BT say they can do Fibre Essential 36Mbps @ £24.99 + PAYG calls and they want another £15 per month for anytime calls.
Any idea where I can get a basic 36Mbps service including line rental and anytime calls on FTTP without paying the extra charges like BT?
I believe that BT Fibre Essential is the cheapest available Openreach-based FTTP. BT only provide it on FTTP when there is no copper line. Cashback card offers are frequently available, so do try to get one of those. There will be a 24-month contract with in-contract price rises.
Don't buy the Anytime calls package. If you need to make lots of phonecalls there are cheaper ways to do it, and if you don't make many calls, use a PAYG indirect access provider like 18185.co.uk. Or just get a mobile phone with unlimited calls and wifi calling.
If you use a voice "landline" a lot, the best solution is using a separate VOIP provider. There are much better deals available, you can switch broadband providers easily, you don't have to use the ISP-supplied router, and you can keep your phone number for life - even if you move to a different part of the country (or a different country entirely).
Alternative FTTP ISPs:
Sky FTTP (80/20) is £28 per month plus £20 setup. Until recently it was £27, and I've seen it reduced to £25 during special offer periods.
Aquiss 40/2 is £30 per month (40/10 is £32 per month), but there is a £25 per month discount applied for the first three months. This works out as £23.75 per month over the first year, but then jumps up to £30. You get static IP, but no voice service.
Talktalk Future Fibre 150/30 (again no voice) is £32 per month plus £5 setup. But we're now well above your basic service with BT.
In a few selected cities, Vodafone is offering Openreach-based FTTP ("Superfast 100"). It's unlikely that they'll serve you, but you can try them. Their website is down at the time I write this. (EDIT: it's working now. Superfast 100 is £26 per month. It also offers me Superfast 1/2 at £22 per month, but it's unclear if that would be delivered as FTTP or FTTC. It also says you have to phone in to place an order)
To get the best price from BT, you have to try lots of different links. Here are a few you should try. Again, don't forget to check which ones include a cashback card when working out the total cost.
Edited by candlerb (Tue 13-Apr-21 11:24:54)