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Old 01-03-2013, 15:22
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I can't get Cable at my house so have Sky TV but didn't take the BB as the reports were so bad.

Been more than happy to pay the extra to BE as had GREAT service and speed for years.

Don't know what to do now
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Old 01-03-2013, 15:41
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I currently pay 9.50 a month for the 'legacy' o2 package which offers truly unlimited downloads, will I get a letter soon explaining the takeover to Sky and that I will have to pay more and take their phone line as well?
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Old 01-03-2013, 15:43
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I currently pay 9.50 a month for the 'legacy' o2 package which offers truly unlimited downloads, will I get a letter soon explaining the takeover to Sky and that I will have to pay more and take their phone line as well?
is the 9.50 solely for broadband? what are you paying the telephone line?

the equivalent sky package is 7.50pm plus telephone line
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Old 01-03-2013, 15:52
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is the 9.50 solely for broadband? what are you paying the telephone line?

the equivalent sky package is 7.50pm plus telephone line
I pay that solely for broadband which is excellent and the person I live with pays Southern Electric for the telephone line. If they want me to have their phone line I will probably end up picking up that bill
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Old 01-03-2013, 15:57
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I pay that solely for broadband which is excellent and the person I live with pays Southern Electric for the telephone line. If they want me to have their phone line I will probably end up picking up that bill
the 7.50pm is if you take sky talk
it's 10pm if you don't have any other sky services.
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Old 01-03-2013, 15:58
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why run round like headless chickens....we don't know what will happen yet?
i too came back to o2 for CS....freecall 24hours a day and UK based
i have just been given next 6 months half price so if it goes wrong i may try BT or VM....again
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:09
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Do Sky throttle? I went with BE five years ago because they didn't throttle, and to my knowledge, have never done so.
no traffic shaping, throttling or bandwidth limits.
Sky Broadband Unlimited - 7.50pm
It's 7.50 if you take out their TV or phone package along with the BB.

I don't think you can have Sky BB on it's own.

Since I've got a BT line, I might consider them since it's much easier and less faffing about.
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:09
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the 7.50pm is if you take sky talk
it's 10pm if you don't have any other sky services.
do they still do that?
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:16
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the 7.50pm is if you take sky talk
it's 10pm if you don't have any other sky services.
I already have Sky World HD. I'll just see what happens but O2 has always provided excellent service so it's a shame to see it go
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:17
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I'm with O2. Not too happy about this at the moment, but I'll have to wait and see what changes may be occurring.
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:22
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I've been with Be for eight years or so and I'll be changing in the summer. I liked Be's attitude, helpfulness, morals and reliability, none of which I'm confident I'll get from Sky!
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:39
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I've been with Be for eight years or so and I'll be changing in the summer. I liked Be's attitude, helpfulness, morals and reliability, none of which I'm confident I'll get from Sky!
Same with me. Also liked the fact Be really were unlimited, non of this "fair usage" nonsense. Do any other ISPs offer such good terms?
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:43
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i used to have an 02 legacy package but moved to sky broadband and phone about 6 months ago, with 02 i used to get 11 to 14 mb with sky after there week of tests apparantly i got 0.01mb. After ringing up and threatning to cancel the lot (i have sky tv aswell) they bumped it to 11mb, and its remained at that constant speed ever since, so just expect a crappy speed at first in the hope you dont notice .
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Old 01-03-2013, 16:47
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Some figures from the FT:[LIST][*]O2/BE has 560,000 broadband customers.[*]Two-thirds are broadband-only, one-third have line rental as well. [*]One third of its customers subscribe to Sky TV.[/LIST]Source: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/06ab55c2-8...#axzz2LxcwsIgk
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:05
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do they still do that?
it's still listed on the sky website.

http://www.sky.com/shop/broadband-talk/
Sky Broadband Unlimited
The peace of mind of totally unlimited broadband with no usage caps.

7.50 a month
With Sky TV (from 21.50 a month),
Sky Talk Weekends (no extra cost)
and Sky Line Rental (14.50 a month)
or 10 a month without Sky TV
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:08
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it's still listed on the sky website.
yeah that is without sky tv. not without sky line rental though isn't it?
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:13
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Some figures from the FT:[LIST][*]O2/BE has 560,000 broadband customers.[*]Two-thirds are broadband-only, one-third have line rental as well. [*]One third of its customers subscribe to Sky TV.[/LIST]Source: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/06ab55c2-8...#axzz2LxcwsIgk
Interesting ... so what'll happen with those two thirds of O2/BE customers (myself included)? Would Sky have
the audacity to force them all to take up Sky's line rental service, regardless of their current seperate setups?

Our household currently pays 11 per month line rental to Post Office HomePhone, while I'm currently on the
"legacy" O2 Broadband Unlimited package. If I were to choose to stay with O2 for the time being, whilst the
acquisition goes through, what are the chances Sky would try to force me to subscribe to their phone line
rentalservice, even though I personally don't currently want or need a phone line rental service?
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:14
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Same with me. Also liked the fact Be really were unlimited, non of this "fair usage" nonsense. Do any other ISPs offer such good terms?
Ah yeah, no throttling, that's another big thing.

I've had The Phone Co-op recommended, but they have a fair use policy, and UKFSN, but they don't seem to have an unlimited option for FTTC broadband
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:19
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I m with o2 at moment great service,its bad to see it go i hate other providers , o2 unlimited broadband and phoneline i pay just 15 a month very cheap unfortunaly when sky take over it will go up then i have to leave
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:19
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yeah that is without sky tv. not without sky line rental though isn't it?
of course.
you need a telephone line for DSL, it makes sense to bundle it together with broadband provider - 1 bill, 1 supplier.
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:20
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Same with me. Also liked the fact Be really were unlimited, non of this "fair usage" nonsense. Do any other ISPs offer such good terms?
Sky broadband as no fair usage policy or throttling.
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Old 01-03-2013, 17:47
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Is BT infinity any good? Do like the look of BT Vision and the catalogue of sports rights built up by the company.
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Old 01-03-2013, 18:00
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Rang o2 for my MAC,was offered 12 months free broadband,said no chance.Already received a text and email with my code,will ring BT later to get the ball rolling on Infinity,shame as i was really pleased with the service at o2.
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Old 01-03-2013, 18:09
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Well darn, been BE for 6 or 7 years, had a great deal, truly unlimited, syncing at 17-19mbs, good tech support etc. Really don't want Sky or BT, but now I'm forced to choose 1 or the other if I want to be able to watch streaming HD stuff still. At least I was on a grandfathered 1 month rolling contract so can jump ship when I like.
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Old 01-03-2013, 18:09
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Rang o2 for my MAC,was offered 12 months free broadband, said no chance.Already received
a text and email with my code,will ring BT later to get the ball rolling on Infinity,
shame as i was really pleased with the service at o2.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall at the Customer Retentions department at the local O2 call centre! They'll be a quite
busy (and panicking probably) right now, and I guess they'll continue to be busy for the next couple of weeks!
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