Which is the best Broadband?
Broadband is the quickest way to connect either one, or several, PCs to the Internet and email.
There are three ways of getting broadband depending on your requirements. Through a cable operator such as Virgin, though a phone line through companies such as BT, Talk Talk or Plusnet or through a 3G dongle.
You can only get cable if it has been laid in your area and you can check on the Virgin website if it has or not. Cable is by far the best method if you can get it. It is much faster - 10 mbits to 50 mbits - and you can get the full advertised speed unlike phone line connections. I have 30 mbits cable at my house and it is very fast and reliable although not cheap.
The most common broadband is through a phone line connection via BT or one of the many other service providers. The speed of this is limited by several things, the most important being how far you are away from your nearest telephone exchange. It is worth going on the various broadband providers website as many of them have a way of calculating how fast your broadband will be with them. This can also depend on whether they have their own equipment in the local exchange or they are using the BT equipment.
One of the cheapest broadband providers is PlusNet who are based in Yorkshire. Their current cheapest deal is £6.49 a month and they have a good reputation
When you install your broadband make sure you follow the instructions to the letter as wrongly installed broadband can run very slowly.
3G dongles are useful for people on the move a lot (or people without a phone line) and work through a mobile phone type connection. They can be very useful but be very wary of going over your useage allowance. I have a deal with 3 where I get 1 gigabyte a month for £5. Guess how much it costs if I use an extra gigibyte - £100!!! So I don't - ever.
Take a look at Martin Lewis's Money Saving Expert website for the best deals. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband
Or how about VOIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol (huh!). You can make phone calls over your broadband connection for free if the person you are phoning has the same setup, or worldwide for the cost of a local call. You can choose your dialing code and it can be in any country. So if your sister lives in New York you can have a New York dialing code and she can ring you for the cost of a local call! Or you can ring her for the same cost.
With some VOIP suppliers you can have virtual numbers so if you can have a local phone number in an area nowhere near where you live. You can also pick up your voice mail from any computer. You can either use special phones for this or if you have a VOIP router (free with some providers) you can use any phone including cordless multi phone systems.
My setup is I have two local numbers in different areas which both ring on my VOIP phone in my office. If the call isn't picked up there within two rings they are then forwarded to my mobile.
Also as we have Virgin cable here I don't have a normal phone line but just use VOIP over the internet. This saves me the cost of BT line rental and if I move I can keep the same number. With the VOIP provider I use I get unlimited local and national calls for £7.95 per month all in!
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