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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 15.29Mb. Average 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.
If you're interested in high speed broadband you now have more options to choose from. Sky have introduced Fibre Unlimited to their customers, which is available for a monthly cost of £20 to around 30% of UK homes and includes Sky Talk Freetime.