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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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...
Oops - sorry if I upset anyone for resurrecting this old post. I just realised my bad!
Last edited by zarathustra; 3rd August 2010 at 11:16 PM. Reason: Updating information
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!
Thanks, i think i'll suspend my giganews account and give them a go
been using astraweb for about 3 years now.. they just keep adding to the retention period.. theyve been great
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)