Found 1st Sep 2016
Virgin Media just sent me the letter about the price going up by £3.49 and I am sick of paying over the odds. So I have decided I am going to buy a TV tuner/s and going to use Skype/SIP phone for phone calls. Now I just need a reliable, fast (over 75mbps), cheap ISP that's not going to slowly bump up the price and preferably does not need to charge line rental (though that's usually a must with ISPs). Anyone got any ideas or is with a good ISP (not Sky or BT as I hear so many reliability problems with them)?
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I've moved from Plusnet to Bt and gutted with the result tbh, Plusnet was a pretty steady speed and I'll be returning to them once my contract expires.

What are you paying right now OP, and do you receive?

Sky and BT are pretty much the leaders (along with Virgin) for ISPs I reckon. Bit of a pain when they (all) increase prices, but they are truly unlimited. You'll only hear about bad customer experiences, remember that.

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PenguinsForAll

What are you paying right now OP, and do you receive?Sky and BT are … What are you paying right now OP, and do you receive?Sky and BT are pretty much the leaders (along with Virgin) for ISPs I reckon. Bit of a pain when they (all) increase prices, but they are truly unlimited. You'll only hear about bad customer experiences, remember that.


£30 (excluding line rental) with Virgin Media for internet (100mbps), TV (freeview with sky 1 and a couple other channels, I think its the M+ package, not sure though), and phone which we have to pay to use. May sound like a good price but we don't need most of it and want to make saving. All we need is the internet then everything else can be sorted out as its just becoming too much.

zacy5000

£30 (excluding line rental) with Virgin Media for internet (100mbps), TV … £30 (excluding line rental) with Virgin Media for internet (100mbps), TV (freeview with sky 1 and a couple other channels, I think its the M+ package, not sure though), and phone which we have to pay to use. May sound like a good price but we don't need most of it and want to make saving. All we need is the internet then everything else can be sorted out as its just becoming too much.



You're not gonna be able to beat that internet price unless you buy a slower option. After cashback Sky/BT worked out as £25 per month for around 40mbps. So even if it's a **** take they up their price, they are still the cheapest around!

Are you virgin fibre or cable? Do you pay line rental for the internet?
Edited by: "PenguinsForAll" 1st Sep 2016

zacy5000

£30 (excluding line rental) with Virgin Media for internet (100mbps), TV … £30 (excluding line rental) with Virgin Media for internet (100mbps), TV (freeview with sky 1 and a couple other channels, I think its the M+ package, not sure though), and phone which we have to pay to use. May sound like a good price but we don't need most of it and want to make saving. All we need is the internet then everything else can be sorted out as its just becoming too much.


that a terrible price. Just ring VM and negotiate a discount. I do it every year and the most I have paid is what I am paying now

70mb BB, Tivo with big Easy bundle, line rental and free weekend calls = £30 per month

compared to yours - £49 per month
Edited by: "chocci" 1st Sep 2016

aaisp.net.uk
zen.co.uk

Won't win on price - just service.
Edited by: "john52" 1st Sep 2016

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PenguinsForAll

You're not gonna be able to beat that internet price unless you buy a … You're not gonna be able to beat that internet price unless you buy a slower option. After cashback Sky/BT worked out as £25 per month for around 40mbps. So even if it's a **** take they up their price, they are still the cheapest around!Are you virgin fibre or cable? Do you pay line rental for the internet?


