A SIMPLE change to how people buy their home broadband could save them hundreds every year.
Most broadband contracts expire after 12 到 24 月. 在此刻, people can renew, find a new provider, or do nothing.
According to research carried out by Ofcom 大约 35% 的 7.4 million broadband customers in the UK, opt to do nothing when their contract expires.
反而, they stay loyal and carry on paying their current broadband provider, each month as an out-of-contract customer. When the price goes up, they simply pay the higher fees.
Leaving those loyal customers paying far more than they need to for their broadband. Ofcom calls this the “loyalty penalty.”
We spoke to broadband expert and senior PR and marketing executive for Broadband Genie, Alex Tofts.
Alex said: “Broadband customers who stay on after their contract end up paying an average loyalty penalty of £61 a year.
“For those who are happy to shop around and switch providers, the savings are usually much higher. Often households save hundreds by switching.”
Despite this advice, 大约 7 million UK households are still losing out.
Instead of switching and taking advantage of the competitive introductory deals, they watch their broadband bills increase year after year.
Alex has years helping ordinary people to shop around for the best broadband deals and save hundreds by doing so.
He shares eight simple things anyone can do to secure fast broadband for a low price.
Including a way to save without necessarily switching providers. As well as an approach people who claim state benefits can use to cut their broadband bill by up to £200.
1. Remind yourself to shop around for the best deal
The first tip is an incredibly simple one.
Alex said: “Most people do not leave themselves enough time to shop around for the best broadband deal.
“If everyone put a note in their calendar for a few weeks before the date their broadband contract was due to expire, UK households would save hundreds.”
2. Familiarise yourself with the broadband deals that are available to you
Alex recommends that you go online and use a comparison site to familiarise yourself with what is available in the weeks before your contract is up.
That way should you decide to renew your contract or sign a new one with another provider you will know for sure that you are securing the best deal.
3. New customers get the best deals
Alex said: “Broadband providers are always keen to give out the best rates to new customers to reel you in.
“很遗憾, being loyal to a provider doesn’t give you the best rates on the market.”
For the best rates, Alex recommends that you switch providers to become a new customer.
New sign-up offers currently include a £110 pre-paid Mastercard (BT), £50 bill credit (贝壳) and no set-up costs (天空).
4. You don´t have to switch to save
If you’re happy with your current provider, you can still make significant savings by renewing with your current provider.
Alex said: “大多数时候, if you cancel your subscription just before your notice period is up, your provider will contact you to offer you a better deal.
“You don’t even need to get on the phone; most providers are happy to renegotiate terms via live chat, email, or social media.”
You could save up to £210 a year on your bills by haggling alone.
5. Save big with broadband bundles
But Alex said these packages are only worth considering if you’re sure that you’ll use all parts of the bundle.
6. Look out for free gifts – some are worth £100s
Competition for broadband customers is intense. 所以, providers frequently offer free gifts like Amazon vouchers, prepaid credit cards, and bill credits to encourage you to sign up.
Alex said: “Just make sure the reward offers you real value — a shopping voucher for a store you don’t use isn’t much help.
“还, remember that freebies often require you to claim them and come with an expiry date.”
The average incentive value is around £100.
7. You might not need a super-fast connection?
Faster broadband usually costs more, but depending on your usage, you might not need the fastest service available.
Alex said: “If you’re happy with the speed you are already getting, target this level for your next broadband deal.
“To find out what speed suits you, run a broadband speed test to see what you’re currently getting.”
It’s also important to recognise if your household dynamic has changed, 例如, if your kids have left home. If so there’s a possibility that you no longer need such a fast connection.
8. Sign up for cheaper social tariffs – save £240 per year
They’re often available to those on income support, universal credit, or disability allowance.
Alex said: “大约 4.2 million households are eligible for cheaper social tariffs, 但只有 55,000 are making use of these low-cost tariffs.
“This means that almost 90% of households eligible for social tariffs haven’t signed up for them and are missing out on a potential saving of £240 per year.”
Prices start from £12.50 a month.