Broadband in the UK exploded in popularity when TalkTalk launched its 'free' service in 2006, Tesco is getting very close to now offering 'free' broadband. A new 12 month promotion has started where if people signup to a line rental and broadband bundle quoting the code HALFBB-C they will save £4 a month, meaning the broadband costs just £2.50 per month, but only if a Tesco ClubCard member. After the 12 months the broadband element returns to the standard £6.50 a month.
The cheapest landline rental option is £13.75 a month, and this includes inclusive evening and weekend calls, making the total £16.25 for the first 12 months. An Anytime calls bundle is available for £20.75 a month. For those not wanting a long contract, a 30 day rolling contract is available for a one-off fee of £40.
The broadband offers unlimited downloads, though the fair use policy does allow for speeds to be throttled back, or excessive usage to be charged per MegaByte. A notional figure of 100GB is suggested as being considered excessive if a customer regular exceeds this figure.
The service is believed to be based on a Cable & Wireless unbundled product, with the pricing suggesting it would be a fully unbundled (MPF) product. This means migration onto the service is simple, subsequent migrations to another full LLU service (e.g. TalkTalk or Sky) should be straightforward. Migrations away onto a shared LLU service can result in more problems, such as no broadband for a week or two.