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Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

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Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

As the wholesale line rental price that openreach charge operaters such as plusnet  continues to drop ( see here http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7187-1-added-to-sky-voice-line-rental.html) will plusnet be passing these savings on to its customers?
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

Not a chance in hell.
They'll keep pushing up the line rental costs so that they can advertise ever cheaper broadband deals. Sad thing is too many people fall for the con! Angry
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

Just migrate to a VOIP phone system like SIPgate and avoid fixed line call tariffs and call set up fees. It takes a little investment in a decent VOIP phone handset, but is then plain sailing after that.
I could understand a "Call Set up" fee in the days of manual phone operators who'd physically move a plug wire to connect you. However nowadays the process is totally automatic and fees for call set up are purely price gouging.
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davidj66
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

I presume that the OP had his tongue very firmly in his cheek with that remark  Grin
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

Sitting here watching a load of pink piggies flying past the window.
pint
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

I know that plusnet arent the only ones who are charging what appears to be excessive amounts for line rental, however more people are begining to notice the rapidly increasing gap between the wholesale price and the price that is charged.


image taken from http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/7187-1-added-to-sky-voice-line-rental.html
Another thing is that even with the background of falling wholesale prices, what one company does ( puts the price up) another one soon follows, almost as if there is some price fixing/ some sort of cartel in opperation
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

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Another thing is that even with the background of falling wholesale prices, what one company does ( puts the price up) another one soon follows, almost as if there is some price fixing/ some sort of cartel in opperation]


I expect Ofcom are watching these developements closely at a distance
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

Another Issue is, that if line rental is subsidising broadband and TV packages then things need sorting out on all levels.

I know a few people ( all be it some what older) who have been with BT since they moved into their house in 1970/60 something, have no broadband, no' fancy'' tv subscriptions and just the same old phone line they first ordered/had installed to their new house by the GPO, and are paying through the nose for a phone system that appears to be subsidising broadband/tv packages.
when it comes to e-mail and using the internet they have relatives/friends for that ( even printing and posting  emails on paper)
Its about time that Offcom stepped in and said that
Line rental costs this ( X% above the wholesale price)
ADSL costs that
Fibre costs this
and call packages are this
rongtw
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

They have to increase price's to cover the cost of the FREE give aways  Angry
so long term customers are paying for the freebies Sad  thanks  PN 
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Re: Plusnet line rental set to drop in price??

I agree wholeheartedly that the broadband/TV costs should be subsidising line rental ,not t'other way round. I was aghast at my aged mother's telephone bill when I visited the other day -she is paying over £40 per month just for rental and calls. She has a calls package but so many people only leave mobile nos. now.......
As a contrast my monthly total inc. broadband,rental and calls is only ~ £14 because of deals on the broadband portion.
The problem is, that at her advanced age, she can't cope with anything other than a bog standard phone. The mobile has proved to be beyond her and using a third party like 18185 would be far too complicated.