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Hi all.... I am currently on with Bt... home ohone only..We are currently on "unlimited evening and weekend calls tariff"
Line rental is just over £15p/month....WE currently get "caller display" free with this deal....
This deal runs out 1st november... And Have just recieved a letter saying if we want to stay on this deal me must sign up to a years contract... or we must start paying £3.50 p/month....

As well as the call charge for the calls outside evening and weekend... we will be charged a 15p set up fee (is this normal?)....Dont mind stopping on this package but dont really want to sign up for a years contract.....

We dont use the phone that often...

Just wondering if this is a good deal or not???
And what deal/provider other people are with, and any recommendation to switch to or stay with BT !!!
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  • CornucopiaCornucopia Forumite
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    Other providers are (much) cheaper, but some of them have a poor reputation for customer service.

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  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    Charging a call set-up fee is standard for non-inclusive calls.

    You could use an Indirect Access provider, 18185, for non-inclusive calls to 01/02/03 numbers (5p connection and 0p/minute regardless of duration) but Ofcom has recently ruled that BT no longer has to allow access to Carrier PreSelect (CPS) or Indirect Access (IA) providers - so that will change.
    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.
  • edited 2 October 2013 at 8:04AM
    teddysmumteddysmum Forumite
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    edited 2 October 2013 at 8:04AM
    BT line saver works out at £11.75/month, but Sky's is £9.95. The later only includes free weekend calls, but Sky's Anytime is only £5.

    Tesco's, including free weekend and evening calls, is £14.90/month, but offers no prepay reduction, though their call rates are lower.

    Some sites are badly worded, giving the impression that all calls have a setup fee, but this only applies to calls not included in your package.
  • edited 2 October 2013 at 1:30AM
    Stuart_WStuart_W Forumite
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    edited 2 October 2013 at 1:30AM
    poolielad wrote: »

    We dont use the phone that often...

    I wonder how often that is? I'm on a really old-fashioned (2001 era) tariff that is still available to new users. I get absolutely no free or inclusive calls whatsoever, but on the other hand have no connection fee on calls, just a 1.2p minimum call charge. Line rental is £120 per year.
    The Phone Co-op caller plus tariff is designed for very low users or people who want total control over their costs.

    *No additional monthly charge.
    *Per-second billing.
    *No connection fee.
    *Low minimum charge of 1.2p.
    Local calls are 2.55p per minute during the day, and 1.02p per minute at evenings and weekends, with a minimum charge of 1.2p.

    National calls are 3.06p per minute during the day, 2.52p per minute in the evening, and 1.51p per minute at weekends, with a minimum charge of 1.2p.

    Mobile calls are 13.8p per minute during the day, 10.2p per minute in the evening, and 6.6p per minute at weekends, with a minimum charge of 1.2p.

    Evenings start at 6pm and end at 8am, like they always used to.

    Depending on your call pattern usage this could be a good idea or utterly disastrous. There is always savacalldirect.com to make mobile calls via 0808 077 1000 for 4p per minute or 18185's service for cheaper national calls.

    I find the short calls to non-inclusive numbers would make any of the bundled deals wipe out any savings I make, due to the hefty connection fee.
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