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Standard User Zipner
(newbie) Sun 15-Jan-12 14:42:47
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I switched from Bethere to Plusnet to get FTTC. Using copper we were only ever going to get 3Mb/sec and Bethere which at the time of switching could not supply FTTC. Our problem has been the data cap. I did check Bethere to find out what our useage but they don't keep records so I was unaware of how much our use was. Now we are having to pay for 120MB per month, over Christmas we got up to 127MB, costing us an extra £10. My warning is that if like us you are a heavy iPlayer and web user you could see your monthly internet bill double if you are coming from an uncapped service.
Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Sun 15-Jan-12 15:15:01
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I went from BE Unlimited to BT Infinity Option 2 - unlimited, for the same reason.



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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Sun 15-Jan-12 15:17:54
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Was/is there nothing you could schedule into the unlimited overnight period?

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Standard User kasg
(committed) Sun 15-Jan-12 19:32:53
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Clearly you mean GB, not MB, but I am very surprised you had no idea what your previous usage was. As of last month I have an iPlayer-enabled set top box (well, two of them as of yesterday as they're only £20!) and an Internet radio and this month I should just squeeze in under the 40GB limit for Value Fibre but I will probably upgrade to 120GB before next month so that I'm not watching it all the time. I think that will do me for quite a while! If I'm doing any big downloads, I try to do them after midnight, which obviously helps. I have two children who are frequently on Youtube, etc., so I don't think my usage is particularly low.

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Standard User meldrew
(experienced) Sun 15-Jan-12 20:39:45
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Could I ask which set top boxes these are? I'm discussing iPlaver on the TV in the Video forum at the moment. Without children (at home) barely use 5Gb a month!
Standard User kasg
(committed) Sun 15-Jan-12 21:35:40
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In reply to a post by meldrew:
Could I ask which set top boxes these are? I'm discussing iPlaver on the TV in the Video forum at the moment. Without children (at home) barely use 5Gb a month!
These.

They are quite brilliant, arrive 24 hours after ordering and appear as new. Complete with Freeview HD. The one snag is that, as shipped, the software does not include access to iPlayer, I am running a beta version of the software that does, but beta testers are not allowed to repost it, you have to request it on the Channel Zero feedback page. The updated software is expected to be made available over the air shortly.

There is a thread on the Digital Spy forum about them here. It's the IS version you need for iPlayer (and later, hopefully 4OD and other services), as on the eBay link.

Kevin

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Edited by kasg (Sun 15-Jan-12 21:37:32)

Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 15-Jan-12 23:42:27
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Plusnet does have traffic meters, so a weekly check to see how you are doing would be wise, and cutting back on the biggest users - which will be streamed video if getting close to the limits

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Standard User meldrew
(experienced) Mon 16-Jan-12 09:56:55
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Thanks for that. I need to upgrade my aerial for Freeview as I mainly use satellite. Some useful stuff on digitalspy too.

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Standard User kasg
(committed) Mon 16-Jan-12 13:45:55
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In reply to a post by meldrew:
Thanks for that. I need to upgrade my aerial for Freeview as I mainly use satellite. Some useful stuff on digitalspy too.

Meldrew
Out of interest, do you know you need to upgrade your aerial for Freeview? Most people don't need to.

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Standard User nadger
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 17-Jan-12 09:36:02
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Most people don't need to.
Still using aerial from 22 years ago without any problems smile

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