Cheapest Home Phones Discussion

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  • This is my experience. I was formerly with ntl for Broadband and telephone and Sky+ for television. ntl bills (after it was taken over by Virgin Media) had risen to between £45 and £55 per month and Sky was £37 per month.
    Last December I phoned Sky and cancelled the channels I don't watch. This reduced the Sky bill to £22. In January I had the BT line re-activated at a cost of £125 + £11 line rental. Then in February I switched to Sky Broadband and telephone, agreeing to pay £5 per month extra for the 8Mb download speed and £5 per month for Sky Talk Unlimited which gives unlimited calls to UK landlines any time of the day or night, 25% cheaper calls to UK mobiles (compared with BT Together Option 1 and unlimited calls to 10 international destinations - I believe this has now risen to 20 international destinations. Sky then took over the line rental which went down from £11.50 to £10. I had a letter from BT which (in small print) said I might have to pay a penalty charge for cancelling before I'd been with them for a year, but I missed that. Then I got a bill from BT for £70 penalty. I phoned Sky and was told I could keep the line rental with BT. I spent 3 hours trying to phone BT, hanging on for ages, then being told to ring another number (typical of all my dealings with them). So I e-mailed to say I preferred to pay them the £11.50 per month for 10 more months than £70 penalty. The reply came that the line was already cut off so I would have to pay to have it re-activated - £125 again? - and also pay the £70. I decided it was worth £70 to be shot of BT and paid it.
    My total monthly bill should now be £22+£10+£5+£5 = £42, a saving of £45 per month, so I'm very pleased. I think the £5 flat rate for telephone calls is very reasonable; could I do better with 18185 as Martyn seemed to be advising a questioner who was on Skytalk last night?
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    I wish you'd come here first Dinahmyte

    I'm sure we could've saved you a lot of money.

    Whatever you do, don't use Sky Talk for non-Sky 0845/0870 calls from 15-4-08.
    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.
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    Currently with BT

    I use 18185 during the day and some evening calls, occasionally mobile calls
    use override number to call abroad

    My BT calls are usually under £5 a quarter

    I am looking at Primus 1 or 2

    What is the best option for me and what is the difference between 1 and 2.

    Primus 2 seems to be no monthly cost, whereas 1 is £1.49 (£5 cashback for 12 months, if I understand correctly). What is £1.49 a month for/what benefit do I get other than the cashback?

    Most of my calls are evening local, but probably only 3/4 calls a week.

    Given that I do not make many calls which is the best option for me?

    Can I go through uswitch through quidco to get extra cashback?

    Any comments appreciated.

    Thanks
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    You may be confusing Primus Talk 1/2 (which appear to be offered only via uSwitch.com) with Primus Saver Option 2. The latter is also available via uSwitch but you have to be a little creative to get the uSwitch site to offer it.

    Yes, you can go via Quidco to get to uSwitch and get £10 cashback.

    Your use is very low so whether it's worth opting for Primus Saver Option 2 CPS instead of just changing to BT's (free if you agree to a 'rolling 12 month contract') Unlimited Evening & Weekend Plan (formerly BT Together Option 2) really depends whether BT's 60 minute free evening/weekend call limit (as opposed to the 90 minutes available on Primus Saver Option 2) would be a problem for you.
    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.
  • dogladdoglad Forumite
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    I just want the cheapest way to have a home phone. I only need incoming calls diverted to my vodaphone mobile from my land line. Any help or advice would be much appreciated
    Thanks Doglad
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    doglad wrote: »
    I just want the cheapest way to have a home phone. I only need incoming calls diverted to my vodaphone mobile from my land line.
    I use a BT landline (the £10.50/month Unlimited Weekend Plan - formerly called BT Together Option 1), BT's £1.75/month Call Divert Calling Feature with Primus Saver Option 2 CPS plus Penny Mobile.

    When the divert is operational, each diverted call costs me a flat rate of 20p for up to 20 minutes.
    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.
  • macliammacliam Forumite
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    I need to stay with my BT line, but as well as wanting free calls to UK landlines, I also need to call European landlines (and some mobiles) regularly.
    I have used overrides up until now, although this can still be expensive for mobiles. However the advent of setup charges means that a failed call will still cost at least 7p! Time to change ...:eek:
    I really can't see my family getting their heads around "if it's 3pm on a Tuesday in July, I should be using 0845 123321 for the cheapest call", so I've looked at packages that seem to do what I want.
    Euphony EUTALK18+, which for about £4.50 a month over the 18-month contract will give me UK and the international landline calls I need free at all times, so seems pretty good :cool:
    HOWEVER .... one of the override numbers I use for mobiles (which used to cost 10p/minute on BT) will cost 50p via Euphony! But I guess I can still dial 1280 back to BT and get the BT rate for mobiles .....:D
    Does anyone have any experience of Euphony .... I don't fancy getting caught up in an 18-month contract if they're bad news!
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    Use 18185 for calling mobiles instead - 5p connection and 6p/minute weekdays (3.5p at weekends).

    Euphony may be the CPS provider for your usage (it's one of the alternatives in my 6-steps post - under the HERE link in my signature below).

    Sounds like an Orchid is needed in your house.
    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.
  • macliammacliam Forumite
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    Heinz wrote: »
    Use 18185 for calling mobiles instead - 5p connection and 6p/minute weekdays (3.5p at weekends).

    Euphony may be the CPS provider for your usage (it's one of the alternatives in my 6-steps post - under the HERE link in my signature below).

    Sounds like an Orchid is needed in your house.

    ....Ahh, yes - I wasn't very clear, was I? :o
    I hardly ever call UK mobiles from my landline - so I meant European mobiles (a lot of people don't have landlines any more). That's why my override might seem "expensive" - it's actually a call to a mobile in Swizerland!
    I did read through your post and it's very useful - but if Euphony are OK (and the 1280 override to BT lets me use my mobile override for Switzerland ....) I think they're for me.
    I've emailed their customer team a few times and had good responses (but then, I'm not actually signed up yet, am I)icon12.gif
  • 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...
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