Broadband... pay as you go? 11 replies

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Fear-No-Evil

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#1 13 years ago

This has been on my mind ever since my idiot of a father bought some weird broadband deal, so lets get this straight. I swear broadband is not only faster than dial up, but you dont have to pay for the phone line while you're on the net. Like pay as you go. I thought Broadband meant one monthly fee, with separation from the phone line fee. Am I right or have I missed something fundamentally important?




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#2 13 years ago

What kind of broadband do you have? DSL still goes through the phoneline, but allows you to use the phone simultaneously. I don't quite get what you mean by pay as you go? You buy online minutes?




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#3 13 years ago

Yes, it generally is a straight out monthly fee, unless your dad ought some weird plan, like you estimate.




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#4 13 years ago
picknslapWhat kind of broadband do you have? DSL still goes through the phoneline, but allows you to use the phone simultaneously. I don't quite get what you mean by pay as you go? You buy online minutes?

not actually pay as you go, its just thats what its like almost. The more time you spend on the net the more money you spend on it. I've got tiscali broadband, in some shape or form.




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#5 13 years ago

Hmm, I looked on the site, and it lists the pay as you go service as being for Dial Up.




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#6 13 years ago

yeah, just had a talk with me' dad, we both suspect he screwed up something bad in the sign up process. Later on we'll get to the bottom of this.




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#7 13 years ago

sounds like that u should see a big big diff even if u have 786 from 56k man.




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#8 13 years ago

*checks little signal in taskbar* speed : 589.8 kbps :uhoh:




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#9 13 years ago

Looks to me like you have a low bandwidth limit and you pay extra if you go over it. The bandwidth limit should be somewhere in the documentation, or your dad may know. Basically you get given a certain amount of bandwidth you can download a month (ranges from 1GB - unlimited). 1GB usually amounts to roughly 3 hours of medium-sized webpages a day. I'd try to get a plan with more bandwidth, because usually when you go over the limit they charge you alot more for extra bandwidth than if you got a plan with more of it in the first place.




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#10 13 years ago

Right. Tiscali broadband (I'm a subscriber) has two current broadband deals: Either 1mb with a 2gb cap, or 512k, with a 30gb cap. I went for the 512 because of the extra bandwidth allowance. Even so, I seem to be connected at 2.5mbps, yet I still transfer at 512k speeds (around 50-60kbps, depending on traffic). How much are you downloading? If you go over your bandwidth allowance (2gb can quickly be reached if you went with the 1mb option), then you will be charged at the pay-as-you-go rate, which is £1.50 for every extra gigabyte you download. If you frequently hit your bandwidth limit, I would suggest switching to the 512k option. It may be a bit slower, but you can download much, MUCH more.




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