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post #11 of 24
they are supposed to be able to tell you what your max speed will be and not suck somthing out there thumb.

i do know that there are at least 2 diffrent type of box's. one for fiber/ cable and one for copper.

at the end of the day i think BT own all the copper lines and the rest of the people/companies just rent the lines from them (speaking under correction).

when you get a new contract tell them you want to know what the actual speeds are. virgin i know will do a minimum of 15meg down and 1.5 meg up so that is 1.6 ish meg dl and not to sure what it will be up. i also know that virgin is trying to get the upload higher.

i am with BT. everything is ok. just the router they gave me is a POS but i am living with it.

i am about to go to bed.. let me think about it and i will drop a line here ofr just email me and i will reply.
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OK, thanks again
    
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no worries dude
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post #14 of 24
First of all, do you understand the difference between bits (b) and bytes (B)?

Almost all ISPs market their offerings in terms of megabits/second. Why? Using bits results in larger figures marketed to consumers.

There are 8 bits in a byte. Therefore, if you have a internet connection that supports download speeds of 10 megabits/second, you will see realistic download speeds of up to 1.25 megabytes/second (MB/s). Basically divide your advertised connection speed by 8 and you will have your actual download and upload speeds.

In the OP you state that your package offers up to 20 Mb/s (megabits/second), which translates to up to 2.5 MB/s download speeds.

Also remember that 95% of the time in the small print of your contract with the ISP, the speeds that are marketed are preceded by 'up to'. This means that at no time has the ISP guaranteed these speeds to you, they guarantee that you could acheive up to those speeds in an ideal scenario (very low usage, low latency, ideal geographical area in respect to switching stations and trunk lines, etc).
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So basically i'm just getting scammed O_o
Is there any Broadband providers oyu would recommend?
I was looking at Bethere.co.uk and maybe go with the unlimited package
    
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post #16 of 24
Not considered Virgin Media? I get the full 50mb and 30mb in my flat and house, I know people on sky/other down the phone line crap, none of them get anywhere near the right speeds.

I guessing you have a mad Sky Tv package tho.
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virgin will do a line for you but, it will take them time to install it. the neibour had to wait 6 weeks for his line but loves it all the way.
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post #18 of 24
i looked at them (Bethere.co.uk ) not to bad..... just make sure you do not fall into the same pot as last time. tell them to check and make sure. and you want true readings., not estimated.

if it was me, i would go fiber with virgin..... but a huge price diffrence. i have heard very good stories.
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post #19 of 24
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They havent done fiber in my area yet
Virgin seems very expensive
Upto 30MB
£18.50/month after the 6 months half price + Phone line for £12.99/month
£31.49/month just for broadband : /
    
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post #20 of 24
the place you want to go too, find out who uses them and ask them questions. try and get hold of the tech guys as well and ask them to be honest and no bu11 5h1t. then make up yuor mind. again, i am with BT and love it
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