I am moving into a new place soon and want to set up an ADSL connection (no cable in this area) with the minimum of fuss. It struck me that I have a lot of (very simple sounding!) questions which I can't seem to find answers to - can anyone help?
1. Is a telephone number specific to a physical land line, or to a person's account with their telephone provider?
2 a. Related to 1; when I try and sign up for O2 broadband it asks me for a phone number. When the current tenants move out and I move in and want to set up broadband there, can I use the existing telephone number?
2 b. If not, do I have to get a "new number" or a "new line" - is there even a difference?
3. Is it possible to get a data only line ("dry loop" in the US, I think) in the UK?
4. Do I have to pay the £86 fee for a new telephone line at the flat I am moving in to? It obviously has a physical copper wire running into the property. What is that fee for if not to fit that line?
5. Are there any tips or tricks to getting broadband up an running quickly and simply when moving into a property...? Bear in mind it is currently occupied and the tennants have a telephone line and ADSL package from BT - are there any details I should get from them before they move out?
If anyone can help, it would be great! Thanks very much in advance,