Tesco offers broadband for LESS THAN THE PRICE OF A PINT
Read the small print
Tesco is offering broadband for a mere £2.50 a month. It sounds like a good deal, but catches abound.
For a start, you have to possess a Tesco Clubcard, and you have to cough up for a £13.75 Tesco line rental fee each month.
Tesco touts the package as one that offers "unlimited downloads", but there is the inevitable fair use policy in place to prevent you from actually downloading as much as you like and "to keep customer usage within the normal limits expected when providing a residential broadband service".
Close inspection of the small print reveals there's a 100GB download limit imposed each month.
The £2.50 a month fee lasts for a year. After that, the price goes up to £6.50 a month.
On the plus side, apart from the low initial monthly broadband cost, there's no set-up fee and you get free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines. You get a wireless router too.
Tesco's offer is open until 31 May 2012. ®
I am really getting sick and tired of companies advertising limited products as unlimited.
I have actually just made a complaint to the ASA on this.
What is this 8 Meg service you speak of?
Here at the edge of Lille I ordered ADSL *three*years*ago*, and all I could get was unlimited-downloads 20 Meg ADSL2+, or 100 Meg fibre. And by unlimited, of course, I mean limited-only-by-the-bitrate but without AUP caps below that. (Got ADSL because I could do that without having to deal with asking the landlord for permission to have a fibre box installed.)
When I was setting it up, my wife asked me what the caps were, and she was gobsmacked to hear that there weren't any.
Oh, and while you can buy the sort of pisswater-masquerading-as-beer that costs less than this Tesco service over here, you can also buy beer that's a little more, um, robust. Carrefour sells a wide range of bottle beers all the way up to 12% abv.
FAIL icon for British broadband offerings.
VM Customer Services
You phone Virgin Media customer services and ask a non-template question? You maniac!
I'm surprised they didn't tell you to turn your bill on and off again.