Many people on limited means are unaware of social tariffs from internet service providers to get home broadband at a reduced price. Disadvantaged school children and students could also benefit from free mobile data and 4G wireless routes in a Government scheme.
Social tariffs from internet service providers
|Provider||Name of package||Who’s eligible||Features and current price||Link|
|Phone and broadband
As well as getting free weekend calls (up to sixty minutes duration) to 0845 and 0870 numbers, it comes with a call allowance of £1.50 and a £10 monthly price cap.
Data is capped (although this has been removed during COVID)
|How do I find out more about BT Basic? | BT Help|
|Virgin Media||VM Essential broadband||UC claimants||No contract
£15 per month
|Virgin Media broadband for Universal Credit claimants – broadbandchoices.co.uk|
Other options are well explained here by Go Compare – Broadband for those on benefits.
Get free data from mobile providers during the pandemic
Department for Education (DfE) is working in partnership with mobile network operators to help schools support disadvantaged pupils in years 3 to 11 who rely on a mobile internet connection when their face-to-face education is disrupted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
The pandemic data offers for disadvantaged people from mobile companies vary both in terms of who’s eligible and what they get, so people should contact their mobile service provider to see what’s available.
4G wireless routers
Information on the Government’s scheme to distribute 4G wireless routers to disadvantaged school children and students – find out more
Tethering devices to a phone
Rather than reinvent the wheel, the process for Android and IOS phones is described here: How To Tether Android, iPhone & more (broadbandgenie.co.uk)
- You need to check that your mobile provider permits tethering (most do)
- You need to be careful that you respect data limits to avoid additional charges.