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    • karenharrison
    • By karenharrison 13th Jan 19, 11:31 AM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 11:31 AM
    Ultra fast 13th Jan 19 at 11:31 AM
    Hi, I am a Virgin Media customer paying 64 per month for 150mbps broadband and phone. I'd like to switch but am I right in thinking no-one else is giving this speed?
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 13th Jan 19, 11:57 AM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 11:57 AM
    Nobody else is giving that speed

    Speed is a flawed choice anyway , you can have 200mb broadband but contention issues and lack of capacity at the nodes can mean in reality your real speed is far lower .

    Network capacity is king , not the headline speed . I'd rather have 60mb broadband that actually delivered 60mb if tested and can be used with no slowing down
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    • iniltous
    • By iniltous 13th Jan 19, 12:11 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 12:11 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 12:11 PM
    Openreach can and do offer similar or better speeds but not in every area, you could always check what's available in your area.
    https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/
    If FTTP or Gfast is available then you may be able to get a similar or better speed, but as already stated , it's probably not the best 'measure' of service, after all , if regular FTTC was available with (for example) 50-60Mb speed , that would be sufficient for most people requirements...if headline download speed is the only consideration , chances are you wont be able to match it
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 13th Jan 19, 12:26 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 12:26 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 12:26 PM
    You could pay half that and get 76Mbps

    It depends what is important to you.

    As ever, see if VM will do you a deal when you tell them how little a 76mbps will cost you
    • littleboo
    • By littleboo 13th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
    Hi, I am a Virgin Media customer paying 64 per month for 150mbps broadband and phone. I'd like to switch but am I right in thinking no-one else is giving this speed?
    Originally posted by karenharrison
    How do you use the internet? Do you need 150Mbps? Most households don't
    • matelodave
    • By matelodave 13th Jan 19, 4:23 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 4:23 PM
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    • 13th Jan 19, 4:23 PM
    If you are in a FTTP area then you can get up to 330mbit/s however even at that speed BT wont guarantee more than 100mbit/s.
    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers
    • karenharrison
    • By karenharrison 16th Jan 19, 6:38 AM
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    • 16th Jan 19, 6:38 AM
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    • 16th Jan 19, 6:38 AM
    4 people on PCs and phones with usually Netflix running as well. When I test I do actually get 150mbps downloads.
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 16th Jan 19, 6:55 AM
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    • 16th Jan 19, 6:55 AM
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    • 16th Jan 19, 6:55 AM
    But 76mb broadband will cope with that as well as I pointed out.

    I have multiple sky boxes , Chromecast , Netflix , phones etc on 68 mb broadband with no problem
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    • Colin_Maybe
    • By Colin_Maybe 16th Jan 19, 9:45 AM
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    • 16th Jan 19, 9:45 AM
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    • 16th Jan 19, 9:45 AM
    Virgin are currently doing a 100Mb deal with weekend calls for 25 a month with 75 bill credit which equates to just 18.75 a month. You're paying 3.4 times that amount for 150Mb.

    Presuming you are out of contract then phone them.
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 16th Jan 19, 12:13 PM
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    Available to new customers only, but its a starting point
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 16th Jan 19, 1:10 PM
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    What do you do with those speeds?

    Seriously, I live in the country, miles from an exchange and over a mile from my green box and I get speeds of 30mbps of which Im so grateful for ( 1.5 used to be the norm till 3 years ago) and we have phones, laptops, internet tv subscripts etc and everything works , we can stream movies whilst the kids are online playing games or listening to music
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • boliston
    • By boliston 20th Jan 19, 8:35 PM
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    i'm due to get gfast in about 2 weeks - the speed will increase initially from the standard 80/20 to 160/30 then it's 330/50 once BT roll it out - it's only an extra 10 per month and i get a free gfast modem and a gfast compatible router for only 25 (normally 90)
    • boliston
    • By boliston 20th Jan 19, 9:17 PM
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    Nobody else is giving that speed

    Speed is a flawed choice anyway , you can have 200mb broadband but contention issues and lack of capacity at the nodes can mean in reality your real speed is far lower .

    Network capacity is king , not the headline speed . I'd rather have 60mb broadband that actually delivered 60mb if tested and can be used with no slowing down
    Originally posted by Browntoa
    There is normally a slight network overhead - i have an 80/20 connection but i always seem to get 74/18 when i run a test, so 'actual' speeds seem to be about 10% lower than 'headline' speeds - i live in a small rural town where there are probably a lot less internet users than in big cities so that possibly helps
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