I've used Foma paper for long time. Today I use mainly fomabrome papers, developed with their powder developer fomatol M. You can find more info in english on www.foma.cz.
I think fomabrom gray scale is realy rich and they satisfide my needs. And as you said, their a lot cheaper compare to Ilford. On the other hand I don't like their fomaspeed RC papers and I've never tried their variable contrast papers