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I'm on tiscali's 8mb package. I get around 1.1mbps woo! Then again I live like 5 miles from the exchance or something stupid like that. It would be the same speed with any company. Can't get virgin either....the joys of living in a rural area.
Rofl... Tiscali and Virgin are both oversubscribed and useless.

Be is the best for me. They have no fair usage or port blocking which is a plus. Also the speeds are amazing.

I was on Tesco paying £20 for 1mb. Now I pay £18 for 21mb. (I live about 500m from the exchange and have an ADSL2+ line attenuation of 12db).

Improving the internal wiring of the house is also a good way to improve speeds. At the BT master socket you can remove all the wires except 2+5. Also using the test socket helps diagnose any internal wiring issues.
Edited by The Fury - 5/31/08 at 4:39am
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Be* are run by o2, and Be* is amazing. The only problem with o2 is the fair usage policy and the 12-month contract.

You should go with Be* if you want the best. £14 a month for up-to 8 Meg, however Be* Value has a 12-month contract. If you get what I have, it's £18 a month for up to 24 meg. 1.3Mb upload, unlimited usage, best you can get at the moment
Edited by jNSK - 5/31/08 at 4:38am
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You are around 1.65 kilometres from your exchange (as the crow flies).

Is that a good distance?

I was considering Be as well, are the speeds you getting fairly accurate?
If you were on Be*, you'd get around 8-10Mb. I live like 2.5 Km from exchange and get 5/6 Meg.
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post #14 of 39
+1 for Be* and O2 aswell...

Im on be, live 1.1km away from the exchange (as the crow flies) and have an attenuation of 35db. Sync at 13600 and 1300 (up and down) and get download speeds of 1.4mb/s and upload at around 130-140kb/s
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I'm definitely considering the BE Unlimited now, seems like a really good package.
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Yeh. Basically don't do illegal stuff like every ISP. I download a lot and have not had any issues. They don't limit p2p etc.
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I'm definitely considering the BE Unlimited now, seems like a really good package.
Its very good, just don't use the Be* box router that you get... its pretty crappy...
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hey all,

i know this is an old thread but, i am just about to switch onto o2 broadband i have been with BT which had a fair usage policy but still i was able to download with it

anyone switched i would like to know what they thing apparently i can get 9.4mbs off them were with Bt i was getting 5mb on a good day worse day was 2.8mb i only live 2km if that away from the Exchange.

let me know

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I've read more about Virgin Media's FUP than any other ISP but I have had less actual problems with it than any. When it was NTL it had a very low transfer limit but was never enforced and now they are talking of things like sending out letters to customers who download illegal things (any torrent, including blizzard videos, patches and Linux distros I expect) and if they don't stop, they get their service terminated.

Cable & Wireless, NTL and Virgin Media (all the same cable connection over the years) have never even reduced my service. I currently pay for 20mbps and get about 22mbps about 10 miles from the exchange (but the green cab for the street is right outside my house).

When I was with Demon elsewhere, I paid for 8mbps, received about 2mbps (BT on the same line limited me to 1mbps because they thought I couldn't get any better) and got reduced to 56kbps for 30 days because I downloaded over 30GB in a month. I find that unless you live right next to the exchange, any ADSL will be pretty bad.

If you have an existing cable socket, I highly recommend Virgin Media's 10mbps line to anyone. It's cheap, (has no real restrictions unless you torrent 24/7 and max your upload and download) and you generally get around the speed you pay for, if not higher. Even the customer service has changed from the worst I have ever used (NTHell) to the best in the last few months.

Though it probably sounds like I do, I don't work for Virgin Media. All of this is just out of hatred for all of the ADSL providers that I have used
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