With BT increasing their prices yet again I'm looking at our options for other providers & the possibility of using VOIP for out going calls.
I'm going to list what we currently use & what we're paying (our last bill 18 Jun 15 - 17 Jul 15).
Calls & Line Rental:
BT Privacy Caller Display 12 months offer: £1.75 (I'm not sure this is increasing but I wouldn't be surprised).
Line Rental: £16.99 (going up to £17.99)
Call Plan add-On Unlimited Anytime Calls: £7.45 (going up to £7.95) [I also believe we get a discount for mobile charges because of this..]
The number of calls we made: 14, 9 were to mobiles which came to £1.87 total duration 29 odd minutes!
Broadband (and Calls)
BT seem to group calls with broadband, so apparently we get our broadband with unlimited weekend calls which is overridden by the calls add-on above.
We're on Unlimited BT infinity 1: £23.00.
Even though we're paying for the 38mbps service we barely get 23mbps due to the line distance.
So at present we're paying £41.84 (49.19 without discount) minus calls but I rang up last year to complain about the caller display charge they knocked off a further £7.35 for 12 months which is ending in Oct this year (as does our contract)..
For the service & our usage it feels really expensive.. I did speak to BT customer options today & the lady did suggest removing the unlimited calls which would affect the price of the calls to mobiles and we'd have to pay connection charges on top!
We are eligible for BT Basic but that would mean basic ADSL broadband at 4mbps max with a 10GB limit which wouldn't last us a day (we do a LOT of streaming & gaming so use about 300-400GB a month).
So our options are:-
* Remove the unlimited calling plan & pay for all calls, but would this work out cheaper in the long run?
* Switch completely to VOIP including porting our number but that would mean having no phone or broadband for a while (a bit of a problem as we use it for everything, shopping etc - mobile broadband is also a no go around here).
* Remove the unlimited calling plan & use a voip provider for out going only calls with the BT line serving as backup in case of failure.
* Completely switch providers for both phone & broadband for someone cheaper, but who?
* Get a 3G modem & add a cheap sim only deal for calls..
As you can tell I'm unsure of the best route to take without causing too much hassle.
Any suggestions as to the best route to take would be appreciated