Onestream Broadband Buyers Guide

Onestream are a newer provider, aiming to provide cheaper standard and fibre broadband with call packages.

  • Standard and Fibre packages available
  • Totally unlimited downloads
  • Range of call packages available
  • Very competitive pricing on all deals

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Onestream Jetstream Fibre Unlimited Broadband
£19.95 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Powerful Stream 3 home hub router included free
  • 17Mb average download speed
  • 1Mb average upload speed
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Onestream Jetstream Fibre Max Unlimited Broadband
£21.95 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 45Mb average download speed
  • 8Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Powerful Stream 3 home hub router included free
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Onestream Xstream Superfibre Unlimited Broadband
£22.50 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 67Mb average download speed
  • 17Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Powerful Stream 3 home hub router included free
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

Buy now

Details last checked on 2021-05-13

Reasons to choose Onestream

  • Very competitive prices - Onestream are one of the cheapest broadband providers around right now
  • Three fibre-to-the-cabinet options - you get three choices for FTTC broadband, including a slow plan that could be suitable for users with modest needs
  • Fully unlimited service - you can use the internet as much as you like with the unlimited deals
  • UK-based tech support - free customer support is available by phone or online
  • Range of call packages available - you can add your choice of five phone plans if you still make a lot of landline calls

Possible downsides

  • 18 month contracts - all the deals last for 18 months, with no shorter options available
  • No frills service - other than broadband and calls there are no extras to be had
  • Relatively new and unknown name - Onestream have only been around for a couple of years, so are still a relative newcomer to the market

Features at a glance

  • Average download speeds of 17Mb, 45Mb and 67Mb on their fibre plans

  • 18 month contracts as standard

  • Download allowances are truly unlimited

  • £9.99 delivery cost for the router

  • UK-based tech support over the phone or online, including a callback option for added convenience

  • Line rental included on all deals, with cheap call plans available as an optional extra

1.9 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 127 customer ratings since 2020-05-19. See more Onestream customer ratings and reviews.

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Onestream.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    1.9 stars
  • Customer Service
    1.9 stars
  • Speed
    2.2 stars
  • Reliability
    2.2 stars

Based on 127 customer ratings since 2020-05-19

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The worst WiFi I have ever had, my biggest regret was moving from Sky. I have complained and was told by Onestream that at the router they comply with speed.
So WiFi must be due to cheap or poor router as this hasn't happened before.

DO NOT USE ONESTREAM.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Bath Onestream  
A tin can and a length of string, that's basically what your paying for if you go with this so called broadband provider. Was told that their service would have a minimum speed of 49mbps, however running speed tests at various times of the day more often than not the speeds are way below this so much for the 55-76mbps that I'm paying for. Have had these as my ISP for about 5 weeks and pretty much everyday I have had some sort of issue with the service from speeds slower than they should be to the connection randomly cutting off. And yet the so called customer service team can do nothing other than blame you the customer for their issues because and I quote ''everything is fine on our end'' and yet I can't connect either via WiFi or an ethernet connection. Up to this point after me telling them the constant problems, not to mention that I'm currently on router number 3 and still having problems but theirs nothing wrong with their stuff and it's my equipment such as my computers, tablets and so on that have suddenly developed the same fault both wired and wireless. Also if for some mad idea you decide to go to this provider make sure you check your direct debit as I've had one set up by these for a fortnightly amount of £22.50, and I would hazard a guess that majority of you reading this would have seen their adverts quoting this price not £45.
So just so summerise,
Onestream  
Worst experience ever!
For starters, never even got connected to this so called "Broadband". Never received their broadband package with modem etc. , They booked engineer to visit my property to install their services, he didn't showed up. When i tried to cancel my order, they put me on 72hours waiting list, 7 days passed, still no news about getting my money back. Online Chat operators are useless AF. They are cheap for a reason. Don't go near them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Peterborough PE1 Onestream  
The fact that the company charge £10 for a late payment, which I've attempted to resolve the same day I received the text notification, is poor form. A fine of this type only serves to punish further customers who are likely already struggling financially, and there are apparently no grounds for appeal. I know this is a typical aggravated customer catchphrase but this, for me, is enough to mean that I'll be leaving Onestream as soon as I'm out of contract, and I'll be spreading reviews to ensure other potential customers know about this slithery policy. This is absolutely not the time or the climate to be issuing fines; people are struggling, and the higher-ups in this company don't have an ounce of humanity between the lot of them, it seems. The shareholders and CEOs might walk past a £10 note in the street but for me and a lot of customers, that's shopping for the week, or public transport for a few days. I'm incredibly disappointed, and quite hurt.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
UK Onestream  
In only 2 months with Onestream, they have:

