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Be offers £40 incentive to new customers
Thursday 05 February 2009 13:07:04 by Andrew Ferguson

Competition among broadband providers is possibly at an all time high, particularly as many of us are looking at monthly budgets and trying to cut back. Be Broadband is sweetening up new customers with a new free gift offer worth £40.

The gift will come in the form of £40 credit onto your Be account which can be used to pay for months of service and add-ons, alternatively it is available as £40 of Game vouchers, or for those who want some reading material it can be exchanged for a years subscription to T3 Magazine.

The deal is not automatic, when signing up over the phone or internet you need to quote, credit, game or T3Mag depending on which of the three offers you want to take-up. This deal is only available until 31st March 2009.

Their cheapest service is £13.50 a month, and offers up to 8Mbps download speeds, with up to 1.3Mbps for uploads. The higher than average upload speed will appeal to gamers, as it allows them to host games with more players. For those wanting to push the limits, the Be Pro product for £21.50 can offer up to 2.5Mbps upload speeds.

Comments

Posted by bezuk over 8 years ago
Wonder if you can combine this deal with Quidco cashback...

Anyway Be, please get back to the serious business of line bonding, as it's been all too quiet on that front since the announcement in December. I want my 5 megabit upstream speed!
Posted by Capn over 8 years ago
Are they really unlimited?
Posted by Capn over 8 years ago
Are they really unlimited?
Posted by c_j_ over 8 years ago
Is this the same Be whose customers have been struggling with peaktime poor performance of the Be/O2 network recently [1], requiring a £multimillion network upgrade to fix [2] ?

Wrt unlimited: there's no such thing, not at any price you'd be interested in, not even on LLU ISPs. Bandwidth isn't free, even for LLU ISPs who aren't hostages to BTwoolsale.

[1] http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/27/o2_be_congestion/
[2] http://www.samknows.com/broadband/news/be-and-o2-to-combat-congestion-hotspots-with-network-upgrade-489.html
Posted by Spectre_01 over 8 years ago
Are they really unlimited?
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
Sky BBMax *is* unlimited.. 'non-flashy' details here.. :)
http://www.skyuser.co.uk/forum/sky-broadband-help/1973-faq-sky-broadband-please-read-first.html

Of course, it depends on how *desperate* you are for it - changing your 'principles' and financing it...
Posted by AndrueC over 8 years ago
Yes, Be is unlimited. They have a FUP clause in the T&C but have never been known to enforce it.

Unfortunately at the moment their network is a bit stressed so in some places not working at its best. This has happened before though and it's usually resolved in a few weeks.
Posted by c_j_ over 8 years ago
"usually resolved in a few weeks. "

At O2/Be, it's being resolved by spending a few million pounds, which needs to come from somewhere. Bandwidth isn't free.

When the "give me unlimited" mob hit *any* ISP with affordable prices, it can only be an unlimited [1] number of weeks before a FUP is enforced, because these folks cost more (for bandwidth) than they bring in revenue. An ISP might tolerate a few, but can't tolerate any significant proportion.

[1] Please use the ISP definition of unlimited here, ie it's a finite value but you have to make a guess.
Posted by timmay over 8 years ago
"This has happened before though and it's usually resolved in a few weeks." ... but sometimes it can be more than 3 months and still be unresolved! They have to stop adding customers to exchanges that are already overloaded! As far as I know O2/Be quote no max contention ratio, they just pile on the users and let them fight for bandwidth like tiscali!
Posted by Gzero over 8 years ago
I noticed the congestion for about a week and a half. Didn't moan, no outage, and now it seems to be performing fine.
Posted by chrysalis over 8 years ago
BE going down the pan in my view, getting way too agressive showing desperation for customers.
Posted by whatever2 over 8 years ago
Been like this ever since I signed up a few months ago

Download Speed: 17303 kbps (2162.9 KB/sec )
Upload Speed: 2004 kbps (250.5 KB/sec )
Posted by danielz000 over 8 years ago
i'm an extremely happy be customer, and so are all my friends i've recommended to them.

My speed ranges from 8 to 18mbs down and 1 to 2mbs up (its usually about 13/1.6mbps).

I guess when the speed drops to 8mbps, congestion is becoming a problem but it's still a faster connection than most ISPs offer and i've done some serious downloading on it without ever hearing a peep from Be.

Long live Be i say.

PS... It's not flawless actually, the router they provide you with is pants.
Posted by klaus9 over 8 years ago
My Be Unlimited 24Mb connection is currently giving me 1.5Mbits!! Here's what Be said when I queried it:

"Once again, I'm sorry for all of you that have experienced browsing and
ping issues recently. There is
clearly a pinch point in the north of the country. Most of the traffic in
the north travels through our core equipment in Manchester and Leeds. We
are re-routing and balancing as much traffic as we can and we hope this
will avoid any further issues whilst the bandwidth upgrade takes place in
6-10 weeks."
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
Hey, can any tech-geek at bethere or otherwise answer a question??

some 'theorists' say it should be possible to get 50Mbps down ONE line... what do you think??? :)
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 8 years ago
I suggest you go and read what VDSL2 can do, and what it is actually doing around the world comnut.
Posted by comnut over 8 years ago
Again, do you know why BeThere has NOT used just one line to get 50M??
Maybe 'cos the reliability issues mean *theory* does not measure up to fact??

Yes, *your graph* says 50M is only possible for about 5% of lines..
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/images/news/3660-vdsl-theoretical-maximum-large.jpg
Maybe 5 years ago it would have been economical, but with the economy sinking...

you can live in the theoretical Utopia if you want, but in reality(as shown in your graph),this means only 20% will get up to 40M, and only 70% will get 25M!!
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