After reading the other posts for BT, SKY, Virgin etc..I thought that I should let you all know of another way around the installation / 12 month contract BT problem. Personally, I think this is a good method for people such as myself who need a new line because they cant get broadband without it.
After lots of research I found that Madasafish also do new line installs for £115 and a line rental charge of £10 a month.., but you only have a 28 day contract. I cancelled the day after they installed. It cost me £125 for the 1st month (so not much cheaper) but I was then free to go straight to Tiscali, which means I now pay just £14.99 a month for my internet and line rental together. And if I move, there is no charge to myself :)
For myself (no sky package, and no real need for line rental other than internet) it was quite handy. I did this 6 months ago, and it worked fine.
Personally, I think the initial charge is totally justified considering the wiring required, and it hardly adds much to the amount you pay on a new property. However, I didnt really wish to get tied into BT line rental for a year, and then have to pay for broadband on top.
As it was, BT wanted
£125 for the installation charge
£12 (I think) per month for line rental
£16 extra for broadband (and 5gb max download per month)
£461 for the year (£38.41 a month)
As well as £70 if you end early for the line rental
Still paying £125 sounds expensive, but if you work out the true cost of BT for a year, I saved £135.
£125 for the installation charge (and 1 month line rental)
£6.49 broadband (1st month with Tiscali)
£14.99 broadband and line rental (months 2-12) I upgraded from basic Tiscali broadband after the 1st month
£30 installation charge for the line rental / broadband combo
£326 for the year £27.17 a month)
Also, there are a few codes floating around I think for £10 or so off a talk package, so I think I actually saved £10 extra..
I will be happy if it helps 1 person who had a similar dilemma to myself.