According to BT’s website, OnLive usage will not count towards their customer’s bandwidth limits until January ’12.
If more ISPs start doing this, that would make OnLive a lot more attractive for people.
'until January ’12' That's not even far away. It's a great idea though, get people used to the idea of playing Onlive without any bandwidth issues and then suddenly take it away. They probably want people to forget and then charge them for going over their limit.
"Then, choosing one of our unlimited data options lets you continue gaming without worrying about usage allowance." Not sure what unlimited really means as these companies usually put a cap on anyway but they can get "unlimited" just have to pay more. Not sure how much but it probably be a lot
Exactly, they want you to get used to using the bandwidth so much that going back to limited isn't good enough. Unlimited is never really unlimited because of the fair use policy, a few hundred GB per month and I'm sure they'd tell you to stop using so much.
from someone who uses 100gb+ a month in the UK, they just cap your speeds at high volume times. which is crap if you are paying for unlimited.
I think you always have to remember that these are businesses. Sure, they may have employees who love gaming, but they exist as a way to make money. I fully agree though, this isn't a gracious offer which lets gamers roam free, it's a business move. And a smart one at that. If you aren't using it regularly after 3 months free reign, you probably wont at all. But it's enough time to get people in to it. Tom
DONT GO WITH BT!! They are the worst broadband company ive ever been with, I had unlimited BT BB, once I go over 40gb a month the internet went SOOOOOOOOOOOO slow at peak times.
I've got unlimited infinity and the slowest speed I've seen is 26mb/s and normally in the high 30s. So far this month I've downloaded Rage 22gb, Witcher 2 12gb, F1 10gb, iracing 5gb, Deus Ex 10gb ... I think their cap is more like 300gb on unlimited BB packages.
maybe its just a problem with 8mb broadband because the post below me describes my exact situation. ive now moved to sky broadband and i can download all i want with no speeds going down and its £5
Its annoying im still stuck with 8MB BT Broadband and they cant be arsed to get Infinity installed in my area. Barely getting 1MB at peak times, they are a disgrace.
I know what you mean. But I've had that issue with numerous companies. At the end of the day, this wouldn't be enough to make me choose a provider who wasn't great in my area, or didn't suit my needs fully. But it's a nice treat for those who it does suit. As for the over 40gb cap, it sucks. But a lot of broadband providers cap your speeds if you go over your allowance. Personally I'm with Sky. Fairly good in my area. And they gave the correct answer to my first question on the phone: 'Is there a fair usage policy?' 'No, sir. With us, Unlimited means unlimited'. WINNER in my book. I've been informed that this is a tiny lie, there is a fair usage policy, there always is, but it kicks in after a few TB of data. Good enough in my book!
Its good to see other people with internet knowledge, the amount of friends who buy broadband packages and don't know what they are getting!
i have a contract with bt for 1 more year, i wish i hadnt. for anyone willing to choose a broadband provider plez stay away from bt. trust me.
Unless your issue is a customer service gripe, it's a bit inaccurate to slate an entire broadband company based on your service. The service you get all depends on your location, proximity to an exchange etc. I'm not denying BT may be awful for you, but in other areas the connections you can get are fantastic. At the end of the day, you don't manage a net profit of £1,029 million (2010) by being terrible at what you do! Tom
i have problem with my broadband each and evey month and they cant fix it for some reason well they fix it for 20-25 days then it happends again and again each month the problem is with the exchange somewhere so i have to contact BTs customer care speak to an indian guy that i barly understand then they tell me to run tests for 45mins even though i tell them that the fault is not from my house after that they say we will send out an engineer in 3-4days, they charge me 45 pounds for 1 month of service without the call charges thats higher than any phone-broadband provider i think in the uk, they send out a engineer to my house he couldnt fix any fault and as the fault was from BTs exchange and they charge me 130 pounds for that wtf? went thou hell telling them that the fault was from bt not mine untill they refund me my 130. they are thieves once i didnt have broudband+phone and they still charge me for the whole month. they think they could do anythin they want even now my internet keeps disconnecting every 30 minutes. this is the email i sent to them about 10 days ago Hello, I have called your customer service and told them about a fault with my slow broadband connection and they sent a BT engineer to my premises to see if there is a fault but he couldn’t fix the fault and told me that there is a fault with the exchange and that your (SNR) needs to be reset or something like that. Now I have checked my bill online which states that there is a 1 off charge of £130 for an engineer visit? He couldn’t fix the fault and I still have been charged? The fault was from the exchange not inside my premises plus I wasn’t informed from BT or the engineer that I will be charged. I have contacted your customer service and they have said that they will fix this and call me back in about 3 days which they haven’t called after 5 days I want this £130 removed as it was BTs problem.
I suppose that's fair enough. If the issue wasn't at your premises, then there's little reason for you to be responsible for the call-out fee. Especially one as exorbitant as that. Still, on the whole I have found there service acceptable. However, I am with Sky at the moment, so I can't comment with 100% authority.
If only ISP's gave Netflix a free pass too. When today's media applications measure in gigabytes over a single session, those caps are gonna be a pop'n. I would love for ALL ISP's to have the infrastructure to support at least 100mb for everyone.(at decent rates) Too bad thats not happening til 2016
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