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are there ANY?
talktalk is a BT line - and I think there's a huge waiting list.
Don't go with TalkTalk.
I wanted to go with someone decent, like Pipex. But even they insist on a BT line. I had a screaming row with the BT woman earlier who insisted they DON'T have a monopoly. Yeah, right.
but you have to have a kingston communications phone line, which means living in hull..
But I'm not ready to move to Hull.
I'm going to call NTL in case they can give me a phone line. They're absolute gash as an ISP but they may be my only choice.
Ever since they merged with Telewest, they've improved a lot, but their customer service is still absolutely shocking.
We got ours dead cheap cos we threatened to move to the dark side (Sky) and they gave us a special deal.
You should try it too, their call centre is in boro so they'll probably be none the wiser that you were never a customer in the first place.
NTL don't have cable laid on my road (in fucking Bow - it's not like the back end of nowhere!) so cable isn't an option.
The aggro BT lady informs me that Sky runs on BT phonelines, so that's not an option.
So, it looks like I have no choice. £125 connection fee for turning on the already existing BT box in the flat, plus a potential whole morning or afternoon of work cos they don't do weekends. Just to be able to get internet (I don't use a home phone), is gonna cost me up to £215.
I'm off to buy some music to calm self down.
sorry about the language, am very angry :(
Flats were newly converted 7 months ago and all had the phone lines/boxes pre-installed, so they're ready to go immediately. I'll look at wireless, thanks v much :)
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arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh retail therapy arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
had a similiar problem in her flat in manchester.
her + other people in the block managed to get a better deal as they all wanted to get broadband.
Ill ask her who they went with as i think they paid some of the BT fees in the end.
cos they own all the physical stock, can't you transfer your home phone service to other providers, so you pay BT very little or nothing at all?
Not available in my area. Anyone would think I live on the Yorkshire dales!
is only about £11 a month, and I don't object/care about that. What I do object to is paying an extortionate fee to turn on an already existing phone line as an existing customer. So yes, in theory, I could transfer my home phone service - but I don't use it, ever. I don't even own a physical phone. I do everything by email/mobile.
they're often prepared to waive things like connection fees if you're a long-standing customer, or are moving from another address with a BT line. Perhaps if your parents have a BT line get them to call up BT and pretend they just bought a second property or something, and want the line reconnected :)
ADSL internet does.
So go get cable internet.
Here's some boring details:
ADSL broadband is delivered over a normal copper pair phone line. These go into a BT exchange. BT has been forced to open things up to the competition, so you can, for example, get some other company to take over your phone service.
Ontop of phone service you can have ADSL on the same line. Until recently, BT has handled most of this themselves with their own equipment in the exchange, and while other ISPs have been allowed to resell what BT provide in this way, it's required that the phone line be with BT too.
As of relatively recently, better broadband services based around something called Local Loop Unbundling have become available, which is where the other ISPs get to install their own broadband equipment directly in the BT exchange. Before too long, this should mean that more ISPs are able to offer a combined phone and ADSL broadband package which bypasses BT altogether. But this is still a bit of a way off (another 6 months perhaps? I forget now although I was told at one point).
If NTL don't have cables in my block/street, nobody else is going to, surely?
yeah I'm not sure if there's anyone else beyond ntl/telewest doing cable.
try http://www.broadbandchecker.co.uk/ perhaps?