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I was looking on the BT website today about getting caller ID added to our package and it was £2.59 / month. However if you add the FREE BT Privacy at Home pack you get caller ID for free and they will also register you with the telephone preference service for no more pesky marketing calls!

You can add the pack easily online by logging into your account or by giving BT a call (I know which option I'd rather use!)

NB: You need to make at least 2 chargeable calls/ month otherwise you will be charged for the caller ID
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#1
Isn't that free anyways?

Edit: Sorry thats free with BT Privacy.
#2
nomeames
Isn't that free anyways?


The TPS is free but BT charge 2.59/month for caller ID! I don't think it's a new deal or anything but it's saved me a few quid so thought I'd share
#4
Hot - caller ID has never bee free and is very useful, especially to stop those automated messages and the in-laws! Have some heat!
#5
its been free for years as long as you sign up to the privacy at home piece
#6
No more pesky marketing calls! Unless they call from outside the UK or it’s someone trying to sell you Skybox insurance
#7
I don't know if its a new thing (I only noticed it a few days ago) but Caller ID is free on TalkTalk as well.
#8
Been thinking of registering with TPS for a while.. never got around doing it!! Done now.
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Check the small print of the privacy option for BT just in case.............

It always used to be stated that you had to make at least a couple of calls a month else you would be charged for the caller ID.

I dont use my home line (99% for internet connection only) and so have always not bothered with it.
#10
a666andy
Check the small print of the privacy option for BT just in case.............

It always used to be stated that you had to make at least a couple of calls a month else you would be charged for the caller ID.

I dont use my home line (99% for internet connection only) and so have always not bothered with it.


The above is true, to keep the feature free you need to make two chargable or inclusive calls per month. Inclusive calls are for example you are on the basic weekend plan (cheapest plan), you make two calls between midnight Friday to midnight Sunday. Evening and weekend plan, is anytime Monday to Friday from 6pm to 6am and all weekend through to 6am Monday morning and the Anytime plan, as it says is anytime. Your call only needs to be a few seconds long but it must be to the equivalient to a chargable number so 1571 / 1471 etc does not count.

Calls to mobiles and international calls obviously count as to calls to non geographical numbers such as 0845, 0870, 0844.

Hope this helps.
#11
a666andy
Check the small print of the privacy option for BT just in case.............

It always used to be stated that you had to make at least a couple of calls a month else you would be charged for the caller ID.

I dont use my home line (99% for internet connection only) and so have always not bothered with it.



We fell into this trap. Although we paid line rental to BT we had all our calls with another provider. BT then charged us for the Caller ID service as we didn't make the minimum number of calls over their network.

I cancelled the Caller ID with BT & re-signed up with TPS to get the free service back making sure that we made at least 1 call a month on the BT network by dialing 1280 before the phone number.
#12
Heads up for people on Sky's telephone service - this service is free.
#13
cheekyweegit;7496402
Your call only needs to be a few seconds long but it must be to the equivalient to a chargable number so 1571 / 1471 etc does not count.


Unfortunately not as cheap as it used to be either... I have been caught once with a bill for Caller ID as I don't use BT for calls at all if I can avoid it.... I am, much more careful now, but of course on the cheapest BT rental package, (the only one to have as I spend NOWHERE near what the extra cost would be for the next package for making my mountain of cheap calls on other providers!) a charged-for BT call ends up costing you about 11p minimum now. Making a few calls is still cheaper than paying for Caller ID though, and I still route the vast majority of my calls through other much cheaper services such as VOIPCheap.com, Call18866 etc.
#14
what is 18866 for cheaap calls
#15
i was a bt customer like many others for many years since switching to sky i have saved alot of money the customer service with sky is rubbish but it is with bt aswell so this deal is a bad one like any that involves bt.
#16
been free with TPS as long as I can remember... nothing new. Can't believe anyone has been paying for it when it's free anyway!!!!! heheheheheheehe !
#17
bohemianellie
The TPS is free but BT charge 2.59/month for caller ID! I don't think it's a new deal or anything but it's saved me a few quid so thought I'd share


You may want to ammend the original deal to state two chargeable calls need to be made a month. Otherwise they will charge you for the caller ID.

Unfortunately BT don't always tell you when you join :roll:. Of the several lines I've added it to, they've only mentioned the chargeable calls part on approx half.
#18
Had this for about 2-3years. Cold from me. Should be in freebies anyway.
#19
JamieH
Had this for about 2-3years. Cold from me. Should be in freebies anyway.


