[GLLUG] Broadband: Bethere -> Sky

T Menezes tm.onthemove at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 16:59:25 UTC 2014

Thanks for all the feedback.

One of the things I liked about BeThere (aside from the technical
side) was that I was on a monthly contract. Now it seems that both Sky
and BT offer 12-18 month contracts.

There is no fibre available in my area yet.  BT say it is likely to
come at the end of the year. Your feedback didn't really fill me with
confidence though, and a 12-18 month contract seems like eternity.

I guess I liked BeThere so much I became complacent and took my eye
off the ball - I haven't really looked at alternatives for over 3
years or so. Now that I have to decide whether to stay with Sky or
look elsewhere, the whole market feels so different that it's like
starting from scratch.

Is there anyone with serious home broadband offerings which doesn't
want to bundle it with calls, TV and the kitchen sink?

What a drag...

On 8 April 2014 15:44, Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org> wrote:
> On 04/07/2014 08:25 PM, Christopher Hunter wrote:
>> I'd been with BeThere since they started, and the Sky "deal" I was
>> offered was derisory.  They also couldn't make any speed or contention
>> estimates, so I went to BT Infinity 2.  Service is actually surprisingly
>> good (I even got an installer with a clue!), and circumventing their DNS
>> abuses is easy (which I do as a matter of principle rather than to get
>> to anything "dodgy").  Their price is pretty good, and the data rates
>> are quite remarkable.  I'm over 400m from the cabinet, but still get in
>> the region of 135 Mb/s down and over 42 Mb/s up.  Their default wireless
>> set-up tries to steal some of your bandwidth for "BT Wi-Fi", and this
>> cannot be disabled in their current router, so I replaced their effort
>> with a Draytek box and a couple of cheap TP-Link wireless access points,
>> and get great results.
> I cant wait to get off - but bethere has so far given me the best
> possible speeds on my line ( 2.5mbps on their adsl2+ ) BT claim a max
> speed of 2mbps. the local exchange is Accepting Orders on fttc, but the
> cabinet we are on, isnt even in the plan for an upgrade.
> where are those internet service drones going to be flying ??
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