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BT Total Broadband
Option 3
TalkTalk Talk2 International
Virgin Media Size: XL (20Mb)
Product Detail
Download Speed (up to) 8Mb 8Mb 10Mb
Introductory or offer price 22.99 (for 3 mths)
18.99 (for 6 mths)
n/a 23.50
Length of introductory or offer price 3 mths
(12 mth min term)
6 mths
(18 mth min term)
n/a 12 mths
Standard price per month 24.99 16.391 37.00
Subscription cost in year 1 with 12 mth contract 293.88 n/a 282.00
Subscription cost in year 1 with 18 mth contract 443.82 325.012 n/a
Are their best offers available to all new customers? 3
Minimum contract term 12 mths 18 mths 12 mths
Alternative minimum contract term 18 mths n/a n/a
Monthly usage allowance Unlimited 40Gb Unlimited4
24/7 Phone support
Rate Phone support is charged at 08455 10p per minute6 25p per minute7
Security Features
Ad Blocker (popup/adware)
Anti-Spam (Email) Optional
Anti-Spyware Optional
Anti-Virus (Email)
Email Address Guard Optional
Parental Controls Optional
Parental Guardian
Anti-Virus (PC) Optional
Firewall Protection (PC) Optional
File Backup Service 8 Optional9
Privacy Manager/Identity protection
BT Vision enabled
Includes free wireless modem 10
Calls over Internet offered
Includes phone to make calls over the internet
Inclusive Internet calls offered within Broadband service 11
Free access to BT FON Global WiFi network 12
Customise your home page
BT Fusion enabled

The information in this table was last updated 10/01/2008.

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  1. includes line rental and unlimited UK calls plus unlimited International calls to 36 routes
  2. includes 29.99 connection fee
  3. only available to 70% of UK homes
  4. Fair Usage Policy applies
  5. Calls charged up to 2 pence per minute on the residential BT network (plus 6p set up fee). Mobile and other network costs may vary.
  6. Add 2 if your query is dealt with by an engineer
  7. A 10p call connection fee also applies.
  8. 5GB FREE secure online storage with BT Digital Vault, which includes Auto Backup.
  9. Either 3.99 or 4.99 per month or 39.99 or 49.99 for 12 months
  10. Wireless modem/router costs 20
  11. Means 01 and 02 numbers, excluding Channel Islands. Other exclusions apply. Pence per minute charging applies after one hour. Redial before one hour to avoid call charges. Opt-in required. Quality of reception may not match landline. Service restrictions apply e.g. 999 calls. Limited emergency location information stored. Service will fail if there is a power failure. Abuse policy applies. Touchtone telephone required.
  12. Allows free wireless broadband access at over 190,000 hotspots around the world.