In yesterday’s Observer, BT had a half-page advert for their BT Broadband service. In big letters, it had:
For £17.99 a month, BT Broadband Basic is twice as fast as AOL Broadband Silver*
So then I looked at the tiny small print at the bottom of the advert, which read (emphasis mine):
AOL offer unlimited downloads and BT give you a 1GB per month usage allowance, deemed adequate by the vast majority of our users. BT Broadband Basic is a basic access only service and AOL Broadband Silver has other additional features such as email and anti-virus software.
Not looking so good now, is it. Personally I’d be more inclined to go with AOL’s package at 256Kbps than BT’s restricted 512Kbps based on that. But then I’d touch neither with a barge pole anyway.
incidentally, I learned from this ADSLGuide news item that the maximum amount of data that it is possible to download on a 512Kbps connection in one month is 170GB, and yet BT let you only download 0.6% of it per month. We’re on an unlimited 1Mbps connection here and typically end up using around 20GB per month.