‘Super-fast’ Unlimited Broadband: Can it be a Waste of Money?
now is about ‘super-fast’ unlimited broadband, consumers could be tempted
into expensive deals they won’t get value from, warns broadband comparison
site Broadbandgenie.co.uk. Essentially, consumers need to work out what they
really need before committing.
Products such as Virgin Media’s unlimited 50Mb broadband (around
per month) and BE’s 24Mb unlimited broadband (around
the forefront of UK broadband, but does the average person on the street need
such a package?
In many cases, the answer is no. For households where the internet is
used on one or two devices for checking email, surfing the web and for a
small amount of streaming or downloaded content, cheaper deals are more than
There are broadband-only deals available on the Broadband Genie
comparison tables from as little as
their monthly bills.
Many of the cheaper deals have download limits of 10GB, 5GB or even 2GB,
but while this may sound small compared to ‘unlimited’, its often more than
enough. Simple web browsing is estimated at around 1.5-25MB per hour – pretty
good when you think there are 1,024MB to a GB.
Similarly, instant messaging only uses up to a 1MB per hour, and 100
emails around 1-10MB. Photos can be up to an average of around 2MB, while
even songs are only around 3-8MB. The big usage comes when either downloading
or streaming large software, game and video files. Even then, a film may be
around 1GB of your monthly allowance.
Broadband Genie editor
likes of Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk and O2 continue to improve broadband
speeds. However, it doesn’t automatically follow that consumers need, or will
even notice, these increases in the short term.
“Presently, super-fast broadband speeds are of great advantage to heavy
downloaders, gamers and people with multiple devices running from a single
broadband connection. However, until the technology catches up with the
speeds, other broadband buyers should think twice before spending big on a
service that won’t fully utilise.
“We’re very excited about the future though. Internet-connected
television platforms such as Project Canvass promise to bring some fantastic
services down our broadband cables in the not too distant future. But for
now, we suggest you do some research before signing up for a new broadband
NOTES TO EDITORS
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information on broadband prices and contracts and allowing them to compare
broadband providers in an independent environment. Broadband Genie was
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in 2010, with the addition of smartphone comparison. The site is one of the
most popular in its field, regularly featuring in the national press.
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