BT offers customers free broadband speed boostersBT broadband customers can get I-Plate for free

06 August 2009

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BT gives broadband speed boosters to customers for free

BT is offering BT Total Broadband customers its I-Plate broadband speed booster for free – a postage and packaging charge of around £1.20 still applies. Non-BT customers can also get the I-Plate for around £7.

BT’s I-Plate is a small device that fits on to your master telephone socket. According to BT, it filters out interference to your broadband service caused by lighting and electrical appliances, such as TVs.

Our review of broadband packages shows ratings for speed, connection reliability and overall satisfaction scores for around 30 broadband providers, including the likes of BT, AOL, O2, Orange, Plusnet, Sky, Talk Talk, Tiscali and Virgin Media.

BT I-Plate boosts broadband speeds by up to 1.5 Mbps in pilot

BT I-Plate socket install

BT I-Plate filter can boost broadband speeds

The I-Plate will not necessarily improve broadband speeds for everyone, but BT estimates that around 9 million households could benefit from using the advanced filter.

See our guide on boosting your broadband speed to find out more about the factors influencing speeds and what you can do to get a better speeds and a more reliable broadband service.

In an earlier pilot of the broadband speed booster device, BT found that broadband lines fitted with the I-Plate had a typical speed increase of up to 1.5 Mbps.

BT hopes that the I-Plate will help improve broadband speeds for people who struggle to stream TV and video from service like BBC iPlayer and for people who are too far from their local exchange to get a reliable or fast enough broadband service.

Our guide to Online TV has more information on the major TV streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Sky Player and 4OD.

Which? will be testing the I-Plate very soon, but if you want more information on how it works, see our earlier story: BT I-Plate promises broadband speed boost.

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