Not sure whether paying extra for a speedier broadband connection will be worth it? BT has the solution. The broadband supplier is now offering fibre customers the chance to trial speed boost at no extra cost – allowing you to test out faster Wi-Fi speeds up to 500 Mbps without committing to a 24-month contract.
During the trial, BT will unlock faster speeds at your home. This means you’ll be able to put the speedier downloads through your own tests – from streaming in Ultra HD, downloading updates to your PC, or making videocalls while other household members are streaming or gaming online… the list goes on. This should give you a real-world impression of whether faster speeds would improve your experience.
After all, it’s possible your woeful Wi-Fi speeds are not related to the speed of the connection coming into your home. There are a number of reasons why your wireless signal might be struggling to reach all of the rooms in your home, including the placement of your router. If you’re running older devices, like a first-generation Amazon Fire TV, it could be that buffering is not solved by a faster internet connection but that it’s simply time to upgrade to a new streaming gadget.
If you decide not to upgrade to a faster broadband package, BT will automatically switch your connection back to the previous package for no extra cost.
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The trial will last for a full month, so you’ll have plenty of time to see what 500 Mbps could do for you. BT says the promotion is available to all new customers who sign-up for the Full Fibre Essential or Full Fibre 1 bundles. These customers will then be bumped up to Full Fibre 100 package, which is roughly five times faster. Meanwhile, Full Fibre 2 and Full Fibre 100 customers will see their packages boosted to Full Fibre 500, saving £20 on the usual cost of opting for that bundle.
For comparison, the average home broadband speed recorded earlier this year was a meagre 71.8Mbps.
To activate the speed boost, customers can simply visit the ‘Broadband: Extras’ tab on the BT.com website, and upgrade to a new package of their choosing.
Sharon Meadows, Director of Propositions, BT said: “We’re delighted to be introducing the speed boost to new BT Full Fibre customers. With a growing number of connected devices in the home and Brits adopting technology so readily, it’s more important than ever to have the fastest speeds and best reliability on the market.
“We want to give our customers flexibility in the packages they choose, which is why we’re offering a one month trial of faster packages for no extra cost. It can be hard to imagine what a game changer it is having ultra-fast and reliable connectivity, and this way, BT customers can see the impact of the speed boost for themselves, without having to commit to an upgrade.”
Starting from £25.99 a month, BT’s full-fibre services are built on a gigabit-capable broadband network, which can deliver a maximum speed of 1,000 Mbps. These future-proofed cables offer ultrafast upload average speeds of up to 110 Mbps – perfect for live online gaming, smart security camera monitoring, home working and video calling, which require uploading data almost as much as downloading.
BT full-fibre customers will also benefit from BT’s award-winning Smart Hub 2 – BT’s most powerful home router, with the option to take out Complete Wi-Fi which guarantees a fast connection in every single room of the home, or £100 back.
While Virgin Media is close to connecting some 16 million homes to its Gig1 network, which offers the same 1,000Mbps download speeds, BT is a little further behind. The telecom’s Openreach brand, which supplies broadband infrastructure for BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and a number of other popular brands, has reached 5.16 million premises in the UK.
Since you’ll need a gigabit-capable cable to test out these next-generation speeds, you’ll need to be living in a house with access to this new infrastructure to test out the fastest possible speeds. To do that, you’ll need to enter your postcode on the BT website.
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