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Virgin or BT fibre?

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by Bobmunkhouse, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Bobmunkhouse

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 5, 2005

    Posts: 1,899

    Hi all,

    Its looking like I will be moving house soon and I have two choices of internet which are below -

    Plusnet - £26 a month - Estimated download speed of 27 - 39Mb, and an estimated upload speed of 5 - 7Mb.

    Virgin - £40 a Month - Average 106Mb download and average 6Mb upload

    Virgin - £50 a Month - Average 362Mb download and average 21Mb upload

    So my main concern is people saying about congestion and ping times on virgin and as I have never used them its a little bit of a worry...I use my broadbacd for gaming and working over VPN...

    I currently have 70Mb plusnet fibre and its really good but new house is slower...

    Any opinions on this? Im leaning towards just going plusnet and hoeing for the higher estimate...

    Thanks
     
  2. Glanza

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

    Posts: 10,236

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Depends where your based with VM, If you go on their community forums and look in the speed section for any fault codes in your area it'll tell you if you'll suffer from congestion or not.
     
  3. Caged

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 23,722

    If you want the faster speeds then order Virgin Media but if it's slow on day one then cancel during the cooling off period. Otherwise you will get fobbed off for the entirety of your contract period about area reviews that never seem to arrive.
     
  4. squawkBOX

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 5, 2003

    Posts: 474

    Location: Scotland, UK

    Remember, Virgin Media offer 30 day contract option. So if you wanted to try them for a bit without any worries, then you could go down this route. The downside, is that you might not be eligible for the same promotions that 'new customers' get, especially if you then go on to sign a 12 month contract.
     
  5. Bobmunkhouse

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 5, 2005

    Posts: 1,899

    Hmmmm this is a very good point....
     
  6. Mr-Xoc

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

    Posts: 296

    Location: London

    I would assume a brand new customer signing up for one of the 30 day contracts would have a few installation fees.
     
  7. Caged

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 23,722

    £65 install fee for a 30-day term. Personally if I wasn't sure that VM were good in my area I would pay that extra, then re-contract once happy.
     
  8. Iron-man

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 27, 2015

    Posts: 1,031

    Location: UK1

    try the 30 days as the trouble is where virgin is good for someone in a certain location there will be someone elsewhere with issues and likewise with the bt side of things. least with virgin you get the try before you commit long term
     
  9. neil_g

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 9, 2007

    Posts: 10,006

    Location: South Hampshire

    Sounds pricey for vm, is that cable with no other services? Paying 35 for 250mbps here.
     
  10. Wardyp

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 8, 2008

    Posts: 377

    Location: Bratfud

    Sounds like a lot, I've ordered 100mb for £29 a month. Getting installed on Saturday.