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I'm looking to change my internet provider, currently with AOL paying £14.99 for supposedly 8mb. We have a couple of laptops and x box live which could all be on at the same time, at the moment we are… Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
I'm looking to change my internet provider, currently with AOL paying £14.99 for supposedly 8mb. We have a couple of laptops and x box live which could all be on at the same time, at the moment we are finding problems with lagging and internet keep disconnecting. Been through tech support numerously and now fed up so looking to change provider.

Any suggestions for a new provider esp if anyone knows one that will cope with what i need it for without continually causing problems and something cheaper if poss...was considering sky??

Thanks in advance.
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
with AOL could you not get it to cable? im assuming you are on adsl?

anyway, my mate uses sky with ps3 and doesnt have any problems.

if you already pay for the sky package at home then go for sky...

if you already have a BT tel line which youre paying for, like me, im on o2.

my PC internet is wireless but i use cable for my xbox. this way it wont cause any problems for my xbox connection. not that my wireless causes many problems.

plus theyre cheap too if youre on an o2 contract.
1 Like #2
I have been with Sky now for over 3 years on the mid package.

Other than the hitch on transferring the service when I moved house (keeping the same telephone number), it's been very reliable.

Well worth it for £5 per month.

And we've got X-Box Live on it.
1 Like #3
If you have a problem on the external BT line or indeed or internal wiring (casuing the disconnects), moving service providers won't solve the problem, you'll more than likely have the same problem but be paying someone else. As for xbox live look for someone with good upload speeds as well as download speeds, Be/o2 can offer upto 2.5meg upload speeds, sky offer upto 768Kbps (448 on most packages) upload, most other providers offer 448Kbps as standard upload
1 Like #4
I'm on BT and no matter what I try I can't get the router to stop giving me strict NAT errors on Xbox. It can make some games crash out mainly at the lobby screen.
#5
I been on o2 for about 5 months now.

Can honestly say the best service i have had so far (few hic ups at the start but they sorted it fast)

Im on the 20mb package for i believe £15 and constantly max out my speed with torrents etc.

I strongly recommend going with o2. even cheaper if you already use a phone on the o2 network.
#6
fcukian;5000859
I been on o2 for about 5 months now.

Can honestly say the best service i have had so far (few hic ups at the start but they sorted it fast)

Im on the 20mb package for i believe £15 and constantly max out my speed with torrents etc.

I strongly recommend going with o2. even cheaper if you already use a phone on the o2 network.

+1 for o2, completed our contract of 12 months with them so looking to renew with a discount as they dont need to provide equipment.

think quidco are paying £70 at mo too and if you have an o2 mobile you get it for £7.34 so term cost (12 months) = £18.08 for the year = £1.50 per month!

http://www.quidco.com/o2-home-broadband/
#7
harlzter
+1 for o2, completed our contract of 12 months with them so looking to renew with a discount as they dont need to provide equipment.

think quidco are paying £70 at mo too and if you have an o2 mobile you get it for £7.34 so term cost (12 months) = £18.08 for the year = £1.50 per month!

http://www.quidco.com/o2-home-broadband/


Also comes with McAfee(can be used on 5 computers) and 500 free web texts. you cant go wrong...
banned#8
Be Broadband.

Best by a mile - but if you can get a better deal on o2, go for o2, as its the same thing!
#9
If you're exchange is O2 LLU'd you should probably go with them, if not you could try one of the Entanet defecters on their LLU (though C&W/bulldog)
http://titanadsl.org.uk/index.html
http://www.vivaciti.com/

Or even one of the Entanet providers (who also provide an ADSL2+ connection if possible on your exchange) as they give the option to turn off interleaving which most mainstream providers leave on as standard. You can change it on your status page and normally takes about 2 days to take effect.

http://adsl24.co.uk/

Admittedly these are more expensive options but you do get quality service. For example, I entered a query through my providers ticket system at 7am this morning and it was answered at 9.30am.
#10
orange doing a good offer at the mo. I just gor a mobile £15 a month with a tocco 200 mins and unlimited texts. Wireless broadband to 8 meg including line rental for £15 a month and evening and weekend calls a free line for anytime calls as well via the orange box.
never had a momems bother with them
1 Like #11
Paddy_o_furniture
If you have a problem on the external BT line or indeed or internal wiring (casuing the disconnects), moving service providers won't solve the problem, you'll more than likely have the same problem but be paying someone else. As for xbox live look for someone with good upload speeds as well as download speeds, Be/o2 can offer upto 2.5meg upload speeds, sky offer upto 768Kbps (448 on most packages) upload, most other providers offer 448Kbps as standard upload


Zen are the best internet provider in terms of reliability and support, if those are your priority that's who to go for. O2/Be do seem to provide a good balance between package and service, but they're only availible at about 20% of phone exchanges so you may not be able to get them.

Sky are supposed to be reasonable, although you need to have their TV package if you want their broadband.

As Paddy says though, you want to first make sure it's the ISP at fault and not your home wiring or simply you use of the broadband. How frequently do you disconnect? How long do you stay disconnected for? Do you lag if you only use one computer at a time?
1 Like #12
Iv gotta say, im on virgin 20mb and its awesome, some teething problems when we first got it set up, but now iv had no problems at all, really good service with nice and fast speeds....
1 Like #13
You call reduce AOL to £9.99 by simply calling them.
#14
lastlaststar
Iv gotta say, im on virgin 20mb and its awesome, some teething problems when we first got it set up, but now iv had no problems at all, really good service with nice and fast speeds....


Virgin are expensive though, £35 a month for the 20mb package and their traffic management is pretty draconian, unless you're on the XL or XXL package you can forget about any large downloads until after 9PM unless you want your speed cut to a quarter for daring to actually use your fast connection.

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