Looking for a great value broadband package in Glasgow?
In this buyer’s guide, we’ve reviewed the 5 best broadband deals in Glasgow you can buy right now.
Later, we’ve also discussed some key things to consider when buying broadband deals in Glasgow.
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Let’s begin the reviews.
In this section, we’ve reviewed Glasgow’s 5 best broadband deals from Scotland’s best broadband providers.
1. BT Fibre 1
For Glasgow residents, BT broadband has a number of key benefits.
Firstly, it’s widely available. You can get BT broadband almost anywhere in Glasgow. And depending on where you’re located, you might be able to get ultra-fast speeds of more than 100 Mbps.
Secondly, BT is one of the few Glasgow broadband providers that will guarantee a fast Wi Fi speed. You get the BT Hub Wi Fi router when you buy this plan. But if the signal isn’t good enough, BT will send up to three further Wi Fi booster discs, to guarantee you get speeds of at least 10 Mbps in every room in your home.
Also, with BT Fibre 1, there are no setup costs. Meaning you can get up and running without having to pay for your BT Hub to be shipped out to you. Overall, this plan in particular offers excellent speed (guaranteed at least 41 Mbps) for the money.
The only real downside to BT broadband is the minimum contract length – you have to commit for 24 months. If you’re looking for a shorter-term agreement, check out the Plusnet deal below.
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Plusnet are actually cheaper than BT. And they offer better contract flexibility.
The “Unlimited Fibre” deal from Plusnet is their middle-of-the-road option, with a 36 Mbps download speed. There are two other packages to choose from – Unlimited Fibre Extra is faster, but isn’t ultra-fast. You can’t get 100 Mbps with Plusnet.
All three deals can be had on 12 or 18 month contracts – this flexibility is great, especially if you don’t like entering long-term agreements with a new provider. There is currently no activation fee on any of the plans, provided you commit for 18 months.
Apart from not having ultra fast deals, why is Plusnet so much cheaper than BT in Glasgow?
The main reason is Plusnet’s download speed guarantee also isn’t as strong as BT’s. They offer an average speed, rather than guaranteeing you’ll stay above a minimum speed. So if having fast broadband is important to you, it might be worth paying more for a provider like BT.
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If you’re looking for ultra-fast fibre broadband, Virgin Media has good coverage in many areas of Glasgow.
It’s not available everywhere, but if you can get Virgin Media, you should be able to get broadband a speed of more than 350 Mbps.
Virgin Media broadband isn’t cheap in Glasgow, and they do charge a set-up fee on their 18-month deals. However, M100 offers good value – you get a download speed of 108 Mbps for a pretty reasonable price.
Another benefit of Virgin Media broadband is the TV and phone add-ons. If you want to watch BT Sport, or need calling minute add-ons, there are plenty of packages to choose from.
Overall, if you can get Virgin Media, and want superfast fibre optic broadband, these deals are a great choice. Just be aware that Virgin Media doesn’t offer the cheapest prices.
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Vodafone’s broadband deals are actually quite similar to BT’s packages. Both providers use the Openreach network, so their deals are available nearly anywhere in Glasgow, including Glasgow city. And both providers have 24-month minimum contracts.
The difference is, Vodafone’s packages are normally a little cheaper. And unlike BT, they don’t charge a setup fee on any of their broadband plans.
With Vodafone Pro Broadband, you can get 63 Mbps down, plus unlimited anytime calls to UK mobiles and landlines. If you need fast download speed but also want a home phone you can use without worrying about call charges, then Vodafone is a great pick.
Vodafone also likes to throw in free gifts with their broadband deals for new customers. Learn more about the current free gift offering.
The main thing BT has over Vodafone is their broadband speed guarantee. Vodafone uses an average, rather than guaranteeing a minimum speed.
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TalkTalk offer some of the cheapest broadband deals in Glasgow you can buy right now. Although they don’t have ultra-fast fibre optic broadband, you can get superfast speeds at a good price, without having to lock into a 24-month agreement.
As we just discussed above, Vodafone offers anytime calls with their broadband packages. But TalkTalk specialise in phone calling minutes, so why would you consider them?
The benefit TalkTalk has is their flexibility. You can add and remove extras on a monthly basis. So if a family member goes overseas on holiday, you can simply switch on the relevant calling minute pack for only as long as you need.
These month-to-month add-ons are available with TalkTalk’s TV packages as well, which is useful in case you just want to catch Rangers or Celtic action in the Champions League.
Once again, the only real issue with TalkTalk is their speed guarantee. You get a 30-day window in which you can leave if your speeds aren’t up to scratch. However, after this, you only get an average speed guarantee, not a minimum.
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Glasgow broadband buyer’s guide
Now we’ll look at some of the key things you need to know to help you find the best broadband deal as a Glaswegian.
What broadband providers service Glasgow?
In general, you can buy broadband from most UK internet service providers (ISPs) in Glasgow.
