Which ISP would get your vote ?

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Which ISP would you recommend ?

Poll closed Jun 7, 2007.
  1. AOL

    4.0%
  2. Aquiss

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. BE

    19.0%
  4. BT

    12.0%
  5. Demon

    4.0%
  6. Eclipse

    2.0%
  7. Fast

    1.0%
  8. Orange

    3.0%
  9. Pipex

    1.0%
  10. PlusNet

    2.0%
  11. Sky

    12.0%
  12. Talk Talk

    4.0%
  13. Tiscali

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. UK Online

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. Virgin (non cable)

    3.0%
  16. other ISP not listed

    28.0%
  17. Not happy with any ISP so far

    5.0%
  1. TeenSpirit

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    Tried Tiscali with problems, now having terrible time with Sky, so we want to change.

    Which ISP would you recommend ? I have listed what I have considered as top service providers in a poll (not included cable broadband as cable not available in our area) please vote and feel free to comment, thanks :)
     
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    Have voted for Demon, got to say I did have major hardware faults. That was mainly due to me using a usb modem:suicide: . A few weeks back I moved to a nice router and have been kicked 0 since then. Its perfect, its almost like cable. ;)

    Demon with me had a few issues regarding delay and billing, but its was minor. All fixed and all working.:clap: They are soon to go online billing online oh what fun.!
     
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    No question, BE.

    Unbelievable service, unbelievable speeds up and down. Call centre that actually answers the phone!

    Quick and painless.
     
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    Another BE. Service is great. Connection is reliable and fast. There is not a bad thing I can say about them. Later this year they will be doing combined mobile and broadband deals, according to our O2 corporate sales team.

    Used to be with PlusNet and its complete contrast to BE - Speed limitations, traffic shaping, no customer services and ever changing terms and conditions without notification.
     
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    QFT. As soon as they were available at my local exchange i went for it, and im not disappointed. Ive been with them a while now and only had one problem which was sorted out very quickly by the call centre staff.

    What ever you do though, steer clear of Pipex. Bloody awful is an understatement.
     
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    Do you know how many people are searching for an ISP called QFT now? :D
     
  7. TeenSpirit

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    Yep :blush:
     
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    Orange are chuffing useless too serves me right for going with a cheap deal used to have demon were pretty good but pricey
     
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    Madasafish, great company stupid name
     
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    UK Free Software Network here.
     
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    Slighty more expensive than most but Zen gets my vote. In 3 years or so i dont think ive had any down time, and helpful call centre staff when i needed help.
     
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    BT :smashin:
     
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    What sort of use will you be getting out of it. Are you heavy downloaders etc etc?

    From that list I would choose Be (if your local exchange has been unbundled and Be have access to it) because for me you can never have enough bandwidth - Be amongst others are offering up to 24mbps service.You should also add Zen Internet as they seem to be consistently recommended, and offer a good allround package incl first class Tech Support. I arranged a Zen adsl line for my folks and so far all is good!

    I currently use Pipex, but their traffic shaping and mediocre tech support might push me to changing to Be or Zen.

    Bulldog do 24mbps and a phone line too. Not sure how that compares with a BT line but guess there might be a saving there. To be honest if you need to change from Bulldog they can apparently be a right nightmare releasing the line so you can get another service - so perhaps steer clear :rolleyes:
     
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    I use PlusNet which is £26/month for broadband and phone. I'm very happy.
     
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    Don't download movies etc. at all - just usually daily internet use for approx. 6hrs a day :)grin: )

    Signs uses it for online gaming with Xbox 360 for probably 6hrs a day :boring:
    which I believe uses large downloads - this is the main reason for an excellent broadband connect
     
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    Only if he is downloading large files such as game demos or trailers or the like. Gaming itself only uses a few kbps so you probably wouldnt notice the difference between an 8mbps or 24mbps service.

    But Be's 24mbps offering appears to be the same price (even cheaper) than a decent 8mbps service such as Zen's - Well the last time i looked at pricing it was, may have changed now though.


