Ditching landline

bryanb
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Seriously considering ditching the landline and relying on mobile. 
As I’ve always used PAYG sim, and used house internet for most things in the past I have no idea how much GB per month I’ll need on the mobile.
I will need the mobile data on 24/7, about 30 mins phone calls daily, 1 hour social media daily, 30 mins email, 30 mins google etc.
can anyone advise roughly what GB per month?
Thanks for reading.
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  • Are you just considering ending your telephone landline or the whole internet/voice service to your house?


  • bryanb
    bryanb Posts: 4,978
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    Are you just considering ending your telephone landline or the whole internet/voice service to your house?


    I’m considering staying with Plusnet broadband. They will not be offering voip. Overall I’ happy with their service, next option would be Gigaclear who do offer voip. Looking at options
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  • Shouldn't be any change to your data usage if the home broadband remains. What are the details of your current PAYG package? If you have some kind of monthly add-on does it have unlimited voice calls or, if not, sufficient minutes to cover your monthly use (30mins/day * 31). 
  • sammyjammy
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    I have a £6 a month package from Giffgaff with unlimited calls
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  • flashg67
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    Maybe pick a monthly contract with, say, 10gb data and see how much you use over a couple of months. 
  • bryanb
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    Shouldn't be any change to your data usage if the home broadband remains. What are the details of your current PAYG package? If you have some kind of monthly add-on does it have unlimited voice calls or, if not, sufficient minutes to cover your monthly use (30mins/day * 31). 
    My payg is an ancient Tesco one, I pay for each call individually. Data is switched off and all calls, and email are on landline and home Wi-Fi. 
    £10 credit lasts about 6 months and rolls over for ever. So my data usage will increase if I start doing everything on the mobile, but how much data should I be looking for?
    My problem is that plusnet will not be offering voip if I stay with their broadband as I would like to.
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  • 400ixl
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    edited 12 December 2023 at 9:44PM
    You won't be doing everything on the mobile network though will you? If you are keeping your home broadband the any web browsing and email whilst at home would still be on wifi.

    Digital voice only cover the voice calls, nothing else, so you could leave data off if you wanted to on your mobile. You would just need the most cost effective way to cover phone calls.

    Also, if you don't change from your current Plusnet service the digital voice switch over may not affect you for a year or two yet. Plusnet customer will be allowed to switch to EE (or BT) with no penalty if they do want to keep digital voice at the time of the switch over.
  • bryanb
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    Plusnet customer will be allowed to switch to EE (or BT) with no penalty if they do want to keep digital voice at the time of the switch over.

    Where did you find this information please?
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  • Hello
    bryanb said:
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    can anyone advise roughly what GB per month?
    Thanks for reading.
    You might be able to find out how much data you've used since the last router reboot by logging into it and looking in a section maybe called statistics.
    bryanb said:
    Are you just considering ending your telephone landline or the whole internet/voice service to your house?


    I’m considering staying with Plusnet broadband. They will not be offering voip. Overall I’ happy with their service, next option would be Gigaclear who do offer voip. Looking at options
    Is that cost effective? What price would you pay just for broadband instead of BB+phone? What phone package do you have atm?
    If you keep the BB connection, why would you want to use mobile data?

    If you have a broadband connection you can select a VoIP provider of your choice, depending on what package you pick you may have to provide your own equipment to connect to the router.

    If you ditch the landline now, I doubt you'd ever get it back if you changed your mind, I also think if you change BB provider now, you'll have no choice but to go VoIP (since Sept.5th) especially as you have a FTTH option.

    If you go VoIP, remember if you have a power cut you'll not have a phone service unless you provide back up power for the router and any extra equipment that needs power to call.
    If it's an area wide power cut, you may not have a mobile service.

    It may be sensible to keep the landline for the time being and consider the VoIP options and what you'll need for VoIP in your own time rather than have to rush into a situation by changing provider or dumping the landline.
    You could also take a VoIP line to try out VoIP (a seperate number) and still have the landline.

    It would also be worth checking that whatever broadband provider you remain or go with, what backup power facilities they have to maintain the broadband which would be vital for VoIP.
  • Murmansk
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    I've had a VOIP line for six years via Voipfone - I plug a device into my router and all incoming calls ring on my mobile too via their app as well as on my home phone, so in the event of a power cut I'd still be able to make and receive calls. 
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