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Myths and megabits: How much broadband do you actually need?

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

“640k should be enough for everyone”. That’s a quote famously (he says apocryphally – well, you would, wouldn’t you?) attributed to Microsoft founder Bill Gates circa 1981, of the at-the-time uber-powerful personal...

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Ask the expert: Do broadband deals include line rental?

Monday, August 14th 2017

In May of last year (2016), the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) announced that after looking into the way broadband had been advertised thus far, it had decided that the separation of ‘broadband’ and ‘line rental’...

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Cable.co.uk’s worldwide broadband speed league – how has the Earth reacted to our findings?

Wednesday, August 9th 2017

The figures/rankings are now public. Have a look yourself and see what you make of them. What's been most interesting to me, however, has been the worldwide reaction, which depending on the country (and the outlet) have...

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You & Yours, BBC Radio 4, August 3 – Interview with Dan Howdle on mobile roaming charges

Monday, August 7th 2017

Prior to the interview, You & Yours played a pair of case studies from people who have gone abroad with their mobiles, but been caught out by picking up signal from providers across the border in non-EU countries and on trains...

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Stick, twist, or argue with the dealer? What to do about the Virgin Media 4.7% price hike

Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Broadly speaking there are three options you should consider: Stay and do nothing, switch, or stay and try to haggle Virgin Media down to something you find palatable. Or, as I like to think about it: Stick, twist, or argue...

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Ask the expert: What's the fastest broadband you can get?

Wednesday, August 2nd 2017

Traditional wisdom (that is to say, wisdom received from organisations trying to sell you things) says bigger numbers (megabits, megapixels and so on) are always better. But are they? Not really. 4K TVs offer pixels...

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Sky offers cut-price high-end soundbar to customers – in partnership with the DVLA… sorry, what?

Thursday, July 27th 2017

Turns out what has actually happened is that Sky’s teamed up with high-end, French speaker innovator Devialet – in my defence, pronounced almost exactly ‘DVLA’ – to ramp up the sound quality available to your average...

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Virgin Media to home movers: You’re damned if we do, and damned if we don’t

Wednesday, July 26th 2017

The explanation for how this works from Virgin Media’s own website reads thus: “If you decide to end part or all of your services with Virgin Media during a minimum period, then we’ll usually charge you an Early...

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Ask the expert: When should I consider switching my broadband provider?

Tuesday, July 25th 2017

People are funny. In an area of psychology called ‘behavioural economics’ (don’t let that put you off, it’s just the science of why we make irrational decisions), studies have found that we put a far greater value on...

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Ask the expert: Do I need a landline to get a broadband deal?

Monday, July 24th 2017

So why can’t we separate the two? The answer is tricky, so I’d like to split it into two parts. In the first part, I’m going to explain why most broadband deals demand a landline, and in the second what the options...

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