Compare Short Term Broadband

Find the best short term broadband deals all in one place & compare the cheapest shot term broadband contracts side by side so you get the right temporary broadband deal. Our temporary contract broadband comparisons lists all the best short contract broadband offers making it easy for you to choose the best short term broadband deals.
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 DownloadContract LengthLandlineDigital TVMonthly CostTotal First Year Cost 
Speed (up to)LimitLine RentalBroadband
Three
SIM-only mobile broadband - 1GB (1 month)
7Mb1GB
1
month
£0£7.50£90
Three
SIM-only mobile broadband - 10GB (1 month)
7Mb10GB
1
month
£0£15£180
Vodafone
2GB (30 days)
21Mb2GB
1
month
£0£15£189
Three
High-Speed MiFi - 5GB (1 Month)
20Mb5GB
1
month
£0£15.99£241.87
Zen Internet
Lite
16Mb20GB
1
month
£14.60£18.37£497.64
Zen Internet
Lite + Voice
16Mb20GB
1
month
£14.60£22.62£530.58
Zen Internet
Active
16Mb100GB
1
month
£14.60£25.52£565.38
Zen Internet
Active + Voice
16Mb100GB
1
month
£14.60£29.77£616.38
Zen Internet
Pro
16Mb200GB
1
month
£14.60£35.74£688.02
Zen Internet
Pro + Voice
16Mb200GB
1
month
£14.60£39.99£739.02
EE
Unlimited Broadband & Weekend Calls (EE/T-Mobile/Orange mobile customers only)
14MbUnlimited
12
months
£15.40£2£208.80
Tel 0800 072 4137 0800 072 4137
Tesco Broadband
Broadband
14MbUnlimited
12
months
£15.40£2£208.80
Sky
Broadband Unlimited + Talk Weekends (Existing Customers)
16MbUnlimited
12
months
£15.40£3.75£229.80
Tel 0844 241 1407 0844 241 1407
TalkTalk
SimplyBroadband
16MbUnlimited
12
months
£15.95£3.50£233.40
Tel 0800 049 7843 0800 049 7843
Post Office
HomePhone and Broadband Essential
8Mb5GB
12
months
£13£7£240
Sign up to their Broadband before 29th June and the Post Office will give you £50 credit.
Sky
Unlimited + Talk Weekends
16MbUnlimited
12
months
£15.40£5£244.80
Tel 0844 241 1407 0844 241 1407
EE
Broadband & Weekend Calls (EE/T-Mobile/Orange mobile customers only)
14Mb20GB
12
months
£15.40£6£245.80
Tel 0800 072 4137 0800 072 4137
Sky
Broadband Unlimited + Talk Anytime
16MbUnlimited
12
months
£15.40£10£258.60
Tel 0844 241 1407 0844 241 1407
Plusnet
Essentials + Talk Anytime
16Mb10GB
12
months
£14.50£6.99£263.86
Tel 0808 178 5954 0808 178 5954
Tesco Broadband
Broadband with Anytime Calls
14MbUnlimited
12
months
£15.40£7£268.80
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How to Find the Best Short Term Broadband Deals

Broadband is an almost essential part of every modern household, with incredibly cheap deals available if you sign up to a package for a year or more, how do you get the best short term broadband deals? We explain...

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Since its introduction to the masses more than a decade ago, broadband has exploded in popularity and there are now an incredible number of different providers and packages offering cheap and - for the most part - reliable access.

However, when it comes to broadband minimum terms normally apply with the customer obliged to sign up for at least 12 months. For the really competitive deals there may even be a 24 month tie-in.

While this isn't a problem if you're happy to lock in for a longer term, and indeed it's a really good way to cut down what you pay; if you know that you will only be in your accommodation for a short period of time then it's going to cause issue.

Perhaps you are visiting from overseas, are a student, or are planning another house move; these are all circumstances where committing to a longer term contract is impossible.

But there are now a whole range of short term broadband deals, specifically designed for individuals who are unlikely to be living in one place for more than a few months. We take a look at the best way to get a temporary broadband connection and what factors to consider on your search for the best deal possible.

How long do I need to sign up to a short term broadband contract for?

If you are a student you may want access to broadband for most of the year but with a long summer break, a 12 month contract means paying for something you won't be using for three months or more.

Some providers offer nine month contracts which are perfect in you know you will be staying in one place for most of the year.

However, if you are looking for something for even less time, there's lots of short term contract broadband deals from just one month. You'll generally have the option to take these out on a rolling basis.

