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Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don;t need email/web space)



 
 
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Old June 30th 09, 07:35 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Mortimer
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Default Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don;t need email/web space)

My parents have a holiday cottage which currently has only dial-up access.
They are wanting a very cheap broadband connection. High speed isn't
important: the lines will probably only support up to 500 KB/sec or 1
MB/sec. They don't need email accounts or web space as they will use their
existing ones from their home broadband provider.

All they need is a no frills connection which is faster than the 30-40
KB.sec that they get with dial-up.

Which is the best provider to go for? It must allow access to POP and SMTP
servers that are not owned by the ISP, so Orange/Wanadoo with its
restrictions on only being able to use Orange's own servers is not
acceptible. They also need to be able to access their own web space (FTP and
Front Page Server Extensions).

One of the problems with researching this is that many providers publicise
introductory offers and/or reduced rates for an exchange with competition
from non-BT ISPs, but revert to something much greater (eg 5.99 increases
to 11.99) after that.

Any suggestions for a cheap'n'cheerful broadband provider?

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Old June 30th 09, 08:17 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Philip Herlihy
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Default Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don;t need email/webspace)

Mortimer wrote:
My parents have a holiday cottage which currently has only dial-up
access. They are wanting a very cheap broadband connection. High speed
isn't important: the lines will probably only support up to 500 KB/sec
or 1 MB/sec. They don't need email accounts or web space as they will
use their existing ones from their home broadband provider.

All they need is a no frills connection which is faster than the 30-40
KB.sec that they get with dial-up.

Which is the best provider to go for? It must allow access to POP and
SMTP servers that are not owned by the ISP, so Orange/Wanadoo with its
restrictions on only being able to use Orange's own servers is not
acceptible. They also need to be able to access their own web space (FTP
and Front Page Server Extensions).

One of the problems with researching this is that many providers
publicise introductory offers and/or reduced rates for an exchange with
competition from non-BT ISPs, but revert to something much greater (eg
5.99 increases to 11.99) after that.

Any suggestions for a cheap'n'cheerful broadband provider?


How about a mobile dongle from the likes of O2, Three or Vodaphone?
Look at authsmtp.com or dyndns.com for sending email from anywhere.

Phil, London
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Old June 30th 09, 08:44 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
[ste parker]
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Default Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don;t need email/webspace)

Mortimer wrote:
My parents have a holiday cottage which currently has only dial-up
access. They are wanting a very cheap broadband connection. High speed
isn't important: the lines will probably only support up to 500 KB/sec
or 1 MB/sec. They don't need email accounts or web space as they will
use their existing ones from their home broadband provider.

All they need is a no frills connection which is faster than the 30-40
KB.sec that they get with dial-up.

Which is the best provider to go for? It must allow access to POP and
SMTP servers that are not owned by the ISP, so Orange/Wanadoo with its
restrictions on only being able to use Orange's own servers is not
acceptible. They also need to be able to access their own web space (FTP
and Front Page Server Extensions).

One of the problems with researching this is that many providers
publicise introductory offers and/or reduced rates for an exchange with
competition from non-BT ISPs, but revert to something much greater (eg
5.99 increases to 11.99) after that.

Any suggestions for a cheap'n'cheerful broadband provider?


If either has an O2 mobile phone contract then the basic option they
offer for wired broadband is 7.34 per month, permanently as far as I'm
aware.

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Old July 1st 09, 10:54 AM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
PeeGee
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Default Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don;t need email/webspace)

Mortimer wrote:
My parents have a holiday cottage which currently has only dial-up
access. They are wanting a very cheap broadband connection. High speed
isn't important: the lines will probably only support up to 500 KB/sec
or 1 MB/sec. They don't need email accounts or web space as they will
use their existing ones from their home broadband provider.

All they need is a no frills connection which is faster than the 30-40
KB.sec that they get with dial-up.

Which is the best provider to go for? It must allow access to POP and
SMTP servers that are not owned by the ISP, so Orange/Wanadoo with its
restrictions on only being able to use Orange's own servers is not
acceptible. They also need to be able to access their own web space (FTP
and Front Page Server Extensions).

One of the problems with researching this is that many providers
publicise introductory offers and/or reduced rates for an exchange with
competition from non-BT ISPs, but revert to something much greater (eg
5.99 increases to 11.99) after that.

Any suggestions for a cheap'n'cheerful broadband provider?


If the exchange is "low cost" (info available on Plusnet website), then
the Plusnet Value would be fine (I assume that's the 5.99/11.99 referred
to :-) ).

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Old July 1st 09, 11:06 AM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Mortimer
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Default Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don't need email/web space)

"PeeGee" wrote in message
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Mortimer wrote:
My parents have a holiday cottage which currently has only dial-up
access. They are wanting a very cheap broadband connection. High speed
isn't important: the lines will probably only support up to 500 KB/sec
or 1 MB/sec. They don't need email accounts or web space as they will
use their existing ones from their home broadband provider.

All they need is a no frills connection which is faster than the 30-40
KB.sec that they get with dial-up.

Which is the best provider to go for? It must allow access to POP and
SMTP servers that are not owned by the ISP, so Orange/Wanadoo with its
restrictions on only being able to use Orange's own servers is not
acceptible. They also need to be able to access their own web space (FTP
and Front Page Server Extensions).

One of the problems with researching this is that many providers
publicise introductory offers and/or reduced rates for an exchange with
competition from non-BT ISPs, but revert to something much greater (eg
5.99 increases to 11.99) after that.

Any suggestions for a cheap'n'cheerful broadband provider?


If the exchange is "low cost" (info available on Plusnet website), then
the Plusnet Value would be fine (I assume that's the 5.99/11.99 referred
to :-) ).


Sadly they don't have a low-cost exchange. It seems that you need to live
within range of a large urban exchange to get the benefit; a smaller rural
exchange serving a few outlying villages seems always to be high-cost.

So the cost of PN is 11.99 (ignoring the introductory discount). They're
with PN for their home connection, so another PN connection at the cottage
would be the simplest solution because there would be guaranteed access to
PN's POP, SMTP, FTP and FP servers.

But I wondered whether there were any cheaper broadband deals. Maybe PN's
11.99 is among the cheapest you can get.

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Old July 1st 09, 11:10 AM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Adrian C
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Default Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don't need email/webspace)

Mortimer wrote:

But I wondered whether there were any cheaper broadband deals. Maybe
PN's 11.99 is among the cheapest you can get.


Is there a Sky satellite dish on this cottage?

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Old July 1st 09, 11:34 AM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Mortimer
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Default Wanted - cheap broadband for connection only (don't need email/web space)

"Adrian C" wrote in message
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Mortimer wrote:

But I wondered whether there were any cheaper broadband deals. Maybe PN's
11.99 is among the cheapest you can get.


Is there a Sky satellite dish on this cottage?


No. However unless the signal strength of the DTTV multiplexes from their
transmitter increases dramatically when analogue is switched off, there's
going to be very poor Freeview coverage so satellite might become the only
viable alternative in a few years...

 




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