Broadband providers in NI??

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
I'm fed up of Virgin Media... used to be cheap, but it's crept up to £45 a month for the basic package!

TV - the basic channels will do. I like having the RTE channels but is there another way to get them in NI without being with Virgin?

Landline - I never use it - obviously I need a phone line for the broadband, but don't need free/cheap calls.

Oh, and I refuse to have Sky (long story).

What are my options??? BT? Talk Talk? Any others?

Thanks in advance :)
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  • saverbuyersaverbuyer Forumite
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    tara747 wrote: »
    I'm fed up of Virgin Media... used to be cheap, but it's crept up to £45 a month for the basic package!

    TV - the basic channels will do. I like having the RTE channels but is there another way to get them in NI without being with Virgin?

    Landline - I never use it - obviously I need a phone line for the broadband, but don't need free/cheap calls.

    Oh, and I refuse to have Sky (long story).

    What are my options??? BT? Talk Talk? Any others?

    Thanks in advance :)


    I think virgin are now the only ones to offer broadband without the phone. They have £28.50 - 50mgb.


    BT is the most expensive going. Infinity is great but nothing on virgin.


    TalkTalk = crap service.


    Also if you get fibre from another subscriber that uses BT lines, you pay a £30.00 to move back to virgin or to disconnect.
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    edited 24 July 2015 at 12:18PM
    TV - the basic channels will do. I like having the RTE channels but is there another way to get them in NI without being with Virgin?

    RTE is on Freeview if you have a HD freeview Tv/receiver

    Look at Plusnet for broadband (owned by BT but with much better customer service)

    https://www.plus.net/


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  • Old_GitOld_Git Forumite
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    you need a landline ,broadband an aerial or freesat
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  • tara747tara747 Forumite
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    Thanks all, very helpful. Will check out Plusnet.

    I'm well out of the 12-month initial contract with Virgin, so I can leave. In fact, my ex-housemate's name was on the account, so I'd even be classed as a new customer. I phoned them, and they said the best they could do was £38.99 a month! That's for the basic TV package, plus broadband and phone. Seems expensive, there must be something cheaper available.

    If I move to another provider that isn't Virgin or BT, do I still have to get a BT line?

    Does Freeview include RTE channels here? I'd like to keep them, but not at £45 a month :o
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  • edited 24 July 2015 at 3:53PM
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    edited 24 July 2015 at 3:53PM
    tara747 wrote: »
    Thanks all, very helpful. Will check out Plusnet.

    I'm well out of the 12-month initial contract with Virgin, so I can leave. In fact, my ex-housemate's name was on the account, so I'd even be classed as a new customer. I phoned them, and they said the best they could do was £38.99 a month! That's for the basic TV package, plus broadband and phone. Seems expensive, there must be something cheaper available.

    If I move to another provider that isn't Virgin or BT, do I still have to get a BT line?

    Does Freeview include RTE channels here? I'd like to keep them, but not at £45 a month :o
    your line rental will probably be with whoever your broadband is with .RTE check here

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  • ChrisNIChrisNI Forumite
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    As already mentioned, in order to get RTE, all you need is an aerial and a freeview box with a HD tuner. These can be bought on the high street for very little money. They do not require a broadband connection or a TV package from one of the broadband companies.
  • I have the virgin broadband only for £28.50, had it since the new year, can't fault the service tbh
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  • HonkycatHonkycat Forumite
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    I have the virgin broadband only for £28.50, had it since the new year, can't fault the service tbh

    I have the same. Mine has just crept up to 31.50 (100Mb) which is quite a lot for broadband only. Did you get rid of your land line? I keep meaning to do it, in fact I did a year ago, but they didn't do it.
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    I have freeview telly with a Humax Recorder - it provides RTE basics - so television costs are annual licence, and initial outlay for Humax box - around £150 will get one of those.

    I am on BT Broadband fibre - not high speed - around 38mb I think and haggled it down to £15.65 for unlimited download with free caller display. I did this last October and gained a 12 month contract on those terms. I pay line rental saver for 12 months so that was also paid out - about £170 ish.

    I do not take any call packages with BT but use 18185 and my calls cost me about £2 a month - 5p connection charge and zero pence per minute.

    Just heard BT are writing to everyone with approx 7% price increase in September - early this year, so I may well be haggling again with the threat to cancel my contract because of the price increase.
    John
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