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New Phone line supplier

Anyone come across a company called Internet Telecom Plc? They say that they can provide a phone line where you only get one bill from them along with a line charge of only £5.75 per month compared to BT £10 ish. Also any calls made to other users of this service are free for upto 60 minutes. You keep your number and all calls are cheaper than BTs, sounds too good to be true, has anyone moved to them, does anyone know of them. You keep your BT line so it should not interfer with plusnet settings, should itHuh They have a web page if anyone is interested but I would like to hear from anyone who may have moved over to them. This is the only phone line supplier I can find were you pay them the line charge and not BT, its worth changing just for that reason.
Dave
http://www.itplc.com/

[Moderator note (by acarr) : Moved to more appropriate forum]
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Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

New Phone line supplier

There are other companies where you pay them for your line rental. OneTel is one I think. You may find more companies doing this as they are able to with recent changes by BT I think.

Also it is using carrier pre-selection and some companies (like OneTel) say if you pay them line rental, you can't have ADSL on the line.

So you need to check the full terms and conditions to see if ADSL is resticted on the service.

See a recent ADSLguide forum post here for OneTel.

Note the FAQ for that company here. It loks like you will be OK in this instance.

No experence of the company so can't comment on their record.
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Thanks

Thanks for the prompt reply Peter, I phoned them up and they say ADSL on there line is not a problem. Looks like a supplier change is on the books.
Dave
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Registered: 04-04-2007

New Phone line supplier

Keep us updated how it goes with moving, I've been looking forward to saving some money on my line rental since I'm only really paying it to have PlusNet, otherwise I could goto telewest for less.

Chris
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lines

Hi
I believe that shortly BT will be forced to offer an adsl only line with no line rental at all (as this is paid to ISP) but with no voice capability, leaving the line open for a VOIP fone operation.
I have currently totally signed up for VOIP and my provider from next month is offering (with every subscription) a free incoming 0800 number so all incoming calls free and first 200 minutes landline free to any worldwide landline and after 200 mins done the calls are dirt cheap (free to voip phones whatever the provider).
hope this helps
cheers
Roy
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New Phone line supplier

Where did you hear this?

ADSL does not have USO status (Univeral service obligation) like some utilities. As such, BT can't be forced into providing any such line.

BT are doing LLU (Local loop Unbundling), from which the supplier can ask that BT supply no voice circuit. All costs are paid to the LLU supplier in this case.

Unless it is comercialy viable, suppliers won't jump into exchanges to perform LLU, as the supplier has to supply every aspect of the connection, except for the exchange building and the copper pair to your premesis.
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New Phone line supplier

I thought most of these companies do operate a procedure where all your calls are routed though them, but your line rental is paid to BT, thus there is no problem with ADSL. When these services first came out, you'd have to either type in a number before making the call or have a little box attached to your line. Now the exchange automatic routes your calls though your provide but the line service is still provided by BT.

I have a SKY TALK package at the moment, but I still pay line rental to BT. I've the carephone warehouse do a complete package (Talk Talk) , and I think in the case you pay your line rental to them, but I'm not sure.

Aaron
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New Phone line supplier

Yup. Some companies still provide the box and short-codes. However, most have shifted over to the better CPS (Carrier Pre Select) system at the exchange.

Since CPS came about, they have now been made to allow you to pay your line rental to others too.

Both systems operate on a buying power basis. Route more expensive calls calls via one route, others via another.

However, all of these require that a existing phone line be available. Only the very few specialist services will offer installation too, which is nothing more than a step-by-step guide of what to do when. They also only relate to phone services, with ADSL unaffected.
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New Phone line supplier

I have heard of horror stories where people have switched their line completely over to another provide (including rental) and suffered problems with the quality of the service. Then had a nightmare of a job getting it back to BT :shock:

There are so many companies out there offering these services, which to pick? One Tel are pretty cheap at the moment, they offer free evening and weekend calls for a flat rate per month. I think it's £13 or something like that.

Aaron
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Hi
my info came from local BT engineer and verified by sales manager at my voip provider.
I bought hardware voip phone and it works perfectly through my router and costs next to nothing. my voip provider is supplying all monthly subscribers with a free 0800 number for free incoming calls from next month. 200 mins of free landline international calls and SMS from sept. so why would anybody want to use one of those other telephone land line providers that go thru BT.
cheers
Roy