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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
Posted on 2012-08-31 17:36 in Offers Virgin Media
Virgin Media have introduced a new Classic Collection, offering customers broadband speeds of up to 30Mb, inclusive Talk Weekends call package, and 58 TV channels. On top of this, Virgin are launching with a 6 months half price offer, as well as a free 500GB TiVo box.
Virgin Media Classic Collection
Line rental required at £13.90 a month. Offer ends 30th November.
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.
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!
Posted on 2012-08-28 16:13 in Offers Expired Post Office
The Post Office are offering 6 months free Home Phone Anytime calls with both their Standard and Extra broadband packages for all new customers.
Post Office Home Phone Anytime with Broadband Standard
Post Office Home Phone Anytime with Broadband Extra
Line rental at £13.25 required. Offer ends October 14th.
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.
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.
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
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.
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