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8y, 10m agoFound 8 years, 10 months ago
BT have announced that effective today, all BT Together Option 1 customers will get free weekend calls.

In addition, if you agree to a 12 month rolling contract, you will also get evening calls for free.

There are a number of other changes - see my next post for full details.
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BT has today (Friday) made UK weekend call charges a thing of the past by extending free weekend calls to UK landlines for its 10.8 million Option 1 customers.

The move takes effect from today and will mean that, for the first time, all 14.8 million BT households - the majority of those in Britain - will no longer have to pay for weekend calls.

BT says the giveaway is the first step in a revision of its prices that will also see the cost of its two most inclusive calling plans slashed from 1 April. BT says the move will undercut its closest rivals for such standalone plans.

The main changes are:

* Unlimited Weekend Plan (replaces BT Together Option 1): This plan is free with customers paying line rental only. From today, customers on this plan will receive free weekend calls without having to do a thing. If they take a 12-month renewable contract, they will also get free evening calls, saving them a further £32.40 a year on top of the savings they will enjoy through receiving free weekend calls

* Unlimited Evening & Weekend Plan (replaces BT Together Option 2): BT is cutting the price of this plan, which offers free calls at weekends and evenings, by 22 per cent from £3.45 to £2.70 a month. The monthly cost of this plan has now fallen by more than 50 per cent in two years

* Unlimited Anytime Plan (replaces BT Together Option 3): BT is cutting the price of this plan, which offers free calls at all times, by 25 per cent from £7.95 to £5.95 a month. The monthly cost of this plan has now fallen by almost 60 per cent in two years. The plan includes discounts of up to a third on calls to mobiles as well as 200 inclusive texts.

BT says customers will enjoy further savings from April with the launch of a new International Saver calling plan. This offers highly-competitive rates for calls to all international destinations for just £1 a month.

This is the third time in the past two years that BT has slashed the price of its inclusive calling plans. A recent report from Ofcom estimated that a typical basket of fixed-line calls had fallen in price by 30 per cent since 2002 and that fixed-line prices are now lower in the UK than in France, Germany, Italy and the US.

BT Retail consumer managing director Gavin Patterson said: “These are radical changes that will benefit millions of our customers - and they don’t need to do a thing. Millions of people will see the price of their call plans fall whilst millions more will enjoy free weekend calls for the very first time.

“These are fantastic deals and, unlike with some of our competitors, there’s no need to take another costly service to get the benefits. Weekend calls are being given away free to millions of people and there’s the added bonus of free evening calls if customers take a contract and stay with BT.

“Our research shows that customers prefer to know what their bill will be in advance and that’s what we’re giving them.

“Customers can now get all their calls for less than 20p a day - less than the price of a second class stamp, or what you’d pay for sending a couple of texts. We’re moving towards a world where people won’t pay per call in the same way they don’t pay per e-mail.”

From 1 April, BT is revising some other prices. For the first time in two years, the price of line rental - now available with free calls at the weekend - will go up by 75p to £11.75. Customers who take paper-free billing will see no change, however, as the discount for that option is increasing by 75p to £1.25.
The price of daytime calls is also being increased from 3.25p a minute to 4p a minute. These calls are free for customers on the Unlimited Anytime Plan.

The price of evening calls for Unlimited Weekend Plan customers is also changing to 1.5p a minute. Those customers can enjoy these calls free if they sign a 12-month contract which will then operate on a rolling basis. This means they will enjoy free weekend and evening calls as long as they stay with BT. The existing set-up fee of 6p will apply to all chargeable evening calls.


more information here and here(pdf)
#2
were on BT already so is nice to know.. thanks
#3
Does this mean I as a option 3 customer will now have 'UNLIMITED ANYTIME' calls?
#4
Voted hot and rep given pity its not of any use to me as i'm with virgin, using 2 Orchid diallers to maximise savings and free calls from virgin and 1899 for ever thing else apart from 0845 and 0800 numbers to BT.
#5
excellent - just checked my account and the free weekend calls are on my calling plan.

can't find anywhere to sign up for the 12mth contract / free evening calls though

*** edit ***

Ok maybe not so excellent with line rental and phone call charges being increased.
#6
How does this compare with being on the cheapest tariff and having the free Sky calls package?
#7
Voted hot but it still doesn't come anywhere near my Pipex Homecall deal - £29.99 a month. I always used to get caught out by the little hidden charges that BT include with these deals and often found I was paying 6p for an alleged 'free' call for a variety of reasons. When we left BT our costs dropped but our useage increased.

