£4.50 per month BT LINE RENTAL inc £1.50 calling credit. Save a min of £6.75 per month - for Long term sick & disabled, unemployed or those who get guaranted pension credit
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£4.50 per month BT LINE RENTAL inc £1.50 calling credit. Save a min of £6.75 per month - for Long term sick & disabled, unemployed or those who get guaranted pension credit

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Found 29th Apr 2009Local
Not For everyone - but might help out someone you know - but for those on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Guarantted Pension Credit , Employement Support Allowance or those registered as longer term sick or disabled -you can have a new line or exchange your existing BT line to the BT Basic line rental package .

Its called BT Basic and costs £4.50 per month, which includes £1.50 calling credit. The negative aspects is that it cost more per minute to use - I think - see below for further details. But only small if use a mobile or calling cards etc to make most of your calls on anway.

You can have broadband on this line, but not sure if it can only be BT Broadband. So could possibly use with free homebroand give by some companies such Orange, Sky etc.

You can apply over the phone, they call back and make an application with you or request an application form - both from 0800 783 1675.

Follow go to deal link to see FAQ on BT Basics



How much does BT Basic cost?
The BT Basic line rental is only £13.20 every three months (including VAT), and you can pay your bill however you like.

Your line rental includes a call allowance of £4.50 every three months (this includes VAT). This means that if your phone calls to normal UK or international destinations never go over that amount, your bill will never be more than £13.20 every three months (including VAT).

Your £4.50 call allowance covers national, local and international calls. The number of calls you can make depends on the length and type of calls you make. If you call a National or local number, it will be calculated on a 9.78 pence a minute rate (plus 2.93p for each call). International calls are calculated on the standard BT calling package rates.

If you go over your £4.50 call allowance, you'll pay 9.78p a minute (plus 2.93p for each phone call) for all normal UK calls and all other types of calls will be charged at standard BT calling package rates. If you don't use up all of your call allowance, you can't carry this over to the next three months.
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1899 is a prefix service provide by [url]www.call1899.com[/url] and it redirected the call over the internet and charged really low prices for each call. 18185 is similar service.
bcham;5077992

ive worked all my live,but now at 51 its hard to get any job,especially … ive worked all my live,but now at 51 its hard to get any job,especially when im bringing my son up alone who is 9 yrs old,



There are plenty of jobs out there on minumum wage - i know its not ideal but there are plenty of jobs out there - but companies are having to take on Polish workers because british people arent prepared to work for minumum wage, they would rather claim benefits.
grahamh1981;5077498

bt basic does not support broadband guys sorry



yes it does, relative has it with BT broadband.
grahamh1981;5077552

he could get bt basic service buddy and if you have acces to the internet … he could get bt basic service buddy and if you have acces to the internet have the bills emailed to you and you can print them for him? that would save that fee



with BT Basic NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR PAYING IN DIFFERENT WAYS:thumbsup: so it is really back to basic
beerman;5077322

I see this as another kick in the teeth for us that decide sitting on our … I see this as another kick in the teeth for us that decide sitting on our ***** watching Jeremy Kyle isn't the most productive thing in the world. I have no problems with this scheme being offered to disabled or those on pensions but dole scroungers wtf is that about? I wouldn't mind cheaper line rental as I don't even have a phone connected and use it purely for broadband. Every month I have to pay my BT tax just for the privilege of being on the net.



I totaly agree with that mate. I dont mind the "genuine" disabled and elderly but I would like to know when they going to do something for us workers that are struggling. :x
This Offer By Bt Is Vry Discriminative. What About People Who Stuggle To Pay The Line Rental At Normal Price!
apparantely BT Basic is aimed on a low income, they use the benefit system to ensure this. With previous schemes such as the light user scheme - some people were using when the had a very healthy income. For example, to supplement 2nd home phones. Running the light user scheme at the cost did - actually cost them more to run the line, then they charged (not sure if the same is true with BT basics) but they were doing there bit for those on low income - no rules on which benefits -, but it was being abused. With this scheme, they believe it will target those on low income more effectively.
For those on a low income, but dont qualify for the benefits mentioned maybe you could right in or telephone, and explain your circumstances- just an idea - not sure if its worth the hassle.
Mr Product;5077443

I dont agree wiht it being available to the unemployed - why should … I dont agree wiht it being available to the unemployed - why should someone who cant be bothered to get out of bed to go to work, be able to get everything free/cheaper??? - i wishn this govt would do something for the people that do a good decent honest days work instead of always giving to those who do nothing!!


