Thank you Heinz. I have 1571 and I didn't realise about the charges. In fact, my sister said that she kept phoning me last night and I was continually engaged.
Unfortunately the machine you recommend comes with a phone attached and I have 3 phones already so I don't think I can use a different phone.
Am I correct?
Heinz wrote: »
Please DUMP 1571!
The reason I say that is because, IMHO, 'free' 1571 services are nothing more than a clever con by call provider companies.
That's because, if you call someone who has the 'service' and they happen to be engaged§ on a call already, you go straight through to the 1571 'machine' (you have no option, the decision is out of your hands).. Your call is connected and you are charged (if you don't have an inclusive call package, such a call during the day on a weekday on BT would cost 6p connection plus a minimum charge of 3¼p for the first minute. . So, even if you don't want to leave a message, that call costs you 9¼p.. Trying again (and again, and again) might have the same result too (starts getting expensive).
If the person you called didn't have 1571, you'd have heard an engaged tone, would have realised they were busy on a call, would not have been charged anything and probably would have decided to try again after a few minutes.
Anyway, an answering machine set to answer after 8 or 9 rings is a far more 'friends and family friendly' device for when you're out.. F&F quickly learn that, if you haven't answered by, say, the fifth ring, you're not going to - so they have the option of waiting until the answering machine kicks in and leaving a message or, at no cost, hanging up and trying later.BT has now come up with another little ruse to squeeze even more money out of 1571 - 'FREE' text alerts. Actually, it's not free to use - just free to sign up (isn't that good of them?) - the cost of the texts is charged to the landline number.§ Rumour has it that Virgin Media has latched onto a devious way to make more money from 1571 - even when the called number is not already engaged. Apparently, they've reduced the number of rings before it kicks in - to THREE!
DUMP IT. DUMP IT. DUMP IT.
I dumped 1571 some time ago and picked up a very nice brand new BT Decor 500 LST and answering machine on ebay for about £10. This 'campaign' must be working - the prices are a little higher now!:oThe easy way to cancel 1571 without hanging on the phone for ages is to email BT via THIS PAGE.
N.B. This is really an extension/resurrection of Martin's 2005 "Do the 5 ring slam" thread.
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