You might be able to save money by switching to:
Talk to your current provider and tell them you’re thinking of switching to a cheaper deal with a different provider. Your provider may offer you a cheaper deal to get you to stay with them.
If you don’t want to stay with your current provider, find out if you’ll be charged an ‘exit fee’ to leave. You’ll usually be charged an exit fee if you’re part-way through a fixed-term contract, and it can be expensive. It might be better to wait until your current contract ends.
If you’re near the end of your contract, your provider should contact you to remind you. They’ll also let you know about their best available deals.
Check customer service ratings before you switch. It’s easy to find if you search online.
Check your tenancy agreement if you’re renting - you may not be allowed to switch broadband provider as a tenant. Ask your landlord for a copy if you don’t have one or can’t find it.
Bear in mind that you may not get the speed that’s advertised, depending on where you live.
You can check your broadband speed using Ofcom’s speed checker. This will help you compare speeds advertised by other suppliers with what you’re getting now.
When you’re searching for deals you may see ‘superfast’ (sometimes also known as ‘fibre’) broadband advertised. It can be expensive, and you’ll only really notice the difference if you:
If you can’t get a decent connection speed with any provider, you can ask BT or KCOM for an upgraded connection. You can find out more about requesting a decent broadband service on the Ofcom website.
Before looking at new deals, find out how many minutes and texts you use, and how much data you’ll need. Ask your current provider if you’re not sure.
Decide whether you want a SIM-only deal (they’re usually more flexible) or a package including a new phone.
You may want a pay-as-you-go phone if you need help budgeting. It doesn’t require a credit check, but it can be more expensive if you use your phone a lot.
The easiest way to switch your mobile phone provider is by sending a text - you can also switch by calling your current provider.
If you want to switch by text and keep the same phone number, text ‘PAC’ to 65075. If you don’t want to keep the same phone number, text ‘STAC’ to 75075.
Your provider will text you back immediately with:
your switching code - this will be valid for 30 days
information about any money you owe, for example if there’s a charge to end your contract early
If you want to switch by calling your provider, you should ask for a ‘PAC’ code if you want to keep the same number. If you don’t want to keep the same number, ask for a ‘STAC’ code.
You should give your new provider your switching code - they’ll arrange the switch within 1 working day.
When you switch, it will end your contract with your old provider - they’ll send you a bill if you owe them money.
Check your tenancy agreement if you’re renting - you may not be allowed to switch landline provider as a tenant. Ask your landlord for a copy if you don’t have one or can’t find it.
If you want to keep your number, talk to your new and current provider. It’s pretty easy to arrange.
Look out for deals with unlimited weekend, anytime or calls to mobiles if that matters to you - or an international calling plan if you’ll be making lots of calls to people out of the UK.
You won’t need a subscription package if you only want to access the Freeview and Freesat channels - you’ll only need a digital set top box, digital TV with built-in Freeview or digital TV recorder.
If you want more channels, recording services or HD (high definition) channels, you’ll have to pay.
If you’re signing up to a contract that lasts 12 months or more, make sure you can afford the service for the length of the contract. Check what happens if you move house - you should be able to take your services with you at a small cost.
How long it takes to switch depends on the provider. Ask them when you’re switching - and ask how you’ll find out when the switch has happened.
Contact your new provider and ask to follow their complaints procedure if:
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