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Written by Aaron Brigatti  
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

I reluctantly chose to go with a new BT landline.  The majority of the land-line Broadband service providers out they seem to require a BT landline to support their Broadband service.  I found this quite silly, but alas a landline is a landline. 

BT would charge a flat-fee of £122.50 for an line installation - which was a pretty steep service - this was undertaken via the BT OpenReach network arm.

The only other alternative was to get one from the Post Office, which seemed to be the only other provider in the area that could offer a "new landline" service.  They were cheaper but as they were still a new player in the whole arena (well they normally deal with "snail mail" rather than telephony comms!), I wasn't sure.  I rather go with a company (BT in this case), that I knew would deal with issues promptly, and had an army of engineeers that would be responsible in managing and upgrading the systems efficiently.  The Post Office was too much of a risk - even though, the PO state that they actualy resell the services of BT OpenReach.  Not sure though!

So I choice BT, and then started to see other providers offering a similar service that the Post Office, I think O2 and Sky are the most recent - and I guess more will come.  So the Line Rental is actually still paid to BT (as most of the Broadband service providers would still require this!), but the Broadband provider would cover this cost themselves, and recharge it (probably slightly cheaper than the BT costs, to the consumer (i.e. me!).  Anyway, as it was still all new and I knew if problems occurred, it is sometimes a game of finger-pointing to determine the fault when you've got multiple parties involved, I decided to stay with BT for the immediate time and see how things fair after the 12-mth contract I have with BT finishes.

Funny thing I find is that all of the Broadband services don't explicitely mention this during their price comparison, so Sky offered a bundled Broadband and Sky service - but with the BT line rental added on top, so it also proved a bit expensive.  I think the only one that really "feels" cheap, is BT's own service, but it's sooo bloated, as they are tied into Yahoo!, and resell a lot of addon services with the service.  Anyway Broadban service provider is my next challenge.  Onwards and upwards - at the least the landline is sorted now!

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