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stevedann

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What is everyone's experience of Freeserve Anytime (in the UK). I've been using it for a few months but recently its become more and more difficult to get a connection, it might take 20 - 40 minutes at times. Once connected the speed is very low. If I dial the Freeserve pay by the minute connection however, everything is fine, which makes me think that all the bandwidth is being given to the pay per minute user. Freeserve blame the problem on the bandwidth on the BT phone line but that doesn't explain why one connection is bad and the other good ... does it? Freeserve gave me another number to dial in to. To start with it was as bad as the first one but for the last couple of evenings its been very good. I'm just concerned that the service on the new number may deteriorate as well. If anyone has any idea of what's going on I'd be grateful to hear about it.

Thanks.
 
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hi
i was on freeserve anytime i found it very poor
i phoned up my telephone comp see what they offer i live in the midlands i was on cable anytime £10.00 per month extra line £10.00 per month(for a extra £5 you can get broadband i go on wednesday)i know bt offer same deal
my advice PAY THE EXTRA GET BROADBAND
hope this helps?
 
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PeteBaines

Could you please tell me the number you dial?

I dial 08089916001

I find this fast during the day when it is a peak rate but at around 6:00pm (offPeak), it detorates rapidly and because it has call waiting if i get kicked off it takes a while to get back on.

What number did you ring?
 

stevedann

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Thanks for the information, that number might be useful in the future. The number that became very poor was 0808 9977001. I'm now using 0808 9933006 which in fairness is very good at the moment.
 

wen

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i'm another freeserve anytime sucker.

used to be on off-peak but when they put the charge up it was just as cheap to go anytime.

have started having connection probs lately, speed is fair to middling, i complained to freeserve and was given a set of numbers:
08089933006
08089977001
08089916001
or
16164208452402602

chunkylad i too am in the midlands and suppose like you could go for broadband with telewest, but the company is pants and it would stick in my teeth to give them money.
by the way is it still ten weeks wait for telewest? is it worth the wait, plus i'd have to change to cable phone.
no thanks i'll stick to what i've got.

wen
 
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Hi,

I'm still on offpeak and find it v.good. My connection's fast and stable. I have no idea why anytime should be experiencing such problems. I am however upgarding to BT Broadband and my recommendation to you is to do the same.

Thanks, and happy more successfull surfing in the future,

Grant.
 
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wendy
i agree about telewest used to have the lot phone/tv/internet had major problems with phone/tv which i got rid of but as for the internet had no problems and i hope moving to broadband will not create any?but after i been on freeserve/telewest
telewest is 10 times better and they seem to have got there act together
 
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Hi,

I'm on Freeserve.
on the off-peak.
i'm not happy about the recent price hike.
but i couldn't find any free ISPs
that also use BT Surftime.
So i had to bite the bullet and pay the fee.

Just in case its of any help, here's a list
i made earlier. In the original the two columns
line up, but ive noticed that they may not come
out lined up, so i'll probably edit it a bit.
*****
Here is a list of ISPs participating in BT 'Surftime'
Quite a few seem to have dissapeared.
Some may no longer be providers.

Aladdins Cave (AIH)..............................................Server unreachable
Altohiway...............................................................Server unreachable
Asian Biz (AIH)........................................................I think they're gone
Aviators Network...................................................Server unreachable
Bio Synergy (AIH)..................................................Server unreachable
Black Britain (AIH).........................................Hard to tell if they charge
BT openworld................................................Hard to tell if they charge
Calico UK...............................................................I think they're gone
Chalkface (AIH)........................Check ...... Maybe NUT members only
Chat n Surf (AIH)...................................................Server unreachable
Cloud Nine Internet.............For Evening and Weekends (From £6 pm)
Compass Magazine (AIH)......................................Server unreachable
Cornwall College (AIH)............................................I think they're gone
Datanet.........................................................Hard to tell if they charge
Demon.....................................Demon Premier Connect £11.75 p/mth
Dirtbiker (AIH).........................................................I think they're gone
Eclipse Internet.................................................Hard to tell if its an ISP
Flexnet (AIH)..............(not uk based?)...........................$9.95 a month
FLYER Internet.......................................................I think they're gone
Free and Edie (AIH)................................................I think they're gone
Freedom255...........................................................I think they're gone
Freeserve................................................(Eves&W/ends) £5.99/mth
Houxou.com...........................................................I think they're gone
ICL Way (AIH)........................................................I think they're gone
Intensive Networks Ltd...........................................I think they're gone
KeConnect Internet.................................(Eves&W/ends) £4.99/mth
Kernowserve..........................................................I think they're gone
Lancaster University Alumni (AIH)...........................I think they're gone
Leeds University Alumni (AIH).................................I think they're gone
LineOne t.a. Tiscali Off Peak..............(Eves&W/ends) £9.99/mth
Macace..................................................................I think they're gone
NetMatters (AIH)......................................................Email enquiry sent
Nildram...................................................(Eves&W/ends) £10.00/mth
Poptel.......................................................................Email enquiry sent
Plymouth Online (AIH).............................................I think they're gone
Pride Park (AIH)......................................................I think they're gone
Steel Web (AIH).......................................................Email enquiry sent
TCP Ltd.................................................................................unknown
Wyenet...................................................................I think they're gone
Yesmate (AIH)........................................................I think they're gone
Zetnet ServicesLtd.......................................Surftime Accounts £50pa
*****

If anyone could fill in some of the blanks or unknowns,
that would be helpfull.
The only one that seems to be a freebie is Chalkface
however, i think that might be 'teachers only'
I dont know cos i haven't tried, i didnt even know it
was aimed at teachers til i visited it.
I suppose the name should have given it away.

The cheapest i could find is KeConnect.

John
 
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thats right wendi
blackcountry and proud
moved to b/band well pleased getting d/l times 55.00kb on morpheus web pages load in no time
 
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PeteBaines

grrrrrrrrrrrr

/me is jealous

I can't get broadband but hopefully telewest or ntl are moving into our area soon, does anyone know hoe i can find out how soon???
 
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Try ringing NTL on 0800 068 1400 and ask them.The line is manned from 8.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m. Monday/Saturday and 9.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. on Sundays.
 
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just to put the cat among the pigons I am on freeserve anytime and live in the north east. I am getting 52.0kb everytime I connect.
 

wen

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only 45.333 kb, might have the phone line volume turned up to see if that helps.:D


wen
 
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