A few days ago I got the news I was hoping for… the cost of my broadband and line rental was about to go up. But why would anyone want a price rise? Take a look at how it can be a bit of a money-maker it the timing is right.
Hi, my name is Pete and I’m a serial switcher. Whether it’s my mobile phone, insurance, energy, or broadband, I will always look for a better deal. Even if it saves me just £1 per month, I will change suppliers.
But it’s not only saving money that interests me. Often, there’s a chance to earn some extra too by using referral links or cashback sites.
Some of you may remember that back in November, I switched to Now Broadband. They weren’t the cheapest deal going, but switching came with 2 big bonuses.
Following a link through TopCashback earned me £90 for joining. But not only that, I also earned another £40 from Santander due to one of their cashback offers attached to my current account.
That was £130 back in total, with my monthly cost being £25 for broadband and line rental. This worked out as 5 months free.
The price increase
In March, I received an email from Now Broadband telling me that the cost of my calls was due to increase.
In all honesty, this wasn’t an issue as I never make calls from my phone anyway. But at the bottom of the email it said:
We hope you continue to use and enjoy NOW Broadband & Calls. But if you’re not happy with these changes, you can cancel your NOW Broadband & Calls by calling 03303 323 050. If you’re within your minimum contract period, call us within 30 days of getting this communication to avoid early termination charges. Unless you tell us otherwise, your NOW Broadband & Calls subscription will continue as usual.
But I really couldn’t refuse the chance to leave when it meant that I would have received 5 months’ worth of free broadband.
So, off I went to find a better deal.
As usual, I popped over to uSwitch to see what offers were available. Other comparison sites are available, I just find uSwitch the easiest to use.
The best deals available were from Vodafone and TalkTalk. Although TalkTalk was £1 per month cheaper, Vodafone offered twice the speed. And the fact that we are all stuck at home due to the Coronavirus, I though the more speed, the better.
Then I visited Quidco and TopCashback to see what they had to offer. Quidco had the best deal – I would earn £85 back if I switched to Vodafone.
How much do I save?
So, for double the speed fibre broadband, my price has actually decreased £1.05 per month. On top of that, I made £85 through Quidco.
Should I switch during the Coronavirus?
This was the only thing that really troubled me. Obviously, due to the Coronavirus, firms are running a reduced service. If there was an issue with the switch, it may take some time to resolve.
Also, because we’re all at home constantly at the moment, we rely heavily on the internet. If that goes down, then we might have to start talking to each other.
But, with the amount my current service has slowed down over the last couple of weeks, it’s a risk I’m willing to take.