What is no contract/short-term broadband?
Most broadband contracts are for 12 or 18 months. In contrast, no-contract or short-term broadband is broadband that usually has a contract length of just 30 days, which means it’s very flexible.
Why choose no contract or short-term broadband??
There are several reasons why you might opt for no-contract broadband:
- If you have a short-term lease, no-contract broadband can work really well, as you can cancel when your lease is up, and you won’t get hit with an early exit fee.
- If you’re a student and won’t be in your accommodation for a full year, you and your housemates might opt for a short-term broadband plan so you can cancel once your lease is up.
- If you move to a new area, a short-term broadband deal could be a good way to test out providers where you live.
- If you have a holiday home, a no-contract broadband plan will work well for when you’re staying in that home.
Are there disadvantages of short-term broadband deals?
The main disadvantage of short-term broadband deals is that you usually won’t get an introductory discount, and the monthly cost tends to be higher than deals with a longer contract. Changing between no-contract broadband providers frequently could also prove to be hassley, as there’ll be admin involved each time you do so.
Who provides no-contract broadband or short-term broadband deals?
The main providers of no-contract broadband deals in Ireland are:
How do I compare no-contract broadband deals?
When comparing no-contract broadband deals you should look at:
- Monthly costs
- Set up costs
- Any data limits
- The notice period for cancelling - this will normally be the same as the contract length - i.e. 30 days.
No contract broadband not for you? There are alternatives…
If you own your own home, or you have a long-term lease, no-contract broadband might not be for you. If this is the case, signing up to a 12- or 18-month deal will save you money - and you can usually bundle these deals with TV and home phone, too. You could consider:
- eir broadband deals, which start at 12-month contracts - you can bundle broadband, TV and home phone together, and you’ll get the eir Sport pack free when you sign up to any eir broadband deal.
- Sky broadband packages, which are all available on 12-month contracts. Often, Sky offers 12-month discounts, too, so you could save a packet by switching to one of these deals.
- Vodafone broadband deals, which are usually 18-month contracts. Vodafone’s ‘Simply Broadband’ is a broadband-only product, which is really popular, especially for people who don’t want TV or phone with their plans.
- Virgin Media plans and bundles, which range from 30-day to 12-month contracts. You can also bundle TV and phone with your Virgin Media broadband, and Virgin Media has some of the fastest speeds in Ireland.
How do I switch to a no-contract deal?
Switching to a no-contract deal is the same as switching to any other broadband plan. Firstly, pick the deal you want and then fill in a few details to sign up. Make sure you give the necessary notice to your current provider - to ensure you don’t incur any exit fees or cancellation charges - and then arrange an installation date with your new provider.