BT is a private company and has been for yonks - surely this is nothing to do with government benefits.
This post seem very brill to my situation. I stopped work to move in to look after my 97 year old mum who suffers from dementia. She has a BT phome line which is hardly used for making calls. I have o2 internet which my 10 year old son uses for his on line ps2.
Recon mum will qualify for line rental deal just hope is don't screw up my internet connection as it is my life line to the outside world. (can't leave mum alone to go out without arranging a granny sitter)
Thanks! if I get it, it will be a big saving.
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A phone service provided by another company (either directly or not … A phone service provided by another company (either directly or not directly).An Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)- this is a phone network system that digitally transmits voice, text and images."In other words, you cannot get this if you have a mobile phone or have skype.



ISDN is nothing to do with SKYPE, its another form of telephone system that is mostly used by businesses. You're getting VOIP and SKYPE confused. Skype isnt a phone network system, its a VOIP service, it uses other people's networks.
mr product I find your comments both offensive, ignorant and unsympathetic towards those who are evidently less fortunate than yourself.You make blanket assumptions and stereotypes, yet all you are really doing is showing yourself up to everyone for being an uneducated, uncaring fool.
beerman;5077322

I see this as another kick in the teeth for us that decide sitting on our … I see this as another kick in the teeth for us that decide sitting on our ***** watching Jeremy Kyle isn't the most productive thing in the world. I have no problems with this scheme being offered to disabled or those on pensions but dole scroungers wtf is that about? I wouldn't mind cheaper line rental as I don't even have a phone connected and use it purely for broadband. Every month I have to pay my BT tax just for the privilege of being on the net.



Well said

Mr Product;5077443

I dont agree wiht it being available to the unemployed - why should … I dont agree wiht it being available to the unemployed - why should someone who cant be bothered to get out of bed to go to work, be able to get everything free/cheaper??? - i wishn this govt would do something for the people that do a good decent honest days work instead of always giving to those who do nothing!!



totally agree

fairyworks;5078535

mr product I find your comments both offensive, ignorant and … mr product I find your comments both offensive, ignorant and unsympathetic towards those who are evidently less fortunate than yourself.You make blanket assumptions and stereotypes, yet all you are really doing is showing yourself up to everyone for being an uneducated, uncaring fool.



I find it ignorant that because work hard, and make an effort to do whatever i have to to make a legal living, i get penalised.

I struggle with bills too, why shouldnt i be given a break,
Just spoke to the nice lady at BT. She is sending out the forms to fill in. Said it will be a 30 day turnaround. You CAN have internet with BT basics.
Excellent savings!
skellysgirl;5078630

Well saidtotally agreeI find it ignorant that because work hard, and make … Well saidtotally agreeI find it ignorant that because work hard, and make an effort to do whatever i have to to make a legal living, i get penalised.I struggle with bills too, why shouldnt i be given a break,



the question is do you budget on £60 per week to cover all bills, food and expenses (Except rent) I dont, particularly in todays consumerist society - when we are made to feel if we haven't got x, y and z then we are not adequte enough. If I had to live on such an income per week my family would have to give up a lot of activities (and certain purchasers) and again we would be made to feel less adequete - yes those on waged or other income struggle will bills, the question is do they have to give up as much as those living on £60!
nelson;5077227

Quote "Even if you receive one of the benefits we described earlier, you … Quote "Even if you receive one of the benefits we described earlier, you can't get BT Basic if you have any of the following:A phone service provided by another company (either directly or not directly).



Surely that would be blatantly against anti-competition laws...
skellysgirl;5078630

Well saidtotally agreeI find it ignorant that because work hard, and … Well saidtotally agreeI find it ignorant that because work hard, and make an effort to do whatever i have to to make a legal living, i get penalised.I struggle with bills too, why shouldnt i be given a break,



At no point did I say or indicate you should not be given a break, or those similarily in your position.(what ever that may be) I'm sorry but to assume all those who are iunemployed are sitting at home watching tv and are lazy louts who do not want to work is offensve to many people. everybody is an individual with individual circumstances and should be treated that way and not lumped into some stereotype held by some people. That was what I found offensive and ignorant. Sorry op for diverting away from your deal.
kebedom;5078713

the question is do you budget on £60 per week to cover all bills, food … the question is do you budget on £60 per week to cover all bills, food and expenses (Except rent) I dont, particularly in todays consumerist society - when we are made to feel if we haven't got x, y and z then we are not adequte enough. If I had to live on such an income per week my family would have to give up a lot of activities (and certain purchasers) and again we would be made to feel less adequete - yes those on waged or other income struggle will bills, the question is do they have to give up as much as those living on £60!



