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Standard User imbsuk
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 28-Jan-17 14:43:48
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Does my destiny lie with TalkTalk?


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Yes, so I'm on BT infinity now, with a plan breakdown of:

Phone line: £18.99
Caller Display: £1.75
International Freedom: £7.50
Unlimited BT Infinity 1: £26 (apparently with Unlimited Weekend calls, they're extorting me here)
Unlimited AnyTime calls add on: £8:50
TV Entertainment Starter: £6
BT Sport Free

This is obviously way too expensive, and the BT TV/TV packages etc, can go.
This is totaling somewhere close to 70£ per month.



A fairly equivalent Package on TalkTalk seems to be:

£28.50 24months contract, fibre 1 and line rental.
Unlimited UK Calls Boost: £7.50
International Extra Calls Boost 1000 minutes: £5

Giving a total breakdown of circa £40.

Is all as it seems or have I missed something?

Our requirements are basically

Price sensitive
a high number of international minutes (600+)
Fibre broadband.
Reasonable broadband service, reliable, no shaping, ability to use p2p. 2mbit upload seems a bit Iron Curtain era Siberian backwater speedwise, but I suppose one will have to lump it. I presume it doesn't adversely effect skype too much?

Any other providers worth mentioning?

I really don't see any that have a high number of international minutes included?

I'm relying on you guy's expert knowledge. Trying to compare providers and wade through all the marketing fluff is a thankless task.

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Standard User 23Prince
(experienced) Sat 28-Jan-17 15:41:28
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Re: Does my destiny lie with TalkTalk?


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Hi,

I am on Talk Talk Business at the moment, I would recommend them if you fancy paying the extra £5 it's £45.85 a month with the VAT. You get unlimited landline and mobile calls built in and because it's business 7 day support and higher priority on the network than residential.

Just a suggestion. There are lots of other good providers for broadband, not sure about the international calls bit.

What does your line say at the checker? ( https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/ )

Can you get more than 2mbps up?

Edited by 23Prince (Sat 28-Jan-17 15:43:47)

Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sat 28-Jan-17 15:58:38
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Re: Does my destiny lie with TalkTalk?


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Consider moving all the cays to a VoIP provider, or if the people you call are family all with smartphones settle on an app that does voice/text/video. An advantage being that with the same sign in you can your data when out in the UK away from home to call them too.

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Standard User 23Prince
(experienced) Sat 28-Jan-17 16:50:59
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Re: Does my destiny lie with TalkTalk?


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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
Consider moving all the cays to a VoIP provider, or if the people you call are family all with smartphones settle on an app that does voice/text/video. An advantage being that with the same sign in you can your data when out in the UK away from home to call them too.


That is a good idea. The Talk2GO app might help him on TT res or Biz as you can use it on 5 smart phones at a time - and they can all call each other for free
Standard User 69bertie
(member) Sun 29-Jan-17 13:44:38
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Re: Does my destiny lie with TalkTalk?


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I really don't see any that have a high number of international minutes included?
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Maybe because of the internet. I tend to use Viber or Skype for international calls, both via WiFi (sometimes I'll even use my data plan). Call quality on Viber is usually A1. The wife tends to use Facebook messaging (mostly video calls) to keep in contact with her family/friends 6000 miles away. Extra cost to either of us over and above our broadband costs? Nothing.

I can tell you even 2000 mins of international calls would (sometimes) struggle to cover the wife's calls back home each month. I haven't bothered with an international plan for the last few years. Simply no need when much cheaper alternatives exist. Maybe you might find that there are other ways to achieve what you want.

Standard User baby_frogmella
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 29-Jan-17 13:57:38
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Re: Does my destiny lie with TalkTalk?


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Skype, Viber, whatsapp et al don't allow free calls to landlines or mobiles....

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Standard User E7er
(knowledge is power) Mon 30-Jan-17 12:06:16
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Re: Does my destiny lie with TalkTalk?


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In reply to a post by imbsuk:
Any other providers worth mentioning?

I really don't see any that have a high number of international minutes included?
Take a look at EE call plans! https://broadband.ee.co.uk/callplans

Phone line rental: £18.50 or with line rental saver £16.85 per month.
Caller Display: Free
BT 1571: Free
International Extra add on: £6.50pm.
Unlimited 17 Mbps broadband: £21 pm. (With Unlimited Weekend calls). https://broadband.ee.co.uk/existingcustomer

Unlimited Anytime calls add on: £6:50 pm. With 1,500 minutes to UK mobiles and inclusive calls to landlines in 40 countries (like Australia, Canada, China, Poland and USA).

TV Entertainment per month: £5 pm.

EE broadband WBC 17 Mbps unlimited. Sync 15282 kbps Downstream, 1276 kbps Upstream. thinkbroadband/SpeedTest
Bright Box 1 ADSL2+ wireless N Router supplied by EE/Orange.
Standard User imbsuk
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 30-Jan-17 19:59:50
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EE actually might be a goer. How is the service generally regarded? Why is there such a price differential between BT and EE/Talk Talk.

BT Line rential 19£ + 26£ for fibre.

Where as TalkTalk and EE seem to be around 30 for fibre and line rental combined? Am I missing something?

I'll have to go some more research, but thank you!

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Standard User imbsuk
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 30-Jan-17 20:01:35
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I agree, but unfortunately I'm dealing with other 'old-fashioned' householders who will want to do things their own way. Possibly with some justification. Just using a landline is quite convenient I guess. Thank you anyway smile

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Standard User imbsuk
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 30-Jan-17 20:03:18
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Cheers Andrew, unfortunately I'm dealing with the problem as described to 69bertie

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