[ubuntu-uk] Best ISP?
tom at entrepreneuria.co.uk
Sat Oct 27 02:51:42 BST 2007
I'll second that, very good uptime and low latency with F2S. They also
provide extra IPs if necessary. I used to have XBox Live and it ran much
better with its own public address. I run a server as well which I can
get a good 32KBytes/sec when downloading remotely, even with heavy P2P
sessions I get very good throughput. They don't block any ports either.
Their tech support is indeed helpful but since the Pipex deal I have
noticed phone queuing times go up (say 2-10 mins in the middle of the
I used to have the type of service that Skeg has, but "upgraded" it to
the 8Mbps adaptive service a couple of years ago and the only thing that
has caused my speed to suffer is the dodgy BT line I'm stuck with.
On Sat, 2007-10-27 at 01:29 +0100, Skeg Fast wrote:
> I've been using Freedom2Surf ADSL for a couple of years. I signed up
> before they were bought by Pipex and started imposing bandwidth limits.
> I could 'upgrade' to an 8 meg connection but it would be
> bandwidth-limited during peak-time in the small print so I stick to my 2
> meg connection. 120 gig/month up+down is a bit beyond reasonable for
> most ISPs :(
> Recently Tiscali took over (bad, bad!) but I haven't noticed any
> throttling/port blocking/other evilness. Uptime is great (incidentally,
> the reason I switched to Linux was because I got fed up of XP needing a
> reboot every week or so to keep my USB modem alive).
> F2S still exist as a separate entity and I'd recommend them. I've never
> had to call their tech support so I don't know how good it is. They have
> a nice web interface where you can check your bandwidth usage, update
> account details, add/remove @f2s.com email accounts with or without
> SpamAssassin, mess with (unlimited?) subdomain at f2s.com emails. If you
> need it they even have a (small) website thingy with php and MySql.
> Best of all, you get a static IP and (when I signed up) they were geek
> friendly (they email you with the DNS and email server addys with your
> account details for example).
> I haven't visited for a while, but they have their own independent
> support forums at freedom2support.net which are (were?) frequented by
> techies that work for the company. So if you're thinking of switching
> then I'd look there first.
> Ian Pascoe wrote:
> > Matt
> > Honestly, I don't think your utopia will happen anywhere outside of large
> > metropolises - with the advent of local loop unbundling and WLR 3.
> > It's now more cost effective as a Telco to get BT to install your line and
> > then badge it as your own as the infrastructure cost in getting service out
> > to your subsrivers is, well, phenomonal. This is why BT as was has been
> > broken up into seperate trading units and n'er the twain shall meet without
> > undue punishment.
> > Of course, if you're lucky enough to live in a cabled area, you can jump
> > onto that bandwagon and enjoy those delights.
> > E
> > PS This may be slightly biased as I'm employed by a BT subsidary.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
> > [mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Tony Travis
> > Sent: 26 October 2007 18:33
> > To: British Ubuntu Talk
> > Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Best ISP?
> > Matthew Larsen wrote:
> >>> [...]
> >> Well your a very lucky dog because BT is absolutely appauling with me,
> >> and has been since 2001. They are slow, expensive, force you to have a
> >> phone line, unreliable, traffic filter when they feel like and enforce
> >> their stupid rules on you (ie they always have to send mail to your BT
> >> account: Even if you NEVER use it because they spam you on it). They
> >> are not interested in getting off their backsides to help you as a
> >> user. Ever. They lie. They cheat. I hate them and unfortunatly the
> >> government will not do anything to sort them out. I believe they are
> >> crippling this country with their incompetence.
> >> Unfortunatly they own 99% of the phone lines so *nobody* has a choice.
> >> I am looking forward to WIMAX to get away from them.
> > Hello, Matthew.
> > Seems I'm very lucky too: No complaints about BT, and we have two lines
> > into our house just for good measure ;-)
> > Tony.
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