I’ve been using Be Broadband for a few months now. They caught my eye as one of only two ISPs offering ‘unbundled’ ADSL 2+ broadband in my home area and I was keen to see how much difference ADSL2+ makes. ADSL 2+ is marketed as an ‘up to 24MB’ broadband service but as with all these ‘up to’ services very, very few people get anywhere near the theoretical maximum.
PlusNet broadband starts at £9.99 per month with a minimum contract length of only 1 month. There are advantages in staying with PlusNet for 12 months, like a free router and no set up fee, but the 1 month contract allows you to test the service before making a longer commitment. If you leave early you then pay for services that are free if you stay for 12 months. PlusNet offers a range of broadband options for light and heavy users, including Broadband Your Way that allows you to customise the package you receive so it exactly meets your requirements. There’s also a helpful explanation as to what 1Gb of usage could mean in real terms so you can judge if that’s likely to be sufficient for you.
The Truphone user night was a great opportunity to meet the Truphone team. Another example of how open and honest the company is and I hope the first of many such occasions. There’s some good stuff to come from Truphone and they’re certainly a company to watch. Keep an eye on the Truphone blog for new developments.
Truphone’s ability to seamlessly roam onto The Cloud’s wireless hotspots is very impressive. I’ve used it on The Cloud’s City of London mesh network recently with good results. What really makes it work for me is the way (after initially running the Truphone wizard) my Nokia handset will automatically register with the network with no requirement to enter login credentials. Another example of how Truphone seamlessly integrates with the handset. People just want a simple. straightforward calling experience – no separate application to launch, no codes to remember – and Truphone does this.
Interesting article in today’s Sunday Times about the threat that VoIP poses to the mobile operators.
A timely reminder from The Times about the importance of securing your wireless network.
Wondering how well your broadband and router will support Internet calling (VoIP)? Test your connection at TestYourVoIP.com.
Buying your own domain name is a great way to take control of your email. It allows you to personalise your email address (and website if you have one), change broadband provider without changing your email address and manage your emails to minimise the problems of spam.
Whenever I sign up for, or purchase, something online, I set up an email address for that particular merchant or organisation. This way I can track what happens to my email address; find out if the company has passed it on, for example. If it gets abused I can block that email address simply and quickly.
And the cost? Depends who you buy from but £2.59 + VAT per year from 123-reg. Their combination of functionality for managing email addresses for all the family plus competitive prices is excellent.
- How would you choose to pay for your fixed phone, your mobile and your broadband in the future?
- Would you prefer to pay a fixed rate per month or pay for your actual per minute usage?
- Would you prefer separate subscriptions for each service or a single monthly charge covering two or more services?
- Do you find direct debit the most convenient way to pay?
- If you know what you are paying, do you even want a bill?
Any comments here would be appreciated or drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been using the excellent Carbonite online backup service for the last few weeks. For $49.95 (about £25) you get unlimited online storage for a year. You can never have too many backups (as you find out if your PC hard disk fails)! Carbonite is a great addition to the usual physical backup media like CDs & DVDs. If your hard disk fails you can restore your data to the new one. Carbonite runs in the background and automatically saves copies of your files online. There’s even a free trial to get you started.
- Unlimited storage capacity for your PC backups
- Automatically finds all your data files — photos, documents, music, emails, everything
- Always on – just connect to the Internet
- Set and forget – just start Carbonite and relax
- Instantly detects and backs up changed files
- Never slows down your computer or Internet
- Exclude files you don’t want to back up
- Strong encryption for super security
- Backs up approximately 2GB per day over broadband
Carbonite is a great way to protect valuable data like photos.