Cheapest Home Phones Discussion

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  • DrunkstarDrunkstar Forumite
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    Bobrobin wrote: »

    Be like the French !!

    Surrender?
    The "Bloodlust" Clique - Morally equal to all. Member 2
  • Melly31Melly31 Forumite
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    I know this will upset certain people; but I highly recommend Virgin, they are pretty good on the discounts, for example we have/pay:
    Line rental £11 per month
    XL TV package costs £20.50 a month but we get it FREE! (they act credit us with £21 month so we're up 50p month)
    XL Broadband, costs £37 month (only £20 to new customers which rattled me somewhat so got myself an extra discount) I now pay £17 month (paid £25 before)
    Talk 800 costs £29 month but we get it for £20
    We also get a 50p credit for having online billing:
    Total costs should be £97.50 a month. but we pay £47.00 month!

    Plus there talk 800 package includes all calls (you can also opt for talk 200 & talk 400); inc mobile calls, 0845/0870 calls, international & national calls & landlines etc. We've yet to go over our 800 mins month & with having 4 son's I can relax knowing that they can happily ring their mates on their mobiles without me worrying about my bill.

    They also barred all premium rate numbers for free (you have to enter a code to allow calls to premium rate numbers)

    So I'm very happy with 800 minutes a month to any number (no codes to dial 1st etc), a 20mb internet speed, free XL TV package & no worrying over how much the bill is going to be.

    If you're with them already give there customer sales line (rather than cust services/150) a call (free on 0800 052 7000) & they're very keen to give you as many discounts as they're able to.

    Internet speed cannot be recommended enough; we're always getting 20mb or at least above 18mb; also just to mention their fair use policy only applies to customers who download more than 3gb a DAY-not a month as some people state-we always download between 10 & 20gb a month & we've never had our usage capped in any way.

    Hope this helps

    Mel.
  • jhpjhp Forumite
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    Melly 31.

    Paying £372 a year for your phone service whether you use it or not aint exactly cheap.
  • For years, my internet provider has been Orange/Freeserve/Wanadoo, but recently I changed to a new Orange Broadband package that was cheaper. It included free calls from my home phone, which I wasn't looking for but got automatically. Now I've got my first BT bill since changing, for line rental but no calls (now billed from Orange) which was higher than the previous month, when I paid for calls. I have been charged for caller display and BT 1571, which were previously free. On querying this, I was told that if you don't make any chargeable calls in any month, caller display and 1571 are chargeable. Since I cannot make any calls via BT, as they are all filtered off via Orange, I cannot remedy this. Grrr!
  • jhpjhp Forumite
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    stingyscot wrote: »
    For years, my internet provider has been Orange/Freeserve/Wanadoo, but recently I changed to a new Orange Broadband package that was cheaper. It included free calls from my home phone, which I wasn't looking for but got automatically. Now I've got my first BT bill since changing, for line rental but no calls (now billed from Orange) which was higher than the previous month, when I paid for calls. I have been charged for caller display and BT 1571, which were previously free. On querying this, I was told that if you don't make any chargeable calls in any month, caller display and 1571 are chargeable. Since I cannot make any calls via BT, as they are all filtered off via Orange, I cannot remedy this. Grrr!

    You can make the necessary number of calls via BT by using the BT overide access code 1280.
  • HeinzHeinz Forumite
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    Bobrobin wrote: »
    The BEST ever cheapest phone for me, was telling BT to go blow it out of their ear.
    I will NOT pay anybody for the privilage of paying them the bill!
    line rental + calls ok, but + Admin fee + payment charge NoWay!
    Virgin media are next on the list.

    The more of you out there adopt the same attitude the sooner prices will drop & better deals will show-up, don't just leave it to me to fight for everyone.

    Be like the French !!
    We don't like.
    Then do something about it. This goes for everything not just phones...
    So who are you with for voice telephony now?
    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.
  • Heinz wrote: »
    So who are you with for voice telephony now?

    Vodaphone! If it really matters...
  • Melly31 wrote: »
    I know this will upset certain people; but I highly recommend Virgin, they are pretty good on the discounts, for example we have/pay:
    Line rental £11 per month
    XL TV package costs £20.50 a month but we get it FREE! (they act credit us with £21 month so we're up 50p month)
    XL Broadband, costs £37 month (only £20 to new customers which rattled me somewhat so got myself an extra discount) I now pay £17 month (paid £25 before)
    Talk 800 costs £29 month but we get it for £20
    We also get a 50p credit for having online billing:
    Total costs should be £97.50 a month. but we pay £47.00 month!

    Plus there talk 800 package includes all calls (you can also opt for talk 200 & talk 400); inc mobile calls, 0845/0870 calls, international & national calls & landlines etc. We've yet to go over our 800 mins month & with having 4 son's I can relax knowing that they can happily ring their mates on their mobiles without me worrying about my bill.

    They also barred all premium rate numbers for free (you have to enter a code to allow calls to premium rate numbers)

    So I'm very happy with 800 minutes a month to any number (no codes to dial 1st etc), a 20mb internet speed, free XL TV package & no worrying over how much the bill is going to be.

    If you're with them already give there customer sales line (rather than cust services/150) a call (free on 0800 052 7000) & they're very keen to give you as many discounts as they're able to.

    Internet speed cannot be recommended enough; we're always getting 20mb or at least above 18mb; also just to mention their fair use policy only applies to customers who download more than 3gb a DAY-not a month as some people state-we always download between 10 & 20gb a month & we've never had our usage capped in any way.

    Hope this helps

    Mel.

    That's the way to do it Mel! :beer:
    They're NOTHING without the customer. :mad:
    The sooner we wake-up to that fact the better, things will be for all.

    Like the French stand united (if that's possible in this country) and say NO we've had enough get it right.
  • Drunkstar wrote: »
    Surrender?

    Anything BUT Drunkstar! Normally I might agree but not talking war history here.

    Stand united say No more often, Prices too high, wages don't cover all the price rises and all the other things I can't mention so's I'm not insighting a riot.
  • Bobrobin wrote: »
    Vodaphone! If it really matters...

    Surely Voda insist you pay all Charges by direct debit.and can charge you interest daily on any unpaid amount at the rate of 2% per annum above the base rate of Barclays Bank from time to time,and their T&C also allow them charge you reasonable administration costs incurred as a result of your late payment or non-payment of any money you owe.
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