TalkTalk business, OK? Or are there alternatives?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by cl, Nov 14, 2015.

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    cl Guest

    We currently have two POTS lines, one is the 'home' line and the other
    is (used to be really) the 'business' line. At the moment we have
    PlusNet on both, 'home' on one and 'business' on the other.

    The PlusNet business deal no longer makes sense for us, the business
    in question has been run down (on purpose, I'm retired) and I'm about
    to put the Ltd. company into 'not trading' status with Companies
    House. So I'm after a cheaper deal for the second line.

    Requirements are:-

    Unlimited broadband, or at least one that just throttles if you
    hit the limit rather than costing a lot.

    No included phone calls, we very rarely use the line now.

    Static IP

    The basic TalkTalk Business deal does exactly what we want, line
    rental (£15.50) plus £5 and that's all. Phone calls you just pay for
    if you make any.

    However TalkTalk doesn't have a wonderful reputation exactly, are
    there any alternatives that would cost around the same? Support isn't
    a big issue, I've hardly called Plusnet at all during our years with
    them.
     
    cl, Nov 14, 2015
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    cl Guest

    I've just discovered Origin Broadband, seems even better, with line
    rental save (pay in advance) the cost could get down to little more
    than £10/month.

    Anyone know anything about them?
     
    cl, Nov 14, 2015
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    Woody Guest

    Sky?
     
    Woody, Nov 14, 2015
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    Andy Burns Guest

    A couple of years ago a customer switched all their lines over to
    different providers, none of the sites that ended up as TTB VDSL worked
    on the day they were installed, necessitating second visits (no
    particular problems since then, FWIW).
     
    Andy Burns, Nov 14, 2015
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    Graham J Guest


    When it goes wrong, how important is it to you that it is fixed ...

    today?
    tomorrow?
    next week?
    never?

    My experience helping two local friends with TT is that the sync speed
    is as good as one can expect for the location, but throughput is
    diabolical. Both migrated, one to Plusnet, the other to Zen. Both have
    the same reasonable sync speeds, and both now have download speeds
    consistent with the sync speeds.

    If you need the confidence that any problem will be fixed when it
    arises, then stay with Plusnet or move to Zen. Don't bother with
    anybody else.

    Otherwise ....????
     
    Graham J, Nov 14, 2015
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    Roland Perry Guest

    Although at my last house the sync speed was a quarter what could ever
    have delivered the estimated throughput given by Plusnet when I signed
    up[1] and after spending hours gathering data and discussing it with
    Plusnet and the Openreach engineers they sent, it was never resolved. As
    it was only an 18 month rental I gave up, and resolved to use an LLU
    operator next time.

    [1] I accept that the same would have been the case in terms of initial
    deliverability whoever the BT-reseller was.
     
    Roland Perry, Nov 14, 2015
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    Graham J Guest


    One possible cause would have been the use of aluminium cable somewhere
    between your premises and the exchange. This would not necessarily have
    been documented, and might only have been evident to a knowlegeable
    Openreach techician who inspected all the junctions along the route.

    Other causes may have been noise, and without seeing the router stats
    one would never know.

    But changing to an LLU supplier would have been unlikely to have fixed
    it since the cable itself would have remained the same. Changing to
    Virgin cable (if available in your area) might have improved things.
    Also changing to FTTC might have helped.
     
    Graham J, Nov 14, 2015
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    Graham. Guest

    So why do you want to retain two physical phone lines?

    The second line could be easily implemented with VoIP, and, if it's
    important to you, the CLI of the ceased line could be ported to a VoIP
    operator.
     
    Graham., Nov 14, 2015
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    cl Guest

    Because we need the bandwidth. Each provides about 4Mbps and we quite
    often max them both out.
     
    cl, Nov 14, 2015
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  10. I sens a slight sarcasm here. That may be a bit of an understatement...

    Why don't you switch _one_line to another ISP, then you can compare them!

    Andy
     
    Vir Campestris, Nov 15, 2015
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    cl Guest

    No we don't have fibre and it looks unlikely for a couple of years at
    least. I'd hardly be using two ADSL lines for the extra bandwidth if
    FTTC was avilable.
     
    cl, Nov 16, 2015
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    cl Guest

    Er, that's what I was proposing to do! Stay with PlusNet on the
    'home' line but go to something much cheaper than PlusNet Business on
    the other line.
     
    cl, Nov 16, 2015
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