BT is finally trying to catch up with uber rival Virgin Media and although its 40mbps package appears to be affordable, one needs to careful weigh the pros and cons before committing to either solutions.
It is no secret that BT has been quietly building a package that can rival the likes of Sky and Virgin Media and with the recent demise of Tiscali, there has been a void left that a fourth triple play player could fill.
But Virgin Media's finest package, XXL Package, would still win, albeit narrowly, in a head-to-head against BT's Infinity Option 2. Option 1 is certainly not worth it as it is only around £3.50 cheaper than the more expensive option once you factor in the activation fee.
Although at the moment you can't create packages with Infinity, it can be safely assumed that the BT will try to sell it as a package. In its simplest form, with unlimited internet, we expect BT Infinity to cost £55.57 with the compulsory line rental, unlimited weekend calls, unlimited 40mbps broadband, a Vision+ Box (essentially a PVR) and two "bronze package" with a one of cost of £15, to which you'd have to add £125 if you don't have an existing BT landline or if you need to get reconnected. For the first year, the cost of the service would reach £681.84.
The nearest equivalent deal on Virgin Media would be their 50mb broadband bundle which comes with nearly 70 TV channels, 50mbps broadband and unlimited weekend UK landline calls.
Although free for the first two months, the cost of the service rises to £44.50 per month to which you'd need to add £75 for Virgin's own PVR. The total cost of ownership for the first 12 months would reach £520, a full £160 cheaper than BT.
We already found in in a previous article that the TCO for taking broadband only in the first year for Virgin Media would be £410 for the first year and £438.36 for BT Infinity.
BT is the clear winner though then it comes to upload speeds with 10mbps while Virgin Media can only manage a puny 1.5mbps.
On the whole, both solutions are superior to the rest of the competition. Be for example had announced a 40mbps line bonding service back earlier this month.
The problem is that prospective customers will have to pay for two BT landlines plus an additional £50 per month for the service proper.
The rest of the competition including the major LLU players like Sky, Talktalk, Orange or O2 are a few steps behind and know that they must act quickly if they want to keep up with the leaders.