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Little about mobile on this page but that is where it is at. The computer in our pocket.


I used The People's Operator for my principle Pay As You Go mobile, but it is a bit buggy when comes to follow on 'Bundles' but still works out cheaper than previous big company I was using.


After many years of using Virgin Media (previously Telewest) for my home phone (and broadband) I found their deal has got relatively poorer over time, and me as well as a couple of friends have been totally messed about by them. They accepted deposits for services they could not supply, and with one spending 3 hours in persons home installing stuff only next day to say they wanted to come round and remove it because they could not supply service. They will not give compensation so there is no incentive for them to get there act together and have a system in place where the info about line available is know to them, in fact it is very much like double booking aircraft seats, they are relying on fact others will cancel service in same switch area. They spent similar time trying to install a second line later and failed. The last mess up with them was the failure twice of them to collect their equipment when I moved, and twice promised call back to re-arrange pick up time which not made, they did not want it to be dropped off at HQ or their stores and in the end clear they had abandoned it so went for alternative disposal. Having said that I went back to using them as there cable internet service is better than alternatives and then used VoIP from Andrews & Arnold for phone calls.

BT service is not much better with people been messed around as well.

For those that have phoneline from BT on can now switch line rental as well as calls to other companies, BT no longer has monopoly.

So if one uses a BT (Openreach) reseller for line rental, calls and broadband one is not as locked in as with 'Cable'. Though The Phone Coop is useful for those on Cable phone to get capped under hour calls on an evening rather than excessive connection & per min charge on Virgin.
The Phone Co-op is consumer-owned and maybe worth a try.

Or try AAISP for broadband as they have good reviews and seem to know their stuff. I have chosen them to for my broadband after wishing to leave Virgin when they could only offer ADSL service not Cable.

There are others that are probably cheaper using pre-dial numbers from a company called Phonecheap, 0844calls, Discountdial, Dialaround, Telediscount, Telesavers, Telestunt and others (note they offer different rates via each but rather than having to check out each one use a comparison site). For UK landline numbers at 0.5p per minute try 0844 205 05 05 or at 1p per minute 0844 861 21 21 or UK mobiles at 6p per minute try 0844 754 41 41. The disadvantage of this is that one gets charged for time the call ring even if not answered which is often the minimum charge. Also for some it may be an advantage and other a disadvantage that the number actually dialed does not show on an itemised the bill, which now-a-days can be downloaded and imported into a spreadsheet. One could even enforce use of these numbers for international and mobile calls by barring them which is free if you use the Phone Coop

Also the same Connect Telecom / Finarea SA is behind a slightly different method that is maybe more suitable for mobiles: 18185, TopUpDiscount and TeleTop, so more rates to compare but do take into account the costs call to London number to access, as well as there system. Also this method makes more even sense if one has an unlimited call package.

I suggest you look to switch your line rental from BT to The Phone Coop (and apply for a share in The Phone Coop) but on either look at using these prefix numbers for each call where saves money which in most cases will.

Be careful of going on quoted price with prepay services especially cards watch out for hidden costs such as connection fees, and also for expiry dates. Often one can get messed around with bad customer service especially if the company starts to fail. I ended up paying a lot more than led to believe in there adverts with SwiftCall so avoid them.

There are many providers of directory enquiries one of the cheapest is provided by the Phone Coop 118114, it shows the power of advertising that many people use the more expensive numbers advertised on TV

Also you can get internet access with these companies, but see another net access page.

To reduce number of unsolicited phone calls sign up with TPS

To check what number a phone is connected to and on BT test if it rings, just dial 175

To find alternative number to ripoff 'national rate' number try www.saynoto0870.com

A site with wide range of phone call info is http://www.telecom-tariffs.co.uk/ but is not as straight forward for quickly looking up cheap ones as Call Checker and Niftylist