Fast4 has launched a range of ADSL2+ products varying in price from £9.98 to £24.95. These are based around the wholesale ASDL2+ service from Murphx which is believed to be available on some 800 of the larger exchanges out of a potential 5500 in the UK.
The baseline product comes with a 1GB usage allowance and extra usage costs £1-£2 per GB depending on how much extra is purchased. A bit worrying though is the difficulty we had in finding out the cost for going over the data usage allowances, which Mark at ISPreview.co.uk has also had. The other products carry a 15GB and 30GB data allowance, before signing up it is essential that people check with any service provider whether an allowance just counts the downstream traffic or is the sum of upstream and downstream traffic.
The comment "Obviously the speeds are very dependant on the quality of the customer’s telephone line and the distance they are from their local exchange but everyone should see a massive lift on their current service speeds" as quoted in the ISPreview needs to be qualified, as ADSL2+ on lines that only manage 0.5Mbps to 1Mbps with an up to 8Mbps ADSL product may only see a marginal improvement, for those with ADSL speeds in excess of 3Mbps the improvements will be much larger.