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Posted on 2011-10-03 13:45 in Announcements News
September 2011 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test remain stable compared to August's result with a drop of only 0.06Mb down to 8Mb. Average upload speed also remained stable with a 0.05Mb gain to 1.26Mb.
Despite the stable overall result, individual ISPs saw significant changes. Virgin Media's average download speed again dropped after gains in July, now averaging 14.79Mb, but FttC providers BT Broadband and Eclipse saw gains in their average speeds, up to 7.84Mb and 7.3Mb respectively, presumably due to the continued rollout of Fibre to the Cabinet to new telephone exchanges allowing more customers to switch from up to 20Mb ADSL services to the faster BT Infinity and Eclipse Fibre services.
The best performing non-fibre-based provider was BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) who took 4th place with 6.69Mb average download speed over its Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.
Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for September 2011
Posted on 2011-09-29 19:01 in Offers
Virgin Media have updated their TV packages to highlight their new TiVo services. For a short time, deals will include a free 500GB TiVo box with free installation and TiVo activation.
Virgin Media Great Telly Bundle
Virgin Media High Speed Broadband Bundle
Virgin Media Triple XL
18 month conracts apply, Virgin phone line required.
Posted on 2011-09-20 17:30 in Features
Eclipse Internet have introduced a range of new Fibre Optic deals for home users, with download speeds of up to 40Mb and upload speeds of 2Mb. For £5 a month, customers can upgrade to 10Mb upload speeds. Usage allowances range from 10GB to unlimited.
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 10GB - £21.50 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 20GB - £25 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 50GB - £29.50 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 100GB - £37 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre Unlimited - £59 per month
Installation (worth £100) is currently free on 24 month conracts, with a free router (worth £50) for both 24 and 12 month contracts.
Posted on 2011-09-15 18:12 in Features Offers Expired
Updated: From 29th September Sky are offering £25 M&S vouchers instead of £50 vouchers.
For a limited period, Sky Broadband are offering £50 M&S vouchers to new customers when they sign up for their Sky+ and Sky+HD television packages.
Sky Broadband Broadband and TV Starter
Sky Broadband Unlimited with TV
Sky Broadband Unlimited with Movies
This offer is in conjunction with current deals offering free Sky+ boxes and free standard setup.
Posted on 2011-09-01 17:12 in Announcements News
August 2011 saw average download speeds recordered by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop from last month's results to 8.06Mb, with average upload speeds holding stable at 1.21Mb due to the higher upload speeds available from Virgin Media and Fibre to the Cabinet providers. This pattern is pretty consistent across most of the ISPs listed, with the notable exception of Eclipse. Their figures rose significantly, with average download speeds at 7.15Mb and average upload speads breaking the 1Mb barrier at 1.20Mb, likely due to a pick up in their FttC deals. Likewise, BT also saw an increase in average speeds over last month, though to a lesser extent than Eclipse, clocking in download speeds at 7Mb and upload speeds at 1.20Mb.
Virgin Media held steady with average upload speeds at 2.48Mb, though average download speeds dropped to 16.97Mb. However, with Virgin Media rolling out upgrades for their high-end 100Mb service across the country, these figures will likely increase significantly in future months.
Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for August 2011
Posted on 2011-08-23 15:30 in Offers Expired
Plusnet are offering 12 months half price on Value Broadband packages when you sign up for one of their phone deals. Prices are from £3.24 a month:
Plusnet Value with Home Phone Evenings & Weekends
Plusnet Value with Home Phone Anytime
Line rental of £11.99 is required for both packages. Evening and Weekends call plan included as standard, Anytime call plan costs £3.50 per month.
Posted on 2011-08-23 14:18 in Offers
Tesco Broadband are offering 4 months free with no setup fees on their Broadband and phone packages when using the promo code 4MFCC-F on ordering. Tesco Clubcard customers can also earn 1,000 Clubcard points!
Tesco Broadband Evening and Weekends - £8 after 4 months
Tesco Broadband Anytime - £12 after 4 months
Line rental of £11.75 a month applies. Promo code 4MFCC-F must be used.
Posted on 2011-08-19 10:29 in Offers Expired
Following on from our Student Broadband Buying Guide, we'd like to highlight Virgin Media's 9 month student contracts, which come in a range of configurations including stand alone broadband and competitive phone and TV bundles.
Virgin Media 10Mb Broadband for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband for Students
Virgin Media 10Mb Broadband plus Weekend Calls for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband plus Weekend Calls for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband, 65 TV Channels plus Weekend Calls for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband, 160 TV Channels plus Weekend Calls for Students
To make this offer even sweeter, we've teamed up with Naked Wines to offer an exclusive wine voucher worth up to £100 when you sign up for a Virgin Media student package over the phone. Just call [OFFER EXPIRED] to sign up now!
Posted on 2011-08-18 12:59 in Offers Expired
Update: The 12 month offer expired on the 28th of September, now replaced with six months half price and free connection on both packages.
Update: As of the 8th of September, both Essentials and Plus now offer 12 months half price on a 12 month contract! Both packages also come with free activation during this promotion.
TalkTalk's new half price deals on their Essentials and Plus packages went live today.
TalkTalk Essentials - £3.25 for the first
9 months12 6 months
TalkTalk Plus - £7.25 for the first
6 months12 6 months
If Fibre to the Cabinet is available in your area, you could take advantage of these offers for just £10 a month more with TalkTalk's Fibre Optic Boosts, which offers speeds of up to 40Mb.
TalkTalk Essentials with Fibre Optic Boost - £13.25 for the first
9 months12 6 months
TalkTalk Plus with Fibre Optic Boost - £17.25 for the first
6 months12 6 months
Line rental of £12.60 applies, £25 activation fee on Fibre Boosts.
Posted on 2011-08-13 17:44 in Offers
Sky's Broadband Unlimited with Talk Freetime package is now half price for 6 months for existing Sky TV customers. This is an online-only deal that only applies when clicking through to order via Broadband.co.uk.
Broadband Unlimited with Talk Freetime
Package will cost £3.75 for the first 6 months, then £7.50 a month thereafter. Line rental of £12.25 a month applies.
New customers not wishing to take out a Sky TV subscription can take advantage of the half price standalone broadband and calls package.