Adsl Internet Box: Our Advice on Choosing the Best Package and Operator – February 2020


The VDSL uses the telephone network and copper wires. The reception speed is much faster since we have downlink rates between15 and 70 Mb/s. In transmission, we are also winners since the VDSL displays a speed of1 to 12 Mb/s. On the other hand, this protocol has a very limited scope. If the copper line connecting the subscriber exceeds one kilometre in length, the speeds will be identical to those offered by ADSL 2+.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the VDSL2 goes even further in terms of flow rates but imposes the same constraints. The VDSL2 protocol is capable of displaying a maximum theoretical download rate of 100 Mb/s and a maximum upload rate of 40 Mb/s.

What are the different types of offers?

Faced with a plethoric offer, it is rather complicated to make a choice if you have not defined your needs and if you do not know what the market offers. Find below the different types of offers marketed by ISPs (Internet service Providers).

  • Internet only

It is still possible in 2019 to take out a subscription that only includes internet. In the majority of cases, these Internet packages also include unlimited fixed-line telephony to landlines in France. However, these are the least advantageous offers. Indeed, operators generally offer a package with additional benefits such as a TV package at the same price. Triple Play offers (internet, television and fixed telephony) have become more and more popular. 

  • Triple Play and Quadruple Play

These subscriptions include at least ADSL or VDSL internet access a TV package and Unlimited Calls to landlines in mainland France If you wish, you can opt for a slightly more extensive package with unlimited calls abroad and/or unlimited calls to mobiles. In addition, some ADSL boxes put a strong emphasis on multimedia by integrating, for example, a Blu-Ray player, a Netflix subscription or a voice assistant. Quadruple Play offers are also available. Here, you will also benefit from a discounted mobile package In short, you have a choice!


 

  • With or without commitment?

The ADSL and VDSL internet boxes can include a 12 or 24 month commitment. With the major operators (Bouygues Telecom Orange, Free and SFR), you will have to go through this box. Generally, you receive a discount on the subscription price for the first 6 months or for one year. The problem is that terminating a binding package can be expensive. In fact, you will have to pay the remaining monthly installments as well as a cancellation fee. If you like to jump on all the promotions, we advise you to opt for a no-obligation internet package. On the other hand, you will take out the credit card again to get additional TV channels since the TV is either not included or optional with a few rare exceptions.

How long does it take to install an ADSL or VDSL box?

The installation of an ADSL or VDSL box is relatively simple. With the RJ11 cable and the ADSL filter, you will be able to connect your box to your telephone socket. Then plug your box into your power outlet and that’s it! If a TV package is included in your subscription, all you have to do is connect your box to your TV via an HDMI cable.

The offers that we recommend at each ISP

1. At Bouygues Telecom the Bbox Ultym

The three fibre offers offered by Bouygues Telecom are also available in ADSL and VDSL. Normally, the cheapest of the three boxes is the Bbox Fit which is priced at 14.99 euros for 12 months and then 24.99 euros per month Alongside the Internet offer, there is a fixed telephony offer that includes unlimited calls to fixed lines in France and 110 countries.

For 5 euros more than the Bbox Fit, there is the Bbox Must which is at 19.99 euros per month for one year and then 32.99 euros per month This box takes the advantages of the Fit and adds a TV package of over 180 channels as well as unlimited calls to mobiles in France. For one year, the Box offer is more interesting than the Bbox Fit and the Bbox Must. However, Bouygues Telecom’s best offer for us is the Bbox Ultym, which remains affordable despite all the options it comes with.

For 24.99 euros per month for 12 months and then 39.99 euros, it includes a WiFi repeater, a 4K decoder, a bonus of your choice (Canal+ Series, 4G key, Playzer or Bbox Jeunesse TV package) and unlimited calls to landlines and mobiles in France, Europe and Switzerland as well as to landlines in 110 countries.

Additional costs:

  • Commitment: 12 months 
  • Box rental: included
  • Start-up fee: 29 euros
  • Cancellation fee: 59 euros

Bbox Ultym in detail >

2. At Free: the Freebox Mini 4K

All Freeboxes have ADSL/VDSL. The freebox Crystal has the particularity of being only available in ADSL/VDSL. At the end of 2018, Free launched two new boxes, the Delta and the One, which will push the multimedia offer a little further. These two offers then had to coexist with the Freebox Delta S, a simplified version of the Delta without Player Devialet or Netflix.

There are now a total of six boxes at the operator’s premises with prices ranging from EUR 9.99 (Freebox Crystal) to EUR 49.99 per month (Freebox Delta). Please note that if you opt for the latter, you will have to pay the Player the sum of 480 euros at once or 10 euros per month for 48 months. 

For us, the best offer is still the Freebox Mini 4K which is available at 14.99 euros per month for one year instead of 34.99 euros per month. This triple-Play offer under Android TV is complete and ensures 4K compatibility. In detail, you’ll be entitled to a TV package with over 220 channels, Google Play access and unlimited calls to landlines in over 110 destinations.


