Bricks'n'Mortar Pier-Head JUMP!

BillyNoMates

War Hero
Finally. I'll be shifting my shit to a new 'ouse round about 18/10/12. It's a ball-ache isn't it?
A thousand change of address notifications, telephone calls, cancelling stuff, meter reading,
contract signing and all that other crap associated with going from one shed to another.
THEN - it'll be a complete house "makeover" followed by another house "makeover" not
forgetting the delights of rippin' out the kitchen that's already in there....it's bright *******
YELLOW!! No - honestly....like having your breakfast inside a big banana. Going to cost an
arm and several legs, but what-ho.....let's get it done.

Now for a question. I been with Virgin Media for ever, and could take the stuff with me, but
is there anything better, faster, shinier that comes with glowing recommend from you RR
Crew?

Otherwise I shall be talking to Gupta Patel all ******* night trying valiantly to arrange
a transfer date for every bastard thing....and you just know that it will not go well.

BT? Talk-Talk? Any suggestions?

I shall check in on the end of my 3G Dongle - should they pull the ******* plug on everything
as I have just sent a request to get myself unplugged on the 18th of October....but I don't
hold out too much hope of an on-line request being very successful (VirginMedia website
came up with *Oooops! we have encountered a problem with your request yakkity yakkity
etc blah blah*)

I don't want to hang off a phone all night blabbing to someone in a Mosque on tuther side
of the world...but needs must I suppose.

We shall see how it all goes.

BillyNoFuckingHouse

X X X

p.s. Them little red pills the quack gave me are doing the trick. I no longer feel as depressed
as I did. Just stressed out to f*ck with this "all-up-in-the-air-suddenly-everyone-can-exchange-
contracts-and-it-better-not-get-fucked-up-again house move, but that's just normal stuff.
There's an original Anderson Air-raid shelter at the bottom of my new garden. I shall be
converting it into my new bolt-hole at the earliest opportunity.
(Photos will be provided as and when). Me and her indoors are getting along a little better
now and besides - I'll have a shit load of cash in the bank for once and that always makes
a person happier.

Now......how do I get the backs off these ******* recliner sofas?? Waaaarrggghhhhh!
 
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Sumo

War Hero
I use sky mainly because, I cannot get any of the fiber optic suppliers, even though, Virgin dug up or road and caused havoc for about 4 months, they will not install.
I live on a road which is part maintained and part Private, so when I give them my post code they say private road, even when I politely explain they made our lives a misery for 4 months and we have empty cable troughs outside our house, they will not come and look.
Strange the road outside my house has a different name to the one my address says I live on.
Taxi drivers always drive past and have to come back, as according to Tom Tom and Google maps our road stars at 20?
I find sky OK but a rip-off in my opinion.
 

BillyNoMates

War Hero
I use sky mainly because, I cannot get any of the fiber optic suppliers, even though, Virgin dug up or road and caused havoc for about 4 months, they will not install.
I live on a road which is part maintained and part Private, so when I give them my post code they say private road, even when I politely explain they made our lives a misery for 4 months and we have empty cable troughs outside our house, they will not come and look.
Strange the road outside my house has a different name to the one my address says I live on.

Taxi drivers always drive past and have to come back, as according to Tom Tom and Google maps our road stars at 20?
I find sky OK but a rip-off in my opinion.

Ta for the input Sumo.

It'll be a pain in the arse changing all me E-mail accounts come to think of it, so I shall probably hang in with Vermin Media for Broadband....but might look to others for TV/Phone. Meanwhile - back to these ******* sofas:-


(Naaahhh - think I'll burn 'em out the back and claim on the insurance)

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guestm

Guest
BT absolutely no. IMO the worst collection of shitfuckingcunts ever to spill from the giant pot of shite customer service and tarnish God's green earth.

Avoid the twat scabs at all costs.

I think they're all gash but go with Sky as they're slightly less gash than all the others.
 

