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Broadband: Could you get cheaper or faster internet in your area? (Image: GETTY)
Ofgem has revealed half of British homes could switch to a faster broadband service as it called on providers to inform customers about their best available deals. Their latest research showed less than half of 94 percent of UK homes and offices are taking up the opportunity for a speedier service. Sharon White, Ofcom chief executive, said: “We’re concerned that many loyal broadband customers aren’t getting the best deal they could. “So we’re reviewing broadband pricing practices and ensuring customers get clear, accurate information from their provider about the best deals they offer.”
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But how exactly can you check if you would be better off switching providers, upgrading your account or simply staying put with your currency deal?
Boost Your Broadband, a campaign supported by Which?, is dedicated to helping customers find the best broadband for their area.
According to their website, superfast broadband is available to more than nine in ten premises in the UK, but customers are simply not aware of the potential to switch.
To find out if you could land yourself with better internet, Boost Your Broadband offers to following simple steps.
VIEW YOUR AVAILABILITY
The first process is to find out what broadband providers are available in your area.
Simply pop your postcode into their online checker to get started.
The website will then detail if you have standard, superfast or ultrafast internet available, based on their download speeds.
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Whether you are glued to Netflix, or simply use your internet to check your emails, we all use our broadband differently.
The next stage of the website will help you work out if you need standard, superfast or ultrafast internet based on the type of browser you are.
Broadband: Just what type of connection do you really need? (Image: GETTY)
SO HOW DO I GET THE BEST DEAL?
Now you know what type of broadband is available to you, and what type of speed you are looking for, you can shop around for the best deal for you.
Whether you switch or stay put will depend on several variables.
You will need to determine if you are still in your initial contract period, which could block you from switching or upgrading your account.
You should be asking your current provider if you can get a faster service and how much it will cost.
It is always worth checking price comparison websites to determine if you can get the same type of package elsewhere.
But be aware that connection fees may apply and you could also be tying yourself down into a new contract.
In its price advise on its website, Boost Your Broadband notes: “Once your initial contract period runs out and any promotional deals have ended, the cost of your broadband might increase.
“In fact, research shows that people who have passed their initial contract period pay around 20 percent more on their broadband deal.
“You may be able to get your current broadband package more cheaply – either with your existing provider or by switching to a new one.”