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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hi im with plusnet at the moment and have been for somtime,im paying £30 a month with 40gb dl limit,by the looks of things there are alot cheaper products out there,what one would be good to move to and how long would i bet with out the net if i get the mac code from plusnet?thanks
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
I've heard a lot of good feedback from O2 broadband customers.
#2
If you have sky, I think they do broadband for free.
#3
You'd probably only be without the internet for an hour or 2.
When I changed a few years back, it was done overnight.(around 2am if I remember right)

Have a word with Plusnet and see if they can offer you a better deal before you migrate..
#4
You wont be without internet at all when you change as long as you dont leave your current provider before you have a new one to move to, as for the ISP in no particular order;

http://www.aquiss.net/broadband-max.php

http://www.fast.co.uk/

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

http://broadband.o2.co.uk/
#5
I'm with plus.net on upto 8meg broadband, 15gb a month usage £1 a gb if you go over, however between the hours of midnight and 8am its free usage. This costs me £19.99 a month and it is their specialist gaming tariff
banned#6
Thats a crazy price to be paying for your internet connection - particularly with that cap (and presumably slow speed!)


I use Bethere. £17.99 a month Its on their 24Mb tarrif - but I only connect at 16.5Mb - and there is no caps.

I'm suprised no one else has mentioned them - though they are now owned by O2 - which has been mentioned. If you use O2 for your mobile connection, you can get cheaper prices - especially if you take their slower (ie 16Mb or 8Mb) connection speeds.

Leave plusnet... they are rubbish anyway!
#7
i'm with o2 broadband and its the best internet provider i've had by far. Pay £7.50 a month get speeds of around 8Mb when AOL said my line wouldn't support 5Mb and have no download limits or speed capping in the 10 months I've been with them.
#8
If you want the speeds, I'd recommend Virgin Media. I'm surprised I'm recommending them however, been with them for six years, had one problem. Other than talking to somebody who spoke as much english as a native american, the service has been fine, can't rep customer services is anyway as its awful. Speeds are fine, dispite upload speed being 100kb/s max on a 20mb line, when my dedicated server does 89mb (average) down/up.

Unlike ADSL, with Virgin Media using Cable / Fibre you will get guarenteed speed(ish), unlike with ADSL where you have the "up to" factor of the connection to your local exchange..

I have 20mb/s and get about 17/18mb/s on average when I do a speed test, but download speeds of up to 2.6mb/s... Uploading is **** though, but same with all UK ISP providers in my eyes, feel free to quote me wrong.
#9
ants97;3265841
i'm with o2 broadband and its the best internet provider i've had by far. Pay £7.50 a month get speeds of around 8Mb when AOL said my line wouldn't support 5Mb and have no download limits or speed capping in the 10 months I've been with them.


Same here paying for the 8mb package but regularly hit 11/12mb they dont throttle or cap either so unlimited downloads, was only getting around 2-2.5mb using bt's equipment:x
#10
jamesterror
I have 20mb/s and get about 17/18mb/s on average when I do a speed test, but download speeds of up to 2.6mb/s... Uploading is **** though, but same with all UK ISP providers in my eyes, feel free to quote me wrong.


The problem with virgin is that if you actually try and make sustained use of that speed (i.e. download anything) then they throttle you right back down to a lower speed.

Be/O2 do seem to be by far the best ISP at the moment by the reports I've heard - fast, unlimited, cheap and with good customer service. The big downside with them is that they're only availble in about 20% of the country.

If you can't get them then £30 for 40GB isn't a bad price if you're happy with your ISP's service, a lot of the cheaper ones like TalkTalk give much poorer service like throttling the speed and other great ISPs like Zen charge a similar amount.
banned#11
Virgin Media here (2mb unlimited D/L) = £5.50 per month
#12
csiman
Virgin Media here (2mb unlimited D/L) = £5.50 per month


Virgin Media throttle really bad, http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/traffic.html

o2 and Sky broadband are good (you can get them free if you have a contract with either of them).
#13
We run 6 machines on our 20mb broadband and have never really felt the internet was "lagging" until me and my brother both fire up games and are playing on the interent and merking the up rate.
banned#14
Jelly;3267411
Virgin Media throttle really bad, http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/traffic.html

o2 and Sky broadband are good (you can get them free if you have a contract with either of them).

only for 4 hours per day in my experience. I still manage to download about 2gb each day so no complaints from me in this regard.
#15
csiman
only for 4 hours per day in my experience. I still manage to download about 2gb each day so no complaints from me in this regard.


Agreed, I won't quote my current download each day but its still fine as always.
#16
csiman
only for 4 hours per day in my experience. I still manage to download about 2gb each day so no complaints from me in this regard.


It did use to be only 4-9 (which is bad enough) but now it's virtually all day - 10am till 9pm. The speeds they throttle to are not that slow so it'll still be usable for some stuff, but when you're paying for more...
banned#17
EndlessWaves;3268480
It did use to be only 4-9 (which is bad enough) but now it's virtually all day - 10am till 9pm. The speeds they throttle to are no means slow so it'll still be usable for a lot of stuff, but when you're paying for more...

Can't say I have noticed but for £5.50 per month I can't really complain :thumbsup:

I remember paying £10 per month for 56K!!!
#18
i checked the sky one but they say even after they have my mac code it still takes up to 14 days for the service to be up and running,i dont want to be without broadband for that long,what do u guys rekon?
#19
csiman
Can't say I have noticed but for £5.50 per month I can't really complain :thumbsup:

I remember paying £10 per month for 56K!!!


I thought they really throttled you at one point?

Still a good price although I assume you need a virgin phone line for that? Personally o2 get my vote. They've been amazing.

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