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UK's Top Landline & Mobile Broadband Deals (May 2009)

Looking for a great broadband package that combines both wireless and wired services can be a daunting task when you have to account for the various packages on the market.

This is why we have compiled a deal list which provide you with the best offers on the market by taking advantage of the unique features of fixed/mobile broadband packages.

Of the 7 mobile service providers on the market, only five - BT, Virgin Media, Vodafone, O2, Orange - offer both mobile and fixed line high speed internet. T-Mobile and Three are the two only mobile network companies in the UK that do not currently have any landline offers.

BT launched a new broadband package that claims to be the cheapest on the market. Its BT Total Broadband Option 3, which comes with a discounted 3-month period, costs £35.26 per month over the duration of the 18-month contract.

This includes (opens in new tab) the line rental, a free USB dongle with 1GB monthly data allowance, unlimited WiFi Minutes, BT Home Hub and Hub phone, Advanced McAfee security package and unlimited usage. BT also includes a 5GB secure online storage with BT Digital Vault, Unlimited UK Evening & Weekend calls plus BT Yahoo! email accounts with unlimited storage.

There's also another package called BT Anywhere (opens in new tab) which provides you with a HTC S620 Windows-based smartphone on top of the options offered by Total Broadband Option 3. BT provides you with unlimited usage when on FON WiFi and 500 minutes when in BT Openzone hotspots. Note that Total Broadband option 3 comes with a 802.11n wireless router.

Vodafone's Home Broadband (opens in new tab) option charges you £25 per month including line rental for unlimited broadband and unlimited calls to UK landlines any time of the day or night. This price though is only applicable if you have a mobile contract with Vodafone.

Buying a USB modem (opens in new tab) will cost you a rather expensive £15 per month on a 24 month contract with 3GB inclusive usage (and a £10 discount for the first 3 month). Unfortunately, Vodafone does not offer a straight bundled price. However, you can always try to haggle down their tariffs.

O2's offer certainly ranks amongst the best on offer. You won't get any inclusive minutes or line discounts with O2 but it is the only one in the lot which offers ADSL2+ speeds. That means (opens in new tab) for example that you can get a 3GB package with unlimited WI-Fi for a mere £14.69 to which you will have to add £4.90 for O2's Home Broadband, bringing the price to a grand total of £19.39 per month.

O2's Home broadband provides up to 8Mbps upload speeds with 100 web texts per month and McAfee's Security Software. Add another £2.45 a month, and O2 will up the speed to 20Mbps (with 3 months free), give free web texts and security application licenses for 3 computers.

If you are an Orange customer (opens in new tab), you should already get their phone starter package for free, which means that you can add their Internet everywhere for £15 per month. As for the rest of the competition, Orange requires you to sign a 18-month contract with their service.

The mobile broadband comes with a a 3.6Mbps connection speed and 3GB monthly allowance. Home starter is free with 10GB usage allowance and comes with free evening and weekend calls. Orange's Home Max costs £4.18 per month for Orange mobile customers or £13.97 for all other customers. It comes with unlimited monthly usage allowance, unlimited anytime calls to landlines and a £10.50 line rental fee.

Virgin Media (opens in new tab) sells 10Mbps broadband with its mobile broadband dongle for £23.75 per month for the first year and you will get a free security application as well as a Wireless G router. Virgin also offers some interesting deals if you take their TV, landline phone and mobile phone services including £20 credit.

Furthermore, customers will also get V Stuff, a stack of free services including 5GB worth of online storage and backup as well as free Photo prints. Virgin Media also claims that their fiber-optic based infrastructure will provide with a faster and more constant internet speed.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.