    PS MrsSigns you do have a very beautiful eye :D :eek:
     
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    My personal favorite is IDnet, absolute best customer service out there. Phone is always answered in a few rings by 1 of three people and they'll happily call you back within minutes of leaving your message if you phone out of hours.

    I would use BE also but so far have been put of by the three month cancellation period. If they didn't have that and migration back to ipstream was seamless i would defintly check them out.
     
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    Nothing but goodness from Sky for me
     
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    really ... wish it was the same here :(
     
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    Other (Bulldog).
     
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    They don't have a 12 month minimum contract though. Most ISP's require you to lock into them for 12 months - not with Be. So theoretically if you didn't like their service you could "get out" of it 9 month's earlier than most....
     
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    I've only heard bad things about Be. But that was when it first launched. Things might have changed since then.

    Plus BT Broadband Option 3 is £24 - which is 8Mb, which Be Unlimited is the same price but is 24MB.

    Think I might be moving to Be soon.
     
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    If Be were at my exchange i would be with them but as there not(only CPW are) i'm with BT and was quite happy until recently when they started throttling lots of connections at peak times I get 6.5Meg at off peak and am lucky to get 2 at peak times.
     
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    I'm moving from Tiscali to Be soon, can't wait!
     
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    There are always too many variables to give a general recomendation in my opinion. Who I would recomend would depend on the persons budget, how much they download/upload every month, what type of protocols they use, what type of broadband technologies are available to them, how tech savvy are they, their line statistics etc etc....

    ....Having said all that in very general terms I would recomend:

    ADSL2+ provider: BE

    ADSL Max provider: Entanet
    For £20/month I dont know any other ISP that comes close to Entanet. I would say they are on a par with IDnet/Zen/Newnet but cheaper.

    One thing to bear in mind is that todays heros are often tomorrows villains in the world of ISPs. For that reason I would always suggest finding an ISP with a short contract if possible.
     
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    BE seems popular so far - I can see what you are saying Rygar (tomorrows villains ...)

    It's interesting to see what AVF members are using and happy with, please keep voting :)
     
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    I've only used BT (progressively getting faster from 56k up to current 8Mb over the last 8 years or so) because i've never had a problem with them, consistently solid and reliable connection, they've always warned me if they are planning on doing any work in the local exchange, its only gone down a handful of times in that 8 years and never for more than an hour or two....ok its not the cheapest, BUT, with the full package you get quite a good bundle now, including free Norton AV/Firewall etc package, plus other stuff like wifi minutes etc.....i dont know how good the new home hub is as i've been with them since before they gave those out, when i moved to ADSL from 56k i got a crappy little USB modem which i replaced swiftly with a normal ADSL Modem Router (Belkin).....oh i believe the home hub now comes with the handset included for making free calls via the broadband connection during evening/weekend to landlines and other broadband users with BT's software..

    however, if BE get their butts in gear and install in my exchange in the next couple months I may well switch to them as i wouldnt mind hosting some game servers occasionaly now i have a spare PC and want the increased upload speed.......i do wish BT would do ADSL2 tho :(
     
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    I don't know anything about ADSL and ADSL2 (not very technical).

    My next choice (after trying Tiscali and Sky) would have been BT as we use it at work without problems - I have friends on BT with the new Hub and they do get problems, neither of them use the phone to make calls as they say the reception is poor and the broadband has caused them headaches too. So unsure if you can get BT broadband without the Hub system, just basic broadband packages ?

    We can get BE from our Burton on Trent exchange (but not Pipex) so that probably means that we can get ADSL2 ?? Also, ADSL Max status is 'Enabled (Green)' whatever that means.

    Think I will look into BE and then see if we can get out of this Sky contract due to the service not being provided properly !
     
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    My Vote is with BT. Had them so far for 7 months and it's been really solid. Only once ot twice have i had to reboot the router Hub because of various reasons
     
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    Same here dude. We must be the chosen ones!!:cool:
     

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