was initially thinking that I could just get a cheap ADSL package, and keep that running alongside the FTTC when it arrives, as I thought the copper wires carried two lines.
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That's a different question!
The "wire" that comes to your house at the moment has (I think) three pairs. Maybe only two.
A connection requires a pair, which carries both the phone and ADSLx signals.
As has been said, you can't have ADSLx and FTTC down the same pair.
However, there is nothing to stop you having a second line, i.e. a second telephone number and line rental, delivered over the second pair. You could have FTTC on that, and your ADSL stay on the existing one.
As for worrying about choosing an ISP that will upgrade you to FTTC when it comes, as I said before, most will do a monthly contract package. So it doesn't matter. Bear in mind that FTTC from most ISPs is a lot more expensive then ADSLx, so you may not wish to upgrade with the monthly contract ISP
What you should do is migrate now to a monthly contract, if you are sure that your problems are entirely O2, and no possibility of a line fault. Then when the time comes, you either upgrade or migrate again to FTTC.
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Edited by RobertoS (Mon 23-Apr-12 19:10:45)