BT Basic its cheap line rental £5.10 a month for ppl on certain benefits £15.30 every three month's that includes £4.50 for calls
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BT Basic its cheap line rental £5.10 a month for ppl on certain benefits £15.30 every three month's that includes £4.50 for calls

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Found 24th Apr 2017
BT Basic is a simple, low-cost telephone service that's easy to understand and helps you keep in touch, even if money is a bit tight. If you're on a low income, BT Basic lets you make and receive calls – and helps you manage how much you spend.
BT Basic line rental £5.10 a month (£15.30 a quarter including a £4.50 call allowance) UK landline calls 11.3p per minute with a call set up fee of 3.3p
Calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers free at weekends and BT Basic is exempt from any payment processing fees
Free BT Privacy with Caller Display
Allows broadband through any supplier so you dont have to use BT Broadband
You can usually get BT Basic if you're claiming one of these benefits:

Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Pensions Credit (Guaranteed Credit)
Employment Support Allowance (Income related)
Universal Credit (and are on zero earnings)

You must be the named account holder to apply.
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why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free boilers,thats why this country
is on it knees,you can get this this and this only if your on benefits,so wrong
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Line rental should not even be a thing these days!
I can't wait until I lose my job.
Good deal but where's the catch? If you get a job do they lock you in and ramp up the price or charge a extortionate canceling fee?

Well spotted Thank for the share OP
Was £50 connection fee last time I enquired
why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free boilers,thats why this country
is on it knees,you can get this this and this only if your on benefits,so wrong
shatteredpaul

why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free … why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free boilers,thats why this country is on it knees,you can get this this and this only if your on benefits,so wrong



​Errrrrrrr, no it's not.
shatteredpaul

why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free … why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free boilers,thats why this country is on it knees,you can get this this and this only if your on benefits,so wrong



Why is it people who own there own homes get stuff like free insulation and offers for having solar panels stuck on there roof etc

Anyway you can't get JSA if you don't have phone and a internet connection these days its considered making yourself unavailable for work
don't know why this is cold, my mum has this deal and it is what it says on the tin. she qualifies due to her pension and it's ideal - there's a broadband element with it as well that's an extra £5 a month on top that she uses with the tablet i bought her.
shatteredpaul

why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free … why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free boilers,thats why this country is on it knees,you can get this this and this only if your on benefits,so wrong


Don't believe what you read in the Tabloid Papers. "Low cost" services for people on Benefits always contain conditions and hidden charges and people end up paying more than you and me. BT Basic is just one example.
Edited by: "pet2000" 24th Apr 2017
pet2000

Don't believe what you read in the Tabloid Papers. "Low cost" services … Don't believe what you read in the Tabloid Papers. "Low cost" services for people on Benefits always contain conditions and hidden charges and people end up paying more than you and me. BT Basic is just one example.



Well said. This basic service effectively turns your landline in to an 'incoming calls only' service because of the restrictions on the calling allowance. It's ideal for pensioners who might not spend a lot of time on the phone but would need a cheap landline for friends and family to keep in touch.

The broadband is capped to 10gb a month as well, so it's only really suitable for occasional browsing, something which suits my mum perfectly.
Error440

Why is it people who own there own homes get stuff like free insulation … Why is it people who own there own homes get stuff like free insulation and offers for having solar panels stuck on there roof etcAnyway you can't get JSA if you don't have phone and a internet connection these days its considered making yourself unavailable for work



Tax payers pay for library's that have free access for this purpose.
groenleader

Line rental should not even be a thing these days!


Why is that? Do you not have a line entering your property?
Error440

Why is it people who own there own homes get stuff like free insulation … Why is it people who own there own homes get stuff like free insulation and offers for having solar panels stuck on there roof etcAnyway you can't get JSA if you don't have phone and a internet connection these days its considered making yourself unavailable for work



​lol didn't realise a phone line was a deal breaker, you might wanna check that chief
shatteredpaul

why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free … why is it that it is allways for people on benefits.like free boilers,thats why this country is on it knees,you can get this this and this only if your on benefits,so wrong



​i agree, but country's not on its knees though. and although these layabouts do get plenty of freebies there existance let's face it is in a lot of cases woeful and depressing (their own doing) and because they can't be arsed to do anything they don't actually realise what there missing out on
there's more to life than a flat screen TV, kodi and a supply of beer and fags
Chiptivo

Tax payers pay for library's that have free access for this purpose.