Then get a job? And don't give me that 'its a recession, there are no jobs!' lark, there are loads of jobs just you don't want to do them as you think they're below you. While I do sympathise with people who've been made redundant, they shouldn't be unemployed long enough to be worried about having to take advantage of this.

Why should people living on £60 a week because they don't work, have the same standard of living as those of us who work our asses off?

I agree with the long term sick, disabled and pensioners being given the discount, but unemployed, thats just plain stupid.
No i dont, if it was just me alone i probably could manage as i have saved for that occourence
i dont feel guily because i have a job which i make a darn good effort at in hope my job is secure, and rather than buying everything that i am lead to believe i needed i did without, ive drove a car im ashamed for a long time now, and still consider activities and purchases as a luxury not a guarantee.

I don't believe that benefits are that low the govenment has limits of what the bottom line to live on is, i know lots of people on benefit and they seem to be on more money than i. there are times when i think i would be better off not working, not being married and stable and not making an effort to buy a home and do things right. But i was brought up to believe work is a good thing and is not an actual option.
Struggled to get on this scheme for over 6 months - despite being eligible - and I was not alone. Read all about in Martyn Lewis' ''Money Saving Expert' site, it's the Home Phones section I think. There is now a official BT rep. posting and helping there . (But read the whole thread first before jumping in, the same queries keep coming up and coming up!)

Please realise this scheme is for eligible LOW users - although the rental includes a small call allowance definately is cheaper, the price/call & charge /min is high. So is not for everybody - ie families with kids, making even quick calls. Note too, you cannot use cheaper 'call carrier' providers to piggy back on your BT line. You may find for elderly family, a cheap PAYG mobile service will be more ecomomic - and bin their BT landline. And maybe help them stop worrying about regular paper bills with their excessive surcharges too.....

Also having 'conventional broadband' using landlines, from BT or other ISP's (sorry don't know anything about cable, etc) DOES NOT exclude valid applicants. They didn't seem to know the difference between their ADSL & ISDN services initially.

BT admin were totally incompetent - loosing application forms frequenty, "not recieving" completed ones, (funny how none of their phone bills went astray in ~22 years ....) and other what seemed like delaying tactics, ie issuing new form/orders prematurely without cancelling the initial one, so delaying an application (without informing me, so approx yet another 4 weeks delay ....), and then having to start from scratch again Had to get OFCOM involved, as soon as they did, things moved.

Personally, what I would do is cancel line rental charges - and put up the cost of a call, but I'm not BT!
I will add i have alway had a job, i have worked in horrible places and worked bloody hard to finally have a nice job, not great paid but nice. And if i lost it i would go back to the hard horrible jobs because thats life.
skellysgirl;5079071

I will add i have alway had a job, i have worked in horrible places and … I will add i have alway had a job, i have worked in horrible places and worked bloody hard to finally have a nice job, not great paid but nice. And if i lost it i would go back to the hard horrible jobs because thats life.



Indeed - agreed 100%. I've had some truely horrendous jobs both when I first started working and when I was once made redundant. Including brain killing factory work, to horribly dirty rummaging around in rubbish work. And I would do them again if my only other option was the dole.

Perhaps they should remove 'unemployed' from the list of acceptances, and add 'full time carers'. That to me, would be fair to all.
Anarchist;5079008

Then get a job? And don't give me that 'its a recession, there are no … Then get a job? And don't give me that 'its a recession, there are no jobs!' lark, there are loads of jobs just you don't want to do them as you think they're below you. While I do sympathise with people who've been made redundant, they shouldn't be unemployed long enough to be worried about having to take advantage of this.Why should people living on £60 a week because they don't work, have the same standard of living as those of us who work our asses off?I agree with the long term sick, disabled and pensioners being given the discount, but unemployed, thats just plain stupid.



I to have worked since the age of 15,often holding down a full time job along with a part time job,whilst caring for others and helping out in the community. I am not afraid of hard work and I feel those who can work should work, but also be given the help to get work,if is not always easy doing this when there r people out there who havd formed negative judgements of the long term unemployed and sick. I was made redundant and now I have decided to study instead for a while. I like to keep active and I work hard, but that doesn't stop me from seeing the difficulties those on state benefits face.
Anarchist;5078984

Surely that would be blatantly against anti-competition laws...


The whole point of this is to give people a means of contact when they have none, thats why its subsidised and no other means of contact includes mobile phones.
I believe BT have a responsibility as market leader to provide phone boxes and schemes like this.

Used to **** me off when I saw people take advantage of the Light user scheme and the other one they used to do instead of this, as I see it thats exactly the same as benefit fraud, despicable.
fairyworks;5078535

mr product I find your comments both offensive, ignorant and … mr product I find your comments both offensive, ignorant and unsympathetic towards those who are evidently less fortunate than yourself.You make blanket assumptions and stereotypes, yet all you are really doing is showing yourself up to everyone for being an uneducated, uncaring fool.



