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    Budget basic Broadband recommendation please

    I haven't chosen bb for ages so am a little cold on this. I'm setting up bb for my mother, who is a first time computer user. She is out in the sticks and can only get basic BB. (around 2 to 3 mb apparently).

    Any ideas? A good balance between price and service preferred, although it needs to be at the budget end as I'm paying for it! I don't want any future hassles with poor service though. She needs a modem / router too, although I could easily source this.

    Many thanks

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    Does she have Sky TV? If she DOES have Sky and her local exchange is LLU enabled she can get FREE broadband. Comes with wireless router.

    basic broadband, so people who live in cities next to exchanges get advanced BB? rather live where the air is fresh and sweet

    If you go to samknows.com/bro…php and put in your mum's exchange, then it'll let you know who, if anybody, provides LLU at her exchange. If it is available then they will probably offer the cheapest solution.

    Original Poster

    no one provides LLU on her exchange. This is what I meant by basic. So yes, peeps in cities do indeed get carlos fandango bb compared to the vanilla flavour available (if you;re lucky) in the sticks. So no nice shiny O2, Be There, Sky, Virgin etc for a fiver.

    She does not have Sky (irrelevant I guess due to above).

    Post Office Broadband do a deal for line rental and broadband for £20.50 (£20.40 quidco avail) or broadband only for £15.61 (quidco @ £20.40 avail) (BT line rental or equivalent required) . Post office resell BT wholsales broadband so you won't need to be in a LLU area

    Paddy_o_furniture;5688295

    Post Office Broadband do a deal for line rental and broadband for £20.50 … Post Office Broadband do a deal for line rental and broadband for £20.50 (£20.40 quidco avail) or broadband only for £15.61 (quidco @ £20.40 avail) (BT line rental or equivalent required) . Post office resell BT wholsales broadband so you won't need to be in a LLU area



    They do only provide a modem rather than a router with the standard service though (unless it's changed recently) so it may not be suitible if she's got a laptop (as it's not wireless).

    EndlessWaves;5688779

    They do only provide a modem rather than a router with the standard … They do only provide a modem rather than a router with the standard service though (unless it's changed recently) so it may not be suitible if she's got a laptop (as it's not wireless).


    Yeah your right, looking at the info on website. But wireless routers can be bought very cheaply from ebay and other places.

    Mike73;5683882

    If you go to http://www.samknows.com/broadband/search.php and put in your … If you go to http://www.samknows.com/broadband/search.php and put in your mum's exchange, then it'll let you know who, if anybody, provides LLU at her exchange. If it is available then they will probably offer the cheapest solution.



    The info on this website doesn't seem to be accurate for my area

    Original Poster

    Plusnet anyone?

    £5.99 for 1st 3 months, then £11.99 after that, for bog std unbundled BB on a BT rented line. £6 (postage) for a wireless router.

    o2 is a fine bb provider,if your on o2 for a contract phone or top up then its £7.50,you get a £5 discount for being an o2 customer.customer service is 10/10 imo.uk call centres is a must + quidco are doing £70 cash back which makes your bb very cheap.

    PROEVO1502;5694184

    o2 is a fine bb provider,if your on o2 for a contract phone or top up … o2 is a fine bb provider,if your on o2 for a contract phone or top up then its £7.50,you get a £5 discount for being an o2 customer.customer service is 10/10 imo.uk call centres is a must + quidco are doing £70 cash back which makes your bb very cheap.


    o2 are a SMPF (1/2 LLU) service. The EU has stated that no LLU services are available on this exchange.

    Original Poster

    indeed - no LLU means O2 = £17+

    StudentJo;5690345

    The info on this website doesn't seem to be accurate for my area



    In what way? Are you sure you know what you're seeing? It's not a simple case of whether or not the box is ticked in the LLU area as to whether you can get that ISP and most of the ISPs you can sign up to aren't specifically listed at all.
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