Here’s a positive piece of news to start the Bank Holiday weekend on: Bulldog is jumping all its customers up to ultra fast 16Mbps broadband connections.
Dubbed ‘DoubleSpeed’ it – rather logically – it provides a 100 per cent increase (thanks for correcting my dodgy maths Nicolas!) on existing 8Mbps connections. Upload speed is also increased to a zippy 1Mbps. It will be available to both new and existing customers (subject to availability and in addition to a Bulldog phone line) in two forms:
The first, ‘Anytime Plus’, will cost just £9.75 for the first month (increasing to £14.75 thereafter) but has a 1GB download limit with additional capacity available on demand (3GB for £4, 6GB for £8, etc). The second is an uncapped service called ‘Unlimited Plus’ which will set users back £19.50 for the first month then a very reasonable £24.50 thereafter. That said, bear in mind you will have to factor in the £10.50 per month cost of a Bulldog phone line (though that is the same as BT charges anyhow).
An ADSL2+ modem is given away to all customers who sign up along with a free year’s subscription to McAfee Internet Security Suite for one year, 20MB of free online photo storage and there’s unlimited access to Bulldog email, web space and Bulldog Lounge, the company’s customer website.
In the last 18 months Bulldog has been put through the wringer more times than it would care to remember. Thankfully, this announcement looks to be a significant step forward in repairing its image.
In response to a couple of emails we’ve had asking where Bulldog’s 20Mbps service has gone I’ve had a chat with them and discovered that ultimately this is it. The service apparently runs far more stably at 16Mbps than 20Mbps but some connections (we’re thinking London, London and more London here) will indeed be able to eek out those extra 4Mbps. The only way to find out if you’re one of the lucky ones will be to suck it and see…
Thanks to reader Shaun for pointing out the new services will each be £5 per month more expensive than the previous packages. Shaun is a big fan of the ISP, having emailed us from My-Bulldog-Hell.co.uk!