KATWEEZIL

Lantern Swinger
BNM
I am the Telecoms Engineer for my local cable company (Smallworld). If you can I'd go with the local Cable Company, not because i'm biased but purely because you'll get better service through the Cable rather than the Telephone wires (The COAX cable is a thick bastard but a decent Cable - friendly wireless router will sort that problem) otherwise unless you want Fibre (and can get it) then try this website.

SamKnows - Accurate broadband performance information for consumers, governments and ISPs

Best to remember that decent broadband speed depends on the following
  • How near you are to the Telephone exchange - The nearer you are, the less joints in the telephone wires.
  • How good is the wiring in your house - If it's crap then this can really bollox the speed. If there are extension sockets then best thing is to disconnect them from the main BT Socket and buy yourself a Cordless handset. The less REN's on the line the better.
  • The age of the house will give you a fair Idea of the quality of the wiring to the exchange ie the older the building the older the wiring. However watch out for 1970's builds. Round about that time the then PO Telephones installed Aluminum wiring instead of copper - ADSL doesn't work as well on this.

Hope this helps
KAT
 

flymo

War Hero
BNM
I am the Telecoms Engineer for my local cable company (Smallworld). If you can I'd go with the local Cable Company, not because i'm biased but purely because you'll get better service through the Cable rather than the Telephone wires (The COAX cable is a thick bastard but a decent Cable - friendly wireless router will sort that problem) otherwise unless you want Fibre (and can get it) then try this website.

SamKnows - Accurate broadband performance information for consumers, governments and ISPs

Best to remember that decent broadband speed depends on the following
  • How near you are to the Telephone exchange - The nearer you are, the less joints in the telephone wires.
  • How good is the wiring in your house - If it's crap then this can really bollox the speed. If there are extension sockets then best thing is to disconnect them from the main BT Socket and buy yourself a Cordless handset. The less REN's on the line the better.
  • The age of the house will give you a fair Idea of the quality of the wiring to the exchange ie the older the building the older the wiring. However watch out for 1970's builds. Round about that time the then PO Telephones installed Aluminum wiring instead of copper - ADSL doesn't work as well on this.

Hope this helps
KAT


From the SamKnoes website:

"NOTE: Our Whiteboxes download approximately 3GB per month and upload around 1GB. If you’re on a product with a low usage cap then we’d advise against signing up, or at least informing us beforehand so that we can apply a different testing profile."

What are they downloading?
 

MG Maniac

War Hero
My two penneth ... depends on who you can get. Vermin doesn't cover the Isle of Wight and although we have "Wight Cable" who did much the same as Sumo ... dug up the roads and made life unbearable for months on end ... mainly as the [email protected] went broke and had to be bought out ... but they still haven't made the connections out to the sticks.

End result is we went with Sky for TV ... mainly as the whoever owns Rowridge Transmitter wont turn the masts up to full power so we can't get the freeview channels our side of the downs ... the excuse was that if they whack the trasmitters up to full blat so the signal gets over the downs the French can pick the signal up and complain! Could have gone for FreeSat but it wasn't going when I got Sky and when I went to cancel, Sky came up with a very good deal involving an upgraded package an engineer and a decent HD box free gratis and for nothing!

The problem with the BT Vision / Talk Talk for TV is that its coming down the Telephone wire so unless you are kitted out with the latest fibre optic cables you are dependant on copper cable and the distance from the exchange which reduces bandwidth so I suppose the phone/ broadband is probably up to you and see what the best deal you can get.

Probably not a lot of help! Glad the red smarties are working!
 

KATWEEZIL

Lantern Swinger
From the SamKnoes website:

"NOTE: Our Whiteboxes download approximately 3GB per month and upload around 1GB. If you’re on a product with a low usage cap then we’d advise against signing up, or at least informing us beforehand so that we can apply a different testing profile."

What are they downloading?

Here is the answer from the webste

n both cases the Whitebox can be used in either the home or office to measure broadband performance and provide you with an accurate record of your ISP's performance, which can be used to monitor your SLA and help troubleshoot any line performance issues.

I dont think it monitors content of The websites you go on - just the Speed and route of the data packets. Any shortcomings and the data can be presented to your ISP and if required OFCOM
 
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