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Need help choosing broadband...Urgent.

K1LLER HORNETK1LLER HORNET

Hi,

I have recently terminated my Virgin Media contract early (without penalty) due to getting a very very poor connection.

Now I am in need of another provider before VM cut me off on 12th March.

What I use my broadband for: XBOX Live, downloading 100+GB/mth, multiple PC's connected simultaneously, Streaming Netflix/Youtube/iPlayer, etc.

I've looked at O2 extensively & I don't think their traffic management is for me. Good latency but lots of throttling.

Just looked @ Sky & they can do Broadband Unlimited + Line Rental for £16/mth + £70 Quidco, however there is a line activation fee of £39...
I also spoke to a lady @ Sky & she said that you cannot get Sky Broadband without Sky Line Rental which sounded a little odd.

I'm also thinking of joining Be Unlimited, but they are very expensive. No doubt a great connection, but expensive.

Anyway, I just need some help deciding who to go for (either companies listed above or any I've missed).

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

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    steve019
    Look at Tesco and Orange.
    doritos
    plusnet - I'm with them, fibre optic (basically uses BT infinity) impressed thus far - apart from that few hours where plusnet went AWOL oO
    newbie1001
    Were you with Virgin cable or ADSL service
    jase.2
    If its a Virgin cable line you have you will need to consider the cost of putting in a new standard telephone line, assuming you dont have one already
    bernyrabbit
    bt was rubbish, that was years ago.
    Orange, rubbish, bad connections.
    talk talk, utter rubbish!
    Now with Sky, no problems, so much better and unlimited!
    steve019
    bernyrabbit
    bt was rubbish, that was years ago.
    Orange, rubbish, bad connections.
    talk talk, utter rubbish!
    Now with Sky, no problems, so much better and unlimited!


    I've never had a problem with Orange. Fast connection speed, reliable and any problems are quickly resolved. And it's unlimited and cheap.
    DudeyGeeza
    with your usage, a BT phone line will cripple you.

    cable broadband from virgin is your best bet :p

    Edited By: DudeyGeeza on Feb 19, 2012 19:01
    leecroot
    steve01980
    bernyrabbit
    bt was rubbish, that was years ago.
    Orange, rubbish, bad connections.
    talk talk, utter rubbish!
    Now with Sky, no problems, so much better and unlimited!


    I've never had a problem with Orange. Fast connection speed, reliable and any problems are quickly resolved. And it's unlimited and cheap.


    Same for me on Orange. I dont pay as i have a phone contract with them. I think a lot depends on area.
    g1bbuk
    Anything but talktalk. I'm on the verge of a breakdown trying to get away from them...
    sancho1983
    I'm with be, and have been for years. When I get to the end of my contract I tell them that o2 are cheaper and they give me it for 10 pounds for the next year's contract.

    Can't recommend them enough
    Adam2050
    Sky have been rubbish for months, loads of problems throughout the North West it seems.
    maccy1
    g1bbuk
    Anything but talktalk. I'm on the verge of a breakdown trying to get away from them...


    I think they used to be Tiscali - It took us four months to get rid of them (5 years ago). Excuse after excuse, they had input the wrong telephone number, blah blah blah. When I did a review search of them, it was nightmare reading.

    If I knew then what I know now, I would not have let them get away with it, you definitely live and learn.

    Edited By: maccy1 on Feb 19, 2012 19:12
    longbowassassin
    been with bt for years never had any problems
    K1LLER HORNET
    Have just had a look at Plusnet. The 40GB cap is not enough for me.

    Gonna have to look into Tesco/Orange a bit more.

    newbie1001
    Were you with Virgin cable or ADSL service


    Cable 30MB package. Speeds & latency was fine until last month. From then on it's been a downward spiral. Ping Test result below.

    jase.2
    If its a Virgin cable line you have you will need to consider the cost of putting in a new standard telephone line, assuming you dont have one already


    Already have BT sockets, so would just need activation. BT have said today it shouldn't be an issue.

    DudeyGeeza
    with your usage, a BT phone line will cripple you.

    cable broadband from virgin is your best bet :p


    I would have agreed with you a month ago, but not now.
    When cable internet is good, it's good. When it's bad, it's both bad & almost unfixable (for VM anyway).

    Have a look at this pingtest result from last week:

    http://www.pingtest.net/result/56618224.png

    Latest result:

    http://www.pingtest.net/result/57230368.png


    Edited By: K1LLER HORNET on Feb 19, 2012 19:16
    steve019
    maccy1
    g1bbuk
    Anything but talktalk. I'm on the verge of a breakdown trying to get away from them...


    I think they used to be Tiscali - It took us four months to get rid of them (5 years ago). Excuse after excuse, they had input the wrong telephone number, blah blah blah. When I did a review search of them, it was nightmare reading.

    If I knew then what I know now, I would not have let them get away with it, you definitely live and learn.


    Talk Talk took over Tiscali some years ago. Tiscali were OK.
    aircanman
    Obviously you have had VM look at this issue, it is not common for a speed issue to be bad like that without them being able to fix it. Did they say there is no issue their end or have they said there is a problem?
    DudeyGeeza
    K1LLER HORNET
    Have just had a look at Plusnet. The 40GB cap is not enough for me.

    Gonna have to look into Tesco/Orange a bit more.

    newbie1001
    Were you with Virgin cable or ADSL service


    Cable 30MB package. Speeds & latency was fine until last month. From then on it's been a downward spiral. Ping Test result below.

    jase.2
    If its a Virgin cable line you have you will need to consider the cost of putting in a new standard telephone line, assuming you dont have one already


    Already have BT sockets, so would just need activation. BT have said today it shouldn't be an issue.

    DudeyGeeza
    with your usage, a BT phone line will cripple you.

    cable broadband from virgin is your best bet :p


    I would have agreed with you a month ago, but not now.
    When cable internet is good, it's good. When it's bad, it's both bad & almost unfixable (for VM anyway).

    Have a look at this pingtest result from last week:

    http://www.pingtest.net/result/56618224.png

    Latest result:

    http://www.pingtest.net/result/57230368.png




    yours is poop!

    http://www.pingtest.net/result/57230769.png
    steve019
    My current pingtest result:

    http://www.pingtest.net/result/57230783.png
    GAVINLEWISHUKD
    aircanman
    Obviously you have had VM look at this issue, it is not common for a speed issue to be bad like that without them being able to fix it. Did they say there is no issue their end or have they said there is a problem?


    +1

    Packet loss is too high. Either local cable issue (bad connection) or the modem is faulty.
    nightstud
    take a look at be there expensive but excellent

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