The choice of internet service providers can be a daunting one in a market filled with jargon and competing viewpoints. If you come into the market without much knowledge of what you’re looking for data usage rates and broadband speeds amount to completely abstract figures.
Most of us will use ADSL broadband, but there is also fibre and cable broadband - most renowned as being through Virgin Media and available to around 50% of UK homes, and Mobile Broadband, where you pay for your data allowance and receive broadband anywhere that there is a 3G signal available.
BT Plusnet is the UK’s number one provider with well over 6 million subscribers and along with Virgin, TalkTalk and Sky; the big four take up a huge proportion of the broadband market with the latter three providers attracting over 4 million customers each. Orange registers in 5th place with 700,000+ customers.
Some of you may be perfectly suited to a ‘bundle’ type deal which is a term used to describe a deal where you gain reductions through your current subscriptions, which is perfect if you enjoy streaming music, watching films or playing at the best mobile casinos. This is one of the reasons why the big four do so well - because they can trade off their existing services.
If you have Sky TV you could be wise to utilise their “free” bundle which includes the price of Sky TV and your internet service in the same package. BT, Virgin and TalkTalk all offer similar bundle type packages on TV or home phone.
You may also have noticed the bundles available from your mobile phone operators advertising dongles and full mobile and internet accessibility packages at reduced costs.
As something of an alternative, trusted sources like PC Advisor and Which? recommend Zen as 2012’s best ISP. It features in the top 10 UK broadband providers with around 100,000 users and they score very highly in consumer reviews for reliability, services and quality.
Whatever you do on the net, whether it happens to be sports betting or social networking, be sure to get the best ISP for your needs and consider whether you should trade off your existing services.