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|Deal||You get||Offers||Monthly Price|
|TalkTalk Simply Broadband||(up to) 17Mb unlimited broadband||£100 Love2Shop voucher||£0|
|Plusnet Unlimited broadband and calls||(up to) 17Mb broadband Weekend UK calls||£75 cashback||£0|
|Sky Unlimited broadband & calls||(up to) 17Mb broadband
Weekend UK calls
|£50 M&S voucher||£0|
|Virgin Media Broadband & Phone||(up to) 50Mb broadband +
Weekend UK calls
|BT unlimited broadband||(up to) 17Mb broadband||Reduced price for 12 months||£7.50|
|Broadband and Calls
|Broadband, TV and Calls
What speed would I need?
The speeds you would need depend upon what applications/programs you are about to use online.
- To browse, receive emails, stream music and download small files, you would need 1Mbps – 2Mbps connection. DSL/cable/mobile broadband can be used.
- To view standard video online without buffering, you should have faster download speeds in the range of speeds 2Mbps – 4Mbps. DSL and cable broadband are suitable
- You would need very fast connection with actual speed of 8Mbps+ for large file/movie downloads, streaming high definition videos and real-time online gaming. Fibre optic broadband is ideal for these applications. Faster ADSL 2+ and cable are also fine.
- If you need to upload large data and files, make sure that you get faster upload speeds too, because most connections come with upload speeds much slower than download speeds.
(Note: Advertised broadband speeds come with pre-fix ‘up to’. This means, the actual speed you receive will be much lower than this speed. For instance, ‘up to 14Mbps’ ADSL 2+ connection could offer just 7 – 8Mbps to users who live within 5 km from the exchange.)
Download time for applications
|Speed||1Mp3||30 minutes standard video||A DVD movie|
|4Mbps||16 seconds||18 minutes||2 hours 40 minutes|
|16Mbps||4 seconds||10 minutes||40 minutes|
|40Mbps||2 seconds||4 minutes||15 minutes|
How much data would I need a month?
Light users who occasionally download or stream/download videos, would need 10GB or more. 40GB is safe if you use internet daily for browsing, Youtube and occasional film downloads. If you frequently download large files, stream/download movies or share connection with others in your family/office, 100GB + usage or unlimited plan is ideal.
|User type||Emails per day||Mp3’s per week||Video clips per week||Online gaming per week||Usage needed per month|
|Light user||30||20||15||3 hours||Minimum 10GB|
|Regular user||60||30||15||15 hours||30GB – 50GB|
|Heavy user||100+||60||60||30+ hours||100GB or Unlimited|