I know its not a new deal, but I didn't know that you could get it for free so thought maybe other people also might not and it would be of help to some people

Didn't put it in freebies as its not exactly a freebie, you have to be a BT customer, apologies, am quite new to this
#20
cheekyweegit
The above is true, to keep the feature free you need to make two chargable or inclusive calls per month. Inclusive calls are for example you are on the basic weekend plan (cheapest plan), you make two calls between midnight Friday to midnight Sunday. Evening and weekend plan, is anytime Monday to Friday from 6pm to 6am and all weekend through to 6am Monday morning and the Anytime plan, as it says is anytime. Your call only needs to be a few seconds long but it must be to the equivalient to a chargable number so 1571 / 1471 etc does not count.


I got caught out too once. Had 1571 on lowest package as i get free calls and broadband with mobile. Apparently if you don't make 2 chargeable calls a month you get charged for 1571...
banned#21
I use Anonymous Call Reject and dont get unsolicited calls anymore :p:p:p
#22
I just discovered another catch with this! I have BT line rental and call id. Tried using 1280 to put 2 calls a month through BT to avid charge and I have discovered my broadband / phone call provider (Talk Talk) block it! So I have to pay £7.49 for it and can not avoid the charge!:x
#23
Just signed up to privacy pack good call!
#24
cheekyweegit
you need to make two chargable or inclusive calls per month.


Does anyone happen to have the link to the T&Cs for this as I thought it was two chargable calls? If inclusive calls count as well it will save me 22p/month :)
#25
Its not a freebie as you have to make 2 calls to get it, and It is a good deal may not be new but how many people already have stated they didnt know about it.
Hot from me!
#26
Can't give a direct link, this is what it tells you when you sign up

BT Privacy at Home* gives you more control over incoming calls by registering you for the Telephone Preference Service which helps stop unwanted sales calls.

It also includes Caller Display**, which lets you see the number of the person who's calling, so you can decide whether or not you want to take the call.

Caller Display cannot disclose the number if the number is withheld or unavailable. To use this service you'll need either a compatible phone or a Caller Display unit.

You can sign up now online in Your Account

* BT Privacy helps stop unwanted sales calls by registering you with the Telephone Preference Service and giving you BT Caller Display at no extra charge. From 1st October 2006, customers who do not make some chargeable calls with BT will be charged for BT Caller Display. Customers with other call providers can still benefit from BT Caller Display at no extra cost if the following calls are made. Customers who are billed monthly must make at least two chargeable calls with BT in that month, other wise BT reserves the right to charge £2.59 a month for BT Caller Display. Customers who are billed every three months must make at least six chargeable calls within those three months, otherwise BT reserves the right to charge £7.77 a quarter. If you do not currently make calls with BT and would like to start making your calls with us again, please call 0800 121 8088. Alternatively, if you'd like to make one-off calls that are chargeable to your BT bill then simply dial the numbers 1280 before you dial the phone number you wish to call.

** BT residential customers making some calls on the BT network can opt in to receive Caller Display for free, subject to availability. Analogue lines only. Caller Display equipment required. Numbers will not be registered if the call is from payphones; some switchboards; non-BT networks; or where a caller's number is withheld. Allow 28 days for activation of Telephone Preference Service. Terms and conditions apply
#27
aabarcellos;7497447
what is 18866 for cheaap calls


It's Call18866, one of may cheap phone call providers.

See the Moneysaving Expert site for some info on calls generally:
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/home-phone-calls
#28
Thanks very much, I didn't know you could get this free - I pay the monthly charge...until tomorrow!

H&R for sharing your find!
#29
Hi,
I've tried to sign up for Privacy at home, but I can't seem to find it on the BT website? It gives all the options that cost money, but no link to privacy at home.
Anybody got any ideas please?
Thanks,
Tony
#30
gidabrigi
i was a bt customer like many others for many years since switching to sky i have saved alot of money the customer service with sky is rubbish but it is with bt aswell so this deal is a bad one like any that involves bt.


Stop sounding so bitter, we've, maybe luckily, never had to call BT in all the years we've been with them, it's just always worked and when you went to Sky you knew they have a crap CS so stop....now, so saying it is bad because it involves BT is pointless.

As we use our line for phone calls, yes shock horror, we use our phone for talking to people, it will be free for us, nice find and post.

Have some heat.

:thumbsup:
#31
tonybrentwood
Hi,
I've tried to sign up for Privacy at home, but I can't seem to find it on the BT website? It gives all the options that cost money, but no link to privacy at home.
Anybody got any ideas please?
Thanks,
Tony



Hi, follow my link for the post, then click the orange "home phone security features" tab It's the top one on the list!
#32
Peggy Bedford
I use Anonymous Call Reject and dont get unsolicited calls anymore :p:p:p


What's Anonymous Call Reject?
#33
Some providers have stopped the 1280 override so you can't always route the call via BT
[COLOR=#800080]http://www.calls.bt.com/1280/[/COLOR]
#34
luckymummy;7499145
What's Anonymous Call Reject?


