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Student Broadband

Heading off to university? Check out our Broadband Guide for Students!

Posted on 2013-07-09 13:10 in Features Offers

Whether you're going to university for the first time, or heading back for the next year in your course, you're going to be wanting decent and reliable access to the internet. So much of university life depends on the internet these days, from registering for courses, researching and submitting course work, to arranging social activities and unwinding at the weekends, and it's important for students to be able get a broadband package that takes into account budget, the need for a shorter-lenghth contract, and what students want out of your broadband experience.

Whether you're looking for broadband only, a TV deal, or want a package ideal for gaming, our guide will help you decide what's best for you.

Read our Student Broadband Guide

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TalkTalk

A guide to TV options: TalkTalk TV vs Freesat Freetime vs Freeview+ HD

Posted on 2013-06-04 16:44 in News Features TalkTalk

With so many choices for TV packages available for consumers today, it can be hard to decide just what's right for you. Options range from the minimal cost services, like Freeview, all the way up to the expensive multimedia packages with all the bells and whistles from Virgin Media and Sky. If you're looking for something with more options and flexibility than Freeview, but still cheaper than Virgin Media and Sky, then TalkTalk TV may be the solution for you. Check out our handy guide below.

TalkTalk TV vs Freesat Freetime vs Freeview+ HD

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EE

4G mobile broadband now available, more suppliers coming soon!

Posted on 2013-04-09 16:02 in News Offers EE

Fourth Generation (4G) mobile services have finally arrived in the UK, allowing users of mobile broadband to take advantage of the faster speeds now available to them. With download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speeds of up to 12Mbps in 4G-enabled areas, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for mobile broadband users, allowing them to potentially stream TV and HD video on the go. It's good news for gamers, too. 4G has lower latency, making games more responsive and reducing that annoying lag that can plague gamers at crucial moments.

So, where is it currently available? As of the end of March 2013, 4G coverage is available in 50 towns and cities around the UK, with plans to cover 70% of the UK by the end of 2013, and 98% by the end of 2014. Some of the areas with 4G available already include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

To find out if 4G mobile broadband is available in your area, just pop your postcode into EE's handy coverage checker.

If you're interested in 4G, then you'll need a provider. EE are currently the only supplier of 4G services in the UK. Their services went live in October 2012, and they have a range of packages available to suit customer needs, from USB dongles for individual laptop users, to WiFi routers for multiple devices on the go, to packages including iPads for those who want the convenience of a tablet while out and about. However, EE won't be the only 4G suppliers on the market for much longer, meaning customers will have more choices for 4G suppliers available to them in the near future. BT, O2, Three and Vodaphone will also be offering 4G mobile broadband plans at some point this year, likely from the Summer onwards.

Interested in getting 4G mobile broadband? Check out our handy 4G mobile broadband comparison table to find the best deal for you!

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media offer 6 months half price on Collections

Posted on 2013-02-05 22:40 in Offers Virgin Mobile

Virgin Media are offering 6 months half price on their TV, broadband and phone collections.

The Essential Collection starts at £13 a month, increasing to £26 a month after the first 6 months. It comes with over 90 TV channels, a 500GB TiVo box and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles and an up to 30Mb fibre optic broadband connection.

Similarly, the Premiere Collection also comes with a 500GB TiVo box and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles, plus over 185 TV channels and an up to 60Mb broadband connection. It costs £24 a month, increasing to £48 after the first 6 months.

The VIP Collection is £49.50 for the first 6 months, increasing to £90 a month. It comes with an up to 100Mb broadband connection, over 250 TV channels and a 1TB TiVo box. The included phone package includes unlimited Anytime calls to UK landlines, 0845 and 0870 numbers and all mobile providers. It also includes Talk International for cheaper international calls.

All three of these Collection packages come with Virgin TV Anywhere (which allows you to watch live TV and use On Demand from your computer or mobile device) and free installation.

The Classic Collection remains at £8 a month for 6 months, which works out at better than half price. It comes with over 55 TV channels, a 500GB TiVo box, unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin mobiles and a fibre optic broadband connection of up to 30Mb a month. Installation costs £49.95.

Line rental from Virgin Media is required for all Collections at £14.99 a month.

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Virgin Media

Virgin Media offer up to £100 account credit on top Collections

Posted on 2013-01-14 12:04 in Offers Expired Virgin Media

Three of Virgin Media's top triple play broadband, phone and TV collections now come with an extra £50 to £100 off.

The Essential Collection offering up to 30Mb broadband, Talk Weekends and 80+ TV channels with 500GB TiVo now comes with an extra £50 off

The Premiere Collection offering up to 60Mb broadband, Talk Weekends and 175+ TV channels with 500GB TiVo plus a spare HD box for a second room now comes with an extra £75 off

The VIP Collection offering 100Mb broadband, Talk Unlimited Extra and 205+ TV channels including sports and movies with 1TB TiVo plus a spare HD box now comes with an extra £100 off

In all cases the extra discount will be credited to your first monthly bill.

 

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National Average Speeds December 2012

Average broadband speeds increase during December, Virgin Media and Plusnet see significant gains

Posted on 2013-01-02 18:33 in Announcements News Plusnet Eclipse Internet BT Virgin Media

December 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test rise by more than 2Mb in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 19.37Mb. Average upload speeds saw a smaller increase, coming in at 2.33Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speed has increased by almost 5Mb compared to last month, now coming in at 37.22Mb with upload speeds remaining stable at 2.88Mb. Despite seeing a small download speed increase, BT Broadband dropped to 4th place with download speeds averaging at 15.76Mb and upload speeds of 3.38Mb. Instead Eclipse took 2nd place with 16.63Mb average download speed and 3.11Mb average upload speed.

Plusnet came in at 3rd place with an impressive 3.9Mb increase to 11.94Mb average download speed. Plusnet also achieved the fastest average upload speed of any provider, coming in at 3.62Mb. These increases are likely due to a greater number of customers switching over to Plusnet Fibre, combined with improvements in Plusnet's traffic management policies launched in December.

Please note, Orange are now trading as EE, and speed test results only include numbers from their fixed line broadband packages, and not their 4G mobile broadband packages.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for December 2012

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John Lewis with £40 gift vouchers

John Lewis offer vouchers on all broadband packages

Posted on 2012-12-04 13:03 in Offers Expired John Lewis

John Lewis are offering various John Lewis vouchers on all of their broadband products. Package prices start from £11 a month, and the voucher worth depends on which package is chosen.

John Lewis Broadband Standard with Talk Evenings and Weekend - £11 p/m, £40 voucher
John Lewis Broadband Unlimited with Talk Evenings and Weekend - £18 p/m, £60 voucher
John Lewis Broadband Fibre with Talk Evenings and Weekend - £25 p/m, £80 voucher

Line rental is required at £13.50 extra a month. Add Talk Anytime to your package for an extra £5 a month, or Talk Anytime International for an extra £7 a month.

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