All you need to know about Onestream broadband
A newcomer to the broadband scene, Onestream was launched in 2018 as the consumer arm of independent business telecoms provider Onecom.
But why should you consider Onestream over more established providers? Cutting bills could be a good reason; in an increasingly crowded market, any new ISP needs something to set itself apart from the competition and Onestream aims to do that by offering very cheap home broadband deals.
What does Onestream broadband offer?
In common with almost all broadband providers, Onestream uses the Openreach (BT line) telephone network to deliver its broadband services, which means that almost every home can get a Onestream deal.
But Onestream's packages are a little different to most other providers, as it offers a fairly unique entry-level fibre deal which provides faster speeds than standard ADSL for a similar price (or even cheaper) than many competitors.
A phone line is required for Onestream broadband, and line rental is included in the price for all Onestream deals. There are no inclusive calls as standard, but you can choose to add one of the following calling bundles for an additional fee:
- Onestream Uptime: Free anytime calls to UK landlines.
- Onestream Downtime: Free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines.
- Onestream World: Calls to 18 countries for 2.5p per minute.
- Onestream Life: Free anytime calls to UK landlines, 2.5p per minute international calling to 18 countries, and 2.5p per minute for calling UK mobiles.
- Onestream Move: Call UK mobiles for 2.5p per minute.
Onestream coverage and speed
As mentioned above, Onestream uses the Openreach telephone network so if you can get a BT phone line you can probably get broadband from Onestream.
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Onestream broadband speed
Onestream offers a choice of three fibre broadband packages with speeds to suit the typical requirements of most households.
- Onestream Jetstream Fibre Unlimited: Fibre optic broadband with 17Mb average speed.
- Onestream Jetstream Fibre Max Unlimited: Fibre broadband with an average 45Mb download speed.
- Onestream Xstream Superfibre: Fibre broadband with an average 67Mb download speed.
Its 17Mb fibre deal is an oddity, and excellent value if you won't benefit from the best fibre speeds but still need something that's quicker than ADSL. Its top fibre speed is a little slower than the average quoted by some competitors, but as this is an average you may find that the connection is quicker for you.
Onestream internet usage limits and traffic management
All Onestream packages are completely unlimited. There is no fair use policy and no traffic management.
Onestream broadband - in summary
Onestream charges around £20 per month for the first 18 months for its basic fibre optic broadband package, which is exceptionally cheap even for a budget ISP.
But (and this is not so much a negative, more a heads-up) customer service can be a common cause for complaint with cheap broadband deals, and right now Onestream is too new for us to make a judgement on that aspect of its service. Though it’s worth noting that Onecom business broadband has won awards for customer service, which bodes well for Onestream users.
To find out more read our full Onestream broadband review.