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Onestream broadband review 2021

Is Onestream broadband any good?

Our Onestream broadband rating: 2.5/5

Onestream offers some fibre optic packages that are slightly different from the norm. But is it worth buying? Read our Onestream broadband review to find out if it’s right for you.

Onestream broadband - the Broadband Genie review

We like We don't like
  • Totally unlimited.
  • Unique fibre broadband speeds.
  • Don't expect lots of extras.
  • Moderately expensive.
  • Poor customer reviews.

Onestream broadband speed

Onestream average speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media

  Onestream BT Sky TalkTalk Virgin Media
ADSL download speed n/a 10Mb 11Mb 11Mb N/A
ADSL upload speed n/a 1Mb 1Mb 1Mb N/A
Fibre download speed 18Mb / 45Mb / 67Mb 36Mb / 50Mb / 67Mb 59Mb 38Mb / 67Mb 54Mb / 108Mb / 213Mb / 362Mb / 516Mb / 630Mb
Fibre upload speed 9Mb / 17Mb 9.5Mb / 19.5Mb 19Mb 9.5Mb / 19Mb 5Mb / 10Mb / 20Mb / 36Mb

Onestream uses the Openreach network and so in common with many other providers it delivers its service over a standard BT telephone line. However, unlike other providers, it offers a slightly different choice of speeds.

The entry-level deal is a unique 18Mb fibre service. You also have the option of a mid-tier fibre service which promises an average speed of 45Mb, compared to the 36-38Mb offered by most.

Onestream broadband value for money

Onestream broadband cheapest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Onestream Jetstream Unlimited (18Mb) BT Fibre Essential (36Mb) Sky Superfast (59Mb) TalkTalk Fibre 35 (38Mb) Virgin Media M100 (108Mb)
£26.99 £24.99 £26 £23.50 £24

Onestream broadband fastest package vs Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media

Onestream Xstream Fibre (67Mb) BT Fibre 2 (67Mb) Sky Superfast (59Mb) TalkTalk Fibre 65 (67Mb) Virgin Media M500 (516Mb)
£29.99 £29.99 £26 £25 £46

Last checked October 2021. The prices displayed above are the initial contract cost for new customers; charges may increase after renewal. The cheapest price is the lowest monthly cost regardless of speed. The fastest price is the fastest service available on Broadband Genie for the lowest monthly cost, excluding TV bundles.

Onestream's cheapest package is the unusual Jetstream Unlimited, a budget fibre service with an average speed of 18Mb. Unfortunately, this one is hard to recommend as other deals offer much faster broadband at a comparable cost. Far more interesting is the Fibre Max package, which delivers an average 45Mb for just £1 more than Jetstream Unlimited - this is Onestream's best value offering, although there are still cheaper and faster alternatives.

When it comes to the faster fibre optic deals, Onestream is among the more expensive providers in our listings. It costs around the same as BT, but lacks the free extras you get with that ISP.

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Onestream broadband features and extras

There are no extras included with Onestream beyond a free Wi-Fi router. If you think you might benefit from the bonuses included with other deals (such as free public Wi-Fi or cheap mobile plans) then you’ll need to pay a bit more to go with a different provider.

Onestream home phone

All Onestream packages include line rental but not inclusive calls, which is all you need if you never use the landline for calling. If you do regularly use the phone then you can choose one of the following home phone bundles:

  • Onestream Uptime: Free anytime calling 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 broadband review conclusion

Our Onestream rating:  2.5 / 5

Most providers on the Openreach network deliver a similar choice of speeds, so Onestream's 18Mb and 45Mb fibre services stand out for promising something a little different.

Sadly, it is hard to recommend either of them, because at the current price they are in direct competition with deals which are both faster and cheaper. The quickest package - Xstream Superfibre - also suffers on the value for money front. 

But it's worth keeping an eye out, because if the cost comes down a little (or you are able to score a deal with a voucher or other reward) then Onestream Jetstream or Fibre Max could turn into a bargain.

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