Compare unlimited broadband deals. Fed up with download limits? An unlimited broadband deal is perfect for heavy broadband users and big households.
Some broadband provider plans limit how much you can download each month, with unlimited broadband packages you don’t have a data limit meaning you can stream, watch & play without having to worry about how much you are downloading.
‘Truly unlimited’ means that there are no data caps or download limits. So no matter what you’re doing online, at any time, and how much, your internet provider will try to provide you with the speed you’re paying for. Unfortunately not all unlimited broadband plans are actually “truly” unlimited - many providers have certain limits to ensure their network is not overloaded.
Not all broadband is unlimited. Most providers do not offer truly unlimited data plans. Most unlimited plans limit the amount you can download at certain times of the day or decrease your download speed during peak hours. Once exceeded, you may incur an expensive fee or a slower speed. It is important to read the small print as a provider’s traffic management and fair usage policies may affect your download speeds and the amount of data you can download.
A download limit is the maximum amount of data you are allowed to download - including pictures, movies and music - throughout your billing cycle, which is usually one month. It varies with each supplier.
Unlimited broadband is good if you:
Many providers now offer unlimited broadband including Digiweb, eir, Magnet, Pure Telecom, Sky, Virgin Media & Vodafone.
In terms of data restrictions, many providers will put in place a fair usage policy, which is basically a monthly cap on data usage. Usually when you go above this limit, you’ll be charged for your usage, charges and limits vary with providers.
Some providers also operate what’s known as ‘traffic management’. This basically means they limit subscribers’ maximum download and upload speeds during peak hours to make sure everyone connected to the exchange has an equal share of bandwidth.
The vast majority of unlimited broadband plans are available with speeds of up to 100Mbps, with Virgin Media offering speeds of up to 1000Mbps. There are some unlimited plans with speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. The actual speeds you’ll be able to get will depend on where you live and the type of broadband connection you have.