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If your Itron meter was functioning as a smart meter with EDF it may have lost functionality when you swapped to Avro. However Itron meters were in the first group of meters to be enrolled in the DCC which means Avro should by now be able to operate your meter in smart mode.
The poster on the previous page wasn't correct in stating you need to keep a smart meter in smart. You can request at point of installation that a smart meter is installed in dumb mode without any coms turned and some suppliers will let you opt out of smart meter communications, but once installed I don't think you can stop the meter communicating with the DCC.
In terms of getting a legacy meter installed, you can't just buy one online, any meter even from a recognised manufacturer needs to be brought through specific supply chains to ensure the correct safety checks are in place.
For legacy meters the meters are owned and operated by your local MOP. Your MOP is the same company regardless of supplier, Your MOP charges rental to your supplier but the MOP Is regarded as the owner.
For Smart meters the meter is purchased by the MAP your supplier (at the point of install) chose to use and then leased to the supplier, with the supplier being regarded as the owner. If a supplier removes a non faulty smart meter before the lease period is up (generally 10-15 years) they have to pay the majority of the remaining rental to the MAP. This is the main reason why no supplier is going to remove a non faulty smart meter. Do you hate the smart meter enough to want to pay up the remaining rental on it which will probably be £100-£200 (I don't think any supplier has a process that would actually do this other than via a complaint), because that is what you are asking the supplier to do.
However bear in mind that at some point in the future they will probably have to start supporting them (they are already being fined if they don't because it's a condition of supply) although I guess that older SMETS1 meters will take a bit longer to be migrated but, have no fear, it will happen..
I'd also suggest that a bit further down the line they'll probably become compulsory for those who haven't succumbed yet.
Possibly through legislation or more likely because the extra costs of manual input will be passed on to the fewer and fewer customers who are holding out.
Complex metering that they don't support
Failing credit check with a non-smart credit meter