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Moving to a new area with no fibre broadband... what to do?

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Hey Guys, I'm moving home soon and started looking into getting all my services trasferred over. However, I noticed that my new area doesnt support fibre optic broadband yet. I've currently… Read More
MajesticUnicorn Avatar
9m, 3d agoPosted 9 months, 3 days ago
Hey Guys,

I'm moving home soon and started looking into getting all my services trasferred over.

However, I noticed that my new area doesnt support fibre optic broadband yet.

I've currently got a really good deal (from what i know) with EE @ £19 p/m 38mb Fibre including anytime international calls.

Do you know what my options would be when moving? As i don't really wnna give this deal up
MajesticUnicorn Avatar
9m, 3d agoPosted 9 months, 3 days ago
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Have you checked other providers?
Only ask because I was with EE and they couldn't give me fibre but BT and Virgin could. So I switched a couple of months ago.

Edited By: alison197 on Oct 21, 2016 07:30

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#1
you could always get a mobile unlimited data sim (used with an old smart phone) and tether throughout your home until fibre is available.
#2
sconnyuk
you could always get a mobile unlimited data sim (used with an old smart phone) and tether throughout your home until fibre is available.
Which are impossible to obtain as no such SIMs exist. Yes, you've got Three, but that data doesn't offer unlimited tethering. The maximum allowable tethering on a Three plan is 30GB, after that you have to buy more.
#3
Personally I would not move....I'm sorry but why did you not check this? Internet is now classed as an essential service and before I even view a house I try to order fibre to make sure the speed is suitable

And if you have kids they will not thank you at all.....I have a friend who moved him and his 4 teenage kids to a area with only 1mb internet...because as he put it...kids go where I tell them....well now he has to put up with constant bitter arguments in his house

Edited By: Aeschylus on Oct 21, 2016 07:21
#4
Have you checked other providers?
Only ask because I was with EE and they couldn't give me fibre but BT and Virgin could. So I switched a couple of months ago.

Edited By: alison197 on Oct 21, 2016 07:30
#5
You can still get broadband though and unlimited. Any idea what speed. If it were 1mb like the above then to be honest I don't think I'd want to move either especially if kids are involved, one device at a time, bad gaming, bad or impossible streaming.
#6
I've just moved from fibre (virgin), to sky broadband due to virgin pricing. Got 11mb and to be honest I don't notice the difference. Really depends on what you are doing with it, and what speed you can get. Would say for a decent experience you would need at least 5mb.

Have you checked https://www.homeandwork.openreach.co.uk/when-can-i-get-fibre.aspx

I've no experience of the 4g tethered solutions.
#7
This was the first thing I checked when I looked for a new home. No fibre meant it wasn't on my shortlist no matter how nice the place was. However I need my connection for work.

It just depends how essential Internet speed is to you, many people get on just fine with slower Internet, you could even try BT infinity if available (but expect to pay quite a bit for that).
#8
One of your options would be to learn semaphore and build up a semaphore network around where you intend living, stretching as far as the first available fibre network. People in this area would then relay info to you via the semaphore network. As a backup you could develop a system of smoke signal networks so info could be transmitted this way.
Using either method I'm sure a system of encryption could be devised that protected your personal security when doing semaphore/smoke signal shopping. I appreciate that when it comes to watching/listening to media you may have to resort to the TV and CDs and DVDs and any gambling may have to be done by laying bets with a fellow drinker in the pub.

I'm sure other readers will come up with other alternatives.
#9
No fibre = no sale.

I have friends who get 1.5Mb AFTER BT upgraded the exchange; it is like going back to the stone age when I visit.
#10
I bought a house and moved from 80mbps to 2mbps. Not going to lie, it was rough. I did check before hand and the exchange was due to be upgraded, but it was delayed.

What nearly led to me putting the house back on the market was after we moved in was our speed being 2mbps rather than the 16mbps predicted.

Turned out BT hadn't changed something after LLU and had been restricting everyones speed in the village for years.

Got an overnight speed increase to 8mbps and about four months later FTTC was installed.

It took a lot of research on my part and many persistent calls to BT to get them to look at it though.

If I were to do the same again I'd have asked to do a speed test prior to putting an offer in, take my laptop with me and an ethernet cable.
#11
tardytortoise
One of your options would be to learn semaphore and build up a semaphore network around where you intend living, stretching as far as the first available fibre network. People in this area would then relay info to you via the semaphore network. As a backup you could develop a system of smoke signal networks so info could be transmitted this way.
Using either method I'm sure a system of encryption could be devised that protected your personal security when doing semaphore/smoke signal shopping. I appreciate that when it comes to watching/listening to media you may have to resort to the TV and CDs and DVDs and any gambling may have to be done by laying bets with a fellow drinker in the pub.
I'm sure other readers will come up with other alternatives.

Morse code would be faster :)
#12
Feel your pain, couple of years ago I moved from city centre where I had 100mb fibre (virgin) to a house outside the city and had 2mb ADSL...it was horrible, took 18 months for FTTC to be installed in the housing estate and now get about 55mb (like night and day!). Only reason I was ok moving was that it was a new housing estate and I knew FTTC would be coming, even if it took a little while, if I didn't think that would be anytime soon, I probably wouldn't of bought the house.

Sounds ridiculous to some, but to me I would give up a lot of amenities before good internet, it's used for so much these days (could even go without Virgin/Sky TV and use the internet for TV).
#13
Aeschylus
Personally I would not move....I'm sorry but why did you not check this? Internet is now classed as an essential service and before I even view a house I try to order fibre to make sure the speed is suitable
And if you have kids they will not thank you at all.....I have a friend who moved him and his 4 teenage kids to a area with only 1mb internet...because as he put it...kids go where I tell them....well now he has to put up with constant bitter arguments in his house

Tbh, I assumed (stupidly) that a property in Zone 1 of London would have fibre optic by now.

Luckily there no kids involved

EE can provide up to 16mb internet, so its not that there's no internet whatsoever. My main concern was losing the deal I have


Edited By: MajesticUnicorn on Oct 22, 2016 03:30
#14
alison197
Have you checked other providers?
Only ask because I was with EE and they couldn't give me fibre but BT and Virgin could. So I switched a couple of months ago.

Looks like i'm in exactly the same boat.

No EE, Sky or TalkTalk but there is BT/Plusnet/Virgin.

Need to keep an eye out for some good deals now!

Thanks
#15
ibblackberry1
You can still get broadband though and unlimited. Any idea what speed. If it were 1mb like the above then to be honest I don't think I'd want to move either especially if kids are involved, one device at a time, bad gaming, bad or impossible streaming.

Up to 16mb, so not the end of the world

But by the looks of it BT & Virgin can provide some fibre internet :D
#16
MajesticUnicorn
alison197
Have you checked other providers?
Only ask because I was with EE and they couldn't give me fibre but BT and Virgin could. So I switched a couple of months ago.
Looks like i'm in exactly the same boat.
No EE, Sky or TalkTalk but there is BT/Plusnet/Virgin.
Need to keep an eye out for some good deals now!
Thanks
I done mine via quidco got £50 cash back and a £40 next voucher and £100 prepaid MasterCard.
#17
I get 3mb on ASDL.... I've lived here 16 years and there's no plans to increase the speed anytime soon..... I'm depressed.

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