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How to Choose Great Broadband as an Expat in the UK

One of the first things I praised the UK for was it’s crazy fast Wifi. You’d think in major cities in the U.S. we’d have comparable coverage – but we don’t. As an expat in London, I was floored at how quick service was – and how affordable. No longer did I need to worry about the mobile bill and broadband in the apartment killing our utilities budget. It was a small expense compared to rent and other necessities. Not to mention, paired with a good VPN service, getting all our programs in the US and the UK was simple.

I do wish before I moved I knew I could shop around for broadband deals though. It’s simple to find the right broadband coverage in London, as you have access to the best options available. If you’re an expat in the UK or simply looking to switch services, here’s a few tips to get you started.

Work the System When You’re New

Especially for expats, it’s simple to find a great deal as you’re new to town. All the companies are vying for your business! Know and Google the major companies that offer coverage, then branch out from there to see if there’s enough difference in your choice.

Grab Those Perks

New customers often get a sing-up bonus when they choose their broadband in the UK – in the U.S. too. You can receive extras from anything like a John Lewis/Shopping gift card and cashback to a data boost on your mobile plan or bonus cable channels. Pick wisely and reap the rewards.

Bundle Up!

36In many instances, you can bundle your mobile/cell phone plan and Wifi plan at home together. Sometimes it can include cable as well! We were fine with just the Freeview option at our place, but we did have our phone and internet coverage in the flat on one rate. Shop around and look for the best current rates.

Contract or No Contract?

Unlike the U.S., you can avoid contracts with broadband companies. If you want to try out a service or plan, this can be a wonderful option. However, obviously prices are lower when you commit to a year or two. Weight the pros and cons before choosing.

Be Firm and Be Rewarded

If you find your not happy with your coverage, don’t be afraid to say so. It’s not a very ‘British-like’ thing to do, but you can always contact customer service to say you’ll be leaving the company if they don’t improve or offer you incentive. It never hurts to ask.

How’s your broadband? If you moved to the UK as an expat, did you find it a pain to set-up, or easy?

EileenCotterWright

Author EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA expat living in London, UK. She is a freelance writer and owner of group travel site PureWander.com. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for about a decade. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Twitter @Crooked_Flight.

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