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Going back to 'traditional' broadband

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Has anyone ditched Virgin Fibre (for whatever reason) and gone back to the more traditional broadband offerings of the likes of Sky and BT. In my case that would mean going from Gig1 down to around 60mbps.if so do you really notice am impact in speed?

I am quite a heavy user as Cyber Security is my job but I have become so frustrated with the incompetence of Virgin I am experiencing (the latest being they are adding my Netflix subscription on to my monthly bill rather than including it) not to mention the impact in speed where I am based moving from Virgin/EE to Virgin/Vodafone (and now Virgin/O2) I feel like telling them where to stick it.

But I could be shooting myself in the foot I know.


Alessandro Volta

i guess its all bout what you need - i am on 200 and its good - dont upload much so whatever the speed is is not an issue - i download a bit and at 200 i get what i want in a reasonable time

a couple of instances that made me wonder like you - cable was cut last year and took a while to be sorted so i used a mobile sim which gave about 15 down did not take long for that to feel normal 

before that had been in a holiday cottage and the best i got was 3 down - did nothing else but browse news sites and whatsapp but again did not take long for it to seem ok

we all have become locked into we must have high speed but do we - its worth trying tethering your phone and working at whatever speed that gives and seeing how it works for you - if thats 4g like i had and that gives 15 ish and is ok then a dedicated BT or Sky deal at 60 may be all you need


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You can get a Three 4G or 5G unlimited data BB connection on a monthly connection. So if in their area (or any other) you could just try that for a month or so and see how it compares

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I do not work for VM. My services: HD TV on VIP (+ Sky Sports & Movies & BT sport), x3 V6 boxes (1 wired, 1 WiFi, 1 on PA) Hub5 in modem mode with Apple Airport Extreme Router +2 Airport Express's. On 250Mbps, Talk Anytime Phone, x2 Mobile SIM only iPhones.

Cheers all. I have run extensive speed tests using an TP-Link MR600 Router (with SIM) plus a dedicated 4g aerial as the rural location isnt great for 4G reception.

When I had Virgin/EE I was getting around 65mbps with this setup. Once it was Virgin/Vodafone it went to around 6mbps. When I got onto O2 through Volt I managed to improve that to around 12mbps on a good day. Ive also tested Three and that again is sub 10mbps.

EE is the answer but I am just waiting until my Three contract ends so I can use the O2 Volt supplied SIM and then I will get an EE contract for the rural area