Non-LLU exchange so only have access to fibre based on the BT wholesale product. Not opposed to using different providers for phone and fibre, but is it possible to keep the monthly cost nearer £40 than £50 and still have unlimited bandwidth?
Calls: 7-8 hrs per month, much daytime, need an anytime call plan (unless 1p/min like Pulse8)
Caller ID is must have.
Peak/daytime bandwidth: 100GB - 200GB or more?* unlimited fibre seems safer choice...
*current ADSL usually sees 50GB usage monthly on peak (8am to midnight) with occasional busy months over 100GB. Planning to use fibre for Prime and/or Netflix so must now allow for significantly increasing the daytime and evening usage.
The usual suspects:
Plusnet - current provider, have let us down & would prefer to move (probably can get a retention deal now but don't care.)
BT - £38 inc. everything, possibly better connection than Sky but worse support.
Sky - £34.4 inc. everything, but for non-LLU exchange so could be awful? potential problems using other hardware than supplied Sky-Hub.
Better quality ISPs:
A&A - price is insane with bandwidth requirement.
Aquiss - £46/m + call charges, caller ID is extra.
Pulse8 - phone only, don't offer BTw fibre.
Uno - £27/m-£35.4/m fibre only (8am-8pm peak bandwidth allowance) £13 line rental may be added once FTTC date is set
Zen - £50.50/m inc. anytime calls, caller ID is extra.
Potential middle ground options?
£27 Uno fibre (100GB usage) + £13 Pulse8 phone = £40 + call charges + caller ID.
Uno might work given the 8am-8pm range is what they consider peak, but on the other hand I think it would be easy to get through 100GB and we'd be stuck with it for 12 months. Sky is the best price & has better TV content, but there are strings attached with the hardware options and some users have issues e.g. stuttering whilst streaming. BT is only a little more expensive than Sky, can't expect much from their customer service but the connection may be better in the long run?
Any thoughts? alternatives that I could take a quick look at?
N.B. the cheapest deals like SSE are off the table, so cheap I don't trust them and too many caveats on those sorts of offers.
Edited by Ichneumon (Sat 12-Sep-15 22:32:15)