Change ISP/ Webmail Recommendations

  SteveBut 20:37 18 Feb 2008

I'm currently with Homecall for my ISP, but they have recently been bought by Pipex & the service is now totally rubbish. They restrict bandwidth all evenings & weekends, block P2P traffic and even at low peak periods, my speeds are poor. I struggle to play games, and as for using P2P software, forget it.
Upon contacting Homecall, the advisor admitted I should look elsewhere in the market.

As a result, I'm looking for a cost effective ISP that doesn't do any sort of traffic shaping / bandwidith restriction and allows P2P traffic.

In addition, I'm now going to ditch my homecall webmail account & would appreciate any recommendations of standalone webmail, so if I change ISP again in future, I don't have to change my email address.
Thanks in advance.

  MAJ 21:06 18 Feb 2008

For webmail try Googlemail, it's about the best. Most ISPs will monitor P2P traffic, most will have a "fair usage policy", so if you're over-doing it, they will pounce.

  SteveBut 21:19 18 Feb 2008

I appreciate ISPs having a fair usage policy, but when my average d/l data for the past 3 months has been less than 6 GB per month, I get frustrated. I hardly reckon this is overdoing it!!
I've been looking around at NewNet & Be seem to be Ok ISP's - anyone got any views / experiences on these two , or any others I should consider.
I think Googlemail will win it hands down for the webmail.

  MAJ 21:39 18 Feb 2008

6GB isn't excessive I agree, SteveBut. Personally I don't use P2P a lot, other than to download some American TV programs/episodes. I'm with Talktalk at the moment and don't have any complaints and I do get good download speeds at all times. They allow 40GB per month, so if you're averaging 6GB, they might be worth a try if you also need a good phone supplier. £20.50 per month all in, includes Phone, free anytime calls to 01 and 02 UK numbers, free calls to 36 international destinations, line rental and an 8Mbit Broadband connection.

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