Free broadband for a year with Tesco Broadband

Broadband routerTesco's broadband and phone deal now includes a £30 voucher, meaning you effectively don't pay anything for the first year! But how does it measure up against the rest of the market?

Back in February Tesco launched its £2.50 a month broadband deal and now to sweeten the offer you can also get a £30 voucher if you sign up.
This means effectively your contract is free for the first year (excluding line rental). And as it includes unlimited internet use and free evening and weekend calls, it's a very impressive deal.

What's included
The basic contract includes unlimited internet, so it's perfect for someone who downloads a lot, free evening and weekend calls (including 0845/0870 numbers), free connection and a router.
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If you sign up before 30th August you'll also get a £30 Tesco voucher to spend in store or online, thanks to the exclusive deal from Broadband Choices. To get this deal you need to quote the code 'GIFTCARD-A' at the checkout.

The catch
As with most phone and broadband packages, you also need to factor in the monthly line rental costs of £13.75 a month which brings the monthly total to £16.75.

It's a 12-month contract and after this period the monthly payment goes up to £6.50, so including line rental you'll be shelling out £20,75. But at this point you could always switch to a cheaper deal.

What's the best alternative?
The main competitors in the broadband market are in fierce competition at the moment to try and lure in new customers, which is good news for us as they're throwing in a lot of extras with their deals.

BT is offering a £25 Sainsbury's voucher to customers signing up to its Infinity Superfast Broadband deal, while with Sky there's a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher up for grabs.

Tesco is the cheapest deal when looking at overall costs, but if you want a faster broadband speed, BT, Plusnet and Virgin all offer higher speeds - for a cost.

However, the best thing about the Tesco deal is that behind the sweeteners it is actually a really competitive offer. Here I've picked out five of the cheapest deals.

Top five cheapest phone and broadband deals

Provider

Speed (up to)

Usage limits

Calls package

Monthly cost

Total first year costs (including line rental)

Offers

Tesco

14Mb

Unlimited

Free evening and weekend

£2.50

£195

£30 Tesco gift card (exclusively through BroadbandChoices) before 20th August

Plusnet

16Mb

10Gb

Free weekend calls

£6.49

£219.25

Half price for the first six months until 28th August (online exclusive)

Talk Talk

14Mb

Unlimited

Free evening and weekend

£6.50

£232.50

Half price for the first six months, £25 Love2Shop voucher until 9th August

BT

16Mb

10Gb

Free evening and weekend

£13

£260.15

Free for the first six months, £25 gift card until 4th October

Virgin

30Mb

Unlimited

Free weekend calls

£14.50

£267.30

£4.50 for the first six months and free installation until 30th August


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