The £29.99 includes line rental, uncapped upto 8Mbs broadband, free Anytime calls to 01 & 02 numbers (any day of the week, any time of the day for 90 mins before need to redial), discounted calls to mobiles and discounted calls to overseas. As long as I don't dial any non-geographical numbers (ones not starting with 01 or 02) then I know my bill is £29.99 every month and we can be on the phone for hours at any time of the day. Despite some bad publicity Homecall have never let us down with this service for almost 3 years now. Broadband usually runs at around 6Mbs as we are within a mile of the exchange.

Use "www.saynoto0870.com" and you get a geographical number for most 0845 and 0870 numbers which means free calls up to 90 minutes. That way I get free technical support from Homecall as well. If the 'free' calls from BT are also limited to only 01 & 02 numbers then the use of "saynoto0870" website is recommended.
#8
Weird!
For some reason I checked my bill this morning at approx 10am (don't usually check for weeks) and this wasn't listed on my call package just checked again now and its on - Beauty! Thanks for posting :thumbsup:
#9
Christiana03
Does this mean I as a option 3 customer will now have 'UNLIMITED ANYTIME' calls?


The free calls will still be limited to 01/02/03 numbers - not 0845/0870 numbers (use saynoto0870.com) though you do benefit from a reduction in the monthly cost..

Regards
Sunil
#10
For £21 a month I get all my landline calls including non local & international inclusive in the price along with a reliable 8mb broadband which has only played up twice for about an hour at a time in a year of having it.

Get yourself over to Talk Talk, you wont regret it, as far as I can see, no-one else can touch them.
#11
& for those of you that are worried about the 0845 numbers, use saynoto0870.com as they have alternative numbers, i.e. landline or freephone numbers.
#12
good deal :) ... shame that my BT line has been out of order since Sunday :(
#13
It's free online when you look at your account to add mobile discounts to option1
BT Together Option 1 - Weekend plan with CallMobile
gives you a 33% on calls, I guess just at weekends.
#14
Great deal and voted hot, but also doesnt come close to beating my virgin deal. I get free calls to any 01 02 numbers at anytime day or night, 8mb unlimited download broadband and virgin TV (not the best of channels but get all the basics of freeview and a few more), all for a measly £20.00 a month.
#15
As far as I am concerned the old joke about the link between Donald Duck and BT still stands - they can both stick their bills up their backsides.

BT is a truly dreadful company to deal with. I use [url]www.call18866.co.uk[/url] as a predialer. I work from home and calls cost just 5p - flat (to uk geographic numbers). My bill rarely gets above £8per month.

I have a more specialist Broadband provider so bundling with someone else isn't very useful.

All my business incomming calls are via [url]www.Sipgate.co.uk[/url].
#16
freestyle
excellent - just checked my account and the free weekend calls are on my calling plan.

can't find anywhere to sign up for the 12mth contract / free evening calls though

*** edit ***

Ok maybe not so excellent with line rental and phone call charges being increased.


I think the free evening calls only apply to people on or going onto BT Together Option 2.
#17
Thanks vm for posting - I think my acceptance of their previous offer was timed exactly to cost me money. Of all (non tobacco) companies I hate BT most.
#18
freestyle
excellent - just checked my account and the free weekend calls are on my calling plan.

can't find anywhere to sign up for the 12mth contract / free evening calls though


If you use the link in my OP, its the left hand box (I already have a BT line and use BT to make my calls) in the middle of the page - which goes to https://www.freeevenings.bt.com/

Regards
Sunil
#19
Oddfellow
I use [url]www.call18866.co.uk[/url] as a predialer. I work from home and calls cost just 5p - flat (to uk geographic numbers). My bill rarely gets above £8per month.


I use 18866, as well as their sister companies 18185 and 1899 - but if you bill is reaching £8/month you would be better off on an 'unlimited' 24/7 call package from someone..

Regards
Sunil
#20
This is interesting as I was thinking about taking up an offer for the Option 3 at £7.95 but was going to haggle as my parents have been offered it at £5.95. The guy is phoning me today - phoned earlier actually but my parents were here so I asked him to call back. I think I have a shot at getting it £5.95 per month straight off given this information!
1 Like #21
Toddia
This is interesting as I was thinking about taking up an offer for the Option 3 at £7.95 but was going to haggle as my parents have been offered it at £5.95. The guy is phoning me today - phoned earlier actually but my parents were here so I asked him to call back. I think I have a shot at getting it £5.95 per month straight off given this information!


BT aren't allowed to haggle or deviate from their published prices/offers - the regulator doesn't allow it

However, £5.95/month is the standard price of Option 3 from the first of April anyway..

I think the special offer BT are running on Option 3 atm is the first 3 months free if you agree to a 12 month contract.. so you could ask for that.

Regards
Sunil
#22
What about an ULTRA low user like my self who only use's the Phone for 'Internet'? , Or at least any online Calculators to work out which is the best plan ????