Failed to cancel my previous broadband provider contract.
Claimed I had cancelled the contract and demanded their router back (before it was received).
Sent a wi-fi router based on 2009 technology, delivering a far slower connection than the line.
Dropped service directly before a bank holiday weekend, with no support available.
Not responded to support calls - mailbox full.
Live chat support refused to even diagnose the problem unless I accept a £120 engineer callout charge.
Threatened me with a £370 cancellation charge.
Not responded to complaints calls - their advertised number is just static.
Not responded to complaints emails - auto-acknowledgement only.

Avoid like the plague.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol Onestream  
Utterly dire service. Like a similar reviewer we switched from sky as service was apparently cheaper yet faster- they mistakenly activated internet at my old address which was a fault they recognised themselves so we promptly got onto customer service who said they'd get it sorted in 14 days. I asked for an email to confirm what was said & they obliged. One month later no email, no internet and neither my partner (NHS employee) or myself can work from home. I should say I have been onto online customer service many times and their recommendations never work. Huge mistake, thoroughly regret trying to save a few pounds. Honestly, avoid them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Telford,. Shropshire Onestream  
I was with Sky for an 18-month contract with no issues. When it was time to renew, I came across Onestream and noticed it was dramatically cheaper. I thought since it's the same line, then I'd save some money and signed up with them. This was a major mistake...

Since we've had the line, there has been around a 50% chance that at specifically 8:20 PM every day, the internet will FULLY RESTART and be unusable for 5 mins each time; this gets frustrating went you are in calls trying to work with people.

Recently things have gotten worse where we will get intermittent packet loss over the day. This causes you and others to break up and not be able to hear each other when in Zoom calls etc.

I attempted to contact their support team, who ran a single line test, and because nothing was wrong specifically at that time, they just tried to get rid of me by telling me it's probably weak WiFi.....? The whole house is cabled, and I never mentioned using WiFi; it was just a weak attempt to get rid of me.

I tried to re-explain again that the packet loss is intermittent and not always there - but they refused to accept any reports or escalate the issues telling me it would be £400 if I wanted to cancel today.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS! No actual support is given if you have a problem.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Selby, United Kingdom Onestream  
Since switching to Onestream, have had very low speeds at 300 kpbs vs guaranteed 38 Mbps. Limited chat time until 17.30. Customer service insufficient. They have not provided a solution yet, other than offering that I pay another £39 for a better wirless router (which apparently is at a discounted price). Cannot recommend Onestream, go with an established provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
SW19 Onestream  
Tried to cancel been told it will take 30 days to cancel even though spoken to bt and they said they can take over the line in 2 weeks,constant lies!!!! Reported now to financial ombudsman and ofcom bunch of conmen!!!!
Still no internet,still no answers, honestly this company got the nerve to keep adding fake reviews, please stop it it's embarrassing

Well I would like to say it is not a good start to joining these jokers, firstly had to chase up my router, as no email, of any kind to let me know I even had a contract with them, cannot get through to there online chat keeps crashing,got through eventually on the phone. Eventually got a email stating I'm going live on the 14/04/2021, which is fine, that day came and passed then was told the 19th, that date came and passed,
Now they're blaming openreach saying a delay on the line, cannot give me a date, on when my internet is going live. Please don't waste your time with them giving them one day as I know for definite that I'll be calling them and hoping I get through to cancel my contract, appalling service
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow Onestream  
Returned to Onestream after being with the Post Office on a wet piece of string. Onestream service is superb.
Spoke to Matthew who dealt with my requirement to return to Onestream Fibre. Very professional and helpful. Highly recommended.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Sandbach Onestream  

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How to find the best broadband for light use

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You know how it goes. Whenever you start shopping for a new broadband deal, you find yourself being steered towards the faster, flashier and more expensive services.

