I am currently with Plusnet and they have treated me and other people I have signed up very poorly. They have offered me a piteous retentions deal. So I would ideally like to leave. Also their upload speed on the 40mb package is dire.
One of the main reasons I want to upgrade, is when I am upload videos to YouTube, the connection becomes unusable. They Plusnet claim that if the upload is saturated, it will affect the download speed. Which makes no sense to me. They also offer me no method of limiting the upload so that is isn't fully saturated, which might avoid this problem.
Anyway... I've been looking at new providers and am very underwhelmed with the choices.
Price is a factor for me unfortunately, otherwise Pulse8 might have been a nice choice. BT is too rich for my blood. Talktalk I couldn't bring myself to sign up with after their customer database was hacked.
Which seems to leave me with Sky. I am not at all keen on Sky as a company, but I appear to have very little other choice. They're offering 38mb down and 9.5 up for £27.40 a month inc. line rental. Which seems pretty decent for the money. It's also only a 12 month contract.
Are there any pitfalls I should be aware of? Are there services they are blocking, or is their service heavily filtered? Are there ports they are blocking I might need?
My internet usage is quite standard these days. Much web browsing, some downloading, a lot of gaming. I do some live streaming. My current connection isn't good enough for shareplay, which I would like to use.
I do like having a home Linux server which I can get to from other places using SSH. I don't currently have one at the moment, but have in the past and plan to again in the future. That's probably the most non-standard thing I might do with it.
I also wondered if anyone knew if Sky had plans to upgrade their lower packages to 50mb like BT? Plusnet told me they would be shortly, along with matching BT's upload speed. But it still doesn't really tempt me, I have little faith in anything they say.
I would be really grateful to hear people's thoughts, opinions and experiences. Any other ISP suggestions welcome.
Thank you for reading my post.
Edited by broadbandcat (Thu 28-Apr-16 15:20:19)