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    Virgin or AOL broadband?

    Im trying to choose between Virgin Broadband 2mb Unlimited for £14.99, or Aol 2mb for £14.99 with no 12 month contract if you supply your own modem.

    Virgin allyours.virginmedia.com/htm…ketallyours.virginmedia.com/htm…ket

    AOL info.aol.co.uk/bro…937info.aol.co.uk/bro…937

    The Virgin service is only 2mb sorry. + £25 installation fee

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    leefal

    Stay Away From Brand Names!!!



    Which non branded bb service do you recommend?

    i would say AOL.

    S'pose my situation is different. Being out in the sticks the fastest i can get 1.5mb, and thats only recently!
    I'm currently with icuk and I don't mind payin a lesser known provder a few extra pounds a month. The smaller ISP's always seem to go that extra mile to sort out any issues that you have. Most of the neighbours use BT or AOL and always seem to have connection probs whereas i don't, even though we're using the same BT exchange.
    I haven't the luxury of any ISPs throwing in their own DSLAMS - no LLUing goin on here . I think sky are setting up their own DSLAMS, but I'll give them a miss. (I work for them, and swear to god I would never get their broadband in.)
    THinkin on changing to [url]www.ukfsn.org[/url], I've heard good reports about them.
    I always try and stick to those offering 1 month contracts, means if anything shitty does happen yer not stuck on crappy service.

    I'd say Virgin media

    so u cant get cable op?

    I'm with AOL and it works for me..but then I can only get 1 meg max on my phoneline..I negotiated a £9.99 a month 12 month contract with a free wireless modem....may be harder to do now cos since my deal they have been taken over by Carphone Warehouse.

    Virgin all the way.

    Cable Rox, DSL sux.

    :pirate: CJ :pirate:

    egg card has £50 cashback for Virgin Broadband. Might help you make up your mind.

    Virgin Media. By an absolute country mile!

    Been with ntl/virgin on BB for about 4 years now with no problem. I seem to think that AOL also stangle P2P. Sure I remember reading that somewhere

    Original Poster

    I forgot to mension Ive got Tiscali 2mb £14.99, But Im only getting a 1/4 of the speed, Thats why I want to move.

    i am with aol now and it has been a nightmare cant wait for contract to finish

    I would personally choose NONE of them altho i cant really comment on Virgin lol

    AOL are absolute Pi**

    Wow nice find on the Virgin!

    Free Modem, Up to 8Mb, Unlimited downloads and free Evening and weekend calls to UK landlines all for £14.99!

    Hey mrtootough could you please provide a link for "egg card has £50 cashback for Virgin Broadband". I had a look and couldn't find any reference to this.

    Pick the Virgin as it offers more for the £

    Thanks,

    speedking

    Wow nice find on the Virgin!Free Modem, Up to 8Mb, Unlimited downloads … Wow nice find on the Virgin!Free Modem, Up to 8Mb, Unlimited downloads and free Evening and weekend calls to UK landlines all for £14.99!Hey mrtootough could you please provide a link for "egg card has £50 cashback for Virgin Broadband". I had a look and couldn't find any reference to this.Pick the Virgin as it offers more for the £Thanks,


    i think you have to pay line rental to BT on top of that aswell since it's adsl, not cable.

    speedking

    Wow nice find on the Virgin!Free Modem, Up to 8Mb, Unlimited downloads … Wow nice find on the Virgin!Free Modem, Up to 8Mb, Unlimited downloads and free Evening and weekend calls to UK landlines all for £14.99!Hey mrtootough could you please provide a link for "egg card has £50 cashback for Virgin Broadband". I had a look and couldn't find any reference to this.Pick the Virgin as it offers more for the £Thanks,



    Had a look on the egg site. Seems to be removed from it. Definately used to be on there. I do apologise.
    Maybe worth a call to them.

    Thanks for reply mrtootough.

    I am either looking at Sky 16mb for a tenner or this Virgin offer.

    I am happy with current provider but am paying +£20 and thus trying to make a saving.

    Aol rules ---used to suck -- but now for £14.99 a month i get 2mb broadband and is gr8

    i would get Virgin, as they will be rolling out some TV services through their phone lines soon which may be free

    have you considered talktalk ?
    all landline calls and upto 8MB with 40GB allowance for £19.99/month

    Also £22 approx quidco

    No BT rental either. I just switched to them - took 2 months to switch broadband on though but seems fast enuff upto now.

    Virgin's 10Mb BB is being upgraded to 20MB on the 1st of May. (Fact)

    It is expected that their 2MB and 4MB services will be upgraded soon after.

    There is absolutely no confirmation that this WILL happen though!!

    I'm on Virgin 2MB and it has been s 100% reliable with every speed check reaching the 1900s

    Virgin suffer from contention issues already - when they role out the tv on demand, the service can only deminish! the 10mb to 20mb - isn't that only on cable? I believe so.
    I've had Wanadoo, Tiscali and Virgin as ISPs, now on Sky - and it's a total no-brainer, if your exchange has been LLU'd for Sky/easynet, then go with SKY, unlike ISPs that use BT's equipment that keep accepting new customers (and as a result the service gets worse and worse), once Sky's LLU ports reach a certain amount of subscribers, they stop taking on new customers and will only offer the (BT) connect product - this avoids the serious contention issues experienced elsewhere.
    I can't comment on cable broadband, as I can't get it! From what i've heard, if you can get cable broadband, it's brilliant. But for those of us not in a cable area, but whose exchanges have been LLU'd - then you must go on an ADSL2+ service (ie in my case - sky)
    Also SKY (LLU) do not block ports or use packet shaping!!!!

    Bumped!

    For anyone still contemplating joining Virgin - just found out about this:
    Broadband Size: M - 2mb
    During peak times, the top 5% on the Size: M package download at least 350MB of traffic each.

    Any users hitting this amount during peak times (4pm till midnight) will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed – their download speed will be set to 1Mb, with their upload speed set to 128Kb. This will last for 4 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied.

    Broadband Size: L (4mb)
    During peak times, the top 5% on the Size: L package download at least 750MB of traffic each.

    Any users hitting this amount during peak times (4pm till midnight) will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed – their download speed will be set to 2Mb, with their upload speed set to 192Kb. This will last for 4 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied.

    Broadband Size: XL (20mb - old 10mb)
    During peak times, the top 5% on the Size: XL package download at least 3GB of traffic each.

    Any users hitting this amount during peak times (4pm till midnight) will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed – their download speed will be set to 5Mb, with their upload speed set to 256Kb. This will last for 4 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied.

    Traffic shaping policy for all to see!!!!!

    Upload speed is poor.
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