Advantages SOME of broadband's benefits at a fraction of the price
Disadvantages Only speeds up surfing and e-mail. Existing compressed file formats can't be improved upon
Most Internet users who haven’t yet got a broadband connection (but would like one) will be aware of the issues.On the one hand you’ve got the Government making noises about getting everyone wired to that great information highway in the sky (that’s the one with pies in it), and on the other hand you’ve got network providers, and I’m not JUST having a 'go' at BT here, wringing their hands with that ‘well, we’d like to, but we’ve got shareholders to answer to’ look on their faces.
I’ve seen utilities that claim to make your internet connection faster before, and as ‘.Net Magazine’ pointed out when I read about it yesterday, they’ve always concentrated on making some obscure alterations to your Windows settings, since realistically that’s all they COULD do. Ironically, if you know what these are, you can change them yourself. The other thing notable about these miracle fixes, is that they only work at your end. They have no effect on what you're actually surfingThis is where I firmly believe that OnSpeed, offered via (surprise, surprise) www.onspeed.com just might be the best of the bunch by a VERY long way.
When a company starts making claims in public, that you get 70% of the benefit of broadband at a fraction of the cost, you tend to sit up and take note, if only to see if it's a scam.It’s not just me either, but .Net Magazine gave it 5/5, and perusal of OnSpeed's website shows that they are not alone either in singing the praises of it. Since then, PC Advisor have also given it a good write-up, with reservations, which I’ll come onto later.
WHAT IS ONSPEED?OnSpeed is a 3.7mbyte utility that you download from their website after parting with £25 in an electronic credit card transaction – subsequent year’s rental of the facility is also £25 so it's worth making a note on a calendar, in case you've gone broadband by this time next year - you might want to cancel it rather than get into a slanging match over rebates after your credit card bill lands on your mat.
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