Things to Consider for Those Wanting to Change Broadband Providers
You may want to change your broadband provider for a number of reasons. Perhaps your current broadband connection doesn’t have the speeds you want, or perhaps you’ve see another provider advertise a service that is far better value for money. Alternatively, they may have gotten your attention with higher download limits.
Even if you’re changing connections just because you want better customer service, there are a number of factors that you will have to find out more about before committing to terminating your current connection.
The different types of broadband packages
You must first determine what type of broadband package you want, and which one is best for your needs. Typically speaking, there are five types of broadband available to customers in the UK.
If your requirements are relatively low, in that you only need the internet for some looking around and checking your emails, you’re better off going with a package that’s easy to set up, one that’s relatively inexpensive.
On the other hand, if you like downloading a lot of music and films, or you play online gaming frequently, heavy-use broadband is what you should go for. Then, there are business broadband connections, which are ideal for businesses. They offer static/fixed IPs, webspace as well as customisable email addresses.
Mobile broadband connections are worth considering if you need an internet connection mostly for your laptop and if you’re constantly on the move. Finally, family broadband packages are geared to those who live with others with multiple devices at their disposal, like televisions, tablets, gaming consoles, etc.
These often have unlimited download allowances, since there will be multiple family members using the same connection.
What is available to you
The types of broadband connection that are available to you will depend on your geographical location. If you live in a central urban area, chances are that you will have access to plenty of connections.
However, if you live in a rural area, chances are that you won’t really have access to the fastest broadband, although this is something that will change over the next few years.
How to switch
You shouldn’t immediately terminate your contract, as it can take up to two weeks to install your new connection. Request a MAC code from your current provider, and then find out which connections are available to you by entering your postcode at one of the many connection-checkers you can find online.
After you’ve had a look through which connections are most suitable for you and you’ve compared packages, sign up for your new connection.