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Moving home soon so looking at which broadband to get. London post code (w4 3bu) so most should be available. Currently with Orange Livebox which pretty happy with but want to leave my phone contract with orange which starts to make it expensive.

 

Requirements:

- Pretty fast with no fussy nonsense like speed throttling or download caps to worry about. I download at 100+ Kb/s and play xbox live without problems at the moment so wouldnt want it any worse than that.

- a VOIP facility to have free calls abroad

- wireless

- pretty reliable. dont need it for work but it is a pain if it reguarly goes down or goes slow at peak times. Never had a problem with orange where we are at the moment.

 

Also, the flat hasnt had a phone line connected before (although has the wiring) so need to pay BT £100+ to get that connected. My mate had the same thing and when he phoned up to get Sky+ he managed to get sky to pay that for him. I reckon some broadband companies might do the same to get the customers. Anyone heard anything like that?

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Wouldn't recomend tiscali broadband at all, my brother is still waiting after 2 months for them to come and fix the modem or whatever it is that's causing the problem, their excuse "we're merging with a new company we've just bought" If that's the case why did they send out an engineer to swap the modem? ( who arived a month later ) The connection just keeps dropping out and he's in W12.

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have always been with Pipex & they used to be one of the best, they have now merged/been bought by Tiscali & are fooking terrible!!! :mac1:

 

have had constant problems every month & am trying to get out of my new contract with them :rant:

 

no help as to whos good i know but avoid either of those 2 LOL!

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My basic guidance is stick with the people who own the wire - if you're using BT wire, then use BT service. If you have a choice of cable (Sky etc) then consider those. If you only care about the money then go to MoneySupermarket etc (Disclaimer: Other comparison sites are available) ;)

 

Don't use AOL .... PLEASE don't use AOL .....

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BT??????? They are extortionate, I do not mind paying a little more for good service but those boys are just way ott!!!!!!

 

i pay monthly for BB and phone, make on average 7 quid of calls per quarter and my DD is 44.50!! I have just found out im tied in till August, so they tried to tie me in for another 12 months, if i go paperless, they will knock 1.25 off a month thjough, Geeeeee thanks!!!

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Have used BT for work (forced my hand) - expensive, but not one problem with them. I used to use Zen at home and for one of our offices... have got more expensive recently, but again, can't fault them & they have fairly knowledgeble UK tech support. Swapped home to SKY, and had no problems, but know people who have...

 

My dad's just ordered from Madasafish & they are possibly the worst company out there - unbelievable tech support, and still haven't got ADSL activated on the line, despite a BT engineer saying that it's not active - steer well clear!!

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yeah orange gets my thumbs up. No horror stories like above. Their customer service was terrible the one time there was a problem but hey thats orange for you!

 

Anyone heard about this installation of BT line for free when getting broadband???

 

 

nope but i dare say you will be required to sign up for 24 months and you will notice your dd treble after the first quarter, shame really as the actual connection has never let me down!

 

best to read the small print!

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HI MATE DONT USE BT THERE 8 MEG IS IN FACT 2MEG (I LIVE 500 YARDS FROM A NEW EXCHANGE SO IT SHOULD BE AT LEAST 6 MEG . YOU HAVE TO PAY IN ADVANCE THERE CUSTOMER SERVICE IS TOTALY CRAP THERE HUB PHONE LOCKS UP , STAY AWAY FROM BT MY FRIEND BAD DOODOO:cry::cry:

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BT??????? They are extortionate, I do not mind paying a little more for good service but those boys are just way ott!!!!!!

 

i pay monthly for BB and phone, make on average 7 quid of calls per quarter and my DD is 44.50!! I have just found out im tied in till August, so they tried to tie me in for another 12 months, if i go paperless, they will knock 1.25 off a month thjough, Geeeeee thanks!!!

 

Well if you want cheap then use PlusNet, just don't expect good service, or your email to stay private (or even backed up!).

