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Hello everyone, My mother would like a basic TV package (I'm thinking of FreeSat) where she can still record programmes, although she has no interest in sports and movies etc. She never uses the I… Read More
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hello everyone,

My mother would like a basic TV package (I'm thinking of FreeSat) where she can still record programmes, although she has no interest in sports and movies etc. She never uses the Internet but would like a Landline phone (as you may have guessed already, she is quite old fashioned).
Are there any companies that provide just a Landline WITHOUT broadband/Internet etc? She has said that she would pay a monthly subscription but Sky and Virgin are extortionate nowadays, especially after their offers end.
What would you recommend?
Cheers.
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Freebie recorder would save a few quid on the dish - I think Freesat has a few more HD channels though...
If you can't find a decent landline deal, how about something like this?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/bw-2-4-wireless-quadband-gsm-classic-desk-telephone-telephone-handset-for-business-2477841

No good for emergency calls etc etc. I think a basic monthly or even pay as you go contract is pretty competitive with landline...
#2
Sky Line Rental of £17.40, no need for Broadband.
banned#3
Buy a nice mobile phone that plugs into a charger/base & she will never know the difference.
#4
BT just do a landline, and if she is on a qualifying benefit then she can get it for £5.10 per month.

http://btplc.com/inclusion/ProductsAndServices/BTBasic/Whatdoyouget/index.htm


Edited By: robertr on Dec 02, 2016 06:43
#5
No need for a satellite. just get a Free view box. I recommend Humax. You do need a T.V. aerial but she would possibly have one of these anyway. (It's how us wrinklies used to watch the telly in the olden days). Then look for the cheapest landline provider although they are all about the same at around £17 mark.
As suggested a cheap mobile on PAYG would be cheaper.
#6
It's basically the same price anyway, PlusNet is £20 a month for both. Get a youview box and she can record pause etc and it has catchup built into the TV Guide, that's what I did for an elderly relative. They found normal ways of accessing catch up via on demand apps too confusing but when youview integrates it to play straight from the TV Guide they can do it fine.
#7
The Post Office does a landline only,
http://www.postoffice.co.uk/home-phone
#8
Aquiss are an ISP, but they will supply a phone line on its own, and they are a lot cheaper than everything else mentioned here, except the BT deal for benefits claimers.
Their line rental is £13 per month - so £5-6 cheaper than BT etc, and their call charges are VASTLY cheaper than any of the suppliers mentioned.

If your mum needs a phone line installed, as opposed to just renting an existing line, they charge less than half the BT charge for a new line.
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Gentle_Giant
Aquiss are an ISP, but they will supply a phone line on its own, and they are a lot cheaper than everything else mentioned here, except the BT deal for benefits claimers.
Their line rental is £13 per month - so £5-6 cheaper than BT etc, and their call charges are VASTLY cheaper than any of the suppliers mentioned.
If your mum needs a phone line installed, as opposed to just renting an existing line, they charge less than half the BT charge for a new line.

Wow, that is cheap, and call charges lower too
#10
Ignore the big home ISPs, they all load up phone costs to subsidise broadband. Stick with one of the smaller or business ones where you're actually charged close to what it costs.

Uno for example charge £13.91 a month for a home/small office line and calls cost 0.84p - 1.74p a minute to landlines, 3.3p a minute to most mobiles instead of the 10p/minute + connection charge a lot of companies are asking nowadays:
https://www.uno.net.uk/packages/phone-line-rental/ (prices are generally excluding VAT on their website).

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