However, although they generally offer the best deals, there are a few UK broadband providers that don’t service Glasgow.
Hyperoptic, the ultrafast fibre broadband provider, only serves a handful of premises in central Glasgow with their fibre to the building offers. And while Virgin Media is available, their coverage is a bit spotty. They are definitely worth checking out though, if you’re after fast broadband speeds.
You can normally get good speeds with Openreach providers in Glasgow. Openreach is the BT broadband network, and most other broadband providers, including Plusnet, Vodafone, TalkTalk, and Sky, simply resell this broadband service.
On the whole, Glasgow’s broadband coverage is quite decent. However it’s always a good idea to check your address on different provider websites to see what speeds are on offer. Remember: comparison site postcode checkers can be misleading, in that they will often show broadband plans that are not actually available at your address.
What is the fastest broadband in Glasgow?
Nearly all households in Glasgow can access superfast broadband (above 30 Mbps).
If you’re after ultrafast fibre broadband, you might be able to get it, depending on where you live. Here are your options to find fast broadband in Glasgow.
- First, check the Hyperoptic website and put in your postcode, on the off-chance they service your address.
- Second, check the Virgin Media website. If they happen to service your building, you should be able to get speeds of more than 300 Mbps.
- Failing that, try BT. Depending on the Openreach infrastructure in your area, you may be able to get download speeds of 250 Mbps or even more.
What does Mbps mean?
Mbps means “megabits per second”. It’s a way of measuring internet speed. If your download speed is 10 Mbps, your internet connection will download 10 megabits of data every second.
You have an upload speed separate to your download speed, which is also measured in Mbps. It’s normal for your upload speed to be a lot slower than your download speed, because most households don’t upload as much data as they download.
For context, Netflix can stream HD video buffer-free with a download speed of at least 5 Mbps. A 1-gigabyte movie file will take 27 minutes to download on a 5 Mbps connection.
How do I decide how much bandwidth I need?
The examples we just discussed above (streaming Netflix and downloading a movie) may be a little misleading. If 5 Mbps is enough for Netflix, then why would anyone possibly need more than 10, 20, or 30 Mbps?
The amount of bandwidth you need also depends on how many people live at home. If there are more people online requesting more data at the same time, then this can slow you down, unless you have fast broadband.
To determine how much broadband speed you need, given your household and your home WiFi usage, see our speed needs calculator.
Apart from bandwidth, what else do I need to consider when buying broadband in Glasgow?
Here are some other factors to think about when choosing the best broadband deal for your household:
- What TV add-ons do I want? Read our write-up on broadband and TV deals.
- What phone minute add-ons do I want? Read our write-up on broadband and phone deals.
- Will there be an infrastructure upgrade in the near future that will allow me to access faster broadband speeds? CityFibre is currently rolling out gigabit fibre optic broadband across Glasgow city. So if you’re lucky, you might be able to access faster download speeds soon.
How much will I pay for broadband in Glasgow?
As you might expect, the price you’ll pay for broadband in Glasgow will depend on a number of factors, such as:
- Your broadband speed.
- Whether there are any add-ons such as TV or phone deals included in the package.
- The length of the broadband contract you commit for.
In general, you should be able to get fast broadband deals in Glasgow for about £21-£25 per month.
Note that if you buy fast fibre optic broadband, this price could easily double, especially if you include phone/TV add-ons in your broadband package.
What broadband contract length should I go for?
To choose the right contract length for your broadband plan, the same considerations apply in Glasgow as they do in the rest of the UK.
Essentially, the longer you commit for, the less you will pay per month. Also, ISPs will often increase the broadband price as soon as your contract expires, so being in-contract for longer can be helpful.
However, there are reasons you might want to avoid locking into a long-term contract:
- You’ll be moving home soon and might not be able or want to use the same ISP at your new address.
- You’re a student and aren’t at your accommodation during the summer, or are graduating soon.
- You want to trial a certain ISP for a limited time, and therefore don’t want to lock in for the long-term.
You might be able to find a broadband provider that offers a month-to-month contract in Glasgow. However, it’s normally very expensive.
If you don’t want a long-term commitment, we recommend buying broadband with a 6-month contract, to strike a nice balance between cost and flexibility.
How much broadband data will I get?
In urban areas such as Glasgow city, the best broadband packages from leading providers will come with unlimited downloads.
You only need to worry about data caps when buying wireless broadband, such as with a mobile dongle.
This is the end of our buyer’s guide on broadband deals in Glasgow.
Fortunately, as a Glaswegian, you have a lot of choice when shopping for broadband – especially compared to those living in rural Scotland.
You just need to figure out how much bandwidth you actually need. Then, it’s easy to compare the best broadband deals with an appropriate download speed, and find the best broadband package with good customer support.
About the author
Tom is the founder of Broadband Savvy. When he’s not writing about broadband, you’ll find him walking his dog (Rex) or playing agar.io.