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pwatson
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Alternative ISPs

A few posters have indicated that they're seriously looking at other providers so I thought this thread would be useful to post thoughts.  I've studied the forum rules and I can't anything specific that other ISPs can't be discussed but I suggest that contributions should remain factual rather than turning into a PN bashing thread.
I'll kick off:
Aquiss - Small provider with a good reputation for support.  Line rental £13/month and this is available as a standalone product.
Zen - Mixed reviews
AAISP - Excellent support but v. expensive!  One to keep an eye on as they have alluded to new packages becoming available soon.
Good support is top of my list and I'm prepared to pay more for it.  I'm more than likely migrating my phone line to Aquiss and then reviewing whether to move to their FTTC as well.
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Re: Alternative ISPs

http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,141092.msg1245054.html#msg1245054
sky = own network so dont use BT wholesale.
static ip on pro package
But they expensive compared to plusnet and no offers on 80/20.
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Re: Alternative ISPs

https://www.cable.co.uk/reviews/origin/origin-broadband-fibre-review/
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Re: Alternative ISPs

I'm on FTTP, there are four providers who can offer it, PN, BT, A&A and Zen, PN are still pretty much the best price when it comes to 80/20 Fibre.  I dread to think how much A&A would charge for 80/20, unlimited.
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they would charge nothing as they wouldnt sell it to you Smiley
ultimately this seems to be a you get what you pay for situation.  
Ignition kept warning us, I ignored him at first, but now this seems to have caught up with BTw/plusnet.
Plusnet is a very good price point for a unlimited use 80/20 service, it still is probably the best option at that price point, there is better options if you want a better quality connection but they cost more money.
Talktalk bypass BT wholesale and they also cheap so they may be worth a gamble for some.  Its a shame is no monthly contracts on FTTC like is on adsl, then the risk of moving is minimal.
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Re: Alternative ISPs

Pulse 8 offer FTTC on a monthly contract (price includes line rental):  https://pulse8broadband.co.uk/fibreoptic-packages?type=HOME&speed=38 ;  
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Re: Alternative ISPs

A minor drawback to Pulse8 is that you can't seamlessly migrate an existing FTTC connection.  They're a Talk Talk Business re-seller and you have to move the phone line first which will then be provisioned with ADSL and then wait a week or so for the fibre order to go through.
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Origin would save me £10 a month on a 24 month contract for a similar service assuming £1 a month extra for a static IP and losing my current evening and weekend calls.
I get 500 minutes of free calls with my mobile a month anyway so not too fussed about that.
Seriously tempted to make the move now.
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Re: Alternative ISPs

how do you work that out - looking at their website the prices aren't much different from Plusnet
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Re: Alternative ISPs

Over 24 months ....
Origin:
£199.99 line rental using the saver
£24 clid
£24 static IP
£388.29 fibre
Total = £636.28
=£26.52 / mo
Current PN = £15.99line rental  + £20 broadband + £1  clid = £36.99/ month
*Edit - appears I'm on £15.99 a month for rental not £15.50 a month
*Edit 2 - there may be a £35 connection charge for Origin so that would need to be bargained in to the pricing.
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Well if he pays for the LRS for 2 years it is 8.33/mo (equiv), then the bb is 18.49/mo. *
So 26.82/mo vs what ever PN is going to.
(add £1/mo for CID don't know about other options)
I am seriously considering it myself, but on a 1 year LRS . (9.17/mo for the phone)
Dom beat me to it  Smiley
*edit: I based it on 80/20 not 40/10
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Re: Alternative ISPs

Can someone clarify line rental saver for me ?
I thought you could only pay for 12 months in advance but figures in earlier posts show a 24 month period.
Apologies if I have misunderstood something.
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Re: Alternative ISPs

depends on the ISP
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Re: Alternative ISPs

Thanks.
Perhaps it's something PN should consider.
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I wouldn't even touch it as it is non refundable and essentially a 2 year lockin