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i am about to run out with my bulldog introductory offer, which after that they will charge me £40/mth for the [email protected] unlimited broadband and the phone line. i have 2 ideas, and would like to a… Read More
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1d, 1y agoPosted 1 decade, 1 year ago
i am about to run out with my bulldog introductory offer, which after that they will charge me £40/mth for the [email protected] unlimited broadband and the phone line.

i have 2 ideas, and would like to ask members for opinion.

A
migrate the phone to BT or other suppliers, which likely to have a minimum of 3mth term. and signup the broadband with virgin.net (because of only 1mth contract, others all have 12mth, which is not good for me).

B
i could terminate the line, and signup bulldog again as a new customer! then i could have a new introductory offer and a cheaper standard charge of the same package which is currently only £30/mth.

both options would have about the same downtime of 14days.

i prefer B, and would like to try it, as it's cheaper and less hassle, i could even ask a friend to refer me, and both get £20 credit too. but do you think it practical? even using the same details?
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#1
do you reckon they have a built in mechanism to protect against that? i.e. you can only have one introductory offer per line. Although a nice way to get around it might be to cancel as you are 'moving house' then just sign up again in your OH name as if they are the new owner of the house?? also post office is smashing value for a phone line atm...apparently cheaper than BT and you get 30 cashback on quidco and 50 direct credit from the post office for switching! (as re-posted recently in the deal forum)
#2
wouldnt swapping to virgin.net lower your speed though, as i swapped my phoneline and broadband to bulldog to get the same £17.50 a month deal and mine is nearly about to go up like you, although i have 8meg line (6.5meg actually received due to "distance from exchange" etc.)

BT I believe is just about to launch their 8meg service, so it may pay to hold off and see what they offer when it goes live.

Although im as open as you are to more suggestions on this topic, as £40 a month for both is no where near as nice as the cheap rate i been paying for the last 5 months.
#3
you could alternativly sign 2 of your buddys up with your bdol account number code each month giving you a £40 credit each month, thus totally cancelling out your rental charges.

Although it may take them a while to credit you as it took them 3 months for my £20 credit on the first attempt.

And customer service when asking them to do something is fun too, i just love my 1571 answer machine, that i cant use to get my messages or turn off! so that i can use my "real" answer phone
#4
With AOL you could get the free trial month on the same line again, but you had to use somebody else's card to sign up.
#5
thanks duckmagicuk2. but i am not AOL's cup of tea. they need special equipment to share the boardband connection, which is at least another £50 on top.

also it's has so much control over what you want to do, eg their login dialogue and browser (i have only used their 56k trial) as if someone doesn't know how to use the internet. i hate that.
#6
lokbige2000, my circumstances are that i am only renting, and am likely to move out in the next 3mth or maybe less, so any 12mth min term broadband is out of the question.

my £17.50 offer runs out end of Apr, but will need 30day notice for termination, so will need to figure what to do by the end of Mar.

i am not too bothered with speed, it's just a 'theoretical' number. i have a 512K connection before, and don't find much difference for web and email with the 8M i have now (of course there is a difference when downloading files). so for me, as long as it's broadband, is fine.

even with £30/mth bulldog is undoubtedly a bargain. BT is likely to be 12mth term but will see.
#7
hotdealseeker
thanks duckmagicuk2. but i am not AOL's cup of tea. they need special equipment to share the boardband connection, which is at least another £50 on top.

also it's has so much control over what you want to do, eg their login dialogue and browser (i have only used their 56k trial) as if someone doesn't know how to use the internet. i hate that.

I was just suggesting that it might work with Bulldog if you use somebody else's card.

:)
#8
[color=red]Shame that the offers on Bulldog changed slightly, cus you maybe could have re-signed up to a great new offer with Bulldog when you move,

After March 15th they [Bulldog] are gonna change the offers again, so maybe they will offer something good then that you could sign up for when you move out, in the meantime between end of cheap deal and moving, just make sure you sign up a good few friends lol.

So are you looking for a short term contract for this period between moving or a cheap deal and short contract for your new gaff??

The only pain with Bulldog is that they totaly take over everything, and you need to faff about getting a BT line back again to use everyone elses Broadband, you cant even do a "can i get broadband at my address" by entering your phone number in other providers websites, cus everytime ive tried it says unsupported phoneline etc. [/color]
#9
BULLDOG PRICE COMPARISON CHART

Bulldogs own price comparison chart

Im gonna do some research now, and get the details of broadband prices for a load of providers (including any special offers that they are offering)

I'll post back asap.
#10
Just noticed by the way -

Bulldog now charge you £15 if you change the broadband plan that you are on...

Please note: There is a £15 one-off admin charge for making any changes to your broadband plan - all other changes are free of charge. Changes to your broadband service, phone call options and IP address can take up to five working days. Any additional equipment your purchase will require a credit or debit card payment - we will collect this information at the 'confirm and review stage'. All other charges are added to your Bulldog bill.

So once your 6 month cheap one has run out, you can change to their £19.50 per month 8Meg Unlimited (Same as the original but they've dropped the price) but firstly pay £15 for the privilage of saving £10 a month.

[color=darkred][size=6]The cheeky boogers![/size][/color]
#11
One last note before i hunt down the prices for broadband...

If you dont use that much internet as you said (web and email) you could drop to Bulldogs £9.75 a month 1GIG Service thus only costing you £20.25 a month (£10.50 phone rental + £9.75 broadband) (+ the initial £15 swap over fee)

Bulldog Anytime
Up to 8 meg broadband internet access. No restriction on time online. Includes 1 gig of broadband usage / mth.
#12
Although we provide 1 gig per month, you can always use more data than this. You simply pay for the extra gigs you consume at the following rates:

If you use up to 3 gigs in any given month you pay an extra £4
If you use up to 6 gigs in any given month you pay an extra £8
If you use up to 9 gigs in any given month you pay an extra £12
If you use over 9 gigs in any given month you pay an extra £16. In this case we recommend you switch to the Unlimited package, offering unlimited download/upload for just £19.50 per month.
#13
my connection is shared among with flatmates, using a proper broadband router. i don't know their habbits.

i do download, but not so with video. so a capped or PAYG is not suitable for my needs.

lokbige2000, your help is very much appreciated.
#14
which area are you in, because not all Broadbands are offered in all areas?
#15
i am in london. i believe my area is quite well covered.

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