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Eclipse Internet Launches UK Home Unlimited Superfast Fibre Broadband Package

Posted: 20th Sep, 2011 By: MarkJ
eclipse internetISP Eclipse Internet has today launched a new range of superfast broadband (Eclipse Home Fibre) packages for residential customers, which uses Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) technology to deliver download speeds of up to 40Mbps. The top package also comes with a pricey "unlimited" usage allowance.

The move is significant for Eclipse because until recently the ISP had only offered a costly range of business focused FTTC solutions. By contrast the new Home services all start with a base package that costs from just £21.50 inc. VAT per month and rises in price when you select a bigger usage allowance.
Eclipse Home Fibre (Base Package)
* 10GB Monthly Usage
* Unlimited Off-peak Usage (11pm - 9am [Mon – Fri] + all weekend)
* Free Wireless Router (Netgear WNR2000)
* £100 Setup (FREE if you take out a 24 month contract)
* Up to 40Mbps Download speed
* Up to 2Mbps Upload speed (10Mb upgrade costs additional £5.00)
* 12 Month Contract
All packages also come with 10 free sub-domain email addresses and 8 Static IP addresses (unusual for a home service), which suggests that Eclipse is aiming its service more at the home professional and would thus price higher in order to deliver a better quality of service.

Customers who want a bigger peak usage allowance need to add an extra +£3 per month to increase the cap up to 20GB (total price £24.50), then £8 for 50GB (total £29.50), +£15.50 for 100GB (total £37) and the unlimited option is an extra +£37.50 (total £56).

Clodagh Murphy, Director of Eclipse, said:

"We believe that home broadband users are very pragmatic about choosing the right superfast fibre broadband for them, and want simple packages that they can switch up or switch down if necessary. That’s why all our fibre products are fully flexible, giving our customers complete peace of mind that they are not locked into a package that might not meet their needs at a later stage.

We are aware that the improved experience that customers will receive with superfast fibre broadband will ultimately start to change their internet behaviour and we want to be in a position to support our customers on that journey."

For comparison BT offers its comparable BT-Infinity package with "unlimited" downloads for a standard price of £28 per month (£18 for a 40GB allowance) on an 18 month contract, which includes 10Mbps upload speeds. Meanwhile a similar deal from BT's sibling, PlusNet UK, gives a 40GB allowance for £16.49 or 120GB for £21.49. Both come with free installs / hardware and are more focused towards value instead of quality.
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