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Feet
31-08-2011, 04:58 PM
Hello,

Looking for any recommendations for ISPs as I'm moving to a non-cabled area next week (so no Virgin Media for me).

Not a massive downloader except for Steam and the occasional TV series, so download caps should hopefully not be an issue but I would have a problem with being throttled in the evenings.

Anyone want to offer a suggestion?

Jams O'Donnell
31-08-2011, 05:11 PM
Well, this might not be terribly useful as a suggestion, but I too am on Virgin and moving to a non-cabled area next week, and I'm just changing to Virgin's national broadband (wot comes through your phone line).

CMaster
31-08-2011, 05:16 PM
Be (https://www.bethere.co.uk/web/beportal/homepage) get rave reviews, they aren't the cheapest however.

Gerbick
31-08-2011, 08:54 PM
I was with ADSL24 (http://adsl24.co.uk/) for several years without issue. Again not always the cheapest, but was very stable and decent speeds.

corbain
01-09-2011, 07:36 AM
Highly reccomend Plusnet, they have excellent customer service and i've always been very pleased with the speeds I get. They are very open about their throttling, in contrast to other ISPs who will stealth throttle you.


http://www.plus.net/support/broadband/speed_guide/download_speeds.shtml

R-F
01-09-2011, 08:43 AM
BT = Fucking terribad but amazing routers
Sky = Terrible routers but half-decent service

Claranet SOHO does a decent package (http://www.claranetsoho.co.uk/high-end/claranet-soho-unlimited-gamer-broadband.html), mainly on their "part-time gamer" stuff. It says prioritised traffic on the more expensive one, but gaming mainly occurs during the night and - since it's mainly a business ISP - it's completely empty. Only issue is you can only do major downloads during the evenings (6PM to 8AM, I believe) and weekends.

Also, no throttling. :D

Estel
01-09-2011, 10:27 AM
Be (https://www.bethere.co.uk/web/beportal/homepage) get rave reviews, they aren't the cheapest however.

This. Yet to find an ISP with better customer service.

They have a shared infrastructure with O2, though; and if you're an existing O2 customer there are some stonkingly awesome deals out their if you get there broadband too.

westyfield
01-09-2011, 10:45 AM
They have a shared infrastructure with O2, though; and if you're an existing O2 customer there are some stonkingly awesome deals out their if you get their broadband too.

Yeah, my brother's phone is on an O2 contract so we got a decent deal for our internet. Could be worth looking into for those who use O2 already.

Althea
01-09-2011, 06:44 PM
We're on Sky, and we're having no issues at all.

sinomatic
01-09-2011, 10:14 PM
I'll second/third O2 - I've had hassle-free service from them, and nice, stable broadband. And UK call centres.

After the nth level of hell in the past that was dealing with TalkTalk though, being spat in the face and given a string and two tin cans would probably seem wonderful to be honest.

Kelron
01-09-2011, 10:41 PM
We're on Sky, and we're having no issues at all.

I'm on Sky and my speed varies from about 3Mb/s to 9Mb/s, we're paying for 20. Support is useless, and the router has a terrible wireless signal.

kwyjibo
01-09-2011, 11:29 PM
O2 or Be.

Excellent speeds, good price.

Althea
02-09-2011, 01:08 AM
I'm on Sky and my speed varies from about 3Mb/s to 9Mb/s, we're paying for 20. Support is useless, and the router has a terrible wireless signal.
I tend to get 500KB/s as a top download speed, 300-400 as average. We have unlimited.

Kelron
02-09-2011, 02:11 AM
I tend to get 500KB/s as a top download speed, 300-400 as average. We have unlimited.

That's about what I get, you'd expect about 2.5MB/s max with 20Mb bandwidth, although in practice 1-2MB/s would be more likely unless you're right next to the exchange. Dunno what bandwidth you pay for but mine is about 1/4 of advertised most of the time. Not an ISP I'd recommend.

Harlander
02-09-2011, 08:48 AM
I'm with TalkTalk Business.. started out back when they were Nildram, then they went through a quick succession of name-changes. The performance is good, though I can't really recommend it in general terms as they have a long minimum contract.

Feet
03-09-2011, 08:17 PM
Ok, so I'm thinking of doing a sky package, with BB, phone and TV in the dealio, anyone else got any experience with using Sky for their ISP?