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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    I'm plenty sick of BT. Is there a good way to get out of their contract. I also agree that service IMHO seems very poor. I quite like the look of the SKY deal. I', really trying to tighten the old money belt at home at the moment.

    I've even cancelled all my MMO game subs.

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    Im with virgin media on 4mb, didnt get a letter about them upgrading , I take it thats only for 10 mb customers then ?

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    I woud highly recommend AOL. Stay clear of there software but otherwise £30 a month gets you 8Mb free from shaping, caps and other nasties. Free Netgear wireless router too...

    Pipex, PlusNet, Tiscali and BT all traffic shape - from experience... oh and Virgin too - don't think Virgin Media do since they are NTL

    Go with AOL if you can't get cable.

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes
    I woud highly recommend AOL. Stay clear of their software but otherwise £30 a month gets you 8Mb free from shaping, caps and other nasties. Free Netgear wireless router too...

    Pipex, PlusNet, Tiscali and BT all traffic shape - from experience...

    Go with AOL if you can't get cable
    Is it possible to not install the AOL stuff? I thought you needed to log on through their software. Maybe things have changed?

    Anyway, there are plenty of ISPs out there, not the bigs boys you mentioned, but others who for £30 per month will give you massive download cap with no traffic shaping.

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    NinjaBeaver,

    There is no such thing as a free lunch you know... the reason that Sky can offer free broadband, is because it's rubbish!

    For some people, the internet is about browsing web pages, I'm sure all of us here realise that the internet is so much more.

    All the sky package is good for is browsing web pages, which takes less internet traffic than some of the more exotic applications!

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by woody
    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes
    I woud highly recommend AOL. Stay clear of their software but otherwise £30 a month gets you 8Mb free from shaping, caps and other nasties. Free Netgear wireless router too...

    Pipex, PlusNet, Tiscali and BT all traffic shape - from experience...

    Go with AOL if you can't get cable
    Is it possible to not install the AOL stuff? I thought you needed to log on through their software. Maybe things have changed?

    Anyway, there are plenty of ISPs out there, not the bigs boys you mentioned, but others who for £30 per month will give you massive download cap with no traffic shaping.
    Yep, AOL now give you a real router with a real router firmware and allow you to connect all your computers (etc) to the real internet now! No caps or traffic shaping (they do have a FUP but I was told it is against their ethos to enforce shaping)

    Changed BB provider so many times for bad service, slow downloads or caps - very happy with AOL. We're all techies here, I don't need to tell you to throw away the AOL CD that comes in the box

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    I'm with Demon on the Home Office package, but only have been for about a month having upgraded from Dial-up because BT killed off the surftime package. First impressions are very good. Connection speed is 2.2 to 2.7 mbps, which is double what anyone else in the village has told me they're getting (one through Sky and one through Tiscali) and the downloads seem to be flat out at about 265-275k/s.

    The only drawbacks i have found are occasional disconnecting when i'm idle, but Demon dial-up did this as well. Even better is the weeks worth of BBC Radio listen agains downloads in just over an hour instead of taking all weekend at 5k/s

    Its setting me back £25 per month, but i get a static IP, webspace, email and the like. The upgrade from dialup was seamless too.

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    I've done it before, and I'll recommend Demon again. Been with them for over 2 years now at two houses (both too far from the blinking exchange for a decent speed ) and have never had a problem.

    Will be reconnecting to them when I move again
    (unless I can find a better deal). I don't have a static IP and am on the Home Office for £20 a month. (well, £31 if you include BT line rental). I don't get the random disconnections that jopijedd gets, in fact my connection is usually up for months on end before power cuts usually knock the router off.

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    Hi,

    There are lots of broadband providers which you can use now, its hard to choose usually, and which package will be best to suit you!

    I used a webpage called http://www.moneysupermarket.com/broadband/ and that gave me all the information i needed about different packages and prices to choose from, it compares all different kind of things you look for when your using broadband!

    check it out it was helpful for me anyway!

    what broadband providfer are you thinking of gong fot, ive just started with Virgin and it seems reall good, i will wait til i get a problem to see how helpful they are! but so far no problems and really fast and cheap!

    Chris

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    i don't know if this has been said but i whould go for ntl/broadband

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    BT, only one that I have used thats had no problems. They will however try to charge you lots for 18month contracts.

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    NinjaBeaver,

    There is no such thing as a free lunch you know... the reason that Sky can offer free broadband, is because it's rubbish!

    For some people, the internet is about browsing web pages, I'm sure all of us here realise that the internet is so much more.

    All the sky package is good for is browsing web pages, which takes less internet traffic than some of the more exotic applications!
    Im with virgin at the mo and ive been thinking that i should move to another provider (even tho i have been a loyal customer for many years) due to the problems ive been getting over the past coupld of years and its expensive (unless you go for one of those deals that last 12 months). It seems to be worse since vingin took over. Anyway i digress, what is it about sky that makes it rubbish? is there still a problem with long activation times?

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes

    Pipex, PlusNet, Tiscali and BT all traffic shape - from experience... oh and Virgin too - don't think Virgin Media do since they are NTL
    Not noticed any traffic shaping on Tiscali. Downloaded Debbie Does Dallas in no time at all last night.

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skoggmeiger
    Not noticed any traffic shaping on Tiscali. Downloaded Debbie Does Dallas in no time at all last night.
    It kicks in after you download over their AUP cap... it definately exists - they were a nightmare to move from and I wouldn't have unless completely necessary...

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    Re: Which Home Broadband provider?

    http://www.tiscali.co.uk/products/br...ode=NN-HB-0282

    "...we will be restricting your bandwidth during peak hours for the good of all other customers. This restriction will only apply during peak hours and there will be no restriction at other times of the day."

    Didn't contact me once before enforcing after about 100Gb.

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