There’s a lot of stories about at the moment saying that broadband now is just one of the necessities for the home these days. Our current broadband situation I setup when we moved into the flat as has barely changed at all in those three years. I’ve been trying to think who i’ve had as an ISP over the years, since leaving home it’s been Pipex who kind of screwed us on disconnection, can’t remember the next one – the signal was very patchy in my room anyway and then post Uni it’s been BT the whole time and i’ve never had any problem with it. I suspect it’s slightly expensive for what we get, but it’s certainly fast enough but working in a data centre I have a warped sense of what’s fast when it comes to home internet.
The new house we’re hopefully moving too is in a cabled area and we want to have Sky Sports and HD. However, Virgin don’t really seem to provide much in the way of HD and at the moment I don’t really see the point of paying for TV channels on my nice big TV that aren’t HD).
So do we get Virgin’s nice shiny Fibre Optic broadband and a phone line with them or get the broadband and phone with Sky which overall works out cheaper but isn’t fibre optic (which as i’ve mentioned is shiny). I’ve always said if you have the option of cable, you should. But this cable broadband thing is new to me – we had Cable back in Loughborough but at that time it was TV & phone only.
Sky will do the whole lot for £55 or £45 for the TV bit only (Sky Sports, HD, etc) and the Virgin Media bit is £25/month for 10Mb/s or £31 for 20Mb/s).
I’ve pretty much convinced myself to do it this way, especially having done the sums on how much we’ll be saving when it comes to not renting anymore. The only other question is how good is Virgin’s router? I’d like an excuse to have to get a Linksys WRT54GL or maybe one of Apple’s Airport base stations, I think i’d prefer the Linksys.