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Standard User Bob_s2
(experienced) Thu 01-Dec-16 09:15:34
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Landline phone prices review launched by Ofcom


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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a review of landline rental prices after concerns that people may not be getting value for money.

It said landline prices have risen by up to 41% in real terms since 2010, while wholesale prices have fallen by a quarter

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38166781
Standard User professor973
(knowledge is power) Thu 01-Dec-16 09:30:54
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Old news to TBB members, though many that stick with the big suppliers just don't bother to check these facts.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 01-Dec-16 09:35:25
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Oddly and plan to highlight release says "The consultation relates to wholesale prices that BT can charge other telecoms providers to offer homes and businesses a telephone service over its copper network. We are seeking views on our proposed wholesale regulations by 28 February 2017." while it appears the detail acknowledges the wholesale has been flat or going down

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Standard User 23Prince
(committed) Thu 01-Dec-16 11:52:08
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Safe to say people like Pulse8 have no fear of being included.

They have got it right there.
Standard User MCM
(knowledge is power) Thu 01-Dec-16 12:03:15
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It's the remorseless climb in retail prices charged by the larger players that needs to be looked at rather than the slowly falling wholesale price. OFCOM really do seem to be screwed up nowadays. Sky & TT must be rubbing their hands to see BT yet again in the firing line whilst they together with BT Consumer, BT Business, Plusnet, etc. continue to rip off their landline customers.
Standard User Oliver341
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 01-Dec-16 15:11:57
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I don't really see the logic here. Providers have been asked to display an all inclusive price on their websites, but now Ofcom wants to look at the price providers are charging for line rental which isn't even itemised any more?

Edit: Oh I see it's a "landline-only" review, can't be many of those customers left.

Oliver.

Edited by Oliver341 (Thu 01-Dec-16 15:13:07)

Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 01-Dec-16 15:51:44
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The phone line only market is so small I cannot recall I saw an advert for it in press or on TV.

Virgin Media have promised a price freeze, but my guess is Ofcom might be looking at something more akin to the BT Basic pricing that is below cost for a small portion of the public.

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Standard User hk11
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 01-Dec-16 16:47:52
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In reply to a post by Oliver341:
Edit: Oh I see it's a "landline-only" review, can't be many of those customers left.


Surely everyone that has a landline pays this charge. How/why single out those that don't have broadband on it?


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Standard User Oliver341
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 01-Dec-16 17:16:47
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Surely everyone that has a landline pays this charge. How/why single out those that don't have broadband on it?

We all know the price of broadband is low because the price of line rental is high, but only the total cost of the two combined matters when we come to compare providers.

But if you have a phone line without broadband it's quite obvious that line rental is inflated to subsidise broadband, hence the review.

Oliver.
Standard User hk11
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 01-Dec-16 17:27:21
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In reply to a post by Oliver341:
if you have a phone line without broadband it's quite obvious that line rental is inflated to subsidise broadband, hence the review.


So we can expect broadband to go up, cause sure as eggs are eggs nothing ever goes down! wink


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