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Old 15-07-2008, 8:28 PM   #1
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Old 15-07-2008, 11:03 PM
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I'm wondering if anyone knows if you can use 18185 with line rental from Talk Talk? I'm an avid user of 18185- it has saved me a small fortune but the Talk Talk offer seems good. I wouldn't touch Tiscali with a barge pole after my mother had untold hassle after some intermidiary signed her up fraudulently online.
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I'm wondering if anyone knows if you can use 18185 with line rental from Talk Talk? I'm an avid user of 18185- it has saved me a small fortune but the Talk Talk offer seems good. I wouldn't touch Tiscali with a barge pole after my mother had untold hassle after some intermidiary signed her up fraudulently online.
Only BT have to allow the use of indirect access codes like 18185. If your going to take an unbundled package on TT it will not work.

You should however be able to use their 0808/020 access codes but the rates are different.See: http://www.18185.co.uk/mobilerates.php
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Only BT have to allow the use of indirect access codes like 18185. If your going to take an unbundled package on TT it will not work.

You should however be able to use their 0808/020 access codes but the rates are different.See: http://www.18185.co.uk/mobilerates.php
Am with DST and succesfully use both 18185 and 1899. However, DST now seem a bit costly at around £26.00 a month for broadband, line rental and "free" anytime UK calls up to 60 minutes.

Anybody know of another provider, please, who is able to offer a similar service at a better price - NOT Tiscali, as they were a disaster! Thanks

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Just signed up a few weeks ago to Tiscali's broadband and anytime talk package (14.99 for 1st 3 months, 19.99 a month after that) - seems OK so far: router arrived on time, decent broadband speed (although I'm only 0.5km from my local exchange) and pretty much hassle free to set up. Even the customer service was helpful!

However, I'm not sure if I can use an override provider for 0870, 0844, 0845, etc. numbers - the small print's not too forthcoming. Anyone got any knowledge on this?
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I have recently changed to Talk Talk but now my access to override providers has been blocked. Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone know how to get round this. I really miss being able to use the phone during the daytime.
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. . . . . However, I'm not sure if I can use an override provider for 0870, 0844, 0845, etc. numbers - the small print's not too forthcoming. Anyone got any knowledge on this?
It is somewhat vague now, but seem to recall DST had to be requested to allow 1899 & 18185 to be used. May be worth having a word with your service provider.
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I was interested in signing up with tiscali for their cheap deal, but when I tried to do it, at the very end of the process, they said that as they did not have LLU on my exchange they were going to have to charge for line rental at another 7:50 per month (so I went elsewhwere).

Now, it turns out they only have LLU on 898 exchanges (out of the total of 5592 exchanges). So people really need to check first.
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I have recently changed to Talk Talk but now my access to override providers has been blocked. Has anyone else had this problem and does anyone know how to get round this. I really miss being able to use the phone during the daytime.
I presume you mean 18185,1899,18866.
Thats one of the disadvantages of moving your line rental from BT. See post 3 above.
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Am with DST and succesfully use both 18185 and 1899. However, DST now seem a bit costly at around £26.00 a month for broadband, line rental and "free" anytime UK calls up to 60 minutes.

Anybody know of another provider, please, who is able to offer a similar service at a better price - NOT Tiscali, as they were a disaster! Thanks
BT have to allow indirect access. Other suppliers can block it and do without notice. It does not work on unbundled exchanges. Thats one of the reasons its considered a good idea to leave your line rental with BT.

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Just signed up a few weeks ago to Tiscali's broadband and anytime talk package (14.99 for 1st 3 months, 19.99 a month after that) - seems OK so far: router arrived on time, decent broadband speed (although I'm only 0.5km from my local exchange) and pretty much hassle free to set up. Even the customer service was helpful!

However, I'm not sure if I can use an override provider for 0870, 0844, 0845, etc. numbers - the small print's not too forthcoming. Anyone got any knowledge on this?
Yes you can use 08 access numbers on unbundled Tiscali.But you cant use indirect codes like 18185.
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I was interested in signing up with tiscali for their cheap deal, but when I tried to do it, at the very end of the process, they said that as they did not have LLU on my exchange they were going to have to charge for line rental at another 7:50 per month (so I went elsewhwere).

