BT never really gave me issues
Bulldog weren't bad, but are now NTL anyway.
Tiscali annoy me in peak - constantly drop any "real time" connection.
AOL are pants
Pipex Dial used to be recommended - no idea what they're like now
You're lucky you can't get NTL - nightmare
I have just had TalkTalk connected, took about 7 minutes to set up, i am geting about 2meg speed, but they say upto 8 meg speed depending on your area, there is also a 40Gig upload/download limit, on the talk talk international package the braodband is free, and so are the phone calls.
I am currently getting 16.5Mb downstream and 1.5Mb up for Â£24pcm, and the connection has been rock solid. The company had their teething problems last years, with new technology etc, but they are now doing fine.
If you not using Local Loop Unbundling (LLB) do not accept a contract
that has longer than a 1 month tie in clause (most of the above are 12 mths or more), and check the download usage limits very closely, once you get used to using Broadband properley you will aleays use more bandwidth than you think.
Shifted from AOL Platinum to Orange broadband with the last posting.
AOL has lots of shiny bells and whistles added on for free. Some are great (free McAffee, 20Mb of free webspace and decent email software) but the rest are just aggravatingly crap bits of software and the browser though looks good is utterly shite.
Orange do a much more basic, almost austere service, no extras and the email GUI looks like it was designed in 1990! They do give you free minutes through you hook up, if you have a phone with them and I've never had a internet connection problem with them yet.
Tiscali were ok, but changed over to TALKTALK with all the promo about free calls/broadband. Well TALKTALK are the biggest load of sh1te I have ever experienced, constantly dropping connection, slow/fail to load some sites and constant failure to connect to email...AVOID AVOID!!!!
Now going back to BT for landline and SKY for broadband, free wireless router and only Â£5 extra on top of my sky package anyway....