Quite simply, this is a broadband service that does not tie you into a contract and regular monthly payment to which you are committed for a fixed period. The appeal of having is no contract in place is that you have the freedom to switch providers anytime you wish. There won’t be any cancellation fee either, in contrast to a contracted service.
The main drawback of a non-contract option for businesses is that it might not be at all suited to your specific needs. It may also cost a little more than comparable broadband contract services, and it won’t get set up any faster than a comparable contracted option. An engineer will still need to visit the local junction box and probably the premises where the broadband is going to be used.
In addition, you’ll find there are not many ‘no contract’ services available, so your choice in terms of the speeds and overall package that is on offer may be very limited.Back to top
No monthly contract broadband – the details
Where a non-contract service is available, it is likely to be quite fast and the downloads will also be unlimited. That’s great, but the services will also tend to be more expensive than a contract option and there may also be an installation charge.
Additionally, the non-contract services that are available tend to be geared towards consumers, students and anyone renting accommodation, rather than businesses, so you might not find a non-contract option that suits your requirement that easily.
Another point to be aware of is that, although you are not tied into a monthly contract, you will be paying a fee each month for the broadband service. Also, most services are offered on a rolling monthly basis, and if you decide to switch to another option or provider, you will have to give 30 days’ notice to your supplier.Back to top
Why would my business need no monthly contract broadband?
Not being committed to a provider could be useful if you want to weigh up your options or test a service before you sign up for a longer-term deal. It might also be useful if you think that the business might need to move or expand in the not-so-distant future. In these uncertain times, you may even be considering whether or not you actually need a fixed location or premises, and a no-contract option would keep things simple and avert the need to make any long-term commitment.
Another reason you might want a non-contract option is for a second or temporary location. If you are conducting an audit, carrying out a complex installation, running a construction project, or providing some other service that requires a team of people to be at a different location or on-site for a time, then a non-contract option (if available) could be ideal.Back to top
Should I choose broadband without contract for my business?
For most businesses, a non-contract deal will only be suitable if you need the kind of flexibility it offers. The reasons why you might want to take this option are discussed in the previous section of this article. Only a small number of businesses take out no-contract services, and usually it’s for a very specific reason. Also, as the choice of services may be quite limited, you might find that it is just not a realistic option for you.Back to top
Who offers no contract broadband in UK?
Only a handful of operators provide a no-contract option. While there is a small market for non-contract offers, it’s not big enough to entice all the big players. Most want to get a good commitment from customers in return for the investment that they have made in setting up all the infrastructure, support and management that you need to operate as an Internet Services Provider.
Those who do offer it are certainly setting themselves apart from their rivals – and perhaps also see it as a way of enticing customers to try their services before they make a full commitment. This is fine from a customer’s perspective, but of course, it’s only something you can do with the handful of providers who do offer a non-contract option.
The other reason they offer non-contract options is to target specific groups, such as students, or providers of student accommodation, where there is only going to be a requirement for connectivity for a fixed period of time. In such situations, it’s useful to be able to turn the service on and off at almost any time.
ISPs that target the wide rental market also offer non-contract options, often with TV services bundled. Once again, while these may have a definite appeal to people working away from home or living somewhere temporarily, they are not really suited to businessesBack to top
Alternatives to non contract broadband
The obvious alternative to non-contract is to use 4G or – if it is available – 5G technology. You can pick up a mobile MiFi hotspot device and purchase an ‘all you can eat’ monthly data allowance at a relatively low cost. For temporary locations, this can be an ideal choice.
The advantage of this option is that there will be no waiting around for the service to be installed and once you don’t need it anymore, you just stop using it. There will be no notice period – only, perhaps, some leftover data allowance.
You could also purchase a cellular ‘dongle’, which will effectively provide you with the same kind of service, or just use your mobile phone as a WiFi hotspot. However, this is by no means ideal for regular and intensive use.
Of course, these alternatives assume that decent 4G or 5G signals are available in the area or building where you need to provide broadband. While coverage for 4G is already very good and it’s getting better for 5G, this is not always a given. In larger or older buildings – or other locations where stored materials and other factors can interfere with or block radio signals – you may need assistance from a specialist to make cellular data connections work effectively.Back to top