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Ofcom Student Broadband Guide

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2009 12:39 PM

Ofcom have today announced a guide to help students save money on communication services. It covers the quandary over whether to get a fixed line telephone service or just stick with your mobile phone, and also suggests people weigh up fixed vs mobile broadband, discussing some advantages of both.

One advantage of mobile broadband is you can use it anywhere and you also often have a PAYG option which avoids a long contract lock in. Whilst not available from BT, you can get shorter length contracts on phone lines from providers who offer Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) services which may be worth considering if you are only going to be living somewhere for 9 months. It is worth weighing up the costs though- a 12month contract could work out cheaper than a month-by-month.

Download the Ofcom Student Broadband Guide (PDF).


I suspect the students know more about the perils of broadband access than ofcom. Another waste of taxpayers money on a quango that hasn't done a single useful thing since its inception. The money should go into the infrastructure, not jobsworths.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 11 years ago

It's absolutely pointless worrying about a few thousand quid, especially when the government does not currently fund ANY infrastucture.

  • Dawn_Falcon
  • over 11 years ago

billmonitor was quite a useful link however!

  • volatileacid
  • over 11 years ago

"I suspect the students know more about the perils of broadband access than ofcom."

I beg to differ - most have no idea, this being the first time they've had to ever do something on their own since leaving home, it's a shame so many of them blindly walk into 18 month contracts then after 9 months realise what they're locked into!

  • wannabemedic
  • over 11 years ago

I don't the government should be rewarding stupidity.

If you're going to university and you can't even figure out basic things then you're in the wrong place.

  • otester
  • over 11 years ago

'Ofcom have published a student guide to advise them on
telecommunication services.'

Useless. If they can't work that much out for themselves, then they're unlikely to derive much benefit, anyway.

  • cas194
  • over 11 years ago

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