Just when you thought that value for money was poor in the telecoms industry, especially in reference to the hated British Telecom, BT go and put the price up. That’s right, another hike in the cost of service from one of the worst telecoms companies in the world.
Last year we transferred our phone line to Sky after a year of being on contractual BT. £11 a month for a phone line that sits there and brings in an adsl connection is quite extreme considering you then need to actually pay for the adsl to be installed on the line.
When you consider that Internet voice systems can be as low as free with services such as skype, and even land line based voip solutions can exist for as little as just £5 a month it really does make you question, What are you paying for with BT line rental?
Apparently people whom are on benefits get a “special” price package, of £13.50 with £4.50 a month call allowance. So compared against their base package, for the average no cable broadband user is it really much difference ?
BT has some of the most draconian regulations I’ve ever came across in dealing with corporations and I’m proud to admit , I’m no longer a BT Customer, technically It was my partner before and before that my parents so i can say with an even cheesier grin, I’ve never been a BT Customer. Nor do I plan to be one if i can help it.
BT needs to seriously revise its strategies, roll out super fast fiber optics to every home in the uk and have a flat rate cheap line rental for broadband users (£5 at most). Doing this might actually win it public support and customers.
So when your approaching the end of your mandatory period with BT for installing of a new line, perhaps you should consider the alternatives such as Virgin, Talk Talk and Gradwell or Skype for VoIP service. Each of these can provide you with an interesting service that will almost certainly save you money.