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Standard User Kr1s69
(knowledge is power) Thu 17-Jan-19 21:28:37
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Cheap service for Grandma - with calls


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Hi,

I look after my grandmaís utility accounts and sheís currently with talktalk.

She gets ADSL and line rental for £20 then free U.K. calls with an international bolt on for £6. Total cost £26 per month.

All the offers are ending so itís probably going to be £24 + £10 + £6 then some random TV cost of £4.

I donít think she even uses the internet now.

Is there a good line rental only option with either cheap calls or a cheap package?

Her daughter is in Australia so she needs to call there once or twice per week.

Kris

Plusnet
Ashington (Northumberland) Exchange
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Thu 17-Jan-19 23:11:38
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If keeping the broadband then signing another contract for 12 or 18 months might get a decent price again

NOTE: The random TV cost may be something that can be opted out of i.e. it is not needed if using just the Freeview side of the TalkTalk/YouView boxes

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Standard User brookheather
(regular) Fri 18-Jan-19 10:58:15
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Why not just pay for a mobile sim and use WhatsApp for international calls? Would cost £10 pm for a decent amount of data and unlimited UK calls.


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Standard User HungryHorace
(newbie) Sun 20-Jan-19 00:50:15
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Whatsapp is great but many elderly don't like mobile, let alone apps.

If OP wants a landline solution Post Office are doing line rental for £13pm plus international calls for £5pm. Seems reasonable https://www.postoffice.co.uk/broadband-phone/home-phone
Standard User baby_frogmella
(knowledge is power) Sun 20-Jan-19 08:26:44
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Talktalk may still sell their line rental & calls service only (ie no broadband on line), worth giving them a call and asking. They stopped advertising their voice only service yonks ago but it could still be ordered over the phone - however not sure if thats still the case.

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Edited by baby_frogmella (Sun 20-Jan-19 08:59:54)

Standard User burble
(member) Sun 20-Jan-19 09:51:07
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In reply to a post by HungryHorace:
Whatsapp is great but many elderly don't like mobile, let alone apps.

If OP wants a landline solution Post Office are doing line rental for £13pm plus international calls for £5pm. Seems reasonable https://www.postoffice.co.uk/broadband-phone/home-phone

That sounds just what we want for a relative.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 20-Jan-19 13:29:04
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If you have a landline ONLY i.e not broadband then there is a discount https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/me...

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 20-Jan-19 13:29:50
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The Ofcom imposed discount on BT has pretty much killed landline only deals

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Standard User helpoort
(committed) Sun 20-Jan-19 17:36:18
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Have just changed a neighbour from TalkTalk broadband.
Neighbour has lost partial vision result of AMD. Only needs telephone line.
Best deal I found and switched him over was the Post Office.
£13.00 per month including posted monthly bills payable at the Post Office.
Changed via the telephone, seemed very smooth. The PO notify TalkTalk and do it all.
Appear to be very efficient.
Standard User burble
(member) Sun 20-Jan-19 19:27:38
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
If you have a landline ONLY i.e not broadband then there is a discount https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/me...

For a 'anytime' plan the Post office deal is 20% cheaper than BT
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