Found 11th Aug 2009
Hi I am moving house and will be getting a new isp ... the Virgin deals seems OK but the big swinger for me is the fact that it's fibre optic ... I just feel this is going to be fast and future proof, am I being naive ? Thanks for comments Roger

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As long as you don't download a lot else they'll just throttle your connection. It's a false economy.

Remember they throttle your speed by 75% if you use x amount of bandwidth in x amount of time. Theres two 5 hour throttle points through the day between 10am and 3pm. The second is between 4pm and 9pm.

t0mm;5989007

Remember they throttle your speed by 75% if you use x amount of bandwidth … Remember they throttle your speed by 75% if you use x amount of bandwidth in x amount of time. Theres two 5 hour throttle points through the day between 10am and 3pm. The second is between 4pm and 9pm.



Exactly. Yeah, its great that they have fibre optic, but whats the point if you cant use the full bandwidth all the time? Personally, until they stop this silly process, then its better to go with someone like o2, if you can get their service in your area, as they wont throttle your speeds, and you will still get up to 20mbps.

have you checked availability in your new area? i cant get their fiber so signed up to BE broadband instead, upto 24mb for £17.50, get it for £12 p/m now cause i told them i was cancelling.

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spic;5989040

Exactly. Yeah, its great that they have fibre optic, but whats the point … Exactly. Yeah, its great that they have fibre optic, but whats the point if you cant use the full bandwidth all the time? Personally, until they stop this silly process, then its better to go with someone like o2, if you can get their service in your area, as they wont throttle your speeds, and you will still get up to 20mbps.



Depening on where you are from the exchange surely?
I get faster speeds from virgin when I'm throttled than I ever did from o2 when I tried them for a month.

To be a little more basic with the answer to your question. . . . . . . . . . . . I have Virgin BB and find it absolutely fine with no speed problems and I am on it every evening for hours and at the weekends, however, if I had a BT line I would go with o2 as I have a mobile phone contract with them and you get it really cheap for a supposed decent BB service.

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mufc72;5989796

To be a little more basic with the answer to your question. . . . . . . . … To be a little more basic with the answer to your question. . . . . . . . . . . . I have Virgin BB and find it absolutely fine with no speed problems and I am on it every evening for hours and at the weekends, however, if I had a BT line I would go with o2 as I have a mobile phone contract with them and you get it really cheap for a supposed decent BB service.




got 50Mb and experience no problems with throttling etc

nice to know i'm the only one in my street with it too :-D

If you go for 50Mb Virgin then ther's no cap on it 'at the moment', this could of course change, especially Sep 1st when the price for 50Mb drops (£28/month if you take phone line too)

I'm going to wait until the 1st of Sep then see what happens. But even on 10Mb unless you intend downloading over 1GB a day you won't be throttled and then you get a good constant 10Mb download, unlike 'most' 8Mb ADSL which average 4Mb.

After 10 years with Virgin I certainly wouldn't switch, especially with 200Mb trials now in place :thumbsup: things are looking good.

This may be worth checking out too, £150 Quidco cashback with Virgin:

hotukdeals.com/ite…o-/

Original Poster

Thanks chaps, I appreciate all the comments, you all obviously know what you're talking about (that's why I asked here) - I get about 2 or 3mbps (I pay for on a good day so anything's got to be an improvement and whilst I spend a fair bit of my day on the internet I download very few movies and music tracks and the future is fibre optic I reckon - the quidco is nice too. Roger
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