as it doesn’t come with any restrictions or commitments. And there are a few decent options on offer depending on where you are moving to.
Without knowing your address it is hard to pin point what the best deal will be for you as it depends on the providers and speeds available in your area.
However here are the companies offering no-contract deals, and the best deals you can get from them.
NowTV offers three speeds, 17Mbps, 38Mbps and 76 Mbps.
Watch out, while flexible, you will need to remember to cancel your monthly passes or they automatically roll over and you will be charged for the next month.
To add a calls package it costs ?8 for anytime calls or ?4 for evening and weekend. It’s an additional ?6.99 for the Entertainment pass, ?9.99 for Sky Cinema and ?2.99 for a Kids Pass.
Virgin Media offers 30-day rolling contracts. They cost more than the standard offers, but you can cancel at any time.
The cheapest offer costs ?40 per month with a ?65 upfront fee. The VIVID 50 broadband and phone contract offers 50Mbps speeds, but currently for the same price you can also get the VIVID 100 option too.
It gets you 70+ channels, Catch-up and streaming services via the 500GB TiVo box.
Relish sells itself on superfast delivery and set up on top of simple fast speed internet up to 1Gbps through the 4G mobile network.
But there is one massive drawback – it only works in some areas of London and Swindon.
When This is Money checked, a 1 month rolling Home Unlimited plan cost ?22 per month for 40Mbps speeds. You will also pay a ?50 fee for the indoor Hub but there are no extra delivery charges if you choose the next-day option.
If you pay ?20 more you can get it delivered by 7pm in central London if you order by 2pm.
However when This is Money did a quick online search the company only received two or three star ratings from several comparison sites.
What about mobile broadband?
This usually means getting a dongle which you attach to your laptop, like a USB stick.
Some however offer boxes that work in the same way as a standard router so you can use it across multiple devices.
Watch out most of these deals come with data usage caps, as with some mobile phone contracts, so how much you pay will depend on this.
Three tends to offer the cheapest deals on a monthly rolling contract.
There is also a ?35 upfront cost however for the mobile wifi router.
It costs ?9 upfront and ?17 per month.
Both deals are on a rolling one-month contract.
Remember, before considering this check the network signal in your area.
You can usually do this on the individual provider’s websites.
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