Hi everyone. Hope you can help with this question on behalf of my parents. This is a little long-winded, so please bear with me. First some background:
My parents had* been with TT for about six years (line rental, phone calls and broadband). Their exchange is Bovey Tracey. When they joined TT they were told they could have free broadband as long as TT's kit was in the exchange. Naturally it wasn't, so they had to pay something like £10 a month for TalkTalk to use BT's equipment. Not great, but not awful.So they signed up.
Roll on several years to a few weeks ago and I catch sight of a recent TT bill they received, showing 'Your advance month charges'. In the list of services is 'Broadband: £15.32' and 'TalkTalk Essentials £6.50'. I thought this was a little unusual. It looked to me like my parents were being charged twice for broadband, although I presumed the £15.32 might have been the charge for using BT's kit and the £6.50 was a TT charge for broadband.
Anyhow, I checked Samknows and it seems Bovey Tracey is now TT enabled. In fact Samknows confirmed to me in an email that Bovey Tracey has been TT enabled since August 2010. When I challenged TT about this, I was first told that LLU didn't exist at Bovey Tracey. When I insisted it did, I was told that TT's service at Bovey Tracey had been over-subscribed. Great. 'Why weren't my parents switched over on a first-come-first-serve basis,' I asked. No answer was forthcoming. By this stage I was getting rather angry, but kept my cool as I knew they'd just hang up on me. A credit of £19.50 (3 x £6.50) was offered(!) as some way of compensation, which I couldn't quite believe. So I requested a MAC code and finished the conversation.
My question(s) is this:
Have my parents been overcharged for their broadband since August 2010? Were they entitled to be switched over to LLU as soon as it was enabled at Bovey Tracey? And does anyone know why they have been paying £15.32 and £6.50, even if they weren't entitled to LLU?
I'd like to know if they're owed money so I can go to Ofcom and then maybe the small claims court.
Any advice you can give me regarding this would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!
*I've now moved them (with their permission) to Zen.