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    Experiences with multi-service packages (internet, phone, TV)

    Hi guys, I have just moved into a new house and I need to get the internet set up. I don't have a phone-line set up yet so that will be needed too. We have freeview here but extra TV channels would be a nice bonus.

    Does anyone have any experience with the various multi-packages out there? BT, Virgin and Sky all do offers for all three - would any of you reccomend using seperate providers for all three services, or is multi the way to go?

    Price is my primary concern, but I would also take any experiences with using a multi-package into account. Always been a live-in or student before so this is my first time setting up these essentials!

    Thanks!

    edit: some extra info... only needing the phone-line because you need one for the internet, i'll use my mobile for all my calls. With TV, it would be nice to have the basic channels as an addition to freeview. Im not desperate for sports/movie channels but if it was only a few quid extra a month I might be tempted. This house used to have sky before I moved in - there's already a satelite dish on the wall outside (I've no idea if this means anything, but thought i'd mention it) and finally I don't mind using cashback websites if I can get a better deal!

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    i have unlimited internet @ 8mb speed + unlimited anytime calls (UK & International) + a TV package which pretty much includes everything apart from skysports and sky movies, all for about £31 per month with Sky. btw. i also get robbed of another £12/month line rental with BT.

    but Sky have been near perfect; never had any problems since joining

    btw they also normally provide free fitting, the free sky box and broadband router &
    i think sky now do their own phone lines, which i need to look into myself aswell.
    Edited by: "m27try" 26th Jul 2010

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    Thanks. Do you have to pay line rental to BT no matter who you go with? Ideally I want to keep the costs down as much as possible, since I don't have anyone to share the bills with.

    CReilly

    Thanks. Do you have to pay line rental to BT no matter who you go with? … Thanks. Do you have to pay line rental to BT no matter who you go with? Ideally I want to keep the costs down as much as possible, since I don't have anyone to share the bills with.



    yes you do, i know its really annoying. In terms of packages, mine in right down the middle; So there are lower end packages.

    Thanks. Do you have to pay line rental to BT no matter who you go with? … Thanks. Do you have to pay line rental to BT no matter who you go with? Ideally I want to keep the costs down as much as possible, since I don't have anyone to share the bills with


    no sky do their own line rental as do talk talk and most other providers, sky will usually do some kind of deal i.e 6 months free line rental/broadband and 12 month contract, talk talk is an 18 month contract and you must take out the line rental with them.
    go to sam knows for the exchange checker put in your area and see who does llu (this is their own equipment in a bt exchange and give a rough idea of spedd)

    Beware tho' if you decide to leave Sky Talk, there are charges involved, no surprise there.

    If you live in a cable area, you can get all 3 for £18 per month, first 2 months free and free installation. I've been with Virgin (previously NTL) for over 10 years and apart from their customer support line, the services are very good. You will need to pay £11.99 line rental to Virgin on top.
    Edited by: "Lowtrawler" 26th Jul 2010

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    Not a cable area unfortunately. I'll check that exchange thing later, thank you :-)

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    Beware tho' if you decide to leave Sky Talk, there are charges involved, … Beware tho' if you decide to leave Sky Talk, there are charges involved, no surprise there.



    Could you elaborate? Can't see this on their website!

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    Does anyone know how/if I can get a phone line set up independantly and cheaply? I like the look of sky's multi-package but it comes with £50 cashback and "If you need to have a new phoneline installed you will not be eligible for cashback as this is completed offline."

    CReilly Does anyone know how/if I can get a phone line set up … CReilly Does anyone know how/if I can get a phone line set up independantly and cheaply? I like the look of sky's multi-package but it comes with £50 cashback and "If you need to have a new phoneline installed you will not be eligible for cashback as this is completed offline."


    have a look here for some price comparisons, i have read on here that the post office only have a 1 month contract so you could cancel after that and go elsewhere, also have a look here wich is from money saving expert forums, you may get more insight to what you require.

    bt vision do a package too and u can get £135 quidco

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    Argh, the BT package would be ideal if only it was one year and not two

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    Edit:I realise bt offer free line Installation with their packages as well as quidco but unfortunately their shortest package is 18 months and the one I fancy is 24 months and I'll only be living at this property for a year!

    Right, this may be a daft question but... If I pay for a broadband and home phone package (I am looking at o2) do I still have to pay line rental on top of that, or is that included in o2's home phone package? After reading the t+c's it isn't clear. Also o2 offer this package on the assumption that I already have a phone line and number set up and offer (as far as I can tell) no option to connect one themselves. The links given before for the phone are all packages offering calls which I won't need if I am getting that from o2 so I am not sure what to do to 'get' a phone number set up so I can take this package with o2 and what cost setup (and possibly line rental) will be. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and thanks for your patience!

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