1. When I tried to switch a few years ago Pipex told me I would lose my email address. Surely this woul not be a problem now that they are owned by TalkTalk?
2. Once before when we moved from BT telephone to Sky we had to prefix our outgoing calls with a extra digit. This made our caller ID useless as incoming calls obviously did not have the prefix, so we switched back to BT. Do TalkTalk calls need a prefix as Caller ID is essential?
With most ISPs you can retain your email address by switching to a dial up account as these are free. However you need to learn from this - never use the ISPs email system as it locks you into their service
If you wish for your phone service to be taken over by a non BT provider you will not need to dial prefixes etc - that is only required if you are using a call service over existing BT network.
Note that if you use service from TT, SKY or similar that is both voice and data they are liable to take over the whole line from BT - this can be a nightmare to get "undone" - personally is wouldnt recomment it.
I have never, ever, heard of anyone claim that "TalkTalk is now the fastest provider fro speed" - they most certainly arent. Generally if you want fast speed and excellent support go to BE. If you want a low cost low usage try PlusNet.
You really need to see who has unbundled your exchange, compare costs, consider the speed your line can realistically
support and make a decision based on that.
Ex <n>ildram , been to SKY MAX - 15,225 Download
Now with BE Unlimited - 21,000 Download 1,200 Upload! Never happier!