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Standard User overthepond
(newbie) Tue 12-Mar-13 20:11:13
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"Alternative" ISPs


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Evening! I've seen some of the "which ISP" posts on here and they're inordinately long, so I want to try and keep this brief.

I'm about to move house - currently with an ISP on the South Yorkshire Digital Region network but I'm moving out of that network's area. I enjoy being with a smaller company, with the more personal service aimed at technical users.

My new home is in a fairly rural location and no FTTC/P is available, and there are no plans. There's LLU (according to Samknows) from: AOL, O2/Be, TalkTalk, Sky and Tiscali. I'm predicted roughly 7.5Mbps on ADSL2+. This is enough for me. I've had 40Mbps for a while, and don't really use the extra speed!

So the question - what "alternative" ISPs would people recommend? By "alternative," I mean not the big few, not BT, TalkTalk, Sky, O2, and so on. I don't mind paying a bit extra for a good connection and honest service from a smaller company. Unlimited isn't a big deal for me, as long as any cap is above 40GB or so. My current ISP doesn't shape or manipulate traffic in any way, and while I'm not a big torrenter, it's nice to know that I have a fairly unfiltered connection, so that would be good to carry over.

I've seen names like ADSL24, Xilo etc mentioned here, and a few others - what is your favourite of these smaller ISPs, and which would you recommend, and why?

Many thanks in advance!
Standard User 4M2
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 12-Mar-13 21:14:03
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xilo/uno "pro" since your exchange has a TTB presence. "Pro" is partial LLU SMPF.

I've had xilo/uno "pro" for more than a year and the support is 1st class, connection is rock solid with I've never any throughput slow downs smile

BTW. my line rental is with BT.
Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 12-Mar-13 22:03:40
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I've been with Eclipse for nearly 10 years. A few years ago had a couple of issues with Customer Services - non-technical - all resolved.

They're certainly not cheap but the BB is rock solid with no noticeable speed change at any time of day. I don't stream or game so cannot comment on that aspect. I have a 50GB / month bandwidth, downloads only, Eclipse do not count uploads against bandwidth.

I'm on a 21CN line and get downlaod speeds about 8.0 Mbps, upload about 0.9 Mbps.

My telephone line is with BT.

Tony
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Standard User michaelh
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 13-Mar-13 19:26:06
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In reply to a post by overthepond:
Evening! I've seen some of the "which ISP" posts on here and they're inordinately long, so I want to try and keep this brief.

I'm about to move house - currently with an ISP on the South Yorkshire Digital Region network but I'm moving out of that network's area. I enjoy being with a smaller company, with the more personal service aimed at technical users.

My new home is in a fairly rural location and no FTTC/P is available, and there are no plans. There's LLU (according to Samknows) from: AOL, O2/Be, TalkTalk, Sky and Tiscali. I'm predicted roughly 7.5Mbps on ADSL2+. This is enough for me. I've had 40Mbps for a while, and don't really use the extra speed!

So the question - what "alternative" ISPs would people recommend? By "alternative," I mean not the big few, not BT, TalkTalk, Sky, O2, and so on. I don't mind paying a bit extra for a good connection and honest service from a smaller company. Unlimited isn't a big deal for me, as long as any cap is above 40GB or so. My current ISP doesn't shape or manipulate traffic in any way, and while I'm not a big torrenter, it's nice to know that I have a fairly unfiltered connection, so that would be good to carry over.

I've seen names like ADSL24, Xilo etc mentioned here, and a few others - what is your favourite of these smaller ISPs, and which would you recommend, and why?

Many thanks in advance!


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Standard User ionic
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 13-Mar-13 20:51:34
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Take a look at Andrews and Arnold aa.net.uk, in particular their home::1 tarrif
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