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  • Heinz
    • #4
    • 18th Feb 06, 1:44 PM
    '6-steps' to cost reduction for BT residential landline subscribers (16-Feb-2012)
    • #4
    • 18th Feb 06, 1:44 PM
    PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW SUGGESTIONS RELATE TO STANDARD (P.S.T.N.) TELEPHONY ONLY AND DO NOT CONSIDER INTERNET (VOIP) TELEPHONY OR 'BUNDLED' BROADBAND AND VOICE TELEPHONY OFFERS NOW ON THE MARKET. PLEASE REFER TO OTHER THREADS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING ANY OF THOSE.

    A VARIATION OF THESE '6-STEPS' (see HERE) IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT (as recommended in paragraph [2] below) WISH TO or WHO CANNOT SIGN UP TO A CPS CALLS PROVIDER.

    [1]
    . Stay with BT for your line rental but make sure you are on 'The Unlimited Weekend Plan' and don't pay extra for their Friends & Family Mobile, Friends & Family International or International Freedom Add-ons, they're not worth it (don't forget to cancel it/them if you have previously subscribed). The cost, which includes free basic 1571 (but please don't use that), Caller Display (see step [6] below) and Premium Rate call barring (if you want it/them), is currently ж£14.60 per month incl. VAT if you pay by Direct Debit.

    You may be able to find cheaper line rental but, if you change, you may regret doing so because access to CPS (Carrier PreSelect) providers - such as step [2] below - will cease to be available and some of the other options below may cease to be available (e.g. [a] Talk Talk have barred access to indirect [4 or 5-digit prefix] providers like the one detailed in step [3] below.

    BT Line Rental Saver is a possible option to reduce your BT line rental - you pay your annual line rental in advance and effectively reduce the cost to £10.75/month. However, BEWARE if you have a CPS calls provider and are considering taking this option - use of the online method of signing up for LRS almost invariably means automatic cancellation of your CPS arrangement by BT. As most CPS calls plans (e.g. Primus Saver) are no longer available to 'new' users, you may then not be able to get back onto your CPS calls package. However, it may be possible to avoid this by opting for LRS on the phone instead of online - see THIS POST.

    [2]. Now that the availablity of Carrier PreSelect (CPS)Ф calls providers for new provision has dried up considerably (e.g. Primus no longer offer services without line rental), those who need inclusive weekday evening calls (bear in mind - see [3] below - they'd cost 5p each using 18185) in addition to weekend ones and who are not on the legacy Primus Saver Option 2 CPS or the similar Penny Mobile 2 CPS package, I am really left with no option other than to recommend BT's Unlimited Evening & Weekend Plan instead. However, it should also be remembered that BT's Unlimited Anytime Plan has now been reduced to £4.70/month and so is very good value.

    [3]. Sign up online with 18185.co.uk (there's no monthly subscription charge) and use the 18185 prefix for:

    (a) weekday daytime (7am to 7pm Monday to Friday) calls to UK 01, 02 & 03 numbers - 5p each (regardless of duration);
    (b) all calls to 056 numbers - 5p each (regardless of duration);
    (c) all calls to UK mobiles (075, 077, 078 & 079 numbers) - 5p connection + 6p/min. weekdays (
    6p**/min. weekends);
    (d)
    weekday daytime (7am to 7pm Monday to Friday) calls to 0870 numbers - 5p connection + 3p/min.

    ** Use 18185's freephone access number, 0808 1 703 703, instead of the 18185 prefix for this price.

    [4]. Use BT (dial a '1280' prefix to 'hop back onto BT' if you have a CPS default calls provider) for all 0500, 055, 080x, 0843, 0844, 0845, 0871, 0872, 0873, 00800 (international freephone) calls and weekday evening and weekend 0870 calls.

    [5]. Use the MSE International Callchecker to find up-to-date details of the cheapest options available for your international calls.

    [6]. Call 0800 121 8000 and use the automated service to get 'free' Caller Display - OK, this isn't a cost reduction item per se (unless you've been paying BT for that service), but it is very handy. Bear in mind though that BT impose a £3/month charge for this facility if you don't make at least 2 chargeable or inclusive calls via them per month if you are billed monthly (or 6 per quarter if you are billed quarterly).

    N.B. I do not imply that the above are always the cheapest options (e.g. the MSE UK Callchecker sometimes shows providers that offer 1p/minute cheaper weekday rates to 0870 numbers and, from time to time, providers offering cheaper rates than 18185 to call mobiles pop up) but, as sensible compromises between money-saving and ease of use, I believe they'll suit most people.

    If you follow the above recommendations and use one or more Orchid LCRs (now only available secondhand) to implement their use, a suggested program is shown HERE. The no-cost alternative, of course, is to simply cut and paste the relevant parts of this post and print out a sheet to keep by the phone.
    Last edited by Heinz; 03-03-2012 at 2:44 PM. Reason: BT price updates.
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