With Gigaclear fibre in your property, you could cancel your old BT land line (saving £15.45 per month line rental (or £11.75 if you pay annually in advance) and swap to a VOIP (Voice Over IP), internet telephony service.
Calls made via VOIP services deliver reliable, crystal clear audio using your existing cordless telephone handsets or an old plug-in style phone plugged into the router through an adapter.*****
***** To use old plug in style phones on existing extension points around the property, you may need to convert the existing wiring.
You can even move your existing BT telephone number to the new service at no cost (this is called porting the number). There does need to be a slight overlap in BT & VOIP service for this to happen (perhaps a month), but you can start using a Vonage supplied number for incoming & outgoing calls immediately. You can also select any geographical number you want (so why not have a London area code or 03 number for your business).
Essentially, you use the new service in exactly the same way as your existing telephone system, making and receiving exactly the same calls as before. The only difference is that the signal travels down the fibre optic cable instead and you will need a small Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) if you want the router and telephone to work in the event of a power cut (as indeed you need now, if you want your existing cordless handsets to work in a power cut). A suitable residential UPS costs around £45, but they start from as little as £30.
Gigaclear has partnered with one of the biggest operators called Vonage, allowing the initial set-up cost of £9.99 to be waived. The only set-up cost is therefore £5 postage for the Vonage box.
Vonage does not tie you into long term contracts (all packages have a 30 day rolling contract), although there is a £63.99 cancellation fee if you stop the service in the first 90 days and £23.99 if you cancel it from 91 to 365 days months (which covers the cost of the Vonage box which is otherwise supplied free of charge).
Call packages start at £5 per month (i.e. monthly £5.99 Anytime package cost if paid annually), are cheaper than BT (equivalent Anytime package is £7) and any calls over and above your inclusive calls are much cheaper than BT (see call comparison below). Calls to other Vonage customers are also completely free.
Annual costs for the above packages are cheaper – as follows (in order):
Vonage also includes an extra 20 services as standard on all packages e.g. Voicemail Plus, Simulring (set multiple numbers to ring simultaneously), Call waiting, Caller block, Withhold caller id, 1471, Caller id display, Ring Lists (set different ring tones for different calls), Ring back, 1571, Call hunt, Do not disturb, Call Transfer.
You can even get your voicemail messages transcribed and e-mailed to you (Visual Voicemail) as standard on every package.
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