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The great thing about bundling your services i.e. getting two or more of your home communications services from the same provider, is that it can potentially make your life both easier AND cheaper. Certain bundles can mean savings of up to a few hundred pounds when compared with certain separate deals. Plus, you will only have to deal with one supplier rather than getting two or three separate bills each month, and even worse, having to contact several different call centres if you have problems with your services.
However, think carefully before you bundle. If you don’t plan on using one of the services then unless having it is cheaper than not, it’s not worth getting.
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Traffic management - also known as traffic shaping - is a technique used by broadband providers to prioritise, ration and even restrict how networks and connections are used by customers like you. This is done to ensure a smooth-running service, even when a lot of are people using the internet at the same time.
Think of broadband as a motorway. When the ‘motorway’ gets congested, traffic management is like a priority lane that keeps certain types of traffic moving. The kind of traffic that’s prioritised differs from provider to provider, but in general things like streaming video content - watching EastEnders on BBC iPlayer, for example - are given right of way to keep it from buffering or cutting out.
Traffic that doesn’t necessarily need to get anywhere quickly, like downloading movies and music, is usually kept to the regular lanes during peak times - rush hour if you will - as is light traffic like emails, which can get to its destination without needing a lot of space on the road, kind of like a motorbike.
These days, most major broadband providers do not practise traffic management. Still, always check out your chosen provider's policy before taking out a plan with them, just in case it'll affect you.