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9y, 18h agoPosted 9 years, 18 hours ago
Hi I am looking at broadband packages at the moment and wondered if anyone could recommend a provider that does not make you sign up to a 12 month contract, ideally one that you can cancel at a month's notice.

Not looking for anything super fast or with unlimited downloads, just something cheap, reliable and easy to cancel should I move house.

cheers;-)
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9y, 18h agoPosted 9 years, 18 hours ago
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#1
bethere no contract of 12 months you just need to give 3 months notice, if you choose be value there is though
[url]www.bethere.co.uk[/url]
#2
Most of the Entanet wholesalers.

http://www.adsl24.co.uk/
http://www.ukfsn.org/

Both are one month contracts, so only one month notice is needed.
#3
BE, as mentioned above, is without a 12 month contract but with a 3 month notice period.

It also has unlimited downloads and very good speed.

Also, if you were to go for it, I can refer you if you drop me a PM and both of us get a month free :)
#4
loop
Hi I am looking at broadband packages at the moment and wondered if anyone could recommend a provider that does not make you sign up to a 12 month contract, ideally one that you can cancel at a month's notice.

Not looking for anything super fast or with unlimited downloads, just something cheap, reliable and easy to cancel should I move house.

cheers;-)


Look at: www.newnet.co.uk

Check ISP Review before signing with anyone: http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.shtml
#5
I'm seeing quite a few entanet wholesalers on that top 10

http://www.ispreview.co.uk/review/top10.php
#6
I know there are people out there who will completely disagree with me on this one, but I've never had the slightest problem with PlusNet. They offer a 1 month contract with prices starting at £9.99 for the most basic option, although the £14.99 may suit better.

Whatever people who've had a problem with them in the past say, they are very highly regarded. £28 Quidco I think aswell.
#7
leefal
Most of the Entanet wholesalers.

http://www.adsl24.co.uk/
http://www.ukfsn.org/

Both are one month contracts, so only one month notice is needed.



I agree with this post! :thumbsup:
#8
Mike73
I know there are people out there who will completely disagree with me on this one, but I've never had the slightest problem with PlusNet. They offer a 1 month contract with prices starting at £9.99 for the most basic option, although the £14.99 may suit better.

Whatever people who've had a problem with them in the past say, they are very highly regarded. £28 Quidco I think aswell.


"Free activation and wired or wireless router available if you stay with us for 12 months (leave within 12 months and you'll pay the full activation and hardware cost)"

Not much of a one month contract is it?
Plus your not getting much for your cash.
19.99 with them gets you just 20g d/l. 19.99 with adsl24 or UKFSN gets you 30gb peak 300gb off peak. Plus no hidden leaving costs.
#9
leefal
"Free activation and wired or wireless router available if you stay with us for 12 months (leave within 12 months and you'll pay the full activation and hardware cost)"

Not much of a one month contract is it?

Plus your not getting much for your cash.
19.99 with them gets you just 20g d/l. 19.99 with adsl24 or UKFSN gets you 30gb peak 300gb off peak. Plus no hidden leaving costs.


Ok , so I forgot about having to pay back, however, if the OP already has broadband (Don't know from his post) then he won't pay an activation fee, and you don't have to take the free router if you already have one, or want to buy your own. Incidentally, having a quick look at ADSL24 if not migrating then you have to pay an activation fee (£47) up front anyway!

As for not getting much for your money, to be honest there isn't a huge amount in it. As you say for £19.99: -

PlusNet 20GB Peak and unlimited Off Peak
ADSL24 30GB Peak and 300GB Off Peak

The OP said that they're not too bothered about speed or download limits so they might be better off with a lower limit anyway, so for £14.99 (£16.50 for ADSL24): -

PlusNet 8GB Peak and Unlimited Off Peak
ADSL24 3GB Peak and 30GB Off Peak

Also it would seem that you can get really stung by ADSL24 if you do go over your download limit: -

If you go over your allocated monthly limit we will not cap, throttle or disconnect your connection. Instead, there is a small £5+vat admin fee plus the difference up to the next package you use up to. This will appear on your next bill.


Whereas with Plusnet, you can choose to either have the speed throttled back at no cost until your next month starts OR pay a small amount (£1 i think) per extra GB used. Much better I think.

I'm not trying to start an argument about which is best, I'm not trying to say that ADSL24 isn't as good as PlusNet - I've only used PlusNet, so I can't really comment about any other ISP's, I just wanted to put it forward as another suggestion to the OP, and so thought I'd better correct a few of your comments.:)
#10
Im not arguing which is the best either, I just don't like how they market their service as a one month contract but incur a penalty if you leave before 12 months. Though in saying that there's not many providers offering free broadband activations.
Also can you show me where it says unlimited off peak downloads on plusnet? I would be pretty interested in that but I can't see it anywhere.
#11
leefal
Im not arguing which is the best either, I just don't like how they market their service as a one month contract but incur a penalty if you leave before 12 months. Though in saying that there's not many providers offering free broadband activations.
Also can you show me where it says unlimited off peak downloads on plusnet? I would be pretty interested in that but I can't see it anywhere.


If you look in the Glossary section on this page it says:-

Overnight Usage
Usage overnight (midnight-8am) is free - perfect for downloads such as software updates.


It's also mentioned at a few other points aswell, but this is the first one I found:thumbsup:

I'm glad you're not here to argue, I know I sounded a bit diffensive, but there are so many people on here who are more than happy to argue about anything, which admittedly can be quite amusing when you're not involved in it.:whistling:
#12
leefal
Also can you show me where it says unlimited off peak downloads on plusnet? I would be pretty interested in that but I can't see it anywhere.


