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National Average Speeds August 2012

Average download speeds drop for most ISPS during August, Virgin speeds improve

Posted on 2012-09-03 18:43 in News

August 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop slighty in comparison to the results from July's result, coming in at 17.72Mb. Average upload speed remained stable at 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased over last month to 33.4Mb (a 2Mb increase) and 2.81Mb respectively, ahead of everyone else. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with speeds dropping to 15.75Mb for average download speeds, and 2.65Mb for average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also had a drop in speeds, with download speeds averaging at 14.17Mb and upload speeds at 2.79Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 9.37Mb download, remaining stable since last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.06Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Due to a significant drop in overall tests by AOL users, AOL has been dropped from the list to ensure that overall results remain statistically useful.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for August 2012

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Plusnet

EXPIRED: Plusnet offer: Twelve months half price on broadband taken with phone packages

Posted on 2012-08-30 17:13 in Offers Expired Plusnet

Plusnet are offering twelve months half price on both Value and Extra broadband when taken with a phone package.

Plusnet Value with Home Phone Anytime
Plusnet Extra with Home Phone Anytime
Plusnet Value with Home Phone Evenings & Weekends
Plusnet Extra with Home Phone Evenings & Weekends

Evening & Weekends package inclusive, Anytime call package £3.50. Line rental required at £12.99 a month.

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TalkTalk

TalkTalk £25 Love2shop voucher offer returns on Essentials and Plus packages

Posted on 2012-08-30 16:23 in Offers

TalkTalk have reintroduced their free £25 Love2shop voucher offer on Essentials and Plus packages. The offer is an online exclusive and applies to all new customers who don't need a new phone line installed. You'll need to hurry, as the offer ends on 6th September.

Browse TalkTalk Broadband and Fibre packages

Line rental required at £14.50 per month, or pay for a year upfront at £114, saving you £60 a year!

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Tesco

EXPIRED: Tesco sweeten their 12 months half price broadband offer with a £30 Tesco shopping giftcard

Posted on 2012-08-20 18:06 in Offers Expired

Tesco Broadband have now improved their ongoing 12 months half price broadband offer with the addition of a £30 Tesco shopping giftcard valid in stores and online! Simply enter the code GIFTCARD-A at sign up to qualify.

Tesco Broadband Evening and Weekends:
(£2.50 for the first 12 months, then £6.50 a month thereafter)

Tesco Broadband Anytime:
(£7 for the first 12 months, then £11 a month thereafter)

Line rental from Tesco required at £13.75 per month.

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Plusnet

Plusnet revamps Extra Fibre and offers 9 months half price and cashback on phoneline broadband

Posted on 2012-08-20 17:40 in Offers

Plusnet's Extra Fibre has been extensively revamped, now offering doubled up to 76Mb download speeds, 250GB monthly usage and the new lower monthly price of £19.99.

Plusnet Extra Fibre
Plusnet Extra Fibre with Talk Evening & Weekends
Plusnet Extra Fibre with Talk Anytime

Meanwhile standard Plusnet broadband with home phone now has a competitive new offer; order by the 28th of August and get 9 months half price and £25 cashback!

Browse all Plusnet bundles here

Line rental applies at £12.99 per month, or pay in advance from £9.49 per month.

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Student Broadband

Student Broadband Buying Guide

Posted on 2012-08-17 20:06 in Announcements Features

Students rely on Internet access. Be it registering for courses, receiving important news via email, downloading course content, researching their subject or submitting coursework, much of their work takes place online. Combine this with their usual online activity and social networking, and it becomes vital that they have a good Internet connection available in their digs.

There's a lot to consider when finding and moving into student housing. Signing up for an appropriate broadband package that's suitable for student use on a student budget can be a daunting task. We've put together a new a comprehensive guide to student broadband to help make the research and buying process easier.

The guide covers issues such as contract length, price, considerations of shared housing and the best packages to choose if you enjoy gaming. It also features ten hand picked broadband deals that are especially suited to student households and looks at the strengths and pitfalls of using mobile broadband for student use.

Read the Student Broadband Guide

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media offers account credit to your first bill on broadband taken with phone or television packages

Posted on 2012-08-10 18:11 in Offers

Virgin Media are now offering account credits on all of their broadband with phone and television packages. Receive £25 credit on broadband and phone products, and £50 credit on broadband, phone and TV collections.

View all Virgin media offers

Offer is stackable with other current Virgin Media offers - save as much as £234.95 over the first year with the Premiere Collection package. Account credit will be applied to your first bill.

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National Average Speeds July 2012

Average broadband speeds remain stable through July

Posted on 2012-08-02 16:44 in News

July 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test remaining stable in comparison to the results from June's result, coming in at 17.26Mb. Average upload speed remained at 2.1Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased over last month at 31.2Mb and 2.62Mb respectively, ahead of everyone else. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with speeds holding steady at 16.1Mb for average download speeds, but dropping slightly to 2.8Mb for average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also remained stable, with download speeds averaging at 14.92Mb and upload speeds at 3.28Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 9.49Mb download, a solid increase in speed over last month.

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.46Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for July 2012

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