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  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    an1179 wrote:
    I've just signed up to Primus I have already got 1899.com

    Primus told me that to use 1899 i first need to dial 1280 to get back to BT line then dial 1899 followed by the full number.

    Is the operator at Primus correct or not please?
    Not.

    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.
    Time has moved on (much quicker than it used to - or so it seems at my age) and my previous advice on residential telephony has been or is now gradually being overtaken by changes in the retail market. Hence, I have now deleted links to my previous 'pearls of wisdom'. I sincerely hope they helped save some of you money.
  • ads_2ads_2 Forumite
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    Has anyone been having any problems with 18185? The line keeps cutting out and we have to redial.

    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.
    something missing
  • hollydayshollydays Forumite
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  • South_West_saverSouth_West_saver Forumite
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    [2]. Phone 0800 036 0094 and sign up for Primus Saver Option 2 # as your CPS provider (there's no monthly subscription charge) - for free evening (6pm to 8am Monday to Friday) and weekend (effectively, 6pm Friday to 8am Monday) calls to UK 01 & 02 numbers.

    [3]. Sign up online with call1899.co.uk (there's no monthly subscription charge) - and use the 1899 prefix for weekday (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday) calls to UK 01 & 02 numbers for 3p each (regardless of duration).


    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?

    South West saver (newbie)
  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    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)
    Welcome to the MSE forums South West saver.

    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.
    Time has moved on (much quicker than it used to - or so it seems at my age) and my previous advice on residential telephony has been or is now gradually being overtaken by changes in the retail market. Hence, I have now deleted links to my previous 'pearls of wisdom'. I sincerely hope they helped save some of you money.
  • raj75raj75 Forumite
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    Heinz wrote: »
    PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW SUGGESTIONS RELATE TO STANDARD (P.S.T.N.) TELEPHONY ONLY AND DO NOT CONSIDER VOIP OR 'BUNDLED' TELEPHONY AND BROADBAND OFFERS NOW COMING ONTO THE MARKET. PLEASE REFER TO OTHER THREADS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING ANY OF THOSE.


    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.
  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    raj75 wrote: »
    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.
    Thanks.

    You obviously missed the (revised) date in the heading:
    (27 March 2007)
    and the footnote (which always appears when you edit an old post):
    Last edited by Heinz : 25-04-2007 at 10:51 PM. Reason: Addition of (greyed pending launch) fifth 'Possible alternative CPS provider'. Links added explaining the concept of CPS.
    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.
    Time has moved on (much quicker than it used to - or so it seems at my age) and my previous advice on residential telephony has been or is now gradually being overtaken by changes in the retail market. Hence, I have now deleted links to my previous 'pearls of wisdom'. I sincerely hope they helped save some of you money.
  • vimto_3vimto_3 Forumite
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    Hi to all on this fab forum!!
    I'm a newbie and am looking to change from BT (currently paying £15.49 pmth line rental) to someone else who's cheaper. I've been told by a friend that "Homecall" is quite good but have been looking at various posts and am overwhelmed by information. Can any of you nice people out there help me????
    Thanks Willow14710 :confused::confused::confused:[/QUOTEPrimus Saver is definately a top one. I was with Homecall and they reigned on their 'Introduce a Friend' and get cashback. They never refunded my credit when I left either. Primus although no frills is REALLY cheap and very easy.
    Vimto
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