To be honest with you leefal, there isn't going to be much of an advantage to going to unlimited off-peak from 300GB off-peak if you look at the maths.

With an 8Mb (Megabit) broadband connection you would have a theoretical maximum of 1MB (Megabyte) per second. However, as I'm sure you know you never actually get anywhere near the theoretical maximum, so lets call it 0.5MBps.
So, you would get 0.5 x 3600 MB per hour (1800MB, 1.8GB)

Off peak is 12am-8am (8 hours)

So, 1.8GB x 8 = 14.4GB per day

And each month 14.4 x 30 = 432GB

So unless you actually download permenantly off-peak for the whole month you'd be unlikely to benefit.

Here endeth the Maths lesson:thinking:
#13
lol waaay too much time on your hands! Good point though! Although you didn't include the upload which alot of providers include in their download allowance, so adds quite a few more Gee's (depending on what and why you're uploading, *cough*)
I've hit the limit a few too many times as the weekends are included in your off peak allowance, so that makes in dowloading only roughly...

1.8GB x 24 = 43.2GB per day
43.2GB x 8 = 345.6GB (flush!) monthly weekends
14.4GB x 22 = 316.8GB monthly week days

so... 345.6GB + 316.8GB = 662.4GB a month!! And thats not including uploads. Its probably actually more as the off peak is 10pm to 8am.
So you can see why I'd be interested in unlimited off peak!

My brain hurts.
#14
leefal
lol waaay too much time on your hands! Good point though! Although you didn't include the upload which alot of providers include in their download allowance, so adds quite a few more Gee's (depending on what and why you're uploading, *cough*)
I've hit the limit a few too many times as the weekends are included in your off peak allowance, so that makes in dowloading only roughly...

1.8GB x 24 = 43.2GB per day
43.2GB x 8 = 345.6GB (flush!) monthly weekends
14.4GB x 22 = 316.8GB monthly week days

so... 345.6GB + 316.8GB = 662.4GB a month!! And thats not including uploads. Its probably actually more as the off peak is 10pm to 8am.
So you can see why I'd be interested in unlimited off peak!

My brain hurts.


Digital communications was one of the subjects on my degree, admittedly it was nearly 15 years ago, but trust me, I didn't put in too much effort, although, you're right, it was a quiet time in the office!

I think PlusNet is not the answer for you, as I think they only do Off-Peak 12-8, and not all day weekends - at least I can't find any evidence to the contrary on their website. Also, I don't know what, if any, packet shaping ADSL24 do, but I know that PlusNet sets a fairly low priority to Peer-to-peer unless you pay top whack! I assume with that amount of downloading that this is what you're doing!
#15
thanks for all the replies.

Unfortunately I can't get BE in my area.

I do not currently have broadband so would not have to pay a migration fee, but ideally I would want to avoid having to pay connection/start up costs. I don't like the idea of having to pay leaving costs either.

Apparently I can get up to 8megs from my exchange which is only about 800 yards from where I live.

I would probably be using it more often at off peak times.

Can anyone point me in the right direction based on this additional info?
#16
loop
thanks for all the replies.

Unfortunately I can't get BE in my area.

I do not currently have broadband so would not have to pay a migration fee, but ideally I would want to avoid having to pay connection/start up costs. I don't like the idea of having to pay leaving costs either.

Apparently I can get up to 8megs from my exchange which is only about 800 yards from where I live.

I would probably be using it more often at off peak times.

Can anyone point me in the right direction based on this additional info?


To be honest, I think that for a one month contract you will either have to pay the activation fee up front (as it ADSL24), or pay a leaving fee if you leave before 12 months (PlusNet). The activation fee is actually charged by BT and not the ISP, so the ISP will have to pay it regardless, and I don't think any ISP would risk not getting the money back in some way.

Although you live close to your exchange and you can get an advertised 8Mbps line, you will acctually get less than this in reality. I live a similar distance fro mine and I think I get about 6Mbps, which is pretty good.

When you say that you'd be using it off-peak, you do realise that broadband off-peak is not the same as telephone off-peak! For example, PlusNet Off-Peak is form midnight to 8:00am and I don't think it includes all day weekends either.

What would you intend to use the connection for, would it be for simply email and a bit of surfing, or would you be downloading music/videos and playing online games.

We have 2 pc's and a Wii connected at home, with Myself, my wife and 2 (or 3 when he's not at Uni) teenage boys. We currently use the 8GB limit £14.99 package from PlusNet, and have never gone over that (usually about 6GB per month) Me and Mrs Mike just do email/surfing, but the boys do go on youtube quite a lot, and play counterstrike and such. I personally think that if you are not using peer-to-peer downloads, then you don't need a huge usage allowance.

Also, if you are starting from scratch you will need to get a broadband modem, or router, and an ADSL filter for for each of your phone sockets at home, otherwise your telephone won't work after activation. These can sometimes be got from the ISP for free, but usually only on a longer contract. PlusNet do offer them, but if you leave before 12 months, then you'll have to pay back the costs. Again, they can't be expected to give you £50 worth of stuff if you might cancel in a month. It would be cheaper to buy your own from elsewhere - unless there is a good chance that you'll stay for a year.

Purely from my personal experience I would recommend that you go for the same package as I have (£14.99 Plusnet), but I know others would disagree.

Hope some of this helps

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