So give me a good reason why someone is long term unemployed other than being OLD/FRAIL/DISABLED/A CARER/RECENTLY MADE REDUNDANT ?? - im sorry but there are PLENTY of jobs out there (hence why we have to give litterally hundreds of thousands of jobs to foreign workers) - its just that unemployed people get so much in benefits that they dont think its worth taking a minimum wage job on because they get as much staying at home doing nothing - if they work they miss out on all the benefits this country gives them for doing absoutely NOTHING to contribute the running of the country.

Im not ignorant...and im not unsympathetic - if someone is disabled then as i have stated before, then that is fine, its not their fault and i wouldnt expect them to easily find work....but im affraid there is a great percentage of unemplyed people who have absolutely no intentions of getting a job.....i find that offensive
Mr Product;5079709

So give me a good reason why someone is long term unemployed other than … So give me a good reason why someone is long term unemployed other than being OLD/FRAIL/DISABLED/A CARER/RECENTLY MADE REDUNDANT ?? - im sorry but there are PLENTY of jobs out there (hence why we have to give litterally hundreds of thousands of jobs to foreign workers) - its just that unemployed people get so much in benefits that they dont think its worth taking a minimum wage job on because they get as much staying at home doing nothing - if they work they miss out on all the benefits this country gives them for doing absoutely NOTHING to contribute the running of the country.Im not ignorant...and im not unsympathetic - if someone is disabled then as i have stated before, then that is fine, its not their fault and i wouldnt expect them to easily find work....but im affraid there is a great percentage of unemplyed people who have absolutely no intentions of getting a job.....i find that offensive



Thankfully I dont feel the need to give you an explanation as to why someone would be in long term unemployment. I am glad though, that those who you perceive as being deserving of claiming benefits has increased from your previous statements i.e. you now include carers and those recently made redundant, perhaps if you put more thought into it you might come up with a few other deserving groups that meet you criteria for deserving benefits lol
fairyworks;5080000

, perhaps if you put more thought into it you might come up with a few … , perhaps if you put more thought into it you might come up with a few other deserving groups that meet you criteria for deserving benefits lol



Nope...just those stated :whistling: (oh and if you are hinting about women that have kids....im sorry, mothers can still work part time while they bring children up - unfortunately young girls these days see getting pregnant at 17 as a way out of having to have a career and making their own money and life)

And as stated also, there is no reason whatsoever that anyone other than these groups of people should be able to get a job - the reason they dont is because 1) they are lazy and 2) they are getting so much in benefits that they dont feel working is a viable option.

I wouldnt mind betting that if this country paid unemployed people NOTHING then you would have a massive upsurge in people taking up jobs and unemployment would fall to practically zero....... its because we give people a viable financial alternative to work that there so many unemployed.
fairyworks;5080000

Thankfully I dont feel the need to give you an explanation as to why … Thankfully I dont feel the need to give you an explanation as to why someone would be in long term unemployment.



Because you cant !!:roll:
Mr Product: Nope...just those stated (oh and if you are hinting about women that have kids....im sorry, mothers can still work part time while they bring children up - unfortunately young girls these days see getting pregnant at 17 as a way out of having to have a career and making their own money and life)


wasn't hinting about women with kids, if I was it would have been about women or men with kids, you really do stereotype dont you. me thinks you are winding people up now!!!
fairyworks;5080512

Mr Product: Nope...just those stated (oh and if you are hinting about … Mr Product: Nope...just those stated (oh and if you are hinting about women that have kids....im sorry, mothers can still work part time while they bring children up - unfortunately young girls these days see getting pregnant at 17 as a way out of having to have a career and making their own money and life)wasn't hinting about women with kids, if I was it would have been about women or men with kids, you really do stereotype dont you. me thinks you are winding people up now!!!



Well as in 99% of the case it is women that will stay at home to look after kids then yes, i am correct to stereotype for the sake of the overwhelming majority!

Okay then.....if it wasnt 'people' with kids, what was it then? - what other section of the community (other than those i mentioned) cannot get a job or at least get some form of work? - come on....you brought it up, now back up your argument - you called me all the names under the sun because of it so it must be an obvious one ive missed.

