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Getting broadband

How to persuade someone

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Jeff  Male  East Sussex
12-Jan-2021 11:26 Message #4803159
For a long time I've been trying to persuade a friend to get broadband. (He can afford it.)

For example, he has friends abroad, and I showed him when I was on a Zoom call with relatives in Australia and New Zealand.

The last time we were together, he talked about Buster Keaton having a house collapse on him. Then on my mobile phone I opened YouTube and into its search by microphone I said "Buster Keaton house collapse" and the famous clip from "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (1928) showed immediately.

(I also said "Frank Spencer house collapse", and that showed him causing a gas explosion in someone else's house in the "Australia House" episode of "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em". YouTube wrongly names that the "Moving House" episode where his own house collapses, but I can't find that episode.)

How might you try to persuade someone to get broadband? (Assume that they can afford it.)
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brisinger  Male  Lancashire
12-Jan-2021 13:45 Message #4803161
As it happens I've just this minute negotiated a renewal with my current provider POP Telecom. I've been very happy with their connection speed and customer service. Just the advertised price increase instigated negotiations. If I really looked around maybe I would find something cheaper. However, cheaper doesn't necessarily mean the same quality as I found with Onestream. Onestream were crap and I couldn't wait to get rid of them. They were enough to put you off the Internet for life. Never take uswitch, Tech Radar et al. at face value. If you want a good deal contact the provider directly and barter with them. Maybe say to the provider that a friend has suggested to contact them to see what they can offer. It's in their interest to keep a customer and gain a new one. As a current Internet user you could offer to do the negotiating for him even if it's with a different provider to the one you are currently with.

People fall for the fibre spin who don't necessarily need it and are paying more than they need. Even though he can afford it doesn't necessarily mean that he will afford it. For many people I think that IPTV is a big attraction and during lockdown there have been 'live' shows on. From my point of view there's been the English National Ballet and Sadler's Wells to name but two that are access to all. Then there may be interests where other people might be able to help or are just fascinating. Mine currently being beekeeping and my local towns history that other people either from the area or lived in the area chat about and have old photos and such like. Depending on age you can point out that there's a lot of silver surfers nowadays.

There's the commercial side to things where offers can be Internet and in particular group only deals. For instance, one has just come up in the Facebook Beekeeping UK group that is offering £100 off specialist bee hives it's not advertised in their shop or web point of presence.
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brisinger  Male  Lancashire
12-Jan-2021 13:57 Message #4803162
You don't have to be computer literate to use things like Facebook Portal. It's easy enough to set it up to have a chat from your living room and it's possible to use Zoom. As you are computer literate you can set it up for him. If he has or in the future, gets an IPTV compatible Television it gives you all the extra channels without needing to know how broadband works.
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brisinger  Male  Lancashire
12-Jan-2021 14:10 Message #4803163
There's also Kodi based set top boxes that can provide many IPTV channels to an ordinary TV. Sometimes it's a "sprat to catch a mackerel". If they find a use for them it might encourage them to use other functions available on the Internet because once you've got the service there's the incentive to use it for other things. For arguments sake you might need a recipe and rather than go to the shop for a cookery book you can just look it up.
Male
The Dim Reaper  Male  Devon
12-Jan-2021 17:27 Message #4803187
Cor blimey , a Jeff Trump free post !
Female
NoSaint  Female  Devon
13-Jan-2021 07:42 Message #4803219
You don't need broadband as you can use an iPhone.
Female
ravspal  Female  Dorset
13-Jan-2021 12:59 Message #4803287
I have just persuaded an 81 year old friend to do just that. I did it by the drip drip method. No nagging , no persuasive over talk. Eventually she suggested it on her 81st birthday saying ,I think I should move with the times, then I can talk to my great niece in America, and have an email address. So slowly slowly catchy monkey .lol
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AndyMacG  Male  the West Midlands
13-Jan-2021 13:47 Message #4803292
"Cor blimey , a Jeff Trump free post !"

And God free also, so far ;-) lol






Andy Mac
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MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire
13-Jan-2021 14:02 Message #4803296
Why do we want to convince other people that they need broadband?
Male
AndyMacG  Male  the West Midlands
13-Jan-2021 14:05 Message #4803298
"Why do we want to convince other people that they need broadband?"


So one can get the 10 quid introductory bonus, ;-) lol





Andy Mac
Female
Madness102  Female  South Yorkshire
16-Jan-2021 00:04 Message #4803635
Lol at Dim and Andy
:-o
Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
16-Jan-2021 08:27 Message #4803647
Lol at madness lolling at Dim and Andy. :0)
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The_38th_Parallel  Male  Essex
16-Jan-2021 09:54 Message #4803660
NoSaint 13-Jan-2021 07:42
You don't need broadband as you can use an iPhone.

That's very non sequitor.
Yes if one has a smartphone (not all mobiles are from Apple, there are android smartphones too) with plenty of roaming data that you've paid to be included in a mobile phone contract or PAYG option, then you can use that to search on the internet.
But as we know from on here, not everyone has a smartphone or wants to pay out for a data allowance each month.
Also, as with many people, I now watch catch up TV & streaming services on my smart TV which has to be connected to your broadband.

But I wouldn't try to convince anyone to have broadband or any device. If they're of an age that they don't deem it essential who am I to try and interfere. And anyway the chances are a little bit of knowledge that they might pick up may well lead them into trouble when they inadvertently start clicking on links or phishing e-mails, texts etc. without realising the consequences and end up losing their life savings as a result.
Male
terry  Male  West Yorkshire
16-Jan-2021 10:12 Message #4803661
"who am I to try and interfere."

Something I agree with, too often we tell others what they should do, probably better to talk it over with them and see what they feel they need sooner than what we think they need. Broadband is like the genie in the bottle, can we accurately know what will come out when opened?

Male
HotOrWot  Male  Lancashire
16-Jan-2021 10:32 Message #4803665
Do most people get broadband to stream films?


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