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I think it would probably be easier to accept if it was just 2.5Mb/s the whole time, it's more the principle that my speed gets quartered when I so much as stream a video.
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I think it would probably be easier to accept if it was just 2.5Mb/s the whole time, it's more the principle that my speed gets quartered when I so much as stream a video.
True, if you are use to 5mb/s and then your ISP starts giving you 2.5MB/s it would seem much slower. Gosh I would feel like a god if I got 5mb/s. >: D
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My ISP is VM, I'm on "M" broadband. Apparently, the VM's exchange (Not BT one) is just outside of my garden, about 200-300m. I ALWAYS get less than 10mb (9.80-9.99) and I always get throttled every time I use broadband. I can only hope for BT infinity that are going to roll out FTTP out my city that is due in 2012, but I'm not sure if it's my exchange or not.
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True, if you are use to 5mb/s and then your ISP starts giving you 2.5MB/s it would seem much slower. Gosh I would feel like a god if I got 5mb/s. >: D
Not even that, used to 10Mb/s and then they start giving me 2.5Mb/s.
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My ISP is VM, I'm on "M" broadband. Apparently, the VM's exchange (Not BT one) is just outside of my garden, about 200-300m. I ALWAYS get less than 10mb (9.80-9.99) and I always get throttled every time I use broadband. I can only hope for BT infinity that are going to roll out FTTP out my city that is due in 2012, but I'm not sure if it's my exchange or not.
You might as well consider 9.80-9.99 to be 10 - you're very rarely going to get the actual advertised speed or above with any ISP. But that's close enough for me to say that I get advertised speeds, and those are the sorts of speeds I usually get.
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Not even that, used to 10Mb/s and then they start giving me 2.5Mb/s.

You might as well consider 9.80-9.99 to be 10 - you're very rarely going to get the actual advertised speed or above with any ISP. But that's close enough for me to say that I get advertised speeds, and those are the sorts of speeds I usually get.
I think they should compensate the overhead. The any broadband higher than "M" usually hits higher speeds than advertised due to them compensating the overhead.
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I,ve tested my connection against various companies O2,SKY , BT and others
and not hyping up VM but nothing comes close , i can literally max out the advertised speed.
That's not exactly fair though.

O2, Sky and BT are all xDSL based connections which means the further you are from the exchange the slower your speeds will be.

Virgin use Cable which is generally always capable of supplying the set speeds.

If O2 used Cable instead of ADSL then you'd max out your connection there too.
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That's not exactly fair though.

O2, Sky and BT are all xDSL based connections which means the further you are from the exchange the slower your speeds will be.

Virgin use Cable which is generally always capable of supplying the set speeds.

If O2 used Cable instead of ADSL then you'd max out your connection there too.
That's true but this is also the main reason why i VM is the best ISP in the UK atm.Who's stopping O2 or others from using different cable ?
I would be very happy to see a alternative to be honest , healthy competition is always good for the customers.
As for the throttling i may be the lucky one cause i never experienced it and i do loads of downloading , uploading , streaming , torrents and such.
I've read some posts from people that are being throttled by VM and from what noticed they are either on DSL not on fiber or on smaller packages.
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I think they should compensate the overhead. The any broadband higher than "M" usually hits higher speeds than advertised due to them compensating the overhead.
Actually this is true. Most people on 20Mb and 50Mb packages seem to hit above that most of the time.

Speaking of VM, an advert for their broadband has been appearing on OCN recently.

"Unlimited download", yeah, right...
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Actually this is true. Most people on 20Mb and 50Mb packages seem to hit above that most of the time.

Speaking of VM, an advert for their broadband has been appearing on OCN recently.

"Unlimited download", yeah, right...
What package are you on.

The 50Mb XL is supposedly "unlimited" while the others have traffic limiting.

I hope the new ASA "Unlimited" FUP regulation goes through pretty quickly.
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I'm on the 10Mb "M" package. The reason they can say that it's "unlimited" is because they don't put a cap on the amount you can download per month, just limit your speed if you download a small amount during peak times.
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