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biffy67 Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
My old Mum (65) is considering getting a Laptop. She has Virgin TV & Phone but they want £16/month & I think that is very costly as she won't be downloading stuff.
What is the cheapest way for her to get online with a Laptop?
Would it be a Mobile dongle like Orange,T-mobile etc. etc. ? If so what is the cheapest ?
Or basically, what is the cheapest way ???

Thanks,

Biffy67
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Try Talktalk Broadband and phone deal - broadband is 6.99 a month and phone 11.49 plus free connection at the moment. You get free landline calls to most nbrs after 6 pm and weekends . Its an 18 month contract I think but still works out a lot cheaper than with virgin. Hope this helps.
#2
Is she under contract with virgin?
#3
Alfsmum
Try Talktalk Broadband and phone deal - broadband is 6.99 a month and phone 11.49 plus free connection at the moment. You get free landline calls to most nbrs after 6 pm and weekends . Its an 18 month contract I think but still works out a lot cheaper than with virgin. Hope this helps.


Cheers, you got Rep. for that 1.
#4
Try ringing AOL they are always phoning us with £6.99 per month deals. We were with them but have gone to BT as we are in a free trial area for 40mb per second download. It's superb but they haven't told us how much per month after the free trial period!

We were with AOL and my mum also (who is 75) and she found the home page and e mail really easy to use. I know some people say don't touch AOL but we never had any reason to complain about the service.

Mum changed to Bt aswell and it took her a while to get around IE and Windows live e mail but now she fine with it.
#5
Hi!I have just bought the children a dongle to use on their laptop.It is a vodafone 1 that was reduced from £35.00 to £25.00 and includes £15.00 credit that gives 90 hours use per month.You have to top up £15.00 per month to carry on using it.
#6
Alfsmum
Try Talktalk Broadband and phone deal - broadband is 6.99 a month and phone 11.49 plus free connection at the moment. You get free landline calls to most nbrs after 6 pm and weekends . Its an 18 month contract I think but still works out a lot cheaper than with virgin. Hope this helps.

But if she is contracted to Virgin, she is quite likely to NOT have a BT phone line, thus if you go for one of the alternatives, then you will need a phone line installing which could cost her £120 if she doesnt want to use BT as her ISP

The good thing about the virgin setup is its so so easy for connection and setup. And as far as i am aware there is no contention ratio. I have the 10mb setup (the cheapest) and if ever I do a BB test with speedtest.net it is always 10Mb whatever time of the day. So personally I am a fan of this setup
#7
tyke-eng
The good thing about the virgin setup is its so so easy for connection and setup. And as far as i am aware there is no contention ratio. I have the 10mb setup (the cheapest) and if ever I do a BB test with speedtest.net it is always 10Mb whatever time of the day. So personally I am a fan of this setup


Virgin do throttle you between the hours of 10am and 9pm if you're a "heavy user".

http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/traffic.html
#8
you only get throttled if you start downloading gigabytes in peak times.

http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/bundles/triple-builder.html

build what package you want here.
#9
A mobile dongle [pay as you go ] would be a good option.

Wouldnt recommend the Contract options on dongles as they are a rip off !
#10
kiera123
Virgin do throttle you between the hours of 10am and 9pm if you're a "heavy user".

http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/traffic.html

Not really relavent in this thread as the Op says its for the 65 year old mother who wont be downloading much
#11
Even if your in a contract with VM or not, you can upgrade from 2 to 3 (ie: From Phone & TV to BB, Phone & TV), and depending on what you're paying each month, you could be saving.

PM me ya Mums postcode and i'll see what options they are. (also state what shes current as phone and tv wise!) :thumbsup:


My mam moved from BT Phone/Line and Sky TV/BB to a VM media all in one package and is saving £125 a year.
#12
another thing to do is give virgin a call,

when i stayed at my girlfriends house her parents were with telewest then when virgin took over and started changing prices they never got the price change

they were paying nearly £100 for xl bb / xl tv / xl phone

and they phoned up and got the price bassicly halfed.
#13
terrapins2
Hi!I have just bought the children a dongle to use on their laptop.It is a vodafone 1 that was reduced from £35.00 to £25.00 and includes £15.00 credit that gives 90 hours use per month.You have to top up £15.00 per month to carry on using it.


That is very expensive. More than double the going rate for a 12 month contract
#14
Biffy what do you mean they want £16 a month?. You mean on top of the tv and phone cost?.

We get about £18 internet, and £11 phone plus calls.....but no tv, my mum turned it down :-p

I think virgin media is good for internet and id never think about going to talk talk or using dongles, your mum will be baffled mine is and she is 61!, its best to keep it all with one provider like virgin media :)

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