UK2.net offers a £29 (that is UK pound) dedicated Cobalt Raq at http://powerraq.com
- this sounds like an extremely good deal.
I've been reading quite a lot of posts here that say 'if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is'... 29 pounds for a RAQ does sound too good to be true.
However, they say they purchased 500 servers at once, which gave them a discount, and that's why they can offer it for that price. Sounds ok.
They also seem to be a respectable company. The website looks nice, nothing special, but clean and simple. They seem to have a good connection, too. There website loads fast (from here in Belgium, which isn't really that far from the uk), and when I ping them, it has pretty good results.
But there are two things I'm concerned about. The first thing is you have to pay 3 years in advance. They claim to do this to keep the prices low. 3x12x29 is 1044 pounds, which isn't really that much for what you get. I know most of you don't like a policy where you have to pay in advance, and I too would prefer to pay on a per month basis. But if paying 3 years in advance is what it takes to own a reasonable dedicated server at such an affordable price, maybe it's worth considering.
My other concern is the fact that there's no email adress on the page. This I find VERY fishy. They claim that this too is an attempt to keep their prices low. That way they don't loose time to answer emails, and time is money.
If it wasn't for this, I would've already gotten a RAQ from them. Paying 3 years in advance isn't fun, but it might be worth it. However, not being able to mail them (you can contact them once you have your server though...) doesn't feel right at all.
I know most of you will advice me to stear away from this company. But honestly, what's the worst thing that could happen? Could I loose all my money without getting a server? Probably not, someone would've sued them already. Is there anything else that could happen? Because even though the 3 years in advance is inconvenient, I don't really care too much about that.
Does anyone have experience with uk2.net? I'd like to hear from you.
Sorry for the overwhelmingly long post. I seem to type way too fast :p
Also, sorry if my English isn't that excellent, I'm from Belgium...