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BT, Virgin and Sky rival give you free broadband until 2023

Shell Energy is trying to lure Virgin Media, Sky and BT customers to its broadband service with the offer of free internet access until 2023. This offer is available in a number of plans, including the service Shell Fast and the faster Superfast Fiber Plus option. Even when the free broadband runs out, Shell has also reduced the price of its bundles from £18.99 per month.

If you’re wondering how the free broadband offer works, it’s pretty straightforward. When you sign up, Shell will credit your account with enough money to get you through the next few months, meaning you won’t have to pay anything until the start of next year.

For example, if you sign up for Shell Energy Fast Broadband you will receive a one-time bill credit of £50, if you sign up for Shell Energy Superfast Fiber you will receive a one-time bill credit of £65 or if you sign up for up to at Shell Energy Superfast Fiber plus, you will receive a one-time £85 bill credit.

Sound attractive? Here are all the Shell offers, what speeds will be offered and how much you’ll pay once the free tier ends.

SHELL’S BEST OFFERS

Fast Broadband • £18.99 per monthWAS £27.58
INCLUDES • Free access until 2023, 11 Mbps downloads, 18 month contract
SEE THE OFFER HERE

Ultra-fast fiber • £21.99 per month WAS £32.88
INCLUDES • Free access until 2023, 38 Mbps downloads, 18 month contract
SEE THE OFFER HERE

Ultra-fast fiber • £23.99 per monthWAS £38.19
INCLUDES • Free access until 2023, 67 Mbps downloads, 18 month contract
SEE THE OFFER HERE

Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s worth checking that Shell’s speeds will meet your needs as these downloads aren’t blazingly fast. Basic 11Mbps service is fine for web access and emailing, but not suitable for busy homes that stream music and movies all day.

Shell’s 68Mbps downloads will be better for heavier use, including watching full 4K content and downloading endless movies from online stores. It should also be noted that prices will rise next year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate plus up to 3%. Like most internet service providers, Shell does not guarantee that its monthly charges will remain the same for the duration of the contract.

If that bothers you, you might want to watch what Sky offers instead. The ISP has just announced that it sets the prices for those who join its broadband or TV packages.

One final thing to note is Sky’s deal with the satellite TV company currently offering fixed prices for 18 months. This means that the cost you pay today will not change when the usual increases are announced next year.

You can find full details of Sky’s broadband deal here.