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Do you have to have a BT line to get broadband?

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Found 19th Feb 2007
Hello all,

I'm new to the UK (in London now), so trying to figure out how things work.

In order to get a broadband connection, do you first need a landline? And... that landline, can you only get it through BT?

From the bit of research that I've done, seems like Talk Talk has one of the better offers, but it seems like they take forever to install.

I don't particularly need a landline, however I do need internet access. If possible, I would like to get broadband hooked up right away. And... I don't mind paying an extra couple quid a month to know that I'll have access right away.

What would you guys suggest for installing an internet connection?

Oh... and I don't currently have a permanent place but will be moving into one mid March.

Thanks for the help!

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the last place i stayed had cable, and for internet it cant be beat. i dont care what anyone says. fast and stable, i used blueyonder and i was very impressed.
But you will need either cable or a bt line installed im sure to get broadband, unless you are well off, then i belive you can get satellite broadband.
check here to see whats on offer in your area ]http//ww…and

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Sweet, thanks! That's a great link.

I like cable more than adsl... always found that it was fasster as well.

glad to be of service

good enough for rep? 'hint hint' lol

Hiya and welcome to the Uk (personally, I think you're mad coming here out of choice...)

If you're moving in March, then deffo don't install anything now, you'd only get it by start of march anyway in all likelihood.

If you don't need a landline, then the place to go is deffo NTL (or Virgin Media as it's now known) - who for £10 a month will give you cable broadband and it's much, much, much better quality than any of the broadband deals that aren't cable (and are therefore over a BT line).

If I was you, I'd just pick up someone's unencrypted wireless network till you get in your place mid march - there's loads in London. You might even be able to pick up a BT Openzone network, and pay for your usage (if you were wary of being shady).

From what I can gather and from my own past experience ourdave is correct. It takes a fair while to get connected, I don't think there is a quick fix solution regarding broadband via a phone line or cable. (Satellite may be different, I have no idea).

But if you really need a connection then try plugging a wireless usb adapter into your PC and see if you have any open networks in your area. Other than that I have no idea. Maybe connect a standard BT line and use dial up for the next few weeks (but again I have no idea how quick BT will come and put a line in for you).

If the place you are moving into already has a BT line then you can be connected same day (takeover the sevice of previous occupant) this can be delayed if the previous occupant used a 3rd party provider like Talk talk for example this can delay the line being put on by approx 2 weeks.

Once the line has been swithched on you should have broadband within 10 days

I am not sure on the time it takes for a new order (no existing wiring) at the moment probably a couple of weeks

Hope this helps

I think BT will need money up front or PAYG if your a first time customer. NTL/Telewest/BlueYonder now call Virgin Media charge by direct debit so this might be your only option for a fast connection. Ntl is good and a good range of MB's as well. You don't need the TV or phone line either if you don't want. Google Virgin Media for site addy.

Just re-read your post. Are you saying you need access now (which is what I took it for), or are you talking about a connection when you actually move into your home?

hence the reasons why I was on about a quick fix for now as i read your post as you needed a quick connection now before you eventually move.

But I think I was getting the wrong end of the stick mate.

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beerman1

Just re-read your post. Are you saying you need access now (which is … Just re-read your post. Are you saying you need access now (which is what I took it for), or are you talking about a connection when you actually move into your home?hence the reasons why I was on about a quick fix for now as i read your post as you needed a quick connection now before you eventually move.But I think I was getting the wrong end of the stick mate.




Thanks for all the responses. Sorry, I was a bit unclear when asking. I'm looking for a quick connection when I move into the new place. The place I'm in right now is supplying a wireless connection so all is good there.

Looks like virgin is a good way to go if we can get it.

Cheers!
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