​Your town still HAS a library? Lucky you.
Chiptivo

Tax payers pay for library's that have free access for this purpose.



So you try to get your half hour a week session, hows that going to work when you have to login to universal jobsmatch several times a week and apply for a minimum number of jobs, besides whats a library the one i went to got knocked down and turned into a virgin active gym a few years back X)

Anyway hows any perspective employer spost to call you?

Sour grapes much?
callum84

Why is that? Do you not have a line entering your property?



Yes I did have one that was the old BT stuff. I had to pay to have it installed etc. Now I have just internet from Virgin.

Essentially, I don't use a home phone and would not have had one prior to Virgin had not been mandatory for internet!
djames108

lol didn't realise a phone line was a deal breaker, you might wanna check … lol didn't realise a phone line was a deal breaker, you might wanna check that chief



You have to have a contact number and internet access, if your going to be pedantic and say mobile phone i shall remind you of the cost up there £5.10 a month.
HankHandsome

don't know why this is cold, my mum has this deal and it is what it says … don't know why this is cold, my mum has this deal and it is what it says on the tin. she qualifies due to her pension and it's ideal - there's a broadband element with it as well that's an extra £5 a month on top that she uses with the tablet i bought her.



You do know why its because it's for poor people and the tory voters don't like that, they want the poor stamped on constantly to remind them they are poor until they stop being poor or die.
callum84

Why is that? Do you not have a line entering your property?


I've also got electricity cables, gas pipes, and water pipes entering my property.

Strangely I don't have to rent them...
Also, why all the Little Englander moaners giving it the "benefits... unemployed... lazy scroungers" Daily Mail bile?

Only one of the qualifying groups is unemployed.

Income support = poor folk with very young kids that require a care element (above and beyond what healthy kids require obviously). My daughter has cerebral palsy. I'm lucky. I've got money (yes I've worked for it, but I was also affluent enough to own property and start businesses in the first place). If I was poor and in the same situation I would have really struggled. Caring for a sick kid is hard work. Hands down the hardest work I've ever done. Emotionally AND physically draining.

Pension credit = old retired poor folk.

Universal Credit zero rating = WORKING but on a zero hour contract

ESA = ill. And unbelievably not all these folk are "scroungers". My cousin has cancer. He gets ESA. I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone. I'd also spark out anyone that called a formerly fit bloke working 60hr a week transformed into a frail shell of a man by illness "a scrounger".

JSA = unemployed. And frankly the amount you get on JSA is pennies. If you think it's a life of luxury than by all means quit your job and go for it. It probably couldn't happen to a nicer person tbh.

Edited by: "CaptainSocks" 24th Apr 2017
CaptainSocks

I've also got electricity cables, gas pipes, and water pipes entering my … I've also got electricity cables, gas pipes, and water pipes entering my property. Strangely I don't have to rent I've also got electricity cables, gas pipes, and water pipes entering my property. Strangely I don't have to rent them...


You pay standing charges on gas and electricity which goes towards maintenance costs of infrastructure.
Not sure how water works outside Scotland, but here we pay for water and sewage as an addition to council tax.
CaptainSocks

Also, why all the Little Englander moaners giving it the "benefits... … Also, why all the Little Englander moaners giving it the "benefits... unemployed... lazy scroungers" Daily Mail bile? Only one of the qualifying groups is unemployed. Income support = poor folk with very young kids that require a care element (above and beyond what healthy kids require obviously). My daughter has cerebral palsy. I'm lucky. I've got money (yes I've worked for it, but I was also affluent enough to own property and start businesses in the first place). If I was poor and in the same situation I would have really struggled. Caring for a sick kid is hard work. Hands down the hardest work I've ever done. Emotionally AND physically draining. Pension credit = old retired poor folk. Universal Credit zero rating = WORKING but on a zero hour contract ESA = ill. And unbelievably not all these folk are "scroungers". My cousin has cancer. He gets ESA. I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone. I'd also spark out anyone that called a formerly fit bloke working 60hr a week transformed into a frail shell of a man by illness "a scrounger". JSA = unemployed. And frankly the amount you get on JSA is pennies. If you think it's a life of luxury than by all means quit your job and go for it. It probably couldn't happen to a nicer person tbh.



