Do you want a broadband connection with no data caps, bandwidth limits or traffic shaping? The answer is probably yes, but the reality offered by the major players is usually far from this.
BT have launched a new range of products that claim to offer exactly this:
John Petter, managing director of BT’s Consumer division, said: “We believe we have boosted our broadband offering by moving our best broadband deals to totally unlimited. Customers told us that they wanted to be able to enjoy catch-up TV, streamed films and other bandwidth-eating applications without having to worry about going over their limit or being slowed down by their ISP. “But we wanted to make that really affordable too, without the sort of traffic management Virgin Media, TalkTalk or EE customers may find themselves subject to. Unlike Sky, we’re extremely confident that our network can stand up to the extra bandwidth demands from totally unlimited products everywhere across the UK.
Time will tell whether BT really has the network capacity to sustain this offering.
As usual with such deals, it is always worth reading the small print. The ‘unlimited’ offer does not apply to the cheapest products (basic broadband for £13 month or Infinity 1 at £18 a month), but starts at £16 per month for ‘up-to’ 16Mbps copper, £23 for 38Mbps Infinity and £26 for 76Mbps Infinity. Both old and new customers must sign up to an 18 month contract. As usual, there are incentives of free months for new customers, but nothing for existing customers wanting a better product.