 

If you want a box that goes straight to the point, we recommend the Crystal Freebox. For 9.99 euros per month for one year instead of 24.99 euros, this box offers unlimited internet access and fixed-line telephony to fixed lines in more than 110 destinations.

Additional costs: 

  • Commitment: 12 months
  • Box rental: included
  • Start-up fee: 49 euros
  • Cancellation fee: 49 euros

Freebox mini 4K in detail >

Freebox Crystal in detail > 

3. at Orange: the Livebox Up

Orange has two offers: the standard Livebox at 22.99 euros for one year then 36.99 euros and the Livebox Up at 30.99 euros for one year then 44.99 euros. Before the arrival of Livebox 5, Orange offered its Livebox Up subscription for 28.99 euros. Since then, the price has gone up to 30.99 euros but the box included in this internet package is still the Livebox 4, so not very interesting.

In both cases, you’ll benefit from a Triple Play offer with broadband Internet access in ADSL or VDSL 2, a UHD TV set-top box, Orange TV with up to 160 channels and unlimited calls from fixed-line to fixed-line.

The Livebox Up is for us the best offer of the two despite the price increase. If the internet offer is the same, this box comes with a Wifi repeater, on request. On request, you can also get a second TV set-top box. In addition, it includes unlimited calls to mobiles in mainland France, Europe, French overseas departments the USA and Canada.

Additional costs: 

  • Commitment: 12 months
  • Box rental: included
  • Start-up fee: 50 euros for TV
  • Cancellation fee: 50 euros 

Livebox Up in detail >  

4. At Sosh: Box

At Sosh, which is an Orange brand, only one ADSL box is offered and it is without obligation. This is an offer at 19.99 euros per month that includes ADSL/VDSL 2 access and unlimited calls to fixed lines in mainland France, the French overseas departments and more than 100 international destinations. To take advantage of unlimited calls to mobiles in mainland France and the French overseas departments it will be an extra 5 euros per month. TV is optional and you have two ways to enjoy it: either with the Orange TV App on Demand (72 channels on mobile, tablet and PC/Mac but not on your TV) or with the Orange TV decoder + TV App option (160 channels on all media) which will also cost you an extra 5 euros each month.

Additional costs:

  • Without obligation
  • Box rental: included
  • Commissioning: offered
  • Cancellation fee: 50 euros

The Sosh Box in detail >

5. At SFR: the Power ADSL box

The three fibre subscriptions of the operator in the red square also have an ADSL version. In all three cases, it is a Triple Play offer. The SFR ADSL box is normally the most affordable of all. For 18 euros per month for one year and then 33 euros, it includes classic Internet access, a TV package of 160 channels with decoder, unlimited calls to landlines in France and 10 GB cloud storage.

At 23 euros per month for one and then 40 euros, SFR ADSL Power is the most attractive offer for us. For 7 euros more, this internet box adds a 4K decoder, 40 additional channels, unlimited calls to mobiles in France and 100 GB cloud storage.

SFR ADSL Premium is the latest and most expensive of the three. Count 33 euros per month for 12 months then 50 euros to access its benefits. An addition a little too salty for our taste considering the added options that are far from indispensable. On the menu, this ADSL box includes a 4K set-top box, a 210-channel TV package, unlimited calls to landlines and mobiles in Europe, 1 TB cloud storage, SFR Sécurité service and technical customer service

The operator with the red square recently launched its SFR Box 8, the first Wifi 6 compatible box that integrates a voice assistant as well as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and 4K HDR compatibility. If you are interested, you will have to pay an additional 5 euros per month.


 

Additional costs:

  • Commitment: 12 months
  • Box rental: included
  • Start-up fee: 29 euros
  • Cancellation fee: 49 euros

SFR ADSL Power in detail >

6. At RED: the RED box ADSL

Just like Sosh, RED offers only one ADSL offer. Posted a few weeks ago at 15 euros, the RED box is now charged 16 euros per month. Basic, this no-commitment ADSL box includes Internet access and unlimited calls to landlines in France and to more than 100 destinations. For an additional 2 euros per month, you can enjoy a TV package with 27 channels. This offer is much less interesting than the fibre version, since the Débit Plus option, which is regularly included at no extra cost by the operator, is not available. Please note that RED currently offers you one month ofsubscription.

Additional costs:

  • Without obligation
  • Box rental: included
  • Start-up fee: 29 euros
  • Cancellation fee: 49 euros

The best ADSL offer according to CNET France on February 4, 2020:

On the fibre side as well as on the ADSL side, the competitive landscape is exactly the same as it was last month. We therefore continue to recommend the Bbox Ultym and the Freebox mini 4K.

Bouygues Telecom’s Bbox Ultym is the most complete ADSL box on the market. Offered at 24.99 euros for one year and then 39.99 euros, this offer includes a transponder providing a solid internet connection and a multitude of services.

Subscribe to the Bbox Ultym offer >

While Free does not include a transponder in its Freebox mini 4K offer, its ADSL plus box, which is available at 14.99 euros per month for 12 months and then 34.99 euros, provides a great multimedia experience.

Subscribe to Freebox mini 4K offer >

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