Broadband/TV/Phone packages

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Debbie, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Debbie

    Debbie Guest

    I'd like to speed up my internet connection (currently slow dial-up),
    so am tempted by broadband. I am in a Telewest cable area so could get
    their broadband package together with TV (kid pester-power at work
    here) and telephone (not really needed, but it makes sense for the
    package deals).

    My other option (I think?) would be to keep my bt phone line and go
    for ADSL and then have either Sky/Freeview/Cable for the tv as a
    separate deal.

    Would a cable package from Telewest be ok? Are there any other options
    worth looking into?

    Thanks,

    Debbie
     
    Debbie, Sep 23, 2003
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    Steve H Guest

    Debbie wrote:

    Forget Telewest. Think BT before privatisation and you'll have a good
    idea what you would be letting yourself in for.
     
    Steve H, Sep 23, 2003
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  3. Debbie

    Colin Wilson Guest

    Would a cable package from Telewest be ok?
    That said, many people have no problem at all with Telewest, and there`s
    a helpful guy who hovers around this newsgroup who may be able to help
    with some problems - he works for them.
     
    Colin Wilson, Sep 23, 2003
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  4. Debbie

    Steve H Guest

    Colin Wilson wrote:
    there`s
    Is that the one who promises to look into things? I've seen no evidence
    he ever gets any of the problems sorted. Sounds like typical Telewest
    bullshit to me.
     
    Steve H, Sep 24, 2003
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    Dave F Guest

    Is this the same poster who came into the by groups the other day trying
    to be all nice and friendly?
     
    Dave F, Sep 24, 2003
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  6. Debbie

    Steve H Guest

    "by groups"? What are they?
     
    Steve H, Sep 24, 2003
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    Jack Knife Guest

    The third option is to get the broadband only from Telewest but keep
    Sky and BT. That's what I did because I prefer Sky to the Telewest TV
    service, and kept my BT line because I can get cheaper calls through
    alternative providers which you can't do with telewest.

    I have had no problems with the Telewest broadband service at all and
    found it to be very fast and reliable.

    To be honest though, I would get ADSL if it available was in my area,
    simply because it is a bit cheaper.
     
    Jack Knife, Sep 24, 2003
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  8. Debbie

    Debbie Guest

    Thanks for the comments.

    From the costings I've seen, it's cheaper to get Telewest broadband
    with their TV + phone package (£43 p.m., free installation + modem)
    than it would be for me to get ADSL via another provider and SKY tv.
    Mainly because I wasn't planning on getting the premium tv package so
    would have to pay £100 installation for Sky, then £18(tv), £20 (say)
    ADSL + £10 phone per month.

    Long term ADSL may be cheaper, but for the first year it works out
    more expensive?


    Debbie
     
    Debbie, Sep 25, 2003
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  9. Debbie

    Wiraone Guest

    (Debbie) wrote in
    If SKY is the problem, here is what I had been adviced by SKY rep (and I
    took this option last year), take up the £1 installation offer and
    subscribe for the premium package for a month and downgrade to family
    package (£18) a month after. But again, if Telewest is charging
    £43/month, it will still be lower than what I'm paying for my
    BT/Pipex/SKY combination now which is at around £50/month.
     
    Wiraone, Sep 25, 2003
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    yellowmoon Guest

    Is this right? I too am looking for a Broadband/TV/Phone solution.
    At the moment my best (only?) option seems to be a BT phone line, with
    broadband from an ISP (say Pipex), and TV from Sky. But I thought a
    condition of the cheap/free installation offers from Sky was a minimum
    one year subsription to one of the premium packages. Are you saying
    they don't enforce this in practice? Can anyone confirm this?
     
    yellowmoon, Sep 26, 2003
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  11. Debbie

    Wiraone Guest

    (yellowmoon) wrote in
    Taken from Sky Digital FAQ posted regularly in sky related newsgroups:

    11 >How much do they cost?

    If you will agree to having your phone connected to the digibox then
    Sky give you one box for free.. The price of installation, which is
    obligatory, varies from £0 to £100 depending on who you get to do it,
    whether you subscribe and which package you take. Only one "free" box
    per customer. If you don't want (or can't have) the phone connection
    then boxes cost around £250 - £300 from dealers. There are sometimes
    special offers to be had on Sky's website and the usual one involves
    taking the full package initially though you can downgrade to a
    cheaper option after the first month..
     
    Wiraone, Sep 26, 2003
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    yellowmoon Guest

    Wiraone, thanks for clarifying. I didn't realise this.
     
    yellowmoon, Sep 27, 2003
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