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National Average Speeds November 2012

Average download speeds decrease during November, big drop for Eclipse

Posted on 2012-12-03 17:43 in Announcements News Plusnet Eclipse Internet BT Virgin Media EE

November 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop in comparison to the results from October, coming in at 17.1Mb. Average upload speeds remained stable at around 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds have decreased by 1Mb over last month to 32.39Mb with upload speeds remaining stable at 2.62Mb. BT Broadband takes second place with download speeds averaging at 15.57Mb (a 1Mb increase over last month) and upload speeds of 3.45Mb. Eclipse drops to third place with a 2Mb decrease to 15.1Mb for average download speeds, and a 0.5Mb decrease to 2.75Mb for average upload speeds. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 11.94Mb download, a small decrease in speed since last month.

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 November 2012

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Tesco with £30 gift card

Tesco offer £30 Tesco vouchers on top of reduced price broadband deals

Posted on 2012-12-03 16:51 in Offers Tesco

Tesco are offering £30 giftcards when customers sign up for their broadband and phone packages. This is on top of their current reduced price broadband deals, which start at £2.50 a month for 12 months. To claim both offers, be sure to quote 'GIFTCARD-D' on checkout.

Tesco Broadband Evening and Weekends
Tesco Broadband Anytime

Line rental at £13.75 a month is required in addition to costs of broadband packages.

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Sky Hub Router

Enter our contest to win one of ten new Sky Hub routers!

Posted on 2012-11-19 14:30 in Announcements News

Sky Broadband recently launched the new Sky Hub, which claims to be the router with best wireless range of any major provider, based on an independent study. The Hub offers Sky Smart Signal technology which constantly scans for interference in the home and selects the best wireless signal available. It also provides easy WiFi Protected Setup for WPS enabled devices.

Sky+ customers will be able to connect the Sky Hub to their Sky+ Box to access Sky's new On Demand entertainment services, which can also be accessed when out and about with the help of the Sky Cloud WiFi app.

The Sky Hub is provided to new customers as an inclusive part of their Sky Broadband package. Existing Sky Broadband customers can upgrade to the Hub for an introductory price of £39.

We also managed to get our hands on ten Sky Hubs and five Sky Wireless Connectors to give away in a competition that ran until the 6th of December. The lucky winners will hear from us by the 13th of December.

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National Average Speeds October 2012

Average download speeds increase during October, big improvements for Eclipse

Posted on 2012-11-01 17:59 in Announcements News Plusnet Eclipse Internet BT Virgin Media O2 BE EE

October 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test rise in comparison to the results from September's result, coming in at 18.04Mb. Average upload speed remained stable at around 2Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds have increased over last month to 33.43Mb (a 0.5Mb increase) and upload speeds remain stable at 2.17Mb. Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place with an impressive 3Mb increase to 17.31Mb for average download speeds, and increased by 1Mb to achieve 3.21Mb average upload speeds. BT Broadband held third place and also increased speeds, with download speeds averaging at 14.4Mb and upload speeds at 3.26Mb. Plusnet came in at 4th place with 12.58Mb download, an increase in speed 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 7.33Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.

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 October 2012

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Virgin Media

EXPIRED: Virgin Media: £75 credit and free installation on TV, phone and broadband collections

Posted on 2012-10-11 15:37 in Offers Expired Virgin Media

Virgin Media's TV, phone and broadband collections now come with £75 credit and free installation. This is an offer that stacks with the 6 months half price deal that is also currently in place on collections.

Virgin Media Essential Collection
Virgin Media Premiere Collection
Virgin Media VIP Collection

Line rental required at £13.90 a month. £75 credit available for online orders only. Classic Collection excluded from offer.

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TalkTalk

TalkTalk introduce new Plus TV, broadband and phone service

Posted on 2012-10-08 18:10 in Offers TalkTalk

TalkTalk's new Plus TV, broadband and phone service has now been launched for £14.50 a month. YouView offers customers 74 Freeview channels, 4000+ films and shows, 7 day catchup and the option of Sky Sports and Movies. Customers will recieve a free YouView box (worth £299) and 12 months of LOVEFiLM Instant.

TalkTalk Plus TV, Broadband and Phone

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

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Virgin Media

EXPIRED: Virgin Media offer: Account credit on broadband taken with phone or television packages

Posted on 2012-09-06 16:01 in Offers Expired Virgin Media

Virgin Media are now offering account credits on all of their broadband with phone and television packages. Receive £30 credit on broadband and phone products, and £70 credit on broadband, phone and TV collections.

View all Virgin media offers

Line rental required at £13.90 a month. Excludes Classic Collection. Offer is stackable with other current Virgin Media offers. Account credit will be applied to your first bill.

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BT

BT offer: Free £50 Sainsbury's gift card with Infinity packages

Posted on 2012-09-05 16:45 in Offers BT

BT are offering £50 Sainsbury's gift cards with all their fibre optic Infinity packages. Get up to 38Mb download speeds with standard Infinity, and up to 76Mb download speeds with Infinity 2.

BT Infinity More Broadband and Weekend Calls
BT Infinity More Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls
BT Infinity Unlimited Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls
BT TV Essentials with Infinity Unlimited Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls
BT TV Unlimited with Infinity Unlimited Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls
BT Infinity 2 Unlimited Broadband and Evening & Weekend Calls

Line rental required at £14.60 a month.

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National Average Speeds August 2012

Average download speeds drop for most ISPS during August, Virgin speeds improve

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

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