Check possible broadband speed before signing up

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by chris_huh, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. chris_huh

    chris_huh Guest

    Is there a way to check how fast the internet would actually be at my
    address before signing up to one. On BTs website there is a checker,
    but for other companies you seem to need to have a phone line/number
    to check the connection speed. I don't have a phone line and it would
    be nice to know the speed before getting one (in case i don't need
    one, ie use Virgin, or Bulldog).
    chris_huh, Jan 6, 2008
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  2. No.
    Sergeant Stiffy, Jan 6, 2008
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    chris_huh Guest

    Brief but to the point, thanks, i will have to just choose one.

    chris_huh, Jan 6, 2008
  4. Have a read on these forums before you make a choice.
    Sergeant Stiffy, Jan 6, 2008
  5. BT do a postcode-based checker which will tell you approximately what
    you could expect from any company who provided ADSL via a BT line.
    If you're getting ADSL you /need/ a phone line. The actual performance
    of this line can only be determined once its in place I'm afraid !

    Note that even after all that, the *actual* performance will depend on
    your chosen ISP's backhaul as well as your phone line.
    Mark McIntyre, Jan 6, 2008
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    Custard Guest

    Yes and BT told me I should be able to get a 6 meg service
    4 days after my BT service started their speedchecker and distance
    checker surprisingly changed to say I could only get a 3 meg service
    Even then you wont get the truth
    Custard, Jan 6, 2008
  7. Virgin, yes but I don't think Bulldog do their own subscriber lines now (if
    they ever did).

    George Weston, Jan 6, 2008
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    chris_huh Guest

    Can i make an estimation based on an 8 meg service will actually give
    me 3 (according to BT online checker), so Be's 24 meg service would
    give me about 8 (ie a third, a bit like 3/8). Or does it not work that
    chris_huh, Jan 6, 2008
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    chris_huh Guest

    Bulldog do their own phoneline (apparently), it is still and phone
    line like bt, you can just sign up at the same time as signing up for
    internet, is all i meant. As opposed to getting the phone line first
    then getting the internet.
    chris_huh, Jan 6, 2008
  10. It will still be a line provided by BT.
    Other ISPs do similar - i.e. run their own phone service - but they still
    have to get BT to install the line - and pass the cost on to you.
    Virgin (or some of the other small cable companies) is the only exception,
    as they provide you with a co-ax connection from their nearest roadside box.
    Cable is only available in the larger conurbations - check to see if it's
    available in your area.
    If it isn't, you'll have to have a BT line provided, either directly by BT
    or via another phone provider/ISP.

    George Weston, Jan 6, 2008
  11. Easiest is to see what your neighbours are connecting at,.

    Yours will be similar.

    Or simply 'borrow' one of their phone numbers and key that in to check..

    You will probably get a bit more than BT estimates.

    Whichever ISP you sign up with won't get you MORE than than the best
    connectiuon rate, It may get you poor service, usage caps and a rotten
    performance tho.
    The Natural Philosopher, Jan 6, 2008
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    Mike Guest

    In message
    Who do you have on your shortlist?
    Mike, Jan 6, 2008
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    Eeyore Guest

    You can't get ADSL broadband down a Virgin phone line.

    Eeyore, Jan 6, 2008
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    Eeyore Guest

    That's not an 8 meg service then is it ? What you mean is a 'max' service to
    use BT's term for it.

    Not quite. The main advantage of ADSL2+ as used by Be is seen on the shorter

    Eeyore, Jan 6, 2008
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    gm6trs Guest

    Yes, there's a new mapping engine at Samknows - enter your postcode -
    gm6trs, Jan 6, 2008
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    chris_huh Guest

    I am thinking of either BT (option 3), Be Unlimited or Bulldog
    (Unlimited Pro). I live in reading so all these are available here, we
    won't really need a phone, as we probably won't use it, and it may not
    need to be super fast, but might as well get it quite fast. The 3
    month contract on Be looks nice too.
    chris_huh, Jan 6, 2008
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    chris_huh Guest

    Ah, i checked there and it said that both ADSL and ADSL2+ will be 3
    meg. I guess this means that there is no real advantage on getting Be
    over BT if it is going to be the same speed (and BT comes with a
    Homehub phone, and it will just be one contract [ie not separate phone
    line and internet contracts]).

    Because virgin uses its own coax line does this mean that it could be
    a lot faster than 3 (even the 4meg option might be better)? There
    isn't so much degradation in coax cable lines, than most phone lines
    is there?
    chris_huh, Jan 6, 2008
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    Eeyore Guest

    Are you one these dreadful people who insist that anyone wanting to phone them
    has to pay exorbitant mobile phone call charges ?

    The line quality is VASTLY better with a traditional line. No more having to ask
    people to repeat themselves all the time. Mobiles drive me nuts.

    Eeyore, Jan 6, 2008
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    Paul Cupis Guest

    No, doesn't work like that. You'd probably still get around 3Mbps.
    Paul Cupis, Jan 6, 2008
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    gm6trs Guest

    I would guess so, but I'll leave it to others better qualified to answer
    that. What I would say is that I wouldn't go with Virgin whatever the
    promised, or actual, speed.
    gm6trs, Jan 6, 2008
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