Our area has just been enabled for broadband and I'm researching ISP's for the best (ie: cheapest!) deal. Trouble is, I'm not sure whether to accept a deal which has a download limit. The bandwidth allowances vary tremendously - some are limited to 1GB, some offer 3, 5 or more.
I send and receive a total of about 100 - 150 emails a week, maybe 6 - 10 of them with attachments varying from a few Kb up maybe 1 MB. With broadband I think I'm likely to download a few music tracks, etc., but not many.
Can anyone give me any guidance on how much bandwidth I'm likely to need? Also if you have any personal recommendations about broadband ISP's, I'd welcome them. Many thanks.
It sounds to me like 1GB limit will be fine for you unless you download movies aswell as music. I recently changed from BT to tiscali and have never looked back, although it is a matter of opinion (or maybe just luck) my connection has been fine for 11 months and i have had no complaints.
I'm on a usage limit of 2Gb, so far this month I've used 0.32Gb and e-mailed a lot of photo's abroad including 2 failed ones (still added to my usage) I get maybe 6 e-mails a day including graphics and photo's. I'm not online 24/7 but the web is accessed by me and my son at least once a day for a couple of hours. My daughter who is at Uni was a big user, file sharing etc but once I'd had a word with her, unsubscribed from quite a few sites who send graphics in their bulletins; boots, littlewoods etc and I also checked all the applications that where trying to access the web from my PC through my firewall. I have a 2Mb connection for £15.99 per month from here click here hth TR
Thanks for all your comments and help on bandwidth. I have one further question - does your broadband modem have to be connected to the house's primary phone socket, or will it work in an extension socket?