Despite the fact that many broadband packages are becoming more attractive, offering higher speeds and lower costs, there are additional costs to consider when choosing the right package and provider. Connection charges, cancellation fees and landline rental costs can increase the overall cost of a broadband package. We explain the different types of charges and how to minimise their impact on your broadband bills.
What are the most common broadband charges?
While broadband charges may vary across different connection types and providers, there are some charges which apply to all broadband subscriptions.
Connection charges: This is a general charge that is applied by most providers in order to activate a new connection.
If you are switching broadband packages with the same provider, the connection charge is generally waived.
Installation fee: This is another initial once-off fee that is charged by most broadband provides.
Certain broadband packages a qualified technician to come to your house and set up your connection for you. Some providers offer a self-installation option to customers.
Excessive usage charges: This is one of the most common and potentially most expensive broadband charges.
Most broadband packages come with a monthly download limit which, if exceeded, will result in your connection being cut off or additional usage fees. Generally, these charges are applied for every additional GB (most common) or MB used, above your limit.
To avoid charges, make sure you know what your monthly limit is and how much you are consuming. For peace of mind, you could choose an ‘unlimited’ broadband package, which is now available from most providers.
Cancellation fee: This charge depends on the type of contract you have with your provider and may be applied if you choose to switch providers or stop your service.
The fee is usually applied if you terminate your service before the end of your contract and the price will correspond with the remaining months on that contract and your provider’s cancellation policy.
What are the common ADSL Broadband Charges?
If you are availing of ADSL broadband, the following additional charges may apply to you.
Landline charges: ADSL requires an existing telephone line to work so an active connection is necessary. A set-up charge may be included if there is no active landline available.
Line rental: The majority of ADSL providers will charge line rental costs. Be wary of line rental costs that are not included in the overall package as they can significantly raise the cost of your bill.
Wireless Broadband Router: In order to set up a Wi-Fi connection in your home you will need to invest in a wireless router which connects to your landline. Some providers supply a free router while others may charge you a once off fee or a monthly rental charge.
The price of a wireless router can range from €30 to €150. Buying a router is a smart investment if you intend to stay with your provider for a long time.
Router rental could cost anything between €1 and €10 a month. This would be the recommended option for anyone who is on a short-term contract or is unsure of how long they will stay with their provider.
What are the common cable broadband charges?
Cable broadband uses fibre optic cables to deliver your broadband to your home, which means there are no landline charges.
However, an installation or a set-up fee will be applied if your provider has to install a cable connection for your home.?
What are the common mobile broadband charges?
Dongle: When signing up for mobile broadband, you may be required to buy a dongle, which will allow access to a 3G or 4G network when plugged into your computer’s USB port.
Roaming Charges: Service providers will charge extra costs when you use mobile broadband outside Ireland. However, roaming charges will be capped from June 2016 and abolished from June 2017.