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Eclipse

Eclipse offer new residential Fibre Optic deals

Posted on 2011-09-20 17:30 in Features

Eclipse Internet have introduced a range of new Fibre Optic deals for home users, with download speeds of up to 40Mb and upload speeds of 2Mb. For £5 a month, customers can upgrade to 10Mb upload speeds. Usage allowances range from 10GB to unlimited.

Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 10GB - £21.50 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 20GB - £25 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 50GB - £29.50 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre 100GB - £37 per month
Eclipse Internet Home Fibre Unlimited - £59 per month

Installation (worth £100) is currently free on 24 month conracts, with a free router (worth £50) for both 24 and 12 month contracts.

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Sky

Expired: Sky Broadband offer £25 M&S vouchers with their television packages

Posted on 2011-09-15 18:12 in Features Offers Expired

Updated: From 29th September Sky are offering £25 M&S vouchers instead of £50 vouchers.

For a limited period, Sky Broadband are offering £50 M&S vouchers to new customers when they sign up for their Sky+ and Sky+HD television packages.

Sky Broadband Broadband and TV Starter
Sky Broadband Unlimited with TV
Sky Broadband Unlimited with Movies

This offer is in conjunction with current deals offering free Sky+ boxes and free standard setup.

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National Average Speeds August 2011

Average broadband speeds fall in August, but with notable improvements for Eclipse

Posted on 2011-09-01 17:12 in Announcements News

August 2011 saw average download speeds recordered by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop from last month's results to 8.06Mb, with average upload speeds holding stable at 1.21Mb due to the higher upload speeds available from Virgin Media and Fibre to the Cabinet providers. This pattern is pretty consistent across most of the ISPs listed, with the notable exception of Eclipse. Their figures rose significantly, with average download speeds at 7.15Mb and average upload speads breaking the 1Mb barrier at 1.20Mb, likely due to a pick up in their FttC deals. Likewise, BT also saw an increase in average speeds over last month, though to a lesser extent than Eclipse, clocking in download speeds at 7Mb and upload speeds at 1.20Mb.

Virgin Media held steady with average upload speeds at 2.48Mb, though average download speeds dropped to 16.97Mb. However, with Virgin Media rolling out upgrades for their high-end 100Mb service across the country, these figures will likely increase significantly in future months.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for August 2011

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Plusnet

Expired: Plusnet Value Broadband Half Price With Phone Packages

Posted on 2011-08-23 15:30 in Offers Expired

Plusnet are offering 12 months half price on Value Broadband packages when you sign up for one of their phone deals. Prices are from £3.24 a month:

Plusnet Value with Home Phone Evenings & Weekends
Plusnet Value with Home Phone Anytime

Line rental of £11.99 is required for both packages. Evening and Weekends call plan included as standard, Anytime call plan costs £3.50 per month.

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Virgin Media Naked Wines

Expired - Virgin Media student offer with Naked Wines

Posted on 2011-08-19 10:29 in Offers Expired

Following on from our Student Broadband Buying Guide, we'd like to highlight Virgin Media's 9 month student contracts, which come in a range of configurations including stand alone broadband and competitive phone and TV bundles.

Virgin Media 10Mb Broadband for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband for Students
Virgin Media 10Mb Broadband plus Weekend Calls for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband plus Weekend Calls for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband, 65 TV Channels plus Weekend Calls for Students
Virgin Media 30Mb Broadband, 160 TV Channels plus Weekend Calls for Students

To make this offer even sweeter, we've teamed up with Naked Wines to offer an exclusive wine voucher worth up to £100 when you sign up for a Virgin Media student package over the phone. Just call [OFFER EXPIRED] to sign up now!

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TalkTalk

EXPIRED: New Half Price Offers from TalkTalk on Essentials and Plus Packages

Posted on 2011-08-18 12:59 in Offers Expired

Update: The 12 month offer expired on the 28th of September, now replaced with six months half price and free connection on both packages.

Update: As of the 8th of September, both Essentials and Plus now offer 12 months half price on a 12 month contract! Both packages also come with free activation during this promotion.

TalkTalk's new half price deals on their Essentials and Plus packages went live today.

TalkTalk Essentials - £3.25 for the first 9 months12 6 months
TalkTalk Plus - £7.25 for the first 6 months12 6 months

If Fibre to the Cabinet is available in your area, you could take advantage of these offers for just £10 a month more with TalkTalk's Fibre Optic Boosts, which offers speeds of up to 40Mb.

TalkTalk Essentials with Fibre Optic Boost - £13.25 for the first 9 months12 6 months
TalkTalk Plus with Fibre Optic Boost - £17.25 for the first 6 months12 6 months

Line rental of £12.60 applies, £25 activation fee on Fibre Boosts.

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Sky

Sky Broadband Unlimited with Talk Freetime Half Price For Existing Sky TV Customers

Posted on 2011-08-13 17:44 in Offers

Sky's Broadband Unlimited with Talk Freetime package is now half price for 6 months for existing Sky TV customers. This is an online-only deal that only applies when clicking through to order via Broadband.co.uk.

Broadband Unlimited with Talk Freetime

Package will cost £3.75 for the first 6 months, then £7.50 a month thereafter. Line rental of £12.25 a month applies.

New customers not wishing to take out a Sky TV subscription can take advantage of the half price standalone broadband and calls package.

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National Average Speeds July 2011

Average broadband speeds rise as Virgin Media surges ahead

Posted on 2011-08-02 19:27 in Announcements News

July 2011 saw the average download and upload speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test rise to 8.31Mb download and 1.22Mb upload! These are significant rises over last month's 6.69Mb and 1.03Mb. The increase is mainly fueled by Virgin Media who saw its average download speed surge forward by 6Mbps, clocking in at 17.4Mb across all speed tests performed in July. The cable operator's average upload speed also rose to 2.49Mb across the same period.

Virgin Media has recently announced that more customers than ever are opting to take packages of 30Mb or higher download speed, with cheaper prices for mid-range speeds thanks to the recent introduction of the high end 100Mb service which continues to roll out across cable enabled areas. Existing customers are also being offered incentives to upgrade from the provider's entry level 10Mb service.

Virgin Media engineers are a good way through the process of rolling out faster upload speeds region-by-region, automatically upgrading all cable customers to an upload speed at 10% of their download speed. The speed upgrade, which is due to be completed next month, means that all customers should see their upload speed at least double 2010 levels, while those on faster packages will see an increase of more than three times.

Providers offering Fibre to the Cabinet services such as BT's Infinity product and recently FttC activated provider Plusnet also saw significant improvements to download speed, with BT's average across all products rising to 6.5Mb download and Plusnet's rising to 6Mb download. Of the FttC providers, BT saw its upload speed rise the most, clocking in at 1.2Mb in July. BT and Eclipse are the only consumer-focused FttC providers to offer deals supporting the technology's full up to 10Mb upload speed capabilty.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for July 2011

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