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11. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Then you'd all love Virgin Media here in GB. They charge people all over the country - different prices for the same packages. When you phone up and complain, they credit your bill. My package is so incredibly cheap. Biggest two rivals BT and Sky shove stuff through my door every week - but they don't come close.

12. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Then you'd all love Virgin Media here in GB. They charge people all over the country - different prices for the same packages. When you phone up and complain, they credit your bill. My package is so incredibly cheap. Biggest two rivals BT and Sky shove stuff through my door every week - but they don't come close.

We tried to get that for our flat but they said it's not available at our area. And then almost every day I see Virgin Media's van passing by in front of our flat!

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Annoying - ain't it. The one big let down with our connection, is the cable box for the whole street is just up the road - and if it rains really hard, the internet slows right down. I, along with so many other residents, have called and complained so many times - and all we get a week later (after they've credited all our bills with another fiver!!) is a letter saying how good they are. You know, considering they're a company that deals with communication??!!

[ Edit: Edited on 21-May-2009, at 11:49 by Redpaddy ]

14. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Annoying - ain't it. The one big let down with our connection, is the cable box for the whole street is just up the road - and if it rains really hard, the internet slows right down. I, along with so many other residents, have called and complained so many times - and all we get a week later (after they've credited all our bills with another fiver!!) is a letter saying how good they are. You know, considering they're a company that deals with communication??!!

Sounds like I'm doing better with my $9.95 dialup connection - really rather good except for the image quality - that tweaking really helped, and besides, I'm watching my pennies until the stock market goes up a bit (my income is down $100. this month.)

15. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

I agree, Daawgon, with the marketing tactics - very similar to those for mobile phone packages. (Buy one phone, get one free - then read the small print saying a 2 year contract at $75-100/month. But look at all the anytime minutes you get for free that you're really paying for.) I signed up when the provider offered free installation and either $23.99/month (for internet only) or $68.99 (when combined with VOIP). We thought long and hard about the combo deal but VOIP is still too unpredictable living as rurally as we do. (We also live in a cell phone dead zone - just ask Heather - so no, I can't hear you now even though Verizon is the only available carrier for our landline phone presently. Verizon mobile users still don't get a signal at our house.) The one item our provider did not mention until signing the contract - we had to buy the router outright and from them for $89. That cost has still been worth it considering how poor their dial-up service really is. They are also the only local provider - the rest being 40+ miles away who charge an additional fee for living in my little corner of the cornfields.

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I WAS A TELEMARKETER FOR 6 MONTHS and guess what, I sold BROAD BANDS from NEW YORK to HAWAII. I will burn in hell, for all the sales I've made. I am ESL, so wearing an accent for 12 hours on graveyard shift is like Hosting a talk show for pine nuts or wearing Stilletoes on a rocky beach. But that was centuries ago, I can't believe America still have DIAL UPs, I thought I wipe it out from American society. I know its a shitty job in the states, but in some countries, this job is so intelligent.

16. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Absolutely correct. Read the small (getting smaller by the day!!) print. I have a package of internet (broadband), 500 TV and radio channels of utter trash - and a free telephone call package. It is incredible how so many companies in GB get away with stating "Free this - free that etc. etc." and none of it is.

17. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I just found a pretty good article at BBC about broadband around the world - with map and videos:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8068598.stm

18. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

i've been on wireless dsl for several years now, but when we were in south africa most home connections are all dial up. The only people I know who have a high speed connection run their businesses out of their homes. However, you can pay for a wireless high speed service and surf on your laptop from public places like a shopping center, business center or things like that. We bought a 7 day package for about US $10 that was good at one specific location. I guess its where you live in this big old world.

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20. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

Dial-up has its advantages. If you download music (whether legally or otherwise), 99.99% of the time dial up reproduces better quality than higher speeds. Ask the guys in S. Korea and Japan, who have the fastest speeds on the planet. They can download a song in a couple of seconds (as long as the sender has good speed too), but the quality won't be as good as when received on dial-up.

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