Moving to the UK... advice needed

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by whocares, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. whocares macrumors 65816

    whocares

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    Oxford area.

    So what do you guys and gals recommend for:

    1. DSL
    Best ISP?
    I don't won't any USB modem sh*t. Do any ISPs offer Ethernet modems or do I need to purchase one seperatly?
    What about DSL+phone deals?

    2. Mobile phone
    Which operator would you recommend? I would need a max of 2hours/month - no text.

    3. Who's a good bank?
    I've been told HSBC and RBS are good. Do you agree?

    4. Any advice on insurance (car + home)?


    Thanks for your help/advice. Anything else you think might be useful to know is most welcome. :)

    I understand the closest Apple Store is in London? :D :cool: :cool:
     
  2. carpe diem macrumors 6502

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    Try demon BB i think you need a seperate ethernet modem.
    Use RBS/Halifax
    Use T-Mobile
    Cant help on insurance though.
    Any other questions jsut ask away.
    Also where are you moving from?
     
  3. carpe diem macrumors 6502

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    Oh and use the oxford circus tube station t get to the Apple Store
     
  4. jonme macrumors newbie

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    I use Demon myself and they are pretty much ok, they dont cap downloads as most isp's here do. If you are in a cable area, then NTL and Telewest seem to be the best option in terms of speeds. I think they are moving to 10mbit connections.

    Most ISP's supply a usb modem as standard so best to buy one yourslelf.
    Netgear DG834G is good all in one solution.
    A good site for this stuff is www.adslguide.org

    As for banks, depends on whether you want a high street bank or internet/telephone bank. If the latter, I would recommend First Direct for helpfullness and decent rates, they are part of the HSBC group.

    Insurance - Direct Line has always been cheapest for me for car/home insurance, they are one of the biggest insurers.

    Mobile Phone - O2, Vodafone and Orange have the best coverage, with T Mobile an also ran in my opinion. Very competitive market over here so difficult to give a preference. O2 usually best with inclusive minutes/text.

    Not many Apple stores over here at the moment so i guess London would be the nearest.




    :)
     
  5. whocares thread starter macrumors 65816

    whocares

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    France. Am used to >10Mbit+ DSL + ethernet modem + unlimited bandwidth + unlimited national phone calls for .... [drum rolls] .... 29,90 €/month (circa £21). :eek:
    _____

    -all
    thanks for the advice. Keep it coming :D :D
     
  6. XIII macrumors 68040

    XIII

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    If you want fast dsl check out ukonline, if normal, then Pipex or Demon are good. Phone.. I always like 02 or Orange. Bank.. suprisingly often the best deals can be found with Halifax. Enjoy the UK.. :)
     
  7. whocares thread starter macrumors 65816

    whocares

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    Thanx. I could be snobbish, chauvinistic and French and say that the UK will suck after France, but I am in fact British and know what to expect. Just haven't lived there for the last 20 years... Should be fun. :)
     
  8. Ryvita macrumors member

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    We have Telewest for "all"...TV, Internet and Telephone. Can come cheap...but the best is their broadband service. Since I started I got updated for "free" two or three times. From 500ish to 4meg now.
    They offer (as others I guess) packages for cheap international calls...
    I heard of some website, that could help to chose...but can't remember now. Something with switch us...???

    Wow! What a helpfull post! :eek:
     
  9. maya macrumors 68040

    maya

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    Don't do it, I hope it's not too late. :( j/ks ;) :)

    Enjoy your new future, and hope the move goes as smooth as possible. I just moved recently and I wish it could have been more smoother. :eek:

    Best of luck. :)
     
  10. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

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    Oxford...hmm nice area but Newcastle is where its at. You'd love the Jordies living nearer inner city.
     
  11. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

    AlBDamned

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    I thought you lived in Vietnam?
     

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