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Starlet Avatar
9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
I need to move away from my current ISP, aside from the fact they suck in general...they have now started throttling p2p traffic, which makes it impossible to download anything (lucky to get over 5kbs!!) and I download a lot so they are useless to me now :(

Ringing up for my MAC on Monday, but no idea who I am moving to as yet...so who do you guys use? would you recommend them? how much do you pay and what do you get for your money?

Ideally I would like a min of 2meg connection, no transfer limit and absolutely NO traffic shaping/throttling!
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9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
go with sky if you have sky tv. ive had no probkems whatsoever with them
#2
Starlet
I need to move away from my current ISP, aside from the fact they suck in general...they have now started throttling p2p traffic, which makes it impossible to download anything (lucky to get over 5kbs!!) and I download a lot so they are useless to me now :(

Ringing up for my MAC on Monday, but no idea who I am moving to as yet...so who do you guys use? would you recommend them? how much do you pay and what do you get for your money?

Ideally I would like a min of 2meg connection, no transfer limit and absolutely NO traffic shaping/throttling!


Can I ask who you are moving from ?
#3
I use telewest cable (virgin media) and do plenty p2p without being capped. No experience myself and apart from members of family who are with ADSL providers it appears that the distance you live from the exchange has a great deal to do with the speed you are supplied with So cable no problem, ADSL check the nearest exchange then check ISP`s
Remember your mac is only valid for 31 days then it changes
banned#4
I am with Vermin(virgin:giggle: ) and must say I have been with them quite a while paying £17.99 per month and no contract and the service has been great. I do download some stuff but not a great deal and surf loads, and msn chat etc. cant fault the service so far :whistling:
#5
I'm with BE at the moment and am having a great time downloading at 15.5meg (on a unlimited upto "24mb" package) for £24 a month. This is a tad expensive these days but with no caps, port blocking etc it's worth it.
I think the contract is now 3 month notice (I'm on a 12 month contract from before).

Take a look at adslguide.org (the forums are great for asking questions about isps, etc).
#6
i use AOL, they are ok - i guess lol.
#7
anyone tried Talktalk - I've just signed up and awaiting connection ?

Any reviews would be helpful before its too late.
#8
nildram... heard they are good but not tried them to say that they are
#9
tonyd19565
I use telewest cable (virgin media) and do plenty p2p without being capped. No experience myself and apart from members of family who are with ADSL providers it appears that the distance you live from the exchange has a great deal to do with the speed you are supplied with So cable no problem, ADSL check the nearest exchange then check ISP`s
Remember your mac is only valid for 31 days then it changes


Telewest/Virgin Media are running traffic shaping/throttling trails in the NorthWest.

At peak times (16:00 till 00:00 your bandwidth may be throttled to half. So if your on a 4meg connection it will drop to 2Meg.
#10
stora
Telewest/Virgin Media are running traffic shaping/throttling trails in the NorthWest.

At peak times (16:00 till 00:00 your bandwidth may be throttled to half. So if your on a 4meg connection it will drop to 2Meg.

I live in the northwest and am with telewest/virgin,have been for 3 years and have never noticed any problems at any times.My OH does more downloading than me and he has never had any problems as far as I am aware.Believe he would have made a big hissy fit otherwise!!
From my experience,cannot fault them.
#11
mrtootough
Can I ask who you are moving from ?



Pipex!
In addition to the new throttling I have just found out they changed all their prices MONNNNTHS ago for new customers, but existing customers carry on paying what they were paying....so I have been being charged £6 a month more than I should have been for several months now, that'll teach me to check my ISPs homepage from time to time in future huh? :x

So now it's just a matter of wanting to get away from them asap, I feel like they've been robbing me blind!

Unfortunately I don't have Sky :(

Thanks for the suggestions all, I will look into them :)
#12
muckypup
I live in the northwest and am with telewest/virgin,have been for 3 years and have never noticed any problems at any times.My OH does more downloading than me and he has never had any problems as far as I am aware.Believe he would have made a big hissy fit otherwise!!
From my experience,cannot fault them.


Here's a statement from Telewest.

As part of our continued efforts to improve our customers' broadband experience we are introducing measures to more efficiently and pro-actively manage network traffic. These measures are currently being trialled in the Preston region, which includes Preston, Wigan and Blackpool.

The measures identify traffic patterns that are deemed potentially abnormal and apply traffic management rules to ensure customers are not adversely affected. We believe this could offer a much more consistent experience for the vast majority - over 95 per cent - of customers.

These optimisation measures are only used in the evenings at peak time when the potential for abnormal traffic to have an adverse impact on our customers' experience is greatest.

Throttling network traffic is never popular with users, but increasing use of voice over internet protocol telephony, video services, and online gaming means customer demand keeps on growing.


Great news if its not affecting you but I fear this may be the thin end of the wedge for us that have benefited from unlimited broadband for many years.
#13
I`m in Scotland so it does not affect me but the other week I was checking prices on mainland Europe and there they get 20MB as standard and at half the cost?
With all phonecalls included.
#14
very interesting stora,

I live in Blackpool:-( will bear it in mind.I must admit I have not noticed any difference in our service thus far,but as I do not do that much downloading and I do not play games over the internet,maybe that is why.My OH does though,I shall have to tell him,but he has not said anything thus far.

We are upgrading to 10mb soon,so we may not notice any difference to the 4mb we have now.

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