Unfortunately you don't get some you might want!

In my case it would mean I would have no GP.... the ONLY way to get an appointment is to call the surgery, and then be called back late in the day by the duty GP who decides if you need to see a Doctor, when and if at all! There is no other way of getting an appointment, although generally same day service if you do get an appointment.

No number presented, means the call would never get through!

Many other legitimate bodies block their number too :-(
#35
Brad
I just discovered another catch with this! I have BT line rental and call id. Tried using 1280 to put 2 calls a month through BT to avid charge and I have discovered my broadband / phone call provider (Talk Talk) block it! So I have to pay £7.49 for it and can not avoid the charge!:x


it's not talk talk blocking it it's BT


bt pretend it's other companies but they are liars i was given an override number to check it and the number rang so bt blocked
#36
use 1471(3) on any line where 1280 don't work anymore 2x a month (6 times a quarter) These are chargeable calls

I cancelled my so called free caller display as I was sick of paying the One off charge for it when 1280 stopped working when BT switched over line at exchange
#37
My advice: unless you NEED caller display, DON'T DO IT.

Like many, many people these days I only use my BT Landline for my broadband, and when I signed up for this I thought "well, it's free so why not? What harm can it do?".

Then, BT being BT and not mentioning the small print, I didn't make 'enough' calls in the first month and got charged full price for the Caller Display.

The irony being, the reason I hadn't used it is because I'd unplugged it. Why? Because I receiveing constant nuciense calls from companies, which this Privacy at Home is meant to stop. And even now, 4 1/2 months later, I've still got the calls so it's still unplugged. I just now have to plug it in once a month and make a few dead calls to my mobile, just so I don't get charged.

More annoyingly, I have the so called 'free' 1571, which has gotten me more annoyed, as it's there to use, and it's constantly 'full' if you call 10 messages full, due to the businesses calling me. So I listen to them when I plug it back in to delete them and to find out who on earth it is they're trying to get hold of, and because I listed to all 10 messages that BT stored for me, they then charge me for 'overusing' it!
#38
cheekyweegit
... Evening and weekend plan, is anytime Monday to Friday from 6pm to 6am and all weekend through to 6am Monday morning and the Anytime plan, as it says is anytime. ....


I don't think that is correct. I checked when I renewed my BT contract recently and was told that 6pm - 8am is the 'free calls' period.

I just wish there was a way of blocking unwanted sales calls from overseas - partic those from 'boiler rooms' trying to interest me in doubtful (if not fraudulent) investments - or alternative telephone service providers!
#39
Having this for years...

to the contrary, I do not use 1571 as it switches to recording too soon, b4 I manage to get to the phone. So, if u call me, just stay on the line until I pick up, and if I don't - this means I'm out and catch me on my mobile :-)
#40
Daedalus;7499774
My advice: unless you NEED caller display, DON'T DO IT.

Like many, many people these days I only use my BT Landline for my broadband, and when I signed up for this I thought "well, it's free so why not? What harm can it do?".

Then, BT being BT and not mentioning the small print, I didn't make 'enough' calls in the first month and got charged full price for the Caller Display.

The irony being, the reason I hadn't used it is because I'd unplugged it. Why? Because I receiveing constant nuciense calls from companies, which this Privacy at Home is meant to stop. And even now, 4 1/2 months later, I've still got the calls so it's still unplugged. I just now have to plug it in once a month and make a few dead calls to my mobile, just so I don't get charged.

More annoyingly, I have the so called 'free' 1571, which has gotten me more annoyed, as it's there to use, and it's constantly 'full' if you call 10 messages full, due to the businesses calling me. So I listen to them when I plug it back in to delete them and to find out who on earth it is they're trying to get hold of, and because I listed to all 10 messages that BT stored for me, they then charge me for 'overusing' it!


Like I said, I got ONE bill, and now I know, I make enough calls to stop that.
Apart from that, it has been a DRAMATIC improvement on unsolicited calls.

If you continue to get calls, answer them and ask them who they are, and report them to the TPS... one mention of the TPS and they usually hang up sharpish anyway, unless they are from abroad, and there is NOTHING you can do about those, other than unplug the phone, in which case what's the problem anyway, if you dont use it for calls, just ignore it

An answering machine (the physical type, not 1571 is also very useful for screening calls anyway - 1571 then only needs answer when you are actually busy talking on the line.

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