Yes, I am aware the PO offer HomePhone on it's own, but with the package I have I very much doubt they would allow me to migrate my phone service away (which I don't want to do) whilst letting me retain their broadband service. The two are linked in such a way that I'm quite sure if you want to migrate the phone side of things away that will effectively kill the broadband side of things.
Yes, all very true, but the point of my reply to you is that you said ' can't have one w/out other' which applies both ways equally. You meant 'can't have BB w/out phone'. So I went on to emphasise that.
1999: Freeserve 48K Dial-Up => 2005: Wanadoo 1 Meg BB => 2007: Orange 2 Meg BB => 2008: Orange 8 Meg LLU => 2010: Orange 16 Meg LLU => 2011: Orange 20 Meg WBC
Hence my suggestion to use ADSL2 which won't increase attn.
The signal attenuation doesn't change, it's defined differently in the later standards and ADSL2+ reports "line attenuation" rather than "signal attenuation" - the extra 3 dB is the half of the spectrum that a long line can't use, so it shows a higher line attenuation which doesn't mean the speed is lower than it would be on G.dmt.
MaxDSL - goes as fast as it can and doesn't read the line checker first.