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General Chat Thread, Virgin Media Upgrade in General; Originally Posted by Joedetic LOL. "Upgrades" We're on a "20meg" line. The most I get out of it (and we're ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joedetic View Post
    LOL. "Upgrades"

    We're on a "20meg" line. The most I get out of it (and we're talking at 0300hrs) is 4meg.
    True , that sucks. I'm on the 20mb line and I average speeds of 16-18mb, never had it higher than 18.6mb. But happy with that.

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    Well, I'm paying Rupert Murdoch 10 a month for up to 16MB and as I'm virtually sitting on my local exchange I'm quite happy. Was with VM but jumped ship as 25 a month for 4MB was a joke. Don't like the hippy at the helm either.

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    At home we have the 20mb service but because we've got one of the old Home 120 modems, I dont think we can actually get the full 20Mb...and Virgin have never offered to send out a new one

    Normally get about 13meg fairly constantly though. Only niggles are when Im downloading from newsgroups it cuts out completely (like everythign, not just NG traffic) for a few minutes every half hour or so - so much for them saying they dont use traffic shaping
    And the 4GB 'limit' before the speed is halved is quite annoying...especially when I read it wouldnt apply off peak, but low and behold it does the exact same thing on the weekends...

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    The problem is they don't know you have an old modem. If you phone up tech support, they'll send out an engineer with a new modem.

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    Oh, ok..I kind of thought they would be unwilling...and I though they would have a record of what we had

    I'll tell my Dad to do that then...not too bothered myself anymore as Im moving out Friday

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    I've always had stellar performance from Virgin and I've been with them since the 512k/s days and on every speed plan

    Downloading from newsgroups is a constant 450-480KB/s on my 4Mb connection. Can't ask for more than that really.

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    The 50Mb is great. It's the only one that doesn't have any throttling during peak hours:
    Virgin Traffic Management Info

    You do need a new cablemodem & router (bit of a bugbear here with my latter - it having a fairly-hefty ACL). I got my upgrade from 20Mb gratis for six months, but I did have to pay for the installation. Don't forget the unlimited off-site storage (V Stuff) & 100 free photos (from Snapfish) per month. FYI, all Virgin accounts get a VStuff/Snapfish allocation (according to a sliding scale) although (as per usual) it has been problematic for many users.

    Now all they need to do is up their Usenet retention to something more acceptable - although speed is good, 7 days is prety useless. I recently switched to Astraweb; 717 days, 99+% retention & 20 maxed-out SSL connections for 7? A third of Giganews' price for a virtually-identical service. Pretty-much a must-have...


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    Oops - sorry if I upset anyone for resurrecting this old post. I just realised my bad!
    Last edited by zarathustra; 3rd August 2010 at 10:16 PM. Reason: Updating information

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    I'm on 20mb as well but we get 20mb don't think there are many others using it, so i'm sure it will go down in the future....the problem I have is the cost of phone calls! I have to re-open my skype external account as it was costing a small fortune.

    EDIT: oops, dammit....I will share your shame zara!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarathustra View Post
    The 50Mb is great. It's the only one that doesn't have any throttling during peak hours:
    Virgin Traffic Management Info


    Now all they need to do is up their Usenet retention to something more acceptable - although speed is good, 7 days is prety useless. I recently switched to Astraweb; 717 days, 99+% retention & 20 maxed-out SSL connections for 7? A third of Giganews' price for a virtually-identical service. Pretty-much a must-have...
    Is that unlimited for 7?
    I'm currently with Giganews paying 8.5 for 54Gb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbeast View Post
    Is that unlimited for 7?
    I'm currently with Giganews paying 8.5 for 54Gb
    It sure is - lemme get you the link:
    news.astraweb.com - Signup with us

    Enjoy!

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    Thanks, i think i'll suspend my giganews account and give them a go

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    been using astraweb for about 3 years now.. they just keep adding to the retention period.. theyve been great

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    Thumbs up

    This deal's actually even cheaper :
    news.astraweb.com - Signup with us

    $96 per annum - works out at $8 a month (about a fiver at the current rate).


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