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Standard User Premonition
(newbie) Wed 28-Aug-13 13:02:29
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Best way to avoid cessation fee? Moving house..


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Bit of a general question.

Will be moving house in pretty much exactly 18months and 2-3weeks (leaving university), and thinking of ordering unlimited fibre with plusnet in the next week or so (18month contract).

Only recently realised there is a cessation fee, after having done all the price comparisons with different providers and settling on plusnet. Therefore in order to avoid this fee what would be my best option?

I was thinking to purchase the plusnet fibre anyway and cancel perhaps a month early and move to a provider with a 1month contract (non-fibre). Is this a good idea? Do such broadband providers currently exist!? as I only ever see 12/18months contracts.. and do cessation fee's tend to be common with other broadband providers? Or is there a more hassle free way to get out paying this?

I know in 18months time prices and offerings would have changed, but I would just like to get an idea of my options.

Cheers,
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 28-Aug-13 13:27:29
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Re: Best way to avoid cessation fee? Moving house..


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Cease fee is an Openreach, passed onto BT Wholesale and then onward by many providers.

Chances of finding a 1 month contract service with no cease fee seems very slight to me.

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Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Wed 28-Aug-13 15:43:19
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Re: Best way to avoid cessation fee? Moving house..


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See Table 2.8 on this page. You could avoid the cancellation charge by migrating away a month early, paying the much smaller monthly early termination fee, then do a House Move with the new ISP, as many ISPs do that free.

The downside is you may need to pay for the house move if you then leave them within 12 months. ISPs vary on this. So find out details and do the arithmetic smile.

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Standard User Premonition
(newbie) Wed 28-Aug-13 21:21:45
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Thanks for your responses.

Ahh it's a shame switching to a 1 month service is unlikely to be useful.

Did not consider doing a house move with new ISP, that sounds like a promising option. Although I fear I will have to move into parents home for a month or two before starting work, which may rule out that out. However, I will keep that in mind for when the time comes.

Out of curiosity, how easy is it to transfer the account holder (i.e. the person paying the broadband bills) from one person to another?
There is a small possibility of one of my housemates staying in the flat for a year longer (they may do a masters).
In such a situation would they have to start another 18 month contract?
And would a 12-month contract with a different provider without a cease fee be easier to come by (than a 1 month contract without a cease fee).

Thanks again,
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Wed 28-Aug-13 22:52:38
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Maybe you aren't aware of this? (Only the 38Mbps product of course).

Your "just over 18 months" probably doesn't fit into two of those though.

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Standard User Oldjim
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 28-Aug-13 22:56:27
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If the phone and broadband are with Plusnet fairly simple - if the phone is with BT there may be problems
Standard User Premonition
(newbie) Thu 29-Aug-13 21:31:05
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No I wasn't aware of that, thanks for sharing, although sadly that option ends up costing a little more for my timescale.

Will probably go for plusnet anyway, and hope that later on my circumstances allow me to somehow avoid the fee.

Thanks guys
Standard User ultra
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 29-Aug-13 22:57:08
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In reply to a post by Premonition:
There is a small possibility of one of my housemates staying in the flat for a year longer (they may do a masters).


In that case, why not get the housemate to register as the customer for line and broadband, and share the cease fee cost early on (so pay them 15 quid and get a receipt) which means you no longer have to consider transfer of the account, in any event...

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