For those interested I created my own spreadsheet to calculate the differences in cost based upon my own usage (as reported by Plusnet) over the last 11 months (annoying how they don't give you 12 months). If you want to try using it yourself you can edit the call minutes month by month from your own bill. Obviously some of it is tailored towards me personally, but perhaps it helps someone else?
I calculated the average, plus how much I save having any call plans on top the best I could.
Of course I couldn't compare evening and weekend call costs because plusnet do not itemise between a free call and a paid one, so fishing through each call I thought would be too much work.
One thing I have to say, Matt, or to Uno in general. You really should put your prices as VAT included on your website as it makes it very hard to compare and it isn't the clearest to a new customer either.
Bear in mind this is market 1 so prices will be different to some, Plusnet for example charge extra for market 1 users.
This is for 80/20 only.
Vodafone if I include the £8 a month unlimited call bundle works out at only £444 a year. Incredible value really.
Aquiss: The cost is calculated including their 3 months free offer currently in place, otherwise their pricing isn't competitive.
If you are on large provider they have terrible
PAYG call charges so if you use your home phone be sure to go with unlimited or evening and weekend calls, be strict with your usage as this does cost you an arm and a leg if you don't.
If you are someone rarely uses their home phone or you have very irregular usage then the small ISPs are actually pretty good value. Without any call bundles included Vodafone is only £20 per year cheaper than Aquis and thats with my phone usage and only £80 cheaper than Pulse8.
If you are someone who doesn't use the home phone at all then you might be tempted to go with freeola's silent line rental at around £9 a month with your own BB on top which would bring prices down of the small ISPs even more.
1. Plusnets £10 a month offer including 1000 hour mobile minutes is sneaky. Those 1000 hours free are evenings
2. Vodafones £8 a month anytime mobile and landline calls is much better value.
3. Uno's PAYG is very cheap for mobile calls otherwise, they are cheap in general.
4. Pulse8 and Aquiss call costs aren't bad either for PAYG.
My personal conclusion:
I am going to find it very hard to justify the cost of any small ISP compared to Vodafones potential savings. The cheapest small company provider would work out as Aquiss (only because of 3 months free) followed by Pulse8.
That is a good £100/£150 more. Not as bad as I expected because call costs are actually low compared to large providers but definitely a decent chunk of money.
I haven't come to a conclusion yet but I think that Uno and Zen are far too expensive, I can't really justify another £250 a year compared to Vodafone. Perhaps if they had call bundle deals or rental savers it would be different, or even if they cut the cost slightly per month.
I think right now Aquiss due to offer and Vodafone are leading the race.
Anyone have any suggestions or others I can add?
I know some of my methods are flawed, firstly I calculated Uno home calls based on an average of day, evening and weekend and I also didn't take into consideration any evening and weekend deals.
But is there anyone else with a good reputation/cost I could add in?
Edit* Added IDNET who sit in the middle ground, oddly for me their unlimited call bundle would cost more. I guess if you have heavy phone use this would increase in value.
Edited by Dodgexander (Sat 17-Mar-18 04:11:03)