You can also find short term broadband packages for three or six months.

Which is the best broadband provider for a short contract?

This is a common question but the answer depends on how long you can tie in for and what features are the most important to you.

Opting for a mobile broadband package will get you some of the best short contract broadband deals with a minimum period of just one month. However, there could be a fairly restrictive download limit which means if you are a heavy user, it could work out very expensive. You'll also need to use a dongle to access the net rather than a wireless hub or router.

It's therefore vital that you consider your usage patterns when working out the likely cost; paying for a more inclusive short contract broadband package may look more costly at first but save you money in the end.

If you compare short term broadband deals you will be able to identify the provider offering the deal which will work out the most cost-effective for you.

What things to consider when carrying out a short term broadband comparison?

Although download limits are a very important consideration, they are not the only thing you need to factor in.

When you make your short term broadband plans, consider whether you are willing to invest in a line rental. Short term broadband and line rental deals can be found; you aren't just limited to mobile broadband providers. The set-up costs may be more expensive but for a good download limit you may find the monthly cost is lower.

When you are looking for the right broadband minimum term conditions may be a very important factor but don't sacrifice quality. If your download speed is slow and unresponsive you will end up frustrated and regretting your decision. The speed you need depends on what you plan on using the internet for; gaming and media streaming will require a bigger download limit as well as a faster speed, ideally 30Mb or more. Remember that the speeds advertised are normally the maximum and that a lot of customers won't actually achieve this so don't pick one where the maximum speed is your minimum requirement! A broadband speed test and postcode check should help you see which deals are available where you live.

Finally, although there are many short term options home broadband may actually work out cheaper with a 12 month contract.

Depending on your circumstances, the cost of having a 12 month contract – and the benefits such as a free router and installation – may be significantly cheaper even if you have to pay a penalty for cutting it short.

If you think you will need broadband for a significant part of the year, check with the provider about what would happen if you needed to cut it short. You might find that a 12 month contract is viable after all even when the cancellation cost is factored into the equation.

Broadband Comparison

Alternative Broadband Packages

You may want to compare the above broadband packages with the following.

AOL Broadband + Calls

  • Get a download mthly limit of 10GB from this Broadband + Calls.
  • The broadband package offers a 50:1 contention ratio.
  • Dynamic IP address.
  • New customers get w/end calls
    evening calls included complimentary in package from AOL.
  • A 448kb upload speed is available.

EE Unlimited Broadband & Anytime+ Calls

  • A 448kb upload speed is offered.
  • You can get free modem/router cost.
  • You get 50:1 contention ratio.
  • The broadband package offers an unlimited download monthly limit.
  • Get a maximum download speed of 14mb.

BT TV Essential + Unlimited Broadband and Calls (Out of area)

  • Limitless download monthly limit is offered.
  • Benefit from an upload speed of 448kb from this TV Essential + Unlimited Broadband and Calls (Out of area).
  • A 50:1 contention ratio is available.
  • Dynamic IP address is offered with this broadband package.

Sky Unlimited + Entertainment TV + Talk Anytime

  • You get 50:1 contention ratio from this broadband package.
  • A 200mb webspace is offered.
  • You get dynamic IP address from this broadband package.
  • You can get 1mb upload speed.
  • Unlimited + Entertainment TV + Talk Anytime offers a max download speed of 16mb.
  • Router firewall.

BT TV Essential + Unlimited Broadband and Calls

  • Dynamic IP address is available to you.
  • Get w/end calls
    digital TV included complimentary in package from BT.
  • Customers get 50:1 contention ratio from BT.
  • The broadband package has an adsl technology.
  • Customers get unlimited download monthly limit from this TV Essential + Unlimited Broadband and Calls.

Sky Connect + Entertainment TV + Talk Weekends

  • 40GB download mthly limit.
  • Get 50:1 contention ratio from Sky.
  • Customers can get router firewall.
  • Free modem/router cost is offered.
  • Get a maximum download speed of 6mb from this Connect + Entertainment TV + Talk Weekends.

Three 5GB (24 months)

  • You can get 5GB download monthly limit.
  • You have the benefit of 0 line rental cost per month from the 15GB (24 months).
  • 15GB (24 months) offers a maximum download speed of 21mb.
  • New customers get free modem/router cost from Three.
  • New customers get 0kb upload speed from this broadband package.
  • 50:1 contention ratio is offered to you.