If you're interested in high speed broadband you now have more options to choose from. Sky have introduced Fibre Unlimited to their customers, which is available for a monthly cost of £20 to around 30% of UK homes and includes Sky Talk Freetime.
Sky TV customers looking for a good value broadband deal can take advantage of 12 months half price on Sky Broadband Unlimited when taken as an upgrade to their existing Sky TV package. This special offer also comes with Sky's Talk Unlimited call plan and free and unlimited WiFi Hotspots from The Cloud. So that's truly unlimited broadband, free WiFi hotspot access and anytime landline calls to the UK and 20 overseas destinations for only £6.25 a month for the first 12 months, £12.50 a month thereafter.
Virgin Media are now offering account credits on all of their packages. Receive £20 credit on broadband only products, £40 credit on broadband and phone products, and £60 credit on broadband, phone and TV collections.
April 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test continuing to increase in comparison to the levels achieved in March, coming in at a staggering 14.13Mb. Average upload speed increased to 1.9Mb.
Increased speeds are likely in large part due to the start of Virgin Media's roll out of double or better speeds for cable customers, which will continue throughout 2012 affecting all but their 100Mb service. BT Broadband's Infinity 2 will also be having an effect on speeds. Virgin Media hold steady at first place, and average download and upload speeds have increased significantly by 5.16Mb to 24.79Mb with upload speeds seeing a small increase to 2.6Mb.
BT Broadband take second place this month with their own significant speed gains. Download speeds are up by nearlt 4Mb this month, averaging at 13.4Mb and upload speeds are up by over 1Mb at 2.91Mb. While Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse has dropped to third place, their average download speeds have increased by over 1Mb to 12.83Mb and upload speeds to 2.24Mb.
Plusnet came in at 4th place at 6.96Mb, a slight drop from last month. The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.09Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service.
Primus have released a new Spring Special offer that makes the UK's lowest priced broadband and phone provider even cheaper!
Offering 20GB of broadband usage with inclusive evening and weekend calls for only £1.20 per month, the Spring Special represents unbeatable value! Unlike other low price special offers, £1.20 isn't an introductionary price, you'll pay this for the entire 12 month contract and beyond!
Virgin Media have revamped their TV, broadband and phone bundles, creating a new range of Collections. Each Collection offers super fast broadband of 30Mb or higher, Virgin Media's cutting edge TiVo service and a wide range of TV channels and on demand conent. The higher end Collections offer a great deal of additional channels and perks including an extra V HD box to view TV in a second room of your home. Each Collection has a range of additional options and upgrades available to suit a variety of customer needs:
The revamp corresponds with Virgin Media officially increasing their minimum download speed to 30Mb and their mid range packages to 60Mb. Customers interested in the 100Mb packages can take advantage of a price drop down to the level of Virgin Media's previous 50Mb range. That's twice the speed for the same price. Available stand alone or with a Virgin Media phoneline:
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband Virgin Media 60Mb Broadband Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband
March 2012 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test increasing in comparison to the levels achieved in February's result, coming in at 10.73Mb. Average upload speed increased to 1.48Mb.
Increased speeds are likely in large part due to the start of Virgin Media's roll out of double or better speeds for cable customers, which will continue throughout 2012 affecting all but their 100Mb service. Virgin Media's average download and upload speeds have increased significantly by 1.98Mb to 19.63Mb with upload speeds seeing a small increase to 2.48Mb. The trend sees Virgin Media's average download speeds increasing by 4Mb over the last two months.
Fibre to the Cabinet provider Eclipse maintained second place despite seeing a small decrease in average download speed to a 11.51Mb average and upload speeds to 1.77Mb. BT Broadband held third place and made speed gains, with download speeds averaging at 9.47Mb and upload speeds at 1.75Mb.
The best performing non-fibre-based provider was again BE and O2 (who share a common infrastructure) in at 5th place with 6.08Mb average download speed over their Local Loop Unbundled ADSL2+ service. Plusnet came in at 4th place at 7.27Mb, a significant gain on previous months, but this is likely due sign ups for their competitively priced FttC Plusnet Fibre product.