I have a business that I've built up over 20 years I wouldnt even like to think the amount of hours I've worked. I'm reasonably successful.

You seem to know all about the the benefit system and you probably use it and abuse it. But I think that people like you are ruining this country.

As for sparking out someone you sound like a typical armchair warrior yob. Don't bother replying with your righteous outrage because I really don't care.
Error440

So you try to get your half hour a week session, hows that going to work … So you try to get your half hour a week session, hows that going to work when you have to login to universal jobsmatch several times a week and apply for a minimum number of jobs, besides whats a library the one i went to got knocked down and turned into a virgin active gym a few years back X)Anyway hows any perspective employer spost to call you?Sour grapes much?


Facilities are also available in job centres.
No, not sour, I'm happy to pay my taxes to help others who have fallen on hard times..
Bilbo1968

I have a business that I've built up over 20 years I wouldnt even like to … I have a business that I've built up over 20 years I wouldnt even like to think the amount of hours I've worked. I'm reasonably successful. You seem to know all about the the benefit system and you probably use it and abuse it. But I think that people like you are ruining this country. As for sparking out someone you sound like a typical armchair warrior yob. Don't bother replying with your righteous outrage because I really don't care.


The only benefit I've got, or ever had, is a good accountant.

All I'll say is that I'm almost certainly considerably richer than you...
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(I'm not outraged btw. Far from it. I don't think any reasonable person would read anything you've written and take it seriously or not feel slightly sorry for you.)
Error440

Good deal but where's the catch? If you get a job do they lock you in and … Good deal but where's the catch? If you get a job do they lock you in and ramp up the price or charge a extortionate canceling fee?



No they don't, there is no minimum term contract with BT Basic.
HankHandsome

Well said. This basic service effectively turns your landline in to an … Well said. This basic service effectively turns your landline in to an 'incoming calls only' service because of the restrictions on the calling allowance. It's ideal for pensioners who might not spend a lot of time on the phone but would need a cheap landline for friends and family to keep in touch.The broadband is capped to 10gb a month as well, so it's only really suitable for occasional browsing, something which suits my mum perfectly.



There is no restrictions on calls, there is a call allowance of £1.50 per month, any calls over the allowance you pay for at the standard rate. Also the BT Broadband Basic has a 12gb download limit, even though it may say you will be charged if you go over the limit you don't actually receive a charge on your bill.
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CaptainSocks

The only benefit I've got, or ever had, is a good accountant. All I'll … The only benefit I've got, or ever had, is a good accountant. All I'll say is that I'm almost certainly considerably richer than you.... (I'm not outraged btw. Far from it. I don't think any reasonable person would read anything you've written and take it seriously or not feel slightly sorry for you.)



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robbie1412

​Your town still HAS a library? Lucky you.



​we live in a village and still have a library..in fact 3 libraries within 2 miles.are they really that rare?
Haliviel

​we live in a village and still have a library..in fact 3 libraries w … ​we live in a village and still have a library..in fact 3 libraries within 2 miles.are they really that rare?



​no just not many people use them
Error440

You have to have a contact number and internet access, if your going to … You have to have a contact number and internet access, if your going to be pedantic and say mobile phone i shall remind you of the cost up there £5.10 a month.



​you sound like an expert, but still sounds like a load of rubbish to me perhaps a contact number but internet access.......really.........get a pay as you go
Bilbo1968

I have a business that I've built up over 20 years I wouldnt even like to … I have a business that I've built up over 20 years I wouldnt even like to think the amount of hours I've worked. I'm reasonably successful. You seem to know all about the the benefit system and you probably use it and abuse it. But I think that people like you are ruining this country. As for sparking out someone you sound like a typical armchair warrior yob. Don't bother replying with your righteous outrage because I really don't care.



Have to be a special kind of stupid to think a private company - BT is doing something bad by allowing poorer people access to a phone line.
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