Need a short-term broadband solution? We've got you covered. Here we'll take a look at no-contract broadband to see what's on offer and weigh up the pros and cons.
What is no contract broadband?
So-called ‘no contract broadband’ is actually something of a misnomer. It’s probably more accurate and more correct to call it ‘one-month contract broadband’ or ‘rolling contract broadband’.
How does no-contract broadband work, then? Well, when you sign up for a no contract broadband deal you’re actually entering into a rolling contract with your provider.
Under the terms of a rolling contract broadband deal, your contract will automatically continue to run from month to month unless you decide to end it.
You’re free to cancel your broadband any time you like with no termination fees to pay. So long as you give a month’s notice, you’re good to go.
Naturally, that affords you much more freedom than more standard, longer-term broadband contracts that typically feature minimum terms of 12 months, 18 months or even 24 months.
Six-month contract broadband
Six-month broadband used to be fairly widely available. But it’s largely disappeared now.
If you’re in need of a short-term broadband solution, we’d suggest you look into a rolling-contract broadband deal instead.
Can I get no contract broadband deals in my area?
Just insert your postcode and we’ll track the down the rolling-contract broadband deals you can sign up for at your address.
Which providers offer no contract broadband?
You can get no contract broadband from...
We take a look at each in turn below...
Virgin Media no contract broadband
Offers fast cable broadband, with the option to add TV. Virgin Media’s cheapest no-contract broadband package gets you average speeds of 50Mbps, while the M350 service provides average speeds of 362Mbps.
Prices typically range from around £45-£65. Expect to pay a set-up fee of around £80.
Hyperoptic no contract broadband
Hyperoptic offers fibre and fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband on a one-month contract basis.
The low-cost Fast package comes in a shade over £25 per month with average speeds of 50Mbps, while the ultrafast FTTP deal gets you average speeds of 1Gbps. Installation fee of around £30 applies.
Now Broadband no contract broadband
Now Broadband one-month deals are available on standard ADSL broadband, as well as fibre. You can also get flexible TV passes too, allowing you to get Sky TV on a really flexible basis.
With packages priced from under £20 per month, Now Broadband is one of the cheapest no-contract broadband providers. Installation fees come in at £65.
Direct Save Telecom no contract broadband
Although, Direct Save Telecom offers Ultrafast broadband on long term contracts, if you want a no-contract deal you’ll have to make do with an ADSL, standard broadband service with an average speed of 11Mbps.
Monthly charges come in a smidge over £25 per month and a one-off set-up fee of around £25 applies.
Cuckoo no contract broadband
Unusually Cuckoo offer a single broadband product, which is solely available on a no-contract basis.
Speeds are 67Mbps with a monthly charge of around £30 per month and a set up cost of £60. Highly rated by customers.
What are the pros and cons of no contract broadband?
Not sure if no-contract broadband is right for you? We’ve outlined all the advantages and disadvantages of a rolling-contract below…
- Really handy if you’re in short term let or between homes
- A good bet if you think you may need to relocate for work
- They’re the most flexible deals around. And you only need to give one-month notice
- No termination fees apply
- Service and speeds are in line with longer-term broadband deals
- Set-up fees always apply. And they’re not cheap
- Don’t expect vouchers or other customer incentives you get with longer-term deals
- Monthly rates are sometimes higher than the same service on a longer-term contract
Sources and methodology
*Based on average monthly bill of £32.69 from nationally representative sample (1000) vs cheapest monthly cost for superfast broadband (>55Mbs), Vodafone £22/m. Annual saving £128.28.
Can I get temporary broadband?
You’ll almost certainly be able to get a temporary broadband service where you live. But to find out for sure what’s on offer at your address, use our availability checker. Just pop in your postcode and we’ll do the rest.
Can I get broadband for one month?
You can. And the good news is that you’ve got a few providers to choose from, including Virgin Media, Direct Save Telecom, Now Broadband, Cuckoo and more.