Onestream broadband - the Broadband Genie review
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Onestream broadband speed
Onestream average download speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media
|Fibre optic||35Mb / 63Mb||36Mb / 50Mb / 67Mb||36Mb / 59Mb||36Mb / 63Mb||54Mb / 108Mb / 213Mb / 362Mb / 518Mb|
Average speeds are the download rates achieved by at least 50% of users.
Onestream upload speeds vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media
|Fibre optic||9Mb / 17Mb||9.5Mb / 19.5Mb||9.5Mb / 19Mb||9.5Mb / 19Mb||3Mb / 6Mb / 12Mb / 21Mb|
Onestream uses the Openreach network, delivering its fibre and ADSL services over a standard BT telephone line, and its average speeds are in line with other Openreach network providers. The top fibre speed is a little slower than the average quoted by some competitors, but it’s not a huge difference and as this is an average it's not the maximum speed the line is capable of achieving and you may find that the connection is quicker for you.
Onestream broadband value for money
Onestream broadband cheapest package vs BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media
|Onestream Flow Broadband||BT Broadband||Sky Broadband Essential||TalkTalk Fast Broadband||Virgin Media VIVID 50|
Onestream broadband fastest package vs Plusnet, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media
|Onestream Xstream Unlimited Broadband||BT Superfast Fibre 2||Sky Broadband Superfast||TalkTalk Faster Fibre Large||Virgin Media VIVID 350|
Correct as of 05/19. Prices displayed above are the initial contract cost for new customers; price may increase after renewal. Cheapest price is the lowest monthly cost regardless of speed, fastest price is the fastest service available on Broadband Genie for the lowest cost. Does not include TV bundles or special offers.
The Onestream ADSL broadband package is exceptionally cheap at just £13.99 per month for the first 12 months. That’s an annual cost of only £167.88, compared to £204 for TalkTalk. Its 35Mb fibre optic deal is also extremely good value at just £19.95 per month (£239.40 per year). The fastest fibre package is less attractive though, and if Onestream wants to compete in this speed tier it needs to drop the price to compete with cheap deals from Plusnet and TalkTalk.
Onestream broadband features and extras
There are no extras included with Onestream beyond a free Wi-Fi router, which is not unusual for a budget provider. But 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: 4/5
If you’re searching for the very cheapest broadband deals then Onestream goes straight to the top of the list. You’ll struggle to find anything with a lower price outside of the best reward offers. But as it is a budget provider you’re not getting loads of bonus features with your Onestream service, so check what else is out there to see whether you’d get more value from a slightly pricier package. Onestream is also not quite as competitive on the fastest fibre speeds, so it's definitely worth shopping around for the best price if you're trying to save money on very fast broadband.
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