K
#23
For those that pay their line rental to BT but use a Carrier Pre select service like TalkTalk, there is a way round this.
Dial 1280 prior to your call and you will go through BT's billing rather than the CPS billing.
Very useful for things such as caller display.
It's free through BT, but only if you make 3 chargeable calls per quarter. Just dial 1280 3 times and ring someone for a few seconds and you've got it for 15 pence per quarter as opposed to the charges levied by BT or TalkTalk.
#24
Haha, that's brilliant, my BT line was just activated yesterday so this is a nice bonus!
Shame the company is so useless, though, I had all sorts of trouble just getting the line installed in the first place!
#25
Skybird
I think the free evening calls only apply to people on or going onto BT Together Option 2.


Yes, as usual BT like to muddy the details.

To get "free evening calls", you sign up to Option 2, for 12 months, which you are charged £2.70 per month (from April). The actual deal is that you get then get £2.70 call credit per month. Not much use if you don't use BT during the day.

In addition BT will automatically renew the contract at the end of 12 months, unless you tell them not to, before the renewal date.

Free calls at the weekend is good though albeit with the increased line rental (£11.75) in April, though this appears to offset by paper free billing (£1.25) which brings it back to £10.50.
#26
Not really hot as most competitors have offered this for ages. Why are BT being so nice cos they want you to sign a contract. Remember if you leave BT you will have to sign a contract if you want to come back. Imnot sure but they have started to charge a reconnection fee when you return but they have special offers on from time to time when they waver this fee.!

Another reason to stay with BT is that if you have broadband with them and you are right on the fringe for getting it they will do thier best to make sure it works. A firend of mine who works for BT said they don't do this if you go with anyone else they just say you are too far from the exchange!
#27
miffyl
Very useful for things such as caller display.
It's free through BT, but only if you make 3 chargeable calls per quarter. Just dial 1280 3 times and ring someone for a few seconds and you've got it for 15 pence per quarter as opposed to the charges levied by BT or TalkTalk.


For the 'free' Caller Display or 1571 you actually need to make 6 chargeable or inclusive calls per quarter (or 2/month depending on how you are billed)

However, the 'free' weekend calls on BT Option 1 are inclusive - so 1571/Caller Display are basically free as long as you make some calls via BT at weekends :)

Regards
Sunil
#28
It also states max call is one hour but you can hang up and redial. :D
#29
Just want to note that for those with BT Option 1, you need to make at least 1 chargeable call per month in order to get the weekend calls free. I am guessing BT will charge for all those weekend calls if you don't make that 1 chargeable call.
#30
jcooper
How does this compare with being on the cheapest tariff and having the free Sky calls package?


Seems the same unless you are getting stung for caller display by BT (6 chargeable calls every quarter using 1280 avoids this).

Cant see any advantages of changing back to BT from sky, and to go on a 12 month contract! :thumbsup:
#31
Just got off the phone from BT as my Call Plan was not stated on their site. Apparently you can make any geographical call to fixed lines, but the call must not go over 1 hour, otherwise you pay for the excess.
#32
Wouldn't a weekend chargeable call count as a..chargeable call?
#33
mikeyp
Seems the same unless you are getting stung for caller display by BT (6 chargeable calls every quarter using 1280 avoids this).

Cant see any advantages of changing back to BT from sky, and to go on a 12 month contract! :thumbsup:


Many thanks :thumbsup:
#34
gt94sss2
For the 'free' Caller Display or 1571 you actually need to make 6 chargeable or inclusive calls per quarter (or 2/month depending on how you are billed)

Regards
Sunil


If you sign up for BT Privacy at Home (free), you get Caller Display for nothing anyway. :whistling:

http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayProduct.do?productId=CON-3399&s_cid=con_FURL_btprivacy&com.bea.event.type=linkclick&oLName=link.searchresults&oLDesc=ukprivacy
#35



BT Privacy at Home is what i was talking about when i said 'free caller display' - you obviously missed the calling requirement from the page you linked too :whistling:

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 Call er 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 £1.75 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 £5.25 a quarter.


Regards
Sunil
#36
already do with sky anyway
#37
gt94sss2
I use 18866, as well as their sister companies 18185 and 1899 - but if you bill is reaching £8/month you would be better off on an 'unlimited' 24/7 call package from someone..

Regards
Sunil


Except that most (perhaps all?) bundle this with boredband which I don't want. Unless you have some other suggestions?
#38
Alot more to come from BT aswell come April
Just watch this space!!!!!!!! ;)
#39
Does BT still charge 4 or 5 pence minimum connection fee with each call ?
#40
calls at the moment are 3.25p per min during the day with a 6p call set up fee. However this will change on 1st April

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