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had no probs with AOL myself, seems strange that poeple dont like it, although i only use my laptop to frequent forums and porn site's so dont really bother me having all this download speed malarky (although does dissapoint when ive got to wait for lubbly jubblys to open up lol)

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im with virgin as you dont need to have a bt line, they run a direct cable to your modem, installation was free and you get a very consistent speed(whatever you pay for and never fluctuates) the problem with the providers that use a bt line(like 02, the company i work for) is the initial payment of getting the bt line connected(125 quid for me) and then the speed fluctuates depending on how many other people are using the same broadband service as you from the same exchange. is you want consistency and no bt line needed then go for a cable broadband company, if your getting a bt line anyway and are looking at cost go for o2 providing your getting a mobile phone to go with it, its the cheapest, fastest,free wifi box, customer support is in Leeds, 24/7 and its free.

 

payrise please!!!!!!!

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im with virgin as you dont need to have a bt line, they run a direct cable to your modem, installation was free and you get a very consistent speed(whatever you pay for and never fluctuates) the problem with the providers that use a bt line(like 02, the company i work for) is the initial payment of getting the bt line connected(125 quid for me) and then the speed fluctuates depending on how many other people are using the same broadband service as you from the same exchange. is you want consistency and no bt line needed then go for a cable broadband company, if your getting a bt line anyway and are looking at cost go for o2 providing your getting a mobile phone to go with it, its the cheapest, fastest,free wifi box, customer support is in Leeds, 24/7 and its free.

 

payrise please!!!!!!!

 

Cheers Dan that is similar to what I have found looking on the net. Trouble is i want sky+ too because VM cable is cr@p! Im not sure if you need to have the phone connection anymore for sky though so that could be the way to go.

 

Can you get free international calls through virgin broadband/phone using VOIP?

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Cheers Dan that is similar to what I have found looking on the net. Trouble is i want sky+ too because VM cable is cr@p! Im not sure if you need to have the phone connection anymore for sky though so that could be the way to go.

 

Can you get free international calls through virgin broadband/phone using VOIP?

 

as long as you call another skype phone then its free anywhere in the world as far as i understand it, you just need to buy the phone (bout a tenner) and install skype, but you can call landlines and mobiles in other countries too for literally pennies, re the sky thing, i believe they use the same systems as o2, bt line required and stuff, and they are cheap and you can get packages with the tv and phone too, its just the 125 quid connection to bt thats a bitch.

 

good luck with it all mate

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Orange called me today to offer me their Livebox wireless gizmo for £24 a month. I currently pay £30 for Orange broadband and BT phone line, so it seems a pretty good deal. My main question is: how secure are wireless networks ? I have read stories of neighbours logging on to your PC !!

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Orange called me today to offer me their Livebox wireless gizmo for £24 a month. I currently pay £30 for Orange broadband and BT phone line, so it seems a pretty good deal. My main question is: how secure are wireless networks ? I have read stories of neighbours logging on to your PC !!

 

you can add passwords to the network so you can regulate who has access to your connection, this stops other people "piggybacking" on your wifi signal and essentiall having broadband access while you pick up the bill. don't believe all the horror stories, most of them aint true, most providers give you free software to stop this happening too!

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I use tiscali but have got a bit pissed with it lately.

 

Supposed to run at 8 meg but have had a range of 7meg at around 6 in the morning down to around 100kbps in the evening. Very frustrating when wozzer keeps sending you videos to watch.

 

The overall package is fairly good with free land line calls anytime and also includes the line rental etc.

 

Darrell

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Orange called me today to offer me their Livebox wireless gizmo for £24 a month. I currently pay £30 for Orange broadband and BT phone line, so it seems a pretty good deal. My main question is: how secure are wireless networks ? I have read stories of neighbours logging on to your PC !!

 

They are secure as long as you turn the security on, some have it off by default but this practice is becoming less common.

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