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Standard User NVB
(member) Tue 10-Jun-14 08:50:53
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Bt Infinity contract ends soon. Need advice.


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Hi everyone, I've been with BT Infinity for ages and my present contract ends in July. I've no intention of leaving BT Infinity, but someone suggested I should ask for a MAC code and then haggle. I'm very bad at this, I've no previous experience. How do I haggle, what should I ask for that's reasonable or what if I ask for my MAC and they give it to me. It's all rather embarrassing, anyway this is what I pay at the moment, I don't make calls because my mobile is cheaper than my BT landline, I'm currently paying around £43 pm for Infinity + phone line.

Line Rental 4 May-3 Aug 14 £ 47.97
Calling Plan Unlimited Evening and Weekend Plan
This is the cost of your Line rental at £15.99 a month, charged in advance


Broadband BT Infinity Option 2
Broadband and Calls 4 May-3 Aug 14 £ 83.01
This is the cost of your Package at £27.67 a month, charged in advance

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Standard User jcym
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 10-Jun-14 09:04:19
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Look up what others are offering for similar packages, e.g. SKY, Talk Talk etc. as a bargaining chip, Then just ask them outright what is it worth to keep you as a customer as you an get xyz at such and such. Worst they can do is say nothing at which point ask for your MAC to see if that triggers any offers. Remember, just because you ask for a MAC doesn't mean you have to use it and asking for one doesn't automatically mean that you have given BT actual notice to leave.

Edited for typos.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Tue 10-Jun-14 09:45:35
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Remember getting a retention offer can also mean increasing length of contract

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Standard User NVB
(member) Tue 10-Jun-14 10:14:05
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yes, what usually happens is BT will offer me something, the last offer was up to 20 mbit upload speeds, and then extend my contract, I'm ok with that as I've no real intention of leaving, having said that after a quick check I see that Plusnet are offering exactly what I'm getting now but it's £7.00 pm cheaper
Standard User jcym
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 10-Jun-14 11:54:13
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Remember getting a retention offer can also mean increasing length of contract


True, but usually they won't offer something without the quid pro quo of a new contract. All depends what the OP is after.
Standard User NVB
(member) Tue 10-Jun-14 12:21:28
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well it's very interesting, I requested my MAC code via their webpage about an hour ago, and they just called me, very polite woman said she would email me the code but was there anything BT could do etc, etc.

long story short was I told her I would be £7:00 per month better off going with Plusnet for an identical service and also that as a new Plusnet customer the first 6 months broadband were at a discounted price worth £60, she said we can put you on unlimited anytime calls package, so then I asked her for 12 months extra HD channels valued at £36 against the £60 saving I would get with Plusnet she offered 3 months Extra HD channels, would not do 12 months, which is where I've left things. My code is on the way, I will try them again when it arrives.

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Standard User jcym
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 10-Jun-14 20:23:08
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Well sometimes it is necessary to switch if you want the best deal possible.
Standard User iand
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 11-Jun-14 18:19:20
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so, you have started to learn to haggle smile . Ask for the moon, get the stars and learn not to be offended if you get nothing. Most of the time you will get some form of deal.

I must learn to ask for a different petrol price once I have filled up. Wonder what they would do?

IanD
Standard User jcym
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 11-Jun-14 20:31:30
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Too true, it is always worth asking for just about anything you are buying. When I buy locally and I am not in a hurry I always ask for a discount or throw in some extras and invariably get at least a 5% to 10% discount or value in extras or combination of both. A lot of shops will allow their salespeople a certain discretion to a few percent or a few small extras and will only have to ask his manager, or at least go through the motions, for a bigger requested discount, so always ask. Also, look for local stores, even local stores of the big boys such as PC World, that advertise price matching. E.g. in PCWorld I have had discounts due to price matching against online retailers with a further cash or goods discount on top, especially on goods they are trying to shift..
Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Thu 12-Jun-14 10:18:21
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I think you would have to haggle your petrol price before filling up as once you have started filling up I believe you will have implicitly entered a contract to purchase at the advertised price. Not as if you could legally return the petrol as they wouldn't accept it as it would be difficult to unmix it from the petrol that was already in the tank.
Standard User NVB
(member) Thu 12-Jun-14 13:00:21
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As things stand Plusnet unlimited fibre is £7.00 per month cheaper than Bt Infinity unlimited. BT have offered to reduce my Infinity bill by £5:00 per month if I sign a new 12 months contract, that's it. They wouldn't match Plusnet's price, and they certainly wouldn't match Plusnet's offer of 6 months internet at half-price. I'll have a look in the Plusnet forums to see what their users think of the service, I have my MAC code and plenty of time to decide.
Standard User Michael_Chare
(experienced) Thu 12-Jun-14 19:03:01
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When I had a Plusnet contract, I could have terminated it early if I paid a penalty which was less than the total amount still due on the contract.

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Standard User iand
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 12-Jun-14 20:41:15
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I always wondered what the process would be if you said yes you would pay but for xxxx price. need to find a main stream garage that I do not use and see what they say.

IanD
Standard User ian72
(knowledge is power) Fri 13-Jun-14 08:39:13
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If it was after you had filled up and you tried to haggle then I suspect they would keep your car and call the police. If you drove off without paying then you would be guilty of stealing and therefore police can arrest and charge you.

If the prices are displayed then the act of starting to fill up is you agreeing to the price at which it is offered - you have essentially entered into a contract and as long as they provide the fuel your are contracted to pay for it.
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