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Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 1:56 pm    Post subject: BT are an amazing company... Reply with quote
    

OK it's only taken me 12 months, four attempts and a complaint to actually get BT to come out and talk about putting a new phone line in to us and now they want 3575 + VAT just to extend the line (properties on either side have service but both lines end at our immediate neighbours). BT have completely hacked me off now after some shockingly bad customer service- would any other phone companies be able to do it cheaper?

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Satellite phone? Thought BT were the only company that could do the line bit

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think that they are. Don't imagine there's a cable network anywhere near.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Penny wrote:
Thought BT were the only company that could do the line bit


So did I, until their engineer told me otherwise. It turns out that several companies do it...

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

OK, so I have now complained to BT who have basically said that because BT Openreach have raised these charges there is nothing they can do about it (and it'll be the same with any other provider) and gave me BT Openreach's details to raise it with them directly. Suprise, suprise BT Openreach have say they can only liase with us through our service provider (BT). Feels like we're just going round in circles...

It's not remote (with existing lines coming to within 100 yards either side) and it's not expensive- if we were having the same work done on our own land (non-contenstable) we'd do it for about a tenth of the cost. Is a phone really worth 3.5k?

Duckhead



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm not up to date re mobile costs in England, but I bet you could get a fair few years on a decent contract before your 3.5k ran out.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We're on mobile at the moment for phone and internet, but it is incredibly slow and intermittent.

Duckhead



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oh dear, we have a 3G dongle for the internet, from three. we couldn't me more remote but it works really well,, mostly.

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Can't you get your neighbours to have an extra line put in, and run a cable across yourself? Give them a bit of lamb by way of a fee.

Rob R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yep, I think you're right.

Also considered doing the contestable ducting/junction box ourselves (it's a deadend country lane, rather than the A1) and then telling them to come and poke their wire down it.

Duckhead



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

they could use trained ferrets to drag the cable through. Or did I dream about reading that?

Mrs R



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I thought it'd be better to tap into the neighbour's all along...but I'm fully up for buying the best dongle on the market (can't be more than 3.5k!) - they've probably come a long way since this one was invented?

Duckhead



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nat S wrote:
I thought it'd be better to tap into the neighbour's all along...but I'm fully up for buying the best dongle on the market (can't be more than 3.5k!) - they've probably come a long way since this one was invented?

Ours came free with a contract. 6 months ago. It is really good, good enough to watch the football on streams that we shouldn't go into, with barely a buffer.
We got the option to try one out, they lent us a dongle and bought a pay as you go chip with 5 euros of credit on it. Try doing that?

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Rob/Nat do you get the faster mobile service where you are? I know many places don't have coverage in the uk still.

Another option would be installing a suitable wireless broadband router in your neighbours house if their landline supports a decent speed. I've heard of a few people doing that.

IIRC there's a web site that lists people with powerful wireless routers that have been set-up for people to use, might be worth having a look for that?

nats



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 10 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The trouble will be the BT can't just "join up" with the neighbours - cabling for data just doesn't work that way I'm afraid. I think the wireless router idea sounds good - with a Skype phone??

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