I've got to admit that I'm confused by Digital Region and the various ISP's offering it as well. I was looking at DR as an option for home (I'm in DN4)
Is this a FTTP or FTTC service...? There are VOIP services offered...? So why is there a 'phone line rental' cost?
I've had this argument with Virgin, they supply a direct service which brings TV, broadband and phone to my home by cable. I don't need the phone and cannot see why I should be forced to pay line rental. I could understand with other ADSL type services, which require a BT line to be connected - with no phone line there cannot be a service.
Our mobile phone contracts allow for unlimited calls, unlimited texts and all that for little more than the basic landline rental, and we can use them on the move - that's why we don't need a landline. It's costing me to have something I simply do not use. Virgin will let me drop the phone service, but would then re-jig the overall contract to charge me 30p a month more for the same options, without the phone...!?!?
I've used VOIP quite a lot, and have a good provider with proper local geographical numbers, as well as having a Skype account. It just seems stupid to take a phone line when you have a direct Internet connection.
Or is it a direct connection? The more I read, the more I see references to 'cabinets' and distance affecting speeds. So i checked my postcode and see that I'm 1.3 Km from the cabinet, expected speed would be under 20Mb (14.9/5.6 according to the checker) - I should note that I'm about to get 20Mb from Virgin anyway, and don't actually need (at this time) more than the 10Mb (pretty stable at 9.1-9.3/1.0) service we already have.
I am confused even more now, as reading the blurb it appears that Digital Region still use the 'final mile' of copper wire ? So much for a fibre service...!
We're with Virgin at present, so would need a new phone line putting in, then there's a set-up cost... That totals up to more than BT want to connect me, and we've got Infintiy in our area now. BT are very keen to waive the line installation costs as we already have a BT wire to the house form the nearby pole.
At least these are the impressions I get from reading through the information presented - I take it I am failing to see the benefits ?
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