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Sestorka
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Line rental cost

I read a newspaper report that BT would be reducing its line rental charge from next April (201Cool for landline-only customers by £7 to £11.99 a month. Quote from article: "Ofcom had been concerned that phone line rental prices had risen recently despite wholesale costs falling. It hopes that other providers will also lower their charges for landline customers."

I had to renew my annual line rental saver, but waited until the last moment to see if Plusnet reduced it charge. It did not.

Will it? When? Will I get a refund?

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Re: Line rental cost

read the report again - only if there is no broadband on the line

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The important bit in that report is 'land-line only' customers, so if you have broadband - with PN or anyone else, you are not eligible. In my opinion, this is a cop-out by Ofcom, as they know it will only affect a very small number of people. I suppose it is a good thing for those it will mainly affect - the really elderly who don't have new tech, but that number will reduce over time.

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Sestorka
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I wondered what it meant - the phrase 'line rental for landline-only' is strange - is 'for landline-only' redundant? Or do they manage to claim line rental for some other type of connection? My broadband and landline phone come via landline only.

The article claimed it would benefit one million BT customers, I assume they have many millions who do not benefit.

What you call 'new tech' is not that new. I have been using internet access privately from my house since 1993 (all via my landline but originally not broadband), and quite a few years longer at work.

Sestorka
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Re: Line rental cost

Broadband was not mentioned in any way in the newspaper report.

jab1
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Your broadband comes over your telephone line - always has done unless you have a satellite installation.

My reference to 'new technology' is referring to those born even before TV was available.Smiley

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Re: Line rental cost


Sestorka wrote:

Broadband was not mentioned in any way in the newspaper report.


Why should it be mentioned? This is for people that only have a landlne service.

I must have been really bad in a previous life as this was my 3rd ISP in a row that used lithium.
Now you're stuck with me because my new ISP doesn't run a forum Cheesy
Sestorka
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Re: Line rental cost

It appears that the change would affect only those who do not have broadband via their landline, but it was a newspaper article informing the general public what was happening. Mention of the relationship to broadband over landlines would have clarified what would be affected.

Sestorka
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Re: Line rental cost

I think the horse it truly flogged to death.