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BT Trials Broadband Accelerator Service for 90
By: MarkJ - 04 June, 2008 (8:40 AM)

It's reported that BT has begun trials of a new Home IT Support service in the south-east of England, which is called 'Broadband Accelerator'. The service costs 90 and is designed to get the most speed possible out of your broadband line by improving home wiring and PC performance.

Web-User notes that the service will operate off a no-fix, no-fee basis; if BT fails to deliver a speed improvement of +512Kbps (0.5Mbps) or more then you won't have to pay:

Taza Mohammedbhai, head of BT Home IT Support, said: "Our research has shown that up to 60 per cent of our customers could benefit from the accelerator service. People could see quite a marked difference in performance, maybe 3 or 4 megs in some cases."

http://www.bt.com/homeitsupport
(Call 0808 100 5006 and ask for 'Broadband Accelerator')

Most experienced technical folk will already know about the various wiring improvement methods and faceplate replacement solutions, which are well documented to offer big reductions in line interference and thus speed boosts.

However, for some consumers the idea of fiddling around with anything electrical can be very daunting and as such BT's new service, though expensive, could be a welcome development. Wed also suggest checking out our Broadband ADSL Connection Tips article for some additional ideas.

On the other hand you could just wait for BT's new iPlate (Interstitial Plate) product to surface, which is a filtered faceplate replacement for part of the extension box where you plug your modem/router line into. This will be easy to fit, should only cost around the 10 mark and is due for launch any time now. Though it might not solve more serious wiring problems, at that price itll still be worth a try.


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