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broadband idiocy

Post by indiansummer » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:36

as some of you may recall, i am a horrendous technophobe and struggle to understand how everyone suddenly seemed to know loads about computers while i'm left poking at buttons going 'does this turn it on?'

so please forgive a dim-witted buffoon for being a little slow

ANYWAY. looking at broadband for the house. it's just Sarah and i, but in all likelihood there'll be an awful lot of streaming/downloading going on (i know what those words mean! hooray!)

looking at a deal from virgin which involves no phone line (sound), costs £17.50 for the first 6 months a £22.50 thereafter on a 12 month contract (sound)

...and it's up to 30Mb. will that be enough?

any advice would be gratefully received by this idiot

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Post by indiehorse » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:50

I've always been with Virgin (or previous incarnations) due to the not needing a landline. I'm content with the service.

I think I'm on the 30Mb package. It should be fast enough unless you're really impatient for large things to download. I rarely notice any interruption when streaming stuff.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:07

cool, thanks!

does "up to 30Mb" refer to how much you can download?
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Post by indiehorse » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:13

indiansummer wrote:does "up to 30Mb" refer to how much you can download?
Nope, it's the speed.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:16

ohhhhh

right, i need to find out if there's d/l limits then, don't i?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

cheers

i wish i wasn't such a goon with this stuff, it's embarrassing
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Post by indiehorse » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:19

indiansummer wrote:right, i need to find out if there's d/l limits then, don't i?
Yep. I'm pretty sure there isn't a download limit with Virgin.

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:35

hmmm...!

ok, cheers mate

might try to sort this today. no internet at home is shite
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Post by Tomb » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:45

There isn't a download limit with Virgin but they do choke the connection at certain times if they consider that you download too much data. Well that happened to me anyway!

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:53

hmm

ah fuck it, i'll give it a go. i suppose i can upgrade if it turns out to be dogshit... probably? meh

christ, my naivety on this subject is woeful. i'm going back to talking about things i understand in future

who wants to talk about Superchunk?!?
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Post by Gordon » Fri Mar 08, 2013 07:24

Tomb wrote:There isn't a download limit with Virgin but they do choke the connection at certain times if they consider that you download too much data. Well that happened to me anyway!
They can do, (or if you do too much torrenting) but it can also just be contention ratios (number of customers using bandwidth at busy periods). It's always pretty fast on a Sunday morning...
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Apr 18, 2013 14:38

ok, back again

trying to sort broadband ended up being very difficult. Virgin arranged an appointment to install (and very excited was i) so we waited in for the engineer. when no-one came during the five-hour period we'd been advised to wait, i gave them a ring. they fobbed me off for a bit before eventually someone established that there was a problem in our area so they couldn't install it

even though my mate a few doors down has virgin broadband as well

and apparently it was too much effort to tell us this; they just didn't send anyone round and let us waste the best part of a day

also there was no timescale on when the problem would be fixed - could be next week, could be next year

so virgin can fuck off, basically. i cancelled the order.

anyone got any sensible suggestions for broadband for this idiot? i just want to download stuff and stream things and check my email an tha :/
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Post by Gordon » Thu Apr 18, 2013 16:50

I think a lot of the mobile company adsl deals are quite cheap. Generally not as good service I would have thought, though.
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Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Apr 18, 2013 20:47

indiansummer wrote: anyone got any sensible suggestions for broadband for this idiot? i just want to download stuff and stream things and check my email an tha :/
I used to be on o2 mate, but it was awful for streaming video - bbc iplayer would pause for ages too regularly and downloading took a while. It was stable mind, and cheap as fuck so I never complained too much.

I sold my soul to the devil and went with Sky last month, mainly because a) a sparkie cocked up my aerial install 18 months ago leaving me without a telly signal and b) Sky have just rolled out fibre broadband in my area which compared to o2 is like shit off a shovel.

All tolled, it comes to about £60 per month but that includes the sky+ HD box and a pretty loaded up TV package (err, everything besides sports and movies basically). The internet though is brilliant. YouTube videos never buffer or anything and I downloaded the Godfather Trilogy in about half an hour - on o2 that would have taken fucking aaaaages. Plus with Sky I got a nice chunk of cashback (£125 or so via Top Cashback) plus some M&S vouchers.

But, if you don't want to deal with that dirty bastard, Murdoch, I hear great things about BEE. Two lads at work have it and they're gaming nerdy weirdo types so rely on a strong, stable net connection. We have it at work too and despite years of BT bleating "You're too far from an exchange" or "we're rolling out a fibre optical cable towards you at an unspecified time in the future. Could be a week, could be a decade. Y'know" it's tons more stable and quick than the BT one was. So yeah, maybe BEE is the way forward?
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Post by Your Funny Uncle » Thu Apr 18, 2013 21:31

If you have Sky fibre you could've got BT fibre or various others. They all run from the same infrastructure (run by BT Openreach, which is seperate from BT's phone and ISP service, to insure "neutrality".)

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Post by indiansummer » Fri Apr 19, 2013 08:32

all food for thought! cheers folks
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Post by Silver Girl » Fri Apr 19, 2013 15:50

I had talktalk for years, but they made such a monumental balls-up of moving the service/installing the new line when I moved, that I had no choice but to cancel. So we went with Plusnet instead -so far they've been great and it's coming out at about 20 a month for rental/phone/broadband. Downside was paying 50 quid to get a new line put in, upside has been immaculate customer service.
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