Well, I went with Virgin, once I was able to complete the order process. In fairness to them, I had issues with ordering anything over the internet at the time, whether this was an issue with Chrome on phone, or seasonal, I dont know.
Engineer called ahead to see if it was ok to arrive early - yes,of course! - and had the gubbins installed inside of 30mins. Happy to put box into modem mode once tested and confirmed by me in router mode. Then waited whilst I configured f/w for same, and tested.
Since then, woooosh. hitting 45MB/sec downloads at times, although the average is around 30MB/sec. I'm happy.
A slight issue this morning, when the service dropped. Virgin remote diags showed no issue, so arranged for engineer visit 12-4. 20 mins later I receive a text that its a network issue, and before i know t, service is back.
No problems yet with billing.
I'm a happy bunny!
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