The thing is, not everyone needs an upgrade. Some of us are happy with what we've already got, and some don't even need that.

If you don't have a house full of kids who are all online 24/7, or if you live on your own, or are part of the generation that's less computer-reliant, then you may be able to get away with a much more basic broadband service. It could even save you some money in the process.

Let's take a look at your options.

How light is light use?

First of all, you need to work out how much you actually use the internet, to make sure your usage is as low as you think it is.

If your usage is mostly things like web browsing, shopping and bill paying then that's definitely light use. TV streaming counts as well, so long as there's only one person in your house doing it at any given time, and that you don't want to watch in the highest quality on your massive 4K TV.

But there are lots of other things as well that you don't tend to think about: Windows updates on your laptop that happen in the background, downloading movies and TV shows to your Sky Q box, playing games, and sharing large files for work. And all those other little devices you've got connected to your Wi-Fi. Some of them won't be downloading much, but it all adds up.

Chances are that you do use more bandwidth than you realise, so do make sure that you buy a broadband service that's right for your needs.

Broadband for light use

The slowest broadband you can get is standard broadband. This is the old pre-fibre service that runs entirely on the copper phone network. It offers average speeds of around 11Mb, which is enough for general web use or for one person to watch Netflix in HD.

Standard broadband is old tech and is set to be phased out in a few years, but you can still get it right now. It doesn't offer huge savings - standard broadband will typically save you a couple of pounds a month, but over the course of a year they do amount to the cheapest deals you can get.

Take a look at NOW Broadband, Plusnet and John Lewis for the cheapest standard broadband packages, with prices under £20 a month.

If you don't want to go quite that slow, the most basic fibre deal you can get is from Onestream. Their 17Mb service is the cheapest widely available fibre broadband package.

Most suppliers' entry-level fibre offers more than double that speed, at around 36Mb. Almost every broadband company has a deal at this level, so there's bags of competition on price and service. TalkTalk, Vodafone and EE all have deals around the same price point for the same speed services.

36Mb is ideal for light use - it's affordable but not too restrictive. It can handle many people online at the same, with even two or three streaming movies simultaneously, so has plenty of headroom for when you have guests round.

You could also consider some specialist providers. Hyperoptic and Community Fibre have great value full fibre packages - at 30Mb and 50Mb respectively - but they're both available in only very limited areas. Or you could go for a mobile broadband deal, running on the 4G network (or 5G in some areas), such as the 18Mb plan from Three.

You don't always have to buy the best or fastest broadband deal around. Pick what you need, and if you only need something basic then you've got plenty of choices.

Ready to start shopping for a new broadband deal? Just enter your postcode into our postcode checker and you'll be able to see exactly what offers are available in your street right now.

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Onestream Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Onestream right for you?

Can I get Onestream broadband?

Onestream offer fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband on the BT-owned Openreach network. It's available to around 97% of the UK.

Onestream are a relatively new provider, having launched in 2018, but are owned by the well established business broadband supplier Onecom. As their service uses Openreach it has similar coverage and performance to most providers in the UK. The service is fibre-to-the-cabinet, which means that the fibre cables run to your nearest street cabinet, and the connection to your home is over the old copper wire network. The speeds you get as a result can vary depending on how far your house is from the street cabinet.

Onestream pitch themselves as a low-cost broadband supplier, with prices that undercut many of their rivals. Use our postcode checker to see if Onestream is available where you are.

What packages are available?

Onestream have three fibre broadband deals available. They're all FTTC, with no full fibre options. There's also one standard broadband package.

