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Home entertainment, fast internet and keeping in touch with loved ones far away doesn’t have to be expensive. With a few simple steps, you can get yourself the ideal TV, phone and broadband package that will suit your needs without breaking the bank.

Firstly…

You will need a TV licence. UK law states that if you are watching or recording TV programmes as they are being shown on a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone, then you are required to have a TV Licence. As of 2016, this includes watching on catch-up through BBC iPlayer. Most halls rf Residence do not cover you for a TV licence and you will need to purchase one for your room or dorm. Purchasing a TV licence is quick and easy and can be done online.

Not paying for a TV Licence is a criminal offence which can result in prosecution and a fine of up to £1000 excluding legal costs.

Freeview

In 2012, the UK underwent a Digital switchover. Analogue signals were switched off and consumers are now able to watch many channels for free with a digital freeview set-top-box.

Package Deals

Having a package deal can often give you more for less. USwitch, SimplifyDigital, BroadbandChoices and Money Saving Expert are all websites giving you the latest deals and benefits of combining your phone, TV and broadband, which is often cheaper than paying for each service separately.

Set-up and Bills

  • Make sure that everyone in the household is named on the TV, broadband and phone contract.
  • Pay bills on time to avoid late charges (you may get a discount for paying by direct debit, or online).
  • Don’t forget to cancel or transfer contracts when you move.

Skype and FaceTime

Skype is another cheap alternative to keeping in touch with Friends and loved ones far away. The face-to-face video calling software allows unlimited skype-to-skype calling at any time for free.

FaceTime is Apple’s version of Skype – unlimited video calls to anyone who has the FaceTime App.

Phone cards

An international calling card can also be a cheap way to call abroad from a landline, without incurring costs to that landline. Phone cards can also be used abroad and are cheap and easy to carry.

Mobiles

Mobiles can be costly things. Even a pay-as-you-go mobiles can get very expensive if used a lot. The important thing to remember is that whatever you choose, whether it’s contract or pay-as-you-go, you must be aware of any limits on your plan and avoid exceeding them.

Like the TV, broadband and phone deals, there are packages for mobile phones which will suit your needs, and it’s important to hunt around to find the right tariff with the right phone for you.

Experts like Money Supermarket will also help you find the right phone and payment plans for you.

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