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Old Jan 20th 2012, 6:45 pm
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So I am just about to move back to the UK and will need internet access asap.

Looking at Plusnet a 60GB monthly usage allowance. As I don't download films etc, I think this should be ok. I surf the net, email, very occasionally download a song. Occasionally watch a Youtube.

So online they checked my phone line and it stated:-

Your estimated line speed is 4.0Mb. However, it could vary between 2.5Mb and 6.5Mb, depending on conditions.

So will this give me relatively fast internet? Not looking to go for fibre broadband yet. Just need something set up quite quickly but that will give decent speed. I can always change later.

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Old Jan 20th 2012, 8:21 pm
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It's shit, but if the most you'll be doing is a bit of youtube, it'll be fine.

Won't be great for streaming a lot of HD content like Netflix though.

As to if it's any good, depends on cost and location. Virgin and BT usually have decent offers going and I know there's a few other decent options depending on where in the country but I can't remember off hand what they are.
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It's shit, but if the most you'll be doing is a bit of youtube, it'll be fine.

Won't be great for streaming a lot of HD content like Netflix though.

As to if it's any good, depends on cost and location. Virgin and BT usually have decent offers going and I know there's a few other decent options depending on where in the country but I can't remember off hand what they are.
Thanks for your response Bob. As an alternative I am thinking of going with Virgin's cabled Broadband with speed of up to 30Mbs. I think my issue was my phone line so having cabled broadband will improve speed. Only thing is its more then double the cost. But hey you get what you pay for I guess.

Thanks for your help.
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Is there "fibre broadband " in the area ?
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Is there "fibre broadband " in the area ?
There is in the area I am moving to (Birmingham). But it is quite expensive and I don't at this stage want an engineer to mess with sockets (which I understand that they will do).
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There is in the area I am moving to (Birmingham). But it is quite expensive and I don't at this stage want an engineer to mess with sockets (which I understand that they will do).
Shop around, it shouldn't be that much more expensive these days and they might offer better deals if they bundle stuff like your phone.

If you're not going to be using stuff like Netflix or up/downloading large files, it's really a waste of money though going for such a price hike.
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Virgin media cable is the best. Don't waste your time on DSL of any flavour.

http://shop.virginmedia.com/broadban...part=portal_P1
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