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Broadband deal of the week: First Utility 17Mb, £18.99 per month with free set-up and no up-front costs

Friday, July 28th 2017

First Utility’s 17Mb, £18.99 per month broadband deal is this week’s standout, offering simply outstanding value, with that price including line rental, and unlike many others out there right now – including those from...

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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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TalkTalk’s growing debt pile: What it means if you’re a TalkTalk customer

Wednesday, January 11th 2017

Let’s start with the basics: Both the government and corporations (or public limited companies) issue bonds as a way of raising cash when they need to. Bonds are sold at a nominal value (£100), with a promise to pay a...

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Deals of the Week: Friday 2 December

Friday, December 2nd 2016

Generous free gifts with the last of Sky’s Black Friday deals (Extended till Sunday 11 December) Yes, unbelievably, Sky’s awesome Black Friday free gift offers are still going until Sunday 11 December (this has been...

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The cost of line rental: Where the hell does the money go?

Thursday, December 1st 2016

In January of 2014 use of landlines was like the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Irrevocably tilted towards the older generation, but unlikely ever to fully collapse. 62% of those aged 16-45 never used their home phone. Over 60% of...

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Okay, so let's talk about today's Virgin TV V6 box announcement

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

The name conjures a powerful hatchback – simultaneously enough grunt to impress your mates with the odd wheel-spin down the Tesco car park, enough functionality to pop in afterwards and pick up the monthly shop. Perhaps this...

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Broadband connectivity alone will not persuade the last 20%

Thursday, March 12th 2015

We appear to have got stuck. Despite the overwhelming predominance of technology in society and our personal lives it is estimated that close to 20% of adults in the UK lack the digital skills to fully engage and participate in...

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