Announces Top 5 Broadband Gifts

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Looking for Christmas gift inspiration? Choose’s top five geek-tastic stocking fillers promise you can get a loved one online this Christmas with broadband for every budget.

Many broadband deals come with long contracts that make complicated to give as gifts announced its list of the top 5 broadband gifts for Christmas 2009 today, along with a warning on the potential pitfalls of buying unsuitable broadband for friends and family.

The price comparison website suggested that giving away broadband access could take care of a number of people still loitering on Christmas lists. A mobile broadband dongle (table here) could be the perfect gift for commuters, for example, while a mobile broadband laptop bundle (full guide to this) could suit a new student.

For a really special gift, the site suggested, consumers could get home broadband access for a loved one who isn’t currently online.

Choose editor Julia Kukiewicz commented that the top five were chosen with the potential problems involved with buying broadband access for friends and family in mind.

“Many broadband deals come with long contracts that make complicated to give as gifts,” she said, “so we’ve included three deals that are completely contract-free in our top five.”

“The home broadband deals that we did include come with unlimited broadband access to avoid the costs of extra usage,” she added.

Top 5 Broadband Gifts

1. Three mobile broadband - pay up front for twelve months

Last order date for Christmas: order online by 11am December 22nd

Choose’s top pick was a mobile broadband deal from Three.

The comparison site said that they picked the deal because it comes without a contract. “…the modem does come with a whole 12GB of usage that can be used over 12 months so you’re effectively giving away a year’s worth of internet access!” commented Ms Kukiewicz.

12GB for 12 months is £79.99. A 3GB for 3 months deal is also available for £39.99.

2. T-mobile mobile broadband - pay up front for twelve months

Last order date for Christmas: order online by 5pm December 21st

In second was a similar deal from T-mobile, also offering broadband access for 12 months but with a 2GB usage allowance released every 30 days.

“With this deal 12 months of access really does mean a year online on you,” Ms Kukiewicz commented, “but to avoid extra costs it’s one for light users only.”

The 12 month deal costs £146.80, while three months is again available for £44.03.

3. Asus 1005HGO Netbook with Orange mobile broadband

Last order date for Christmas: order online by 12pm December 22nd

In third place was a free laptop with mobile broadband deal from Orange.

This Asus 1005HGO is actually a netbook rather than a laptop: it’s small enough to slip into a bag, weighs just 1.4kg and has a built-in mobile broadband modem so there’s no need for a dongle. Unlike many netbooks it will also keep going away from the mains for a long time - around 6.5 hours with light use.

There are a number of mobile broadband usage allowances available but the cheapest - with 1GB of data usage for 24 months - is £24.47 a month.

4. O2 mobile broadband modem

Last order date for Christmas: order online by 12pm December 22nd

O2 have the cheapest mobile broadband dongle in the UK: just £14.67. O2 also have a 30 day happiness guarantee.

“This is a good stocking filler,” said Ms Kukiewicz, “and it’ll allow your recipient to pay for mobile broadband access wherever they are from just £2 a day. What’s more it’s available in both white and pink – which makes a perfect special touch for a present.”

5. Home Broadband Choices: O2 Standard, BE Unlimited and Plusnet Value.

Up to 8Mb speeds, unlimited downloads, free web texts and a great reputation for customer service helped to make O2 broadband Standard one of ChooseISP’s top three but what really clinched it for them was the discount for O2 mobile customers.

Standard is just £12.23 a month and with an O2 mobile phone it’ll be just £7.34.

Plusnet offers the chance to opt for the ‘no contract’ option at sign up for any of its packages and you just pay up-front for the set up (£30) and the wired or wireless router (£20 or £40 respectively).

Plusnet’s Value broadband is just £5.99 and optionally Plusnet line rental is £10.95 and comes with free evenings and weekend calls.

Alternatively, Be Broadband – which, coincidentally, shares the same network as O2 – offers three month contracts from just £20 a month.

“There are a wealth of options in the home broadband market,” said Ms Kukiewicz, “we included O2 because we thought this could be a great opportunity for gift givers to share their discounts with a loved one and Plusnet and Be broadband to cater for those that don’t want to tie their recipients into a long contract, It’s also worth nothing that anyone can see which home broadband deals are available by checking a postcode and/or home phone number in one of Choose's availability checker pages.”


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