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Broadband providers in the UK - recommendations?

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    I'd go with virgin purely because it's not ADSL but I must say since I've been upgraded to 20meg my download speeds actually seem to have dropped. I still usually get approx 5meg and I have had up to 16meg but not solid...upload figures are sound though. I do believe the harrogate to leeds backhaul always has been pretty shoddy though...meh. Do you know what the fault was with your adsl service? That would determine largely whether changing supplier would help or not..
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    3stripe3stripe ✭✭
    edited July 2007
    I don't think it's a fault with the line, it's more Eclipse being cheeky I think and restricting peoples connections - from what I've heard they don't take kindly to P2P usage (although I don't know how they can tell!?!?)

    Be there is doing up to 24mb for £24 a month which seems pretty fly. I worked out I'm maybe a mile from my exchange though so I'm sure it would never go that fast :)

    EDIT... Some test results:

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    That nice peak there is the only test done in the morning (7.30am)... which funnily enough is not a time I often surf the net...
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    You'll only get 24meg within a few hundred yards. If that. http://www.samknows.com/broadband/checker2.php?p=btadsl will give you a rough idea what sort of speeds you can achieve. It's pretty easy for an ISP to tell what type of traffic is flowing through their systems though. Aside from the fact they can put a pretty good guess on certain port ranges being used for certain things, there will also be information about the packets in the headers. If you try turning encryption on on your p2p client it may get round their checkers but it depends how they're set up (naturally all the advice i've given above is based on my assumption you're using p2p for legal purposes, as i obviously wouldn't want to help you use it for illegal purposes)
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    Thanks for the link Mini. Now I know I'm 733m from my exchange :)

    Yeah, I mostly just download MP3s of errr um cds that I already own.
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    If you ring bethere they should be able to tell you approximately what speed they will actually be able to provision you with. They might be a bit cagey about it cause they wont want to tell you something then let you complain when you dont get it, but in theory their checkers will give them an estimate...
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    Im using BT Broadband and getting around 5mbps.
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    3stripe3stripe ✭✭
    edited July 2007
    13-15MB. Hot damn. I am quite tempted. @Lunch - Another weegie on the forum, nice wan pal!
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    Or you could go with virgin on 20.. ;) What are costs?
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    3stripe3stripe ✭✭
    edited July 2007
    Virgin Media XL Cable - £29/month for first year then £37/month, 12month contract Be There - £24/month, 3month notice to leave Both unlimited usage.
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    Fair enough...try be and if it's shit move :D
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    Orange broadband does the trick for me, £5 a month, no limits.
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    And if you sign up to it at dixons you get £300 off a laptop.
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    I've been with NTL (now VirginMedia) for ages on 2MB and was quite satisfied but recently they've put a limit on the speed. For you're first GB (each day) you can download at normal 250ish kbps but there after it drops to half the speed. (Which kind of sucks seeing that I download alot but can't afford to upgrade to the upper tier). They have this kapping for other speeds to apart from the highest tier.
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