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There are always bargains out there for people
considering a change. When it comes to cashback it is worth registering
with Topcashback.co.uk. You will often see substantial cashback for
Virgin, Plusnet, BT and Now TV
BT, not to be outdone, is offering broadband at less
than half price to people on benefits, starting at £15 a month. The
benefts in question are U&niversal Credit, Pension Credit,
Jobseekers Allowance, Income and employment support allowances.
This will continue for a year before a review. Amazingly, BT
reckons that 4.6 million households will be eligible.
The Post Office is advertising totally unlimited broadband for £19 a month (up to 17Mb) with free setup. The router is sent free of charge. The contract is 18 months with a promise of no increases. You would then be free to stay at a higher fee or move. n.b. this includes line rental. If you don't take one of their call packages the connection charge for a phone call is 18p. then there are charges per minute for UK and mobile numbers. Get the leaflet at a Post Office.
Talktalk often gives the lowest quote. In 2021 it
starts at £16.99 and month for landline and £21.95 for cable. The speed
you get often depends and the distance to your nearest BT cabinet in
the street. In most areas the speed of broadband has increased as BT
has been connecting their telephone exchanges to the cabinets via the
faster fibre optic cable, which the connection to your house is still
by a copper wire. With copper, unlike fibre, he greater the
distance, the slower the speed
Connections via the mobile phone systems are also improving the speed. While 4G connections were very much faster than 3G, already 5G is planned with speeds expected to 200 times the speed of 4G. As these connections are from transmitters, one does wonder whether they will eventually overtake the need for digging up roads. Unfortunately Britain is dragging its feet, even with the installation of 4G and are ranked 29th in the world. This is blamed on planning regulations. And the speeds attained with 4G, at around 15Mbps, are much slower than those in places like Singapore and New Zealand.
my (fibre) broadband
speed to 100Mb at no additional cost. But I did find it quite expensive
often wondered if I should change, especially now other providers are
increasing their claimed speeds. Eventually I went for Now TV at 35Mb. A considerable saving with phone line and calls included.
Note, also that ALL broadband is very much slower UPloading than DOWNloading
Before my move from Virgin there were my speeds for
their minimum charge. People who depend upon their connection for
fast speeds can get even higher rates that these using cable.
I have tested the Now TV speeds. I get 36mb download and 9.29 upload. This is adequate for most people.
hotspots (in my Glossary) In addition many town centres, pubs and restaurants have free wi-fi access, BT have thousands of Hotspots in the UK and Ireland. Free to their broadband customers and phone contracts. For others there is a charge e. g. £4 a day. If you search for Wifi on your wireless device you may see these with the FON word in the address. Some hotels are depending on this.
Compare Broadband offers (home or mobile) at www.broadbandgenie.co.uk. Also see smartphone, tablet and iPad deals.
don't even have a telephone line
you can still
access the net this way using a smartphone or tablet with a SIM card.
Broadband for a Money Supermarket explanation. Compare prices and
But bear in mind that speed depends on your proximity to the
masts and also whether you have access to 3G and 4G facilities.
the City of London there is talk that they can get as much as 300 Mb by
you can connect with your mobile phone you will probably find that you
can enable your phone to become a Hotspot for friends who have a tablet
but no phone connection
BT have a help page with a number of points to ensure that your broadband speed is maximised http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12666#void()
area. Enter your post code at http://www.moneysupermarket.com/broadband/
Studies show that people using wi-fi get 30% slower speed than people who get it via a direct connection So, if you want to get the fastest connection, connect via a cable to the router.
To get information about the situation at your local exchange enter your post code at http://usertools.plus.net/exchanges/?
Good article on broadband choices at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband
There is a comparison site at http://www.cable.co.uk/compare/broadband/
There might be various reasons as to why you are getting a slow speed and they could be:
Another useful site is http://www.ispreview.co.uk
To settle complaints about ISP's you can look at the following sites www.ispa.org.uk (Association of ISP's) Ombudsman Services:communications ), www.cisas.org.uk (Internet Services Adjudication Scheme)
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