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Unlimited Surf from SurfUnlimited
Member Name: MartMart
Date: 24/09/00, updated on 24/09/00 (24 review reads)
Advantages: Unmetered Internet Access for just £10 (plus requirement of £10 of calls). Points of presence all over the country making engaged tones extremely infrequent.
Disadvantages: Must be a Telewest customer with a phone line provided by them to use this service. Certain POPs suffer throughput problems at peak times.
When BT has destroyed the rest, one unmetered ISP still remains. SurfUnlimited, an unmetered service provided by Telewest in partnership with its ISP wing Cableinet gives Telewest phone customers unmetered access for just £10/month (providing you make at least £10 worth of calls on any of your Telewest lines each month.)
The impatient might want to give this one a miss, however, as certain points-of-presence (most notably in The Cable Corporation's area) often suffer quite extreme loss of throughput at peak times. I personally find that this is irrelevant when you are unmetered, because it doesn't matter much how long things take, but if you have a busy life or are just plain impatient this will get on your nerves.
SurfUnlimited is hidden away on the BlueYonder site, which is mostly dominated by BlueYonder, Telewest's broadband (cable modem) Internet Access service.
One problem you might have is actually getting an account. I can only speak for the Yorkshire Cable/Cable Corporation areas, but they seem very bad at getting people's accounts sorted. I was promised a CD five times before they finally agreed to sign me up over the phone. This is of course unacceptable, but once you actually manage to convince them to actually sign you up, Unmetered Access that can't be damaged by BT is all yours.