The fibre packages are:

  • Jetstream Fibre Unlimited Broadband - an entry-level service with 17Mb average download speed and 1.5Mb average upload speed
  • Jetstream Fibre Max Unlimited Broadband - a mid-range deal with 45Mb average download speed and 8Mb average upload speed
  • Xstream Superfibre Unlimited Broadband - the high-end package offers 67Mb average download speed and 17Mb average upload speed

If you can't get fibre, or are in an area where the fibre performance is very poor, they also offer a single standard broadband deal:

  • Onestream Flow Unlimited Broadband - an average 11Mb download and 1Mb upload speed

All the deals are fully unlimited and come on 18 month contracts. You need a BT line installed where you live to get it, and line rental is included in the price. Onestream promise no sneaky in-contract price hikes, though it can still rise annually in line with the RPI rate.

If you're browsing the Onestream website, be aware that they tend to give greatest emphasis to the maximum download speeds for each of their plans, not the average. You're likely to get lower than this in practice. However, they do offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so you have time to test the service properly to be sure you're happy with what you're getting.

If you still need a landline you can add your choice of call plans to your deal:

  • Onestream Uptime - free calls to UK landlines anytime
  • Onestream Downtime - free calls to UK landlines weekday evenings and all weekend
  • Onestream World - calls to 18 countries at 2.5p per minute
  • Onestream Move - calls to mobiles for 2.5p per minute
  • Onestream Life - all of the above in a single deal

Which package should I choose?

Onestream are a little unusual in that they have three fibre speeds available, although the price difference between them is very low.

The ISP's unique package is Jetstream Fibre Unlimited, the entry-level deal with an average download speed of 17Mb. No other provider offers fibre broadband with such a low speed. It's the equivalent of an old standard ADSL broadband connection - albeit a tad faster than their Onestream Flow Unlimited deal - and could be fine for small households with modest uses. It can handle some Netflix streaming in HD but not 4K. If your online activities are mostly browsing, shopping, Facebook and the like, then it may be okay.

Onestream's mid-range deal is a little faster than the equivalent from other providers. It averages 45Mb, when other are typically around 35 to 38Mb. The top-end deal is the same as you get elsewhere.

We normally recommend choosing the deal that offers the right balance between price and speed. However, in the case of Onestream, there's only a £2 a month difference between their slowest and fastest fibre packages. So unless you're on the tightest of budgets you may as well just go for the fastest deal, especially as that already looks decent value compared to other providers offering similar speeds.

You'll be committed to Onestream for 18 months, although if you do choose a slower speed you can upgrade your service at any time for free.

Points to consider before you choose

  • Do you use streaming services, or have a large family that are always online?
  • Do you need a landline with cheap phone calls?
  • Are you happy (and able) to commit to the service for 18 months?
  • Do you want extras like TV, perhaps as part of a bundle?

Compare all Onestream broadband packages

What do I get when I sign up?

It's always worth seeing what else you get when you join a broadband supplier, so you can budget for any extras you might need.

  • Stream 3 Home Hub - What Onestream describe as a "super dooper router" is supplied with each package, and you have to pay for delivery.
  • Free customer support - Tech support is available by phone, email or live chat. You can also request a callback, so they'll contact you at a time that's more convenient.

What are the benefits of Onestream?

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider broadband from Onestream.

  • They're cheap - Onestream rank among the cheapest providers in the UK, with speeds comparable to what their more expensive rivals offer.
  • Very slow fibre available if you need it - If you have only basic needs you can shave a few pounds off your bill each month with a very entry-level plan. Got poor fibre coverage in your area? They offer a standard broadband deal as well.
  • Free tech support - Tech support includes a callback option, so you can arrange for them to call you at the most convenient time.
  • Free router - You get a free router when you sign up.

What are the drawbacks of Onestream?

Nothing is ever perfect. Here are some of the potential downsides to look out for with Onestream.

  • No-frills service - Onestream give you broadband and some phone plans, and nothing else. This is not a service to go for if you need TV or mobile bundles, for example.
  • No shorter contracts - All their plans are on 18 month contracts. This is not ideal for those who would rather keep their commitment a bit shorter.
  • No ultrafast broadband available - An average of 67Mb is as fast as Onestream goes, so look elsewhere if you want to explore the ultrafast options available to you.
  • It's a new name in the industry - Onestream are a new and somewhat unproven name in the broadband industry. The initial reviews from our customers to date are decidedly mixed.
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