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g3uiss

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Phone only
« on: March 04, 2019, 08:35:28 PM »

Iím about to drop my second broadband service. Having virtually retired and definitely not needing 2 circuits. I still need the phone line, any suggestions for decent provider that might be cheaper than Plusnet £18.99 ?

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Re: Phone only
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 09:49:44 PM »

If it's mainly for incoming calls than BT's offer of 11.99 for non broadband lines is hard to beat.

If you need to make some phone calls than consider https://pulse8broadband.co.uk/line-rental or https://www.uno.uk/packages/phone-line-rental/
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 09:50:14 PM »

I'm not too sure but have a vague idea that Pulse8 may be able to provide a low cost telephony service . . .  :-\
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 10:12:35 PM »

A fully unbundled line with a well known mpf provider without broadband enabled could be got for as little as £10 a month including VAT.

I'm surprised none of the above mentioned providers can get anywhere near this figure.  :-\
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 10:56:45 PM »

Thanks for suggestions @meritez can you give a bit more info like a link perhaps ?
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2019, 09:29:39 AM »

Thanks for commenting. Iíve gone with Pulse8 £14:50 phone only no contract or migration fee. Call charges in line with most operators and no call setup fee.

FYI UNO donít do phone only unless itís a second line.

Not many others to chose from BT dearest at £19.99.

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Re: Phone only
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2019, 11:54:13 AM »

https://www.cix.uk/telecoms/line-rental-low-cost-calls

CIX is £13 per month (inc VAT) and local call rates are 1.2p per minute with mobile generally being 6p per minute. You also have a nice control panel to manage the phone line with, as well as to test and/or report faults, so it's not necessary to ring through to some call center either in this country or abroad.
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2019, 04:03:00 PM »

Thanks @Ixel I will look at that as I havenít placed order yet !
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2019, 05:43:39 PM »

Not many others to chose from BT dearest at £19.99.

BT can be £11.99 if they don't know you have a broadband line (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/bills-cut-for-bt-landline-only-customers).

The Post Office also offer a line only deal from £13/month

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Re: Phone only
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2019, 07:12:23 PM »

Thanks also for that tip. However running into some difficult issues. Providers Iíve spoken to so far advise the ADSL must be removed before they take over the line. I also seem to recall that having 2 ďjobsĒ on an OR line at once can cause issues, potentially even a full cease.

Unfortunately Plusnet wonít cease the ADSL, as they donít offer line only, even to cover a cutover. It seems I need to migrate both and then cancel the ADSL with the new provider, likely with 1 months notice.

 
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2019, 09:22:44 AM »

Can't you transfer the phone and then cancel the Plusnet ADSL when the phone transfer has completed?

CIX and Pulse8 look to be pretty much on a par - Pulse8 probably preferable if a higher proportion of outgoing calls to landlines are in the evening.
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2019, 04:36:14 PM »

Not sure I will have to ask them !

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Re: Phone only
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2019, 10:42:36 PM »

Thanks for suggestions @meritez can you give a bit more info like a link perhaps ?

Not really, as I'm not going to advertise the business only communications provider I work for...  :-X

Anyway, other companies:

Freeola are offering £10.99 a month for a BT Wholesale line > https://freeola.com/line-rental/
No calls outgoing except freephone and emergency, plus there is a £16.99 + VAT transfer fee, and they give free caller id, probably because of the OFCOM ruling from October 2018 that Caller ID should be free.

ITalk are £13.33 a month, with calls at 8.5 ppm, https://www.italktelecom.co.uk/phone-only though the page states it's a 24 month contract.

Cloudscape Connect charge £12.50 a month, throw in a free line transfer, and calls to landlines for 2p per minute, https://www.cloudscapeconnect.com/phones/





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Re: Phone only
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2019, 05:40:34 PM »

You could also consider something like Vonage. They allow you to port your existing number to them.

https://www.vonage.co.uk/home/how-vonage-works/keep-existing-phone-number/

That way you can get rid of the copper entirely.
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Re: Phone only
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2019, 09:33:38 PM »

  Since VOIP was mentioned, SIPGATE charges no line rental, and call charges for normal landlines calls are 1.19 Pence per minute. You need to buy your ATA box though...........
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