Black Friday 2021 - Exclusive Deals & Offers

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Update: 26 November

Black Friday is finally upon us. But what could it mean in terms of your home broadband deal? The nation’s telecomms giants have been vying for your custom over the last few weeks by bringing out their best offers. Here’s our round-up:

BT

You can pay nothing for three months on BT’s Full Fibre 100, Fibre Essential and Fibre 2 broadband deals.

Contract terms last 24 months, with monthly payments of £39.99, £27.99 and £29.99 required on the respective offers once the 3-month deals have ended.

That’s a saving of £199.97, £83.97 and £89.97 for a 24-month term if you sign up between 26 and 29 November.

SKY

From Black Friday until 3 December save £8 per month on Sky Superfast Broadband (18-month contract), Sky Ultrafast broadband (18-month contract) and Sky Ultrafast Plus Broadband (18-month contract) to pay £25 per month, £32 per month and £42 per month respectively.

That’s savings of £144 for the 18-month term on each.

Virgin Media

Currently, Virgin Media’s M50 Broadband & Phone package is £28 per month, reduced from £52 per month on an 18-month contract, saving you £432 for the term.

Community Fibre

Up until 2 December, you can get 6 months free on Community Fibre’s 24-month broadband contracts and three months free on 12.

Pick from:

  • 75Mbps Fibre Broadband (24 months) for a saving of £165- £27.50 per month once deal ends

  • 200Mbps Fibre Broadband (24 months) for a saving of £225 - £37.50 per month once deal ends

  • 75Mbps Fibre Broadband (12 months) for a a saving of £73.50 - £24.50 per month once deal ends

TalkTalk

TalkTalk is offering £18.50 per month off its Fibre 35 deal, £12 per month off its Fibre 150 deal and £7 off its Fibre 35+ Talk TV + Netflix bundle.

All are 18-month contracts.

So, over an 18-month period, that’s monthly payments of £21 per month for a saving of £333, £28 per month for a saving of £216 and £33.95 per month for a saving of £120, respectively.

NOW

Enjoy NOW’s Fab Fibre broadband with average speeds of 36Mbps or Super Fibre with average speeds of 63Mbps for £21 per month, for 12 months.

A £5 delivery fee applies, though no activation charge.

Deals end 3 December.

Plusnet

Sign up for Plusnet’s broadband and line rental and get a reward card to spend in high street stores or online, wherever Mastercard® is accepted.

Choose from:

Unlimited Broadband & Line Rental (12 months) for £18.95 per month - £75 reward card

Unlimited Fibre Broadband & Line Rental (18 months) for £21.95 - £70 reward card

Unlimited Fibre Extra & Line Rental (18 months) for £23.95 - £70 reward card

Deal ends 1 December.

11 November update

NOW

From 12 November, NOW is offering its Sports Membership TV deal for £19 per month - a discount of £7 per month, which racks up to £72 over a 12-month term.

You can also get £1 per month off its Entertainment Membership and Cinema membership TV deals as well as its Super Fibre broadband deal, which will ring in at £21 per month, £4.99 per month and £4.99 per month respectively.

Virgin Media

From today Virgin Media is knocking £19 per month off its broadband deals for a saving of £342 over the course of an 18-month contract:

  • M200 Fibre Only with average speeds of 108 megabits per second is now £25 per month

  • M200 Fibre Only with average speeds of 213Mbps is now £31 per month

  • M350 Fibre Only with average speeds of 362Mbps is now £37 per month

  • M500 Fibre Only with average speeds of 516Mbps is now £43 per month

Each has a set up fee of £35 and will go up in price to £44, £50, £56 and £62 at the end of the 18-month contract.

BT

BT is offering £2 per month off its broadband deals until 18 November.

Its Broadband 10Mb tariff is now £27.99 and its Fibre Essential 36Mb is now £28.99, both saving you £48 over a two-year term.

Black Friday 2021 - How we got here

Originally a US phenomenon, Black Friday has become a permanent fixture in the UK calendar over the last decade and now marks one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

This year, it falls on 26 November.

If you’re looking to take advantage of Black Friday in 2021, here’s some background on how it came about – and what to expect.

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is when retailers offer some of their best deals across services and merchandise ranging from broadband and mobile plans to clothes, furniture, holidays and much more.

Falling on the day after Thanksgiving in the US, Black Friday takes place on the last Friday in November.

Where did it come from?

Reports of the event’s origins vary, but the term can be traced as far back as the 1950s when swathes of workers in the US would call in sick after Thanksgiving, lining up for themselves a four-day weekend.

Police highlighted how busy shops were on this Friday and it was not long before retailers dropped their prices exclusively on this date.

Later, in the 1970s, the term ‘Black Friday’ featured in The New York Times to describe Philadelphia’s busiest shopping day.

By the 1980s, the term Black Friday had taken on different associations such as with retailers’ bank accounts which were said to tip from being in the red – in debt – to black – in profit.

In the UK, ‘Black Friday’ had a different meaning. It was the last working day of December and synonymous with paramedics and police finding themselves overloaded with drunken party-goers.

But today, Black Friday is widely understood to mean the same thing on both sides of the Atlantic. Now in the UK, it has overtaken Boxing Day as the busiest shopping day of the year, with British retailers following the lead of US-owned brands such as Asda and Amazon.

How much is sold?

While Black Friday has seen unprecedented sales volumes year-on-year, increasingly this is not limited to the day itself. Sales have expanded to include the whole week and the following Monday – dubbed Cyber Monday – for high volumes of online sales.

As an indication, sales jumped by 7% between the period of 25 November and 2 December in 2019, compared to the same time the year before, according to Barclaycard, which processes around £1 of every £3 spent in the UK.

However, figures fell in 2020 by more than 10% compared to the previous year due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions forcing retailers to close and employers to lay off or furlough their staff.

While supply chain issues, which have posed problems such as a global shortage of semiconductors for the electronics sector may limit available product, it remains to be seen whether sales this Black Friday will reach pre-pandemic levels.

Tesco, Amazon and Argos are all among the giants that have confirmed they will be taking part.

Watch out for deals

This Black Friday will present shoppers with the perfect opportunity to stock up on Christmas presents as well as more perennial items that could be up for grabs at deep discounts.

But finding specific deals among the countless online bargains has become an art form in itself. The savviest shoppers are graduating from just ‘knowing where to look’ to strategic planning of which webpages to check exactly and when.

Getting in early is always a bonus and many retailers will start announcing their offers as soon as this week, as well as in the run-up to 26 November.

As a taster, Tesco Mobile is offering £10 off a month on its iPhone Pro Max deal. It rings in at £49.99 per month with unlimited calls, texts and data.

It is also discounting its Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 unlimited calls and texts plus 6GB of data deal by £5 to £29.99 a month.

We’ll keep updating this page with more Black Friday broadband and mobile phone deals as and when they are announced.

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