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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
Hi peeps, here's my story:

We have just moved into a new build house.
We have always, always been with NTL phone, TV and broadband but they are not intending on cabling our road yet so BT phoneline is our only option.
We aren't keen on BT broadband as we don't want any download limits, which they can only offer on their £25 a month option.
We were on the basic £18 per month broadband service with NTL which was fine for us.

So we are looking for a cheap, reliable broadband service which we can use with BT phoneline (and no download limit), any advice please?

I have had a look around but don't know which providers are reliable as, like I say, we were fine with NTL.
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Aol is good but make sure if you do sign up you dont add their rubbish software to the computer as it disconnects you -- i bypass that using the network settings on my comp

I pay £14.99 a month and get 1mb - no download limit unlimited use and uses bt line no cable needed just phone socket

Telewest used to be the best but since they became virgin they arnt very good anymore - but they have the best speeds around for like online gaming
#2
I'm with BT at moment,its ok,I don't get cut off as much as when I had AOL but overall I prefer AOL,plus I really got use to their software,I didn't have any other ISP other than them for over 5 yrs,then got fed up on phone to them 1 day when there was a problem with my phone line,they make you go over same checks,then they be like ok we do a check,call back tomorrow...then tomorrow comes the advisor on phone will get you to go over it all again,I get annoyed with all that. So as I said I got well fed up 1 night and cancelled.
#3
SKY, SKY AND SKY AGAIN!!!

If your exchange has been unbundled by them:

2 meg and usage cap = Free
up to 8 meg and 40gig (very loosely applied) usage cap = £5
Up to 16 meg unlimited = £10

You also need to subscribe to SKY tv (but rumour has it that that's changing soon!)

Search my previous posts regarding broadband and Sky for more info - Saxo_appeal will vouch too - he's just migrated and gets full whack 16 meg!
#4
I'm with BT at the moment and they've been great. Got upgraded from a 512kbps connection to a 2mb connection for free and then upgraded to a 10mb connection, got a free bt home hub as well.
#5
My partner wanted Sky but its not in our area yet.
#6
Thanks guys, I am taking everything into account.

Don't think we will be getting Sky TV at the moment so will have to see about that.
#7
Tatey
I'm with BT at the moment and they've been great. Got upgraded from a 512kbps connection to a 2mb connection for free and then upgraded to a 10mb connection, got a free bt home hub as well.


how much are you paying? When I ordered the phone line they quoted me £25 per month for option 3 (£18 for first 3 months) - we don't want to pay that much.

We were only paying like £10 per month for the £18 service with NTL and were happy with the 2mb service (I think thats what it was), wouldn't really want to downgrade to 1mb though as the AOL user has (thanks though!)
#8
dandoc2
Aol is good but make sure if you do sign up you dont add their rubbish software to the computer as it disconnects you -- i bypass that using the network settings on my comp

I pay £14.99 a month and get 1mb - no download limit unlimited use and uses bt line no cable needed just phone socket

Telewest used to be the best but since they became virgin they arnt very good anymore - but they have the best speeds around for like online gaming


The silver (1mb) service is actually 2mb now so will give them serious consideration, and £35 back through quidco. They don't seem to have a download limit, but a 'fair use policy' instead, anyone know about this and how reasonable they are?
#9
Tatey
I'm with BT at the moment and they've been great. Got upgraded from a 512kbps connection to a 2mb connection for free and then upgraded to a 10mb connection, got a free bt home hub as well.


10meg with BT? Who told you that you where getting that?
#10
Paddy_o_furniture
10meg with BT? Who told you that you where getting that?



If he is I want that for upgrade. We can't seem to reach nomore than 6.
#11
BT as far as I'm aware (could be different in 21CN areas) only offer upto8meg. However I think they are looking at rolling out ADSL2 next year which should see speeds of upto 24meg.
#12
I'm with UKOnline.
£19.99 a month for 8mb (I'm only 6/700yds from the exchange, so get full speeds all the time) with a 500gb per month download cap, and 756kbps upload speed

The 22mb service (ADSL2) is only £24.99 per month.
#13
If Sky broadband is available in your area AND you got sky tv too, there is currently £85 Quidco available!

You can check if you can SKY bb here:

http://www.skyuser.co.uk/tools/exchangechecker.php

btw, there is no traffic shaping or speed throttling on Sky BB at any time of the day - very useful if you were to dabble in P2P!
#14
mrszerrouk
The silver (1mb) service is actually 2mb now so will give them serious consideration, and £35 back through quidco. They don't seem to have a download limit, but a 'fair use policy' instead, anyone know about this and how reasonable they are?

Fair usage policy? lol im on ym internet from 9am till like 12pm - and its not 2mb - mine says i get 2mb but when i checked the speed on one of those checkers its was only 1mb i think maybe its limited by my phoneline
#15
I don't think you'll find a best all round internet provider. Lots of opinions, lots of pros and cons and its all just argh.

If you plan to move to NTL / Virgin Meda, then go with somebody like BT. Even if you do pay the little more, you have the extra satisfaction. Though, like jayhab said, get Sky. Most likely with Virgin Media you'll get there box package, its pointless. So I think your best option is Sky. Plus the £85 Quidco back is also a good encourager :)
banned#16
I use "Bethere" on the unlimited 22Mb connection. Speeds are good and is reliable. Customer services is also good and free (unlike Virgin for example who charge premium rates to keep you on hold!!!!)

I pay £24 per month for that, though if you are not a heavy downloader, they have a capped version on 22Mb speeds for £14pm. Like all ADSL providers, your download speed depends on the exchange distance. But if your exchange is "Be enabled" they will be able to give you a fairly accurate idea of the speed you will get. Mine connects at 15.5Mb and download speeds of 1.3mbps. I can live with that!:giggle:
#17
Im with SkY now and im so glad i emigrated !!........errrrrrr migrated


hehehe
#18
I'm on Orange Broadband, It's supposed to be 8mb, realistically at best it's 6mb on a really good day 7mb, but it's only £5 per month with unlimited download. so it's perfect for me.
#19
randomlyrandom
I'm on Orange Broadband, It's supposed to be 8mb, realistically at best it's 6mb on a really good day 7mb, but it's only £5 per month with unlimited download. so it's perfect for me.


thats with a mobile contract right? i pay 12.99 for 2mb unlimited, though i checked last night and its about 3mb. i wouldnt mind something quicker though.
#20
DONT go with virgin.net

I joined up says upto 8mb connection(over Bt line) @ £14.99 which seems a good deal, wish I had looked into it better. I only seem to get anything between 100k and 400k which is naff:thinking:


I uesd to be on Toucan 2mb which was steady 2mb connection but they serverly reduced thier download to 750Mb a week, which isnt really very much!
#21
I'm on orange broadband it's £5 per month unlimited download and 8mb...6 or 7mb realistically. all round i'm very happy with it.
#22
Yeah it's with my partners contract, stil a good deal though, most people have contracts? why not get cheap reliable broadband with it ?
#23
BUMP!!!

SKY are now offering £110 Quidco to new subscribers!!!

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