I am on Fibre Optic and I didn't include the rise in that price. Also the line rental is for the phone which you have to take if you want the internet.

chocci

that a terrible price. Just ring VM and negotiate a discount. I do it … that a terrible price. Just ring VM and negotiate a discount. I do it every year and the most I have paid is what I am paying now70mb BB, Tivo with big Easy bundle, line rental and free weekend calls = £30 per monthcompared to yours - £49 per month


I have been doing that for the past few years and I plan to do it again however I also want to have something to fall back on if I can't get a better deal. I'm so glad that it's not just me who thinks its not a good deal :P
Edited by: "zacy5000" 1st Sep 2016

john52

aaisp.net.ukzen.co.uk


aaisp quote for me

VDSL (Fibre to the cabinet) service with forecast download sync speed of 51-80Mb/s and forecast upload sync speed of 16-20Mb/s, from £45/month for 100GB/month, including line rental

zen 17mbps BB - £21.40 so pretty decent
Edited by: "chocci" 1st Sep 2016

zacy5000

I am on Fibre Optic and I didn't include the rise in that price. Also the … I am on Fibre Optic and I didn't include the rise in that price. Also the line rental is for the phone which you have to take if you want the internet. I have been doing that for the past few years and I plan to do it again however I also want to have something to fall back on if I can't get a better deal. I'm so glad that it's not just me who thinks its not a good deal :P




Ah I thought you were on cable internet.

The £25/month for sky/bt includes line rental btw.

I went with Talktalk myself, £27.50 for the faster fibre speed and line rental - couldn't be assed with cashback that day, and was already with BT & they weren't playing ball with offers.


So first thing is to phone up Virgin and say you are unhappy with the cost, you can get it cheaper else where.

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john52

aaisp.net.ukzen.co.ukWon't win on price - just service.


Can't go on aaisp because they charge for each 100gb or 1tb (and we already used 3tbs in 7 days :P), as for Zen the price is even more then what I currently pay. But thanks

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PenguinsForAll

Ah I thought you were on cable internet.The £25/month for sky/bt includes … Ah I thought you were on cable internet.The £25/month for sky/bt includes line rental btw.I went with Talktalk myself, £27.50 for the faster fibre speed and line rental - couldn't be assed with cashback that day, and was already with BT & they weren't playing ball with offers.So first thing is to phone up Virgin and say you are unhappy with the cost, you can get it cheaper else where.


Fingers crossed it works. Not many people in my area even provide internet/phone to us, not a clue why.

you could go broadband only with vm, ring up and try, I pay 18 a month for just broadband with 70mb

houston26

you could go broadband only with vm, ring up and try, I pay 18 a month … you could go broadband only with vm, ring up and try, I pay 18 a month for just broadband with 70mb


Hello, out of interest, may i ask how does one negotiate such price? I started two years ago with VM on 50mbit for £26...it has been £28.50 for maybe a year now, but they have raised the 50 to 70mbit recently, the raise in speed was not related to raise in price. I was just wondering if i could knock couple of quid off...Thanks

zacy5000

cheap ISP that's not going to slowly bump up the price



Doesn't exist, the one goes hand in hand with the other.

zacy5000

Fingers crossed it works. Not many people in my area even provide … Fingers crossed it works. Not many people in my area even provide internet/phone to us, not a clue why.



Bit of a clanger to drop that statement. Might be better asking then who in the below list would you choose from rather than everyone recommending services whenever you have said hardly anyone provides a service in your area. Check below to what options you have on your exchange.

samknows.com/bro…ker

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cecilmcroberts

Bit of a clanger to drop that statement. Might be better asking then who … Bit of a clanger to drop that statement. Might be better asking then who in the below list would you choose from rather than everyone recommending services whenever you have said hardly anyone provides a service in your area. Check below to what options you have on your exchange. https://www.samknows.com/broadband/broadband_checker


That shows we can get it but for some reason all the ISPs I have tried that use a phone line (that offer a decent speed) say its incompatible. I think its to do with us no having a BT phone line (we have some Telewest ones, now owned by Virgin Media) so I'll have to look in to that. We did manage to go through to get a BT contract but they cancelled it after we ordered it saying we are incompatible or something along those lines. It was for the BT infinity package.
No one in our area appears to be on BT (no BT hotspots or WiFi names) but I'll give them a call and see why.

zacy5000

That shows we can get it but for some reason all the ISPs I have tried … That shows we can get it but for some reason all the ISPs I have tried that use a phone line (that offer a decent speed) say its incompatible. I think its to do with us no having a BT phone line (we have some Telewest ones, now owned by Virgin Media) so I'll have to look in to that. We did manage to go through to get a BT contract but they cancelled it after we ordered it saying we are incompatible or something along those lines. It was for the BT infinity package. No one in our area appears to be on BT (no BT hotspots or WiFi names) but I'll give them a call and see why.