Oh i get it.....you just had a go to look big on a web forum....oh right :roll: - all talk no substance!!:thumbsup:
Mr Product;5080324

Because you cant !!:roll:


I got one - it makes people who put themselves on a pedal stool - stay there, how else can they feel good about themselves- if they haven’t got anyone to belittle and condemn ?
I do agree it’s a very bad trait to be lazy, but it’s no worse than being arrogant!
Mr Product;5077443

I dont agree wiht it being available to the unemployed - why should … I dont agree wiht it being available to the unemployed - why should someone who cant be bothered to get out of bed to go to work, be able to get everything free/cheaper??? - i wishn this govt would do something for the people that do a good decent honest days work instead of always giving to those who do nothing!!


+1

What next. Free creche care for the unemployed lol

My mate doesnt work as his 12 year old is in school and he was told he'd need to earn £400+ to break even with what he gets on benefits.

he's laughing now he's found out about the free house lock replacement/insulation/boiler replacement/subsidised cinema/etc deals on here to go along with his :-

£120 a week beer money, zero council tax, child benefit, free rent, subsidised gas & electric schemes. My local pub is full of people like this every day (mainly repeat mothers who have a baby every few years to top up their "earnings"!

I have full admiration for the fully fit who have a moral compass and go out to work these days knowing that a lot of their tax goes towards supporting the lazy / fraudulent benefit scroungers. We all know who they are! :x
fairyworks;5078993

At no point did I say or indicate you should not be given a break, or … At no point did I say or indicate you should not be given a break, or those similarily in your position.(what ever that may be) I'm sorry but to assume all those who are iunemployed are sitting at home watching tv and are lazy louts who do not want to work is offensve to many people. everybody is an individual with individual circumstances and should be treated that way and not lumped into some stereotype held by some people. That was what I found offensive and ignorant. Sorry op for diverting away from your deal.


maybe he should have added "all those unemployed sitting at home corresponding on internet forums" as well lol
can i get subsidised gas & electric first ive heard,
and thanks for your tax contribution,ill have a pint on you tommora,
csiman;5082001

maybe he should have added "all those unemployed sitting at home … maybe he should have added "all those unemployed sitting at home corresponding on internet forums" as well lol



sorry to disappoint, try senior management sitting on butt skiving when should be working!!:oops: lol . Never been unemployed yet, but nobody knows whats round the corner certainly not in the current climate
fairyworks;5082609

sorry to disappoint, try senior management sitting on butt skiving when … sorry to disappoint, try senior management sitting on butt skiving when should be working!!:oops: lol . Never been unemployed yet, but nobody knows whats round the corner certainly not in the current climate


Ah, those were the days lol

Oh to be back in an office again ;-)
Mr Product;5081676

Well as in 99% of the case it is women that will stay at home to look … Well as in 99% of the case it is women that will stay at home to look after kids then yes, i am correct to stereotype for the sake of the overwhelming majority!Okay then.....if it wasnt 'people' with kids, what was it then? - what other section of the community (other than those i mentioned) cannot get a job or at least get some form of work? - come on....you brought it up, now back up your argument - you called me all the names under the sun because of it so it must be an obvious one ive missed.Oh i get it.....you just had a go to look big on a web forum....oh right :roll: - all talk no substance!!:thumbsup:



well yes:oops: you guesed it!!, I.m now officially big!!!:-D. I wish I had known earlier that was all I had to do lol, is that why you write on this site!!!!
fairyworks;5082837

well yes:oops: you guesed it!!, I.m now officially big!!!:-D. I wish I … well yes:oops: you guesed it!!, I.m now officially big!!!:-D. I wish I had known earlier that was all I had to do lol, is that why you write on this site!!!!



Youve still not answered the question have you? :roll:
Senior management? i think u'd be more suited to being a social worker fairywork's, The industry is crying out for liberal lefties like you.
csiman;5081961

+1What next. Free creche care for the unemployed lolMy mate doesnt work … +1What next. Free creche care for the unemployed lolMy mate doesnt work as his 12 year old is in school and he was told he'd need to earn £400+ to break even with what he gets on benefits.he's laughing now he's found out about the free house lock replacement/insulation/boiler replacement/subsidised cinema/etc deals on here to go along with his :-£120 a week beer money, zero council tax, child benefit, free rent, subsidised gas & electric schemes. My local pub is full of people like this every day (mainly repeat mothers who have a baby every few years to top up their "earnings"!I have full admiration for the fully fit who have a moral compass and go out to work these days knowing that a lot of their tax goes towards supporting the lazy / fraudulent benefit scroungers. We all know who they are! :x



i agree too many people making excuses not to work, i am a mother i have lived in bad areas with high unemployment, does that mean i should sit at home and just leave someone else deaal with my welfare...no...and i begrudge working paying tax after tax for other with a dozen excuses why they should get more
Thanks. Will be useful for my neighbour who only has the phone line for the alarm system and for carers to log in etc on an 0800 number
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