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A handy fact for your next quiz night: ADSL stands for ‘asymmetric digital subscriber line’. The reason it’s ‘asymmetric’ is that the download speed is faster than the upload speed.
ADSL is a type of broadband internet connection that’s delivered through the same copper wiring that your home phone uses. In the early days of the dial-up modem you couldn’t use your phone and your ADSL connection at the same time. Fortunately, these days you can, since they operate on different frequencies.
ADSL2+ is the next step up from ADSL. It’s usually a little more costly because it offers faster speeds. To get technical, an ADSL service has a maximum download speed of up to 8Mbps and a maximum upload speed of up to 384Kbps. An ADSL2+ service has a maximum download speed of up to 20Mbps, and a maximum upload speed of up to 850Kbps.
Because ADSL and ADSL2+ use your existing phone line, there are a number of deals available with bundled offers. These might help with access to cheaper phone line rental, free international phone minutes, or even unlimited internet usage.
If you’re happy using your mobile phone and don’t want to have an active home phone number, ‘naked’ ADSL and ADSL2+ plans are for you. This means you won't pay for the line rental, even though you'll still connect to the internet using the copper network. Naked plans often offer the option of a VoIP or netphone connection so you can make calls through your internet connection.
Most plans are for a fixed term, usually 12 or 24 months, but some providers offer month-to-month services. If you’re looking for more flexibility make sure you shop around to find something that suits you. Keep in mind, you'll probably pay a bit more for a plan that runs month-to-month, or for a shorter contract length.
A number of service providers offer ADSL or ADSL2+ plans, including:
Be sure to shop around to find the most suitable plan for your needs.