Now, it turns out they only have LLU on 898 exchanges (out of the total of 5592 exchanges). So people really need to check first.
Good point. List of exchanges enabled here: http://www.samknows.com/broadband/llu-operator/tiscali

Its also worth mentioning that Tiscali have so far not been interested in new customers from scratch. They only take on people with existing BT lines.

Then theirs the matter of their 0871 Customer Service Numbers which are not inclusive to call from your Tiscali Phone.
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[I have been with TalkTalk for about 9 months and have had a lousy broadband signal/speed for the most part. I live only 1.7K from the exchange and yet have been getting less than 0.5mb at it's worst for the past 5 months! I am now seriously looking for another provider. Rarely use the phone except in the evenings, any suggestions?]
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I was interested in signing up with tiscali for their cheap deal, but when I tried to do it, at the very end of the process, they said that as they did not have LLU on my exchange they were going to have to charge for line rental at another 7:50 per month (so I went elsewhwere).

Now, it turns out they only have LLU on 898 exchanges (out of the total of 5592 exchanges). So people really need to check first.
Same experience down here in Exmouth in Devon, offered deal on line rental of 25% discount as advertised deal unavailable at my exchange. Hardly worth the hassle of being re-united with Tiscali though, as they have swallowed up Pipex, I expect I'll have to move somewhere soon!
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We have been with talktalk since they first started there were a few teething problems at the beginning, but that was because they couldn't cope the high demand once they sorted it they were fine. I presume the 18185 is a prefix for getting cheap or free calls abroad, talktalk, have their own which is 18418, I ring my brother in USA on both his landline and cell phone for free. I also get all calls free, this is because we are on talktalk international3. It is well worth the money.
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I'm wondering if anyone knows if you can use 18185 with line rental from Talk Talk? I'm an avid user of 18185- it has saved me a small fortune but the Talk Talk offer seems good. I wouldn't touch Tiscali with a barge pole after my mother had untold hassle after some intermidiary signed her up fraudulently online.
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Cool Do you *have* to dial Override provider's number before each call?

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Does anyone know if there is a way of using the Override provider's network without having to dial their 181185 number before each call? Reason I ask is that I seem to recall some way you could set up an account with the provider, and then your calls would automatically route through them. (may have involved some device)

Would be pretty useful for elderly phone users or just the forgetful ones , like me!
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Read the article. Just contacted Tiscali, and they're only willing to offer me Option 2 @ 14.99 for 3 months then 19.99 thereafter PROVIDED I pay 75% line rental charges in addition.
Is this typical of Tiscali, or am I just out on a limb? Incidently it took 25 minutes waiting to have my call answered. Good service?
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Talking Super duper phone and broadband deal

A chap from Talk Talk came to my house a few days ago and made me an offer that I had difficultly in refusing.
I currently pay 31.50 to Pipex Homecall for free national/local calls 24/7 + 8MB unlimited Broadband.
He offered me free national/local calls 24/7 + 8MB (40MB max downloads) Broadband for 14.99 for first 3 months and then 15.99 thereafter.
He told me I have 2 weeks cooling off period and can recommend any neighbours who can get the same deal.
Initially, I get the phone deal and as a bonus they will give me the internet free but I have to pay 30 for internet setup fee.
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Little word of warning. I was on Tiscali broadband a while ago, then they 'unbundelled' the local exchange. I was without broadband for 2 months and a BT line for about 2 weeks. Tiscali blamed BT, BT blamed Tiscali. When I got my telephone line back I discontinued Tiscali. If they were offering 100 Mb speed for nothing I would not be tempted. All I could get out of them is that they did 1000 lines in the local exchange and had a 99.8% success rate. I never did find out who else in our region had the same trouble.
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Am with DST and succesfully use both 18185 and 1899. However, DST now seem a bit costly at around 26.00 a month for broadband, line rental and "free" anytime UK calls up to 60 minutes.

Anybody know of another provider, please, who is able to offer a similar service at a better price - NOT Tiscali, as they were a disaster! Thanks
Don't know why NOT Tiscali, I'v been with them over 12 months, not a problem ever, BB speeds of over 6MB. with line rental, broadband, all calls to 01/02 numbers anytime 24/7 and free international calls to 10 top countries, I would'nt move unless they paid me.
Remember, you only ever hear of the bad reports, guess I'm one of the lucky ones. And all this for 19.99pm

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