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    Virgin Media's new p2p and usenet throttling


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    Better change my torrent times then.........

    9pm to 9:59am is the best time by the looks of it.
    Last edited by mattx; 30th September 2010 at 02:34 PM.

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    well i guess that just ended their reign as one of the best ISPs for downloads
    I might downgrade from 20mbps now as it hardly seems worth it.

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    Am I reading this correctly, the only time I'm going to have any chance of getting near to my 10mb broadband speed is between 9pm - 10am, and for an hour at 3pm every day, because they're throttling my top speed to 2.5mb the rest of the time? (I'm on the 'M' package)

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    I pay them £17.99 per month for up to 8MB broadband but because of my distance from the Exchange I only get 0.5MB. A friend of mine relatively close by pays £8.99 per month and gets about 5MB.

    I understand the whole distance thing and it's probably more responsibility of BT to get better cables laid but it still winds me up that I have to pay more on ADSL for poor speeds than most others who get great speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    Am I reading this correctly, the only time I'm going to have any chance of getting near to my 10mb broadband speed is between 9pm - 10am, and for an hour at 3pm every day, because they're throttling my top speed to 2.5mb the rest of the time? (I'm on the 'M' package)
    it's great to be with one of the last few 'unlimited' ISPs out there isn't it.....

    /sarcasm

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    Just get Virgins 50mb service, you get no throttling then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbeast View Post
    it's great to be with one of the last few 'unlimited' ISPs out there isn't it.....

    /sarcasm
    Oxymoron.....

    Virgin's advert's should read:

    "You can have an really fast internet connection, provided you don't actually use it for anything that will max it out" or

    Buy games online ? We will throttle your bandwidth.
    Buy movies online ? We willl throttle your bandwidth.
    Want to download a large patch ? We will throttle your bandwidth.

    Virgin - conning you because we can.
    Last edited by mattx; 30th September 2010 at 02:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disease View Post
    Just get Virgins 50mb service, you get no throttling then.
    From the article it suggest that is to change

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    Isn't the point above that instead of all traffic being limited, known streaming media sites (iplayer, 4oD etc) will be excluded from it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disease View Post
    Just get Virgins 50mb service, you get no throttling then.
    You do. Right round the b***ocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rydra View Post
    Isn't the point above that instead of all traffic being limited, known streaming media sites (iplayer, 4oD etc) will be excluded from it?
    Can't see it - this still counts:

    Traffic management - Virgin Media Shop

    Seems to me that they take your money for a service they can't deliver - [ just like their trains & crappy mobile service ]. Virgin are crap at everything !!

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    The only throttling they do on the 50mb service is on upload, I don't fileshare I just download lots and lots, Downloading is not throttle on Virgin 50mb.

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    I still hate their customer service, but really I don't see the issue with them and why so many hate them.

    They sell exactly what they advertise. You can download 24/7 for no extra cost. I've had little to no downtime in the years i've had them. Just hate having to call their customer support...

    Personally I prefer to pay for a service that works 99% of the time and have poor support when it fails, than pay for a service that at it's best won't meet what you pay for, charges me extra when I use it a lot, and only marginally better customer support for the 1% of the downtime they still get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disease View Post
    The only throttling they do on the 50mb service is on upload, I don't fileshare I just download lots and lots, Downloading is not throttle on Virgin 50mb.
    What I meant by "round the b****cks" was that it costs a fortune for 50mb. I'd love 50mb, but I'm not shelling out £50 a month or whatever daft price it is they're charging now for it just so that my connection isn't throttled. This sort of thing should be illegal in my opinion, changing the rules of your contracted services before the contract is up. If they want to change the way they do things, then by all means do so for new customers, for existing customers they should be made to fulfill their original terms until the end of your 12 month contract, at which point a new contract should be issued with the new terms.

    Mobile phones, broadband and TV services get away with constantly changing the terms of their contracts (read: breaching the terms by default) but if you breach the terms you soon know about it.

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