I am looking at FTTC and need a new line, as I'm currently with Virgin and the BT line has been disconnected in the cabinet. Postcode/house number checks estimate I can get very close to the 80/20 (or 76/19.5 if you prefer) speeds.
These are my requirements, in descending order of importance:
- Stable connection
- No noticeable reduction in down- and upload speeds at any time (due congestion or point 4 below)
- No usage caps
- No restrictive traffic management (combined with point 2 above I suppose)
On top of that I want good value for money. If the points above can be accomplished by a cheaper ISP, then the decision will be based on price.
I can rule out AAISP and Zen, as they are simply too expensive for what I believe they return. SSE doesn't meet point 2 and 4 and Origin doesn't seem to be any good either.
Virgin's only package that meets all 4 requirements is the Ultimate Gamer package (200/20), but even with their customer retention offer it's more expensive compared to others. I am considering IDNET as well, but including offers etc. they are almost twice as expensive as TalkTalk, and I don't know how or why to justify that.
In order of cost over an 18 month period (including offers and new line installation fees, ascending order).
- TalkTalk Business
- Virgin Ultimate Gamer
I'd like IPv6, but in my shortlist only NowTV (or Sky) offers it currently. Only TalkTalk Business and Plusnet offer the option of a static IP (which I'd also like, but not a hard requirement).
Long story short: which would you choose and why? And which would you recommend?
edit: IDNET removed due to their availability checker not working on my address and therefore not showing the correct prices. Turns out they're roughly the same price as Zen.
Edited by wutr (Wed 16-Nov-16 14:26:19)