In particular click after you search look at the LLU tab listing rather than just the summary main tab. After also do a search using postcode rather than phone number then click the "Locality tab" and list how far you are from exchange. Also the BTFTTC will give you estimates of BT highest speed available (generally that site is pretty spot on - gives mine as 72-80Mbps and mine is a constant 78 down and 20 up)

Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 2nd Sep 2016

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cecilmcroberts

In particular click after you search look at the LLU tab listing rather … In particular click after you search look at the LLU tab listing rather than just the summary main tab. After also do a search using postcode rather than phone number then click the "Locality tab" and list how far you are from exchange. Also the BTFTTC will give you estimates of BT highest speed available (generally that site is pretty spot on - gives mine as 72-80Mbps and mine is a constant 78)


Ok, when I search via postcode it shows BT FTTC is available but does not show me a speed. It also shows I am 1.4km away from the exchange. If I search via phone AND postcode, it shows BT FTTC is not available.
Thanks though. This site did help know what I can get

zacy5000

Ok, when I search via postcode it shows BT FTTC is available but does not … Ok, when I search via postcode it shows BT FTTC is available but does not show me a speed. It also shows I am 1.4km away from the exchange. If I search via phone AND postcode, it shows BT FTTC is not available. Thanks though. This site did help know what I can get



Yeah it is a great site when you have limited availability personally I can only get BT/Plusnet or TalkTalk and Sky.
1.4K seems a great length to the exchange for FTTC (the site also is listing as the crow flies so will be even longer) and I wouldn't be expecting any great speeds anyhow. Looks like you stuck with Virgin in all honestly and they probably know that which is why sticking to guns on pricing. When Virgin first came to N.Ireland lots of friends and work colleagues where ringing Sky and saying "Virgin" is cheaper to be told "but you can't get Virgin in your area" so no deal and they never expanded outside the cities so we stuck for telly with Sky and BT for internet more or less.
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 2nd Sep 2016

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cecilmcroberts

Yeah it is a great site when you have limited availability personally I … Yeah it is a great site when you have limited availability personally I can only get BT/Plusnet or TalkTalk and Sky. 1.4K seems a great length to the exchange for FTTC (the site also is listing as the crow flies so will be even longer) and I wouldn't be expecting any great speeds anyhow. Looks like you stuck with Virgin in all honestly and they probably know that which is why sticking to guns on pricing. When Virgin first came to N.Ireland lots of friends and work colleagues where ringing Sky and saying "Virgin" is cheaper to be told "but you can't get Virgin in your area" so no deal and they never expanded outside the cities so we stuck for telly with Sky and BT for internet more or less.


Ahh, thanks man. I'll give Virgin Media a call and see if they can put me on a internet only package or say that I am quitting and get a discount. Doubt it'll do much to be honest but worth a try.

Alllfff

Hello, out of interest, may i ask how does one negotiate such price? I … Hello, out of interest, may i ask how does one negotiate such price? I started two years ago with VM on 50mbit for £26...it has been £28.50 for maybe a year now, but they have raised the 50 to 70mbit recently, the raise in speed was not related to raise in price. I was just wondering if i could knock couple of quid off...Thanks



​all I said was I don't use the phone, I end up watching terrestrial channels, and sky can offer me what I want for less than 20 a month.

if you get put onto the retentions team (sometimes they ring you after you've said you want to cancel) then they can offer you the best deals, if you don't get what you want from the initial call with the usual customer support then just say your cancelling and are going with another isp
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