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ISP BT Launches New 9 Month Broadband Plans for UK Students

Friday, August 16th, 2019 (12:10 pm) - Score 2,271
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BT‘s consumer division has today announced the start of their annual student broadband deals ahead of the new term, which as per usual feature shorter 9 month contract terms as an option alongside the usual 12 month ones. Sadly they only seem to be offering this on their slower 50Mbps and 67Mbps (FTTC) plans.

Prices start at £29.99 per month (£35 from month 13) on a 12 month contract with a 50Mbps average broadband download speed, which includes their Smart Hub wireless router (plus £9.99 for delivery), phone line rental, unlimited usage, access to 5 million of their public WiFi hotspots, internet security / parental controls and their “Stay Fast Guarantee” (i.e. get £20 back if they fail to deliver the expected speed for your line).

All of the shorter 9 month term packages tend to be +£2 extra per month more expensive than their 12 month options. As a bonus the ISP is also throwing in a JBL Sound Bar worth £149.99 on new orders but only for their 12 month terms. Plus you can optionally add BT’s Complete WiFi coverage feature for an extra +£10 per month if you want.

However BT’s Student Packages do tend to be quite pricey compared with similar spec packages from a few other providers so it’s worth shopping around. Otherwise their student deals will run until 3rd of October 2019.

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11 Responses
  1. Avatar Rd hunt

    Just pick yourself a smarty £18.75 mobile broadband plan one month contract.

  2. Avatar Captain Cretin

    This is perfect for BT and something they have been heading towards ever since their “annual” price rises started coming around every 9 months.

  3. Avatar beany

    Just in time (almost slap bang in the middle of the contract if you take it) for them to put up their prices in March 2020 in line with the RPI.

    Avoid anything that is BT and claims to be a “deal”. Disgusting they are now trying to lure students just before they up their prices. Students will have enough things to pay off without these scallywag “deals”.

    • Avatar 125us

      An RPI increase is going to cost less than paying for 3 months you don’t need, surely?

    • Avatar beany

      Unlikely considering the 9 month student contracts cost £2 per month more than the 12 student month contracts to begin with. So quite how you will save money when its costing you more to begin with PLUS any RPI increase that occurs during that 9 month contract is of puzzlement to me.
      Not to mention the “free” gifts such as the JBL sound bar mentioned in the news item you only get on the 12 month contracts, so what the benefit of the shorter 9 month, but per month more expensive product actual is remains another another mystery.
      Not to mention the rather obvious that a student could go elsewhere on a 12 month or longer contract and pay less over that time than they will for either of these BT student contract deals… Again as covered by the news item and the last ” BT’s Student Packages do tend to be quite pricey compared with similar spec packages from a few other providers so it’s worth shopping around.” lines.

    • Avatar Wayne Smith

      Students take the three UK £16 unlimited for 24 months free router still better than openleech charges you for a engineer visit.

    • Avatar 125us

      9 x (X+2) is for almost all values of X, less than 12 x X. I’m presuming you didn’t study maths at university. Or maybe even anywhere at all?

  4. Avatar beany

    “9 x (X+2)…
    “I’m presuming you didn’t study maths at university. Or maybe even anywhere at all?”

    Despite your insult and apparent superiority complex that equation should be 9 x X (X+18)… The contract is 9 months at (either £31.99 a month for the 50Mb or £36.99 a month for the 67Mb) this is £2 per month more than the 12 month contracts (which are £29.99 and £34.99 respectively) thus £18 more over a 9 month period.

    For those types of prices people could go to numerous providers which are cheaper with the same contract times, in fact they could go to a few with monthly contracts for around the same price. BOTH circumstances also unlikely to come with a MASSIVE price rise come RPI time in March. So whatever you would like to think of my maths, i suspect others will be able to tell a rip off when they see it. I do not need to be Einstein to comprehend big number worse than small number when it comes to cost to a person.

    • Avatar 125us

      9 x £31.99 is £287. 12 x £29.99 is £359.

      Now, look very closely and tell me which of those numbers is bigger than the other. My equation was correct. Your understanding of it, not so much.

    • Avatar beany

      “9 x £31.99 is £287. 12 x £29.99 is £359.”

      You need new batteries in your calculator. Or more fingers to count the pence figures. Your equation is not correct, i do not see where you have added 2 anywhere in that latest post.

      Price rises that will occur around March 2020 time (AS I ORIGINALLY pointed out) due to RPI (IE about 6 months in to either contract) which will allow you to leave with 30 days notice. It says so right on BTs help and Faqs on their website.

      You thus would not be staying on either package after that time if you were seriously bargain hunting and thus would not be paying the for the full contract length.

      As stated the 9 month contracts are £2 per month more than the 12 month contracts. Both of which you could leave come the RPI increase.

      Both prices are also as stated from my follow up post and the news item mentions are “quite pricey compared with similar spec packages from a few other providers”.

      So no matter what you think of my maths or which package is cheaper they are still both a rip off. One which it seems you want people to sign up for. We can all guess why.

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