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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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John Lewis Broadband

John Lewis launches new broadband and phone services, 6 months free on Standard and Unlimited packages

Posted on 2012-07-24 18:19 in Offers

John Lewis have branched out and have now launched broadband and phone services, including a Fibre Optic package. All packages come with Talk Evening and Weekends as standard, with the option to add Talk Anytime for an extra £5 a month, or Talk Anytime International for an extra £7 a month.

John Lewis Broadband Standard with Talk Evenings and Weekend - First 6 months free, then £11 a month
John Lewis Broadband Unlimited with Talk Evenings and Weekend - First 6 months free, then £18 a month
John Lewis Broadband Fibre with Talk Evenings and Weekend - £25 a month

Line rental of £13.50 required for all packages.

 

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TalkTalk

EXPIRED: TalkTalk offer £25 Love2shop voucher with Essentials and Plus packages

Posted on 2012-07-12 14:30 in Offers Expired

TalkTalk are offering free £25 Love2shop voucher with 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 in 7 days.

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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TalkTalk

EXPIRED: TalkTalk packages half price with unlimited downloads for 12 months, plus 1,500 landline to mobile minutes

Posted on 2012-06-07 19:45 in Offers

TalkTalk are offering half price broadband and increasing the 40GB download limit to unlimited for 12 months on their Essentials package. The Plus package is also half price for 6 months, and both Essentials and Plus come with 1,500 free landline to mobile minutes, spread out as 500 minutes a month over 3 months.

TalkTalk Essentials
TalkTalk Plus
TalkTalk Essentials with Fibre Optic Boost
TalkTalk Plus with Fibre Optic Boost

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

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National Average Speeds May 2012

Average broadband speeds continue to increase through May

Posted on 2012-06-01 16:52 in Announcements News

May 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test increasing in comparison to the levels achieved in April's result, coming in at 15.29MbAverage upload speed increased to 2.29Mb.

Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have remained stable at 24.34Mb and 2.66Mb respectively. BT Broadband held second place and increased speeds again, with download speeds averaging at 14.56Mb and upload speeds at 3.75Mb. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained third place with speeds holding steady at 12.94Mb for average download speeds and 2.48Mb for average upload speeds. 

The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.44Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service. Plusnet came in at 4th place at 6.60Mb, a slight drop on last month.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for May 2012

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Sky

EXPIRED: Twelve months half price Sky Broadband Unlimited with Talk Unlimited for Sky TV customers

Posted on 2012-05-10 18:28 in Offers Expired

Sky TV customers looking for a good value broadband deal can take advantage of 12 months half price on Sky Broadband Unlimited when taken as an upgrade to their existing Sky TV package. This special offer also comes with Sky's Talk Unlimited call plan and free and unlimited WiFi Hotspots from The Cloud. So that's truly unlimited broadband, free WiFi hotspot access and anytime landline calls to the UK and 20 overseas destinations for only £6.25 a month for the first 12 months, £12.50 a month thereafter.

Sky Broadband Unlimited with Talk Unlimited for existing Sky TV customers

Sky Broadband Unlimited is also available without a Sky TV subscription for £10 per month or as part of a bundle for those signing up as a new customer to both Sky TV and broadband.

Line rental from Sky required at £12.25 a month. Inclusive calls charged after the first hour.

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