Moving to non-cabled area - ADSL questions, adsl modem, adsl max? adsl2 ?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Daz, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. Daz

    Daz Guest


    I am currently on 2mb cable broadband with virgin media, the 12 month term
    expires 1st June.

    9th May I am moving to a new property (new build apartment).

    It looks asthough i cannot get virgin media cable broadband at this
    particular apartment, although the rest of the street can - our apartment
    has diff postcode.

    Looks like I will be going to ADSL.

    However, the apartment is very far from the exchange, BT Broadband checker

    Says: .

    Your exchange is ADSL enabled, and our initial check on your postcode
    indicates that your line should be able to have an ADSL broadband service
    that provides a line rate up to 1Mbps. However due to the length of your
    line the 1Mbps service may require an engineer visit who will, where
    possible, supply the broadband service.

    Our check also indicates that your line currently supports a potential ADSL
    Max broadband line rate of 3Mbps or greater.

    Now, this doesn't sound very good at all.

    4 years ago when I first had ADSL, there was only 1 adsl to choose from, a
    fixed line speed, and that was a reliable 1mb. Now it sounds like its a bit
    of a challenge to get the best deal.

    Basically, my requirements are non-12 month term, fast as possible and
    reliable speed, i.e. i want it fast all day, not at offpeak.

    Whats the best thingt to do?


    Daz, Apr 20, 2008
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    Daz Guest

    Daz, Apr 20, 2008
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    Woody Guest

    Ask Virgin. It may be that you apartment block has a unique postcode
    rather than that of the street, so their checker will error.
    Woody, Apr 20, 2008
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    Adrian C Guest

    Check out exactly what equipment is in your exchange from . BT may not be telling you about existing LLU operators.
    Adrian C, Apr 20, 2008
  5. Daz

    Daz Guest

    I'm on the Portsmouth exchange

    Can I get ADSL2+?

    This seems the fastest option
    Daz, Apr 20, 2008
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    Adrian C Guest

    First I'd definately chase up Virgin media to see if they will provide
    service - it may well be faster than getting DSL broadband over to you,
    even in ADSL2+ varieties. 3.5Km is a fair distance, you'd probably max
    out at 6Mbps at a guess with ADSL2+ (me ballpark guessing by another
    recent post here - could be wrong...).
    Adrian C, Apr 20, 2008
  7. Thats mot bad. Its all I get here..about 3Mbps actual (synchs a shade
    over 3.5 mostly).
    Why? its not that bad.
    ADSL max and get used to it.
    The Natural Philosopher, Apr 21, 2008
  8. I don't know if it's still the case, but when I took out an NTL contract
    they said they would not hold me to the 12 months if I moved to a non-cabled
    area. This was before they had an ADSL operation. You could argue that
    moving from cable to ADSL is a change to your material disadvantage and that
    you should be let off the rest of the cable contract. This would then leave
    you free to find a new ADSL ISP. Or you could just pay double for a month
    and get shot of Virgin when your contract expires. I can't think of any
    reason to choose Virgin ADSL over another ISP if you have the choice.

    Theo Markettos, Apr 21, 2008
  9. I can't disagree.

    Most of the bulk volume cheapest price ISP's are unformly bad as they
    are cheap.

    If Tiscali would spend a tenth of what they spend on national TV ads on
    actual bandwith and customer support..
    The Natural Philosopher, Apr 21, 2008
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    Owain Guest

    You will need to pay BT for a new phone line to be installed, and that
    will have a minimum 12 month term, unless you want to have a temporary
    service line or pay some early termination charges.

    If this is a serious issue (eg because you only have a 6 month tenancy)
    then consider mobile broadband.

    Owain, Apr 21, 2008
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