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Old 09-10-2017, 17:52   #1
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Dropping landline to save money.

I no longer use my landline, so am thinking of just taking TV and broadband.

The offshore call centre are useless and the VM website seems to just take me round in circles for various phone/TV/BB options.

Does anyone know how much I would save?

I presume my discounts would be recalculated, so it may not be worth it.

I currently get minimum phone, XL/Full house TV and 200 BB (but could easily manage on a much lower speed) for about 55 per month (won't be affected by the price rise until at least 6 months into the future).

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Old 09-10-2017, 18:00   #2
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Re: Dropping landline to save money.

Why dont you just ring them up and ask what you would save ?
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Old 09-10-2017, 19:22   #3
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Re: Dropping landline to save money.

Couldn't get any sense out of the offshore call centre, but kept trying and have just come off the phone to someone in the UK.

He said that I get a good discount for taking all three services, which I would lose if I dropped to two services. The net result being that it would work out more expensive to drop the landline!

I suppose it's useful in case of an emergency and mobile is down, plus 0870 calls are free at the weekends (which are chargeable on my mobile).

The VM website mentions 0870 minutes, I presume that this means that there is a cap on how many minutes you can use when calling 0870 numbers. Anyone know what this cap is?
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Re: Dropping landline to save money.

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Couldn't get any sense out of the offshore call centre, but kept trying and have just come off the phone to someone in the UK.

He said that I get a good discount for taking all three services, which I would lose if I dropped to two services. The net result being that it would work out more expensive to drop the landline!

I suppose it's useful in case of an emergency and mobile is down, plus 0870 calls are free at the weekends (which are chargeable on my mobile).

The VM website mentions 0870 minutes, I presume that this means that there is a cap on how many minutes you can use when calling 0870 numbers. Anyone know what this cap is?
No. There is no cap on 0870 calls apart from the 60 mins max call duration. You are thinking about the old "Talk 08" add-on that existed prior to these numbers being included as standard. Taking Line Rental Saver will save you a few quid if you don't have it already.
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Old 10-10-2017, 14:26   #5
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Re: Dropping landline to save money.

Thanks, I'm in two minds about LRS as I believe the discount has been reduced, plus you effectively tie yourself into a one year contract as it isn't refundable (or forego what you've paid upfront).
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Thanks, I'm in two minds about LRS as I believe the discount has been reduced, plus you effectively tie yourself into a one year contract as it isn't refundable (or forego what you've paid upfront).
What makes you think that? Bt refunded mine pro-rata
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Re: Dropping landline to save money.

http://store.virginmedia.com/the-leg...tal-saver.html
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What makes you think that? Bt refunded mine pro-rata
Not according to BT:
http://bt.custhelp.com/app/answers/d...saver-discount
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Have a look at post 225

https://community.bt.com/t5/Bills-Pa...1717554#M84686
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Old 10-10-2017, 21:20   #10
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Re: Dropping landline to save money.

An interesting scenario of conflicting information.

This might add weight to a complaint to Ofcom about BT or VM refusing to refund advance line rental if a service is cancelled following a price increase.

I think they both have a cheek to even think about refusing to refund any monies paid in advance after a service is cancelled. If they scrapped this nonsense they would probably find that more customers would participate. This scheme benefits their cash flow & need to take on debt & the resultant interest charges anyway, so they wouldn't be losing out.
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I no longer use my landline, so am thinking of just taking TV and broadband..
Are you sure that's wise? Always have a landline (with at least one phone not cordless) in case of emergency. Mobiles can't be relied upon, they lose signal and power.

Don't think you'll save much, if anything, if you're taking TV and broadband aswell.
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Are you sure that's wise? Always have a landline (with at least one phone not cordless) in case of emergency. Mobiles can't be relied upon, they lose signal and power.

Don't think you'll save much, if anything, if you're taking TV and broadband aswell.
What kind of emergancy?
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