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When Primus is operational on your line, do not use any prefix and your calls will go out via them.
To use BT, use a 1280 prefix.
To use 1899, use a 1899 prefix.
We never had any bother with 18866 and only switched because of the cheaper calls to mobiles. I've now signed up for 1899 as the connection is cheaper, and I'm ditching 18185.
Primus wouldn't sign me up without a utility bill showing my name and address - this was because I had asked for my details to be taken off the 192.com database which Primus use as proof of ID. (192.com scares me; try looking yourself up on it! Address, phone number, map, who you live with? It's all there and you WILL be on it unless you opt out) 192.com's faxback form for opting out is on this page;
On the day I signed up for 1899.com, my phone number was released onto a public list. Even though my number is registered with the TPS, I have started getting sales calls. I am considering cancelling the account because of this. 1899 do not have a call centre (they say it is to keep costs down) so I can't speak to anyone about it. It's a shame, it made my BT bill 30% lower, but I don't like the thought of opening the phone spam floodgates...
1899's Terms and Conditions include the following;
"Use of Personal Information
Information you provide or we hold about you may be used by us and/or our partners to
1. contact you by any means (including mail, telephone, email or text messages) about improved or any other services and products, provided by us, or our partners, now or in the near future;
2. carry out marketing analysis and customer profiling and create statistical and testing information;
3. help us to prevent and detect fraud or loss.
We may disclose information we hold about you to third parties for the purpose of providing services you have requested, as part of the process of sale of one or more of our businesses, or where legitimately requested for legal or regulatory purposes, as part of legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings. From time to time, these third parties may be located outside the EEA in countries which do not have the same standards of protection for personal data as the UK."
"Let the buyer beware" ? No such thing as a completely free lunch, is there?
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Sorry my '7-Steps' weren't as useful for you as they are for me.
Yours was an interesting post though - I just tried 'finding myself' on 192.com and 'No Results Found' was the result.
I tick the box on the electoral role forms so my entry is on the resricted list and, similarly, although I am not ex-directory, I opted out of an entry in the BT phone book.
I'm signed up for TPS and MPS too and rarely get any unsolictited phone calls or, remarkably, addressed junk mail.
Very good post/article. May be good to be put in separate thread, as the above post shows updated on Feb 2006 and any new searches will not readily pick this.
You obviously missed the (revised) date in the heading: and the footnote (which always appears when you edit an old post): And the next time I edit it (I must have done that 40 or more times already), the time and date on the footnote will change again.
With regard to new searches, I agree but, as it's now 'under' the site-approved 'HERE' link in my signature every time I post, I don't see that as a problem.