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ISP's Release Wires-only Pricing
Tuesday 20 November 2001 11:31:00 by Andrew Ferguson

ISP's have started to release pricing information for the wires-only trial. The trial is a combination of user/ISP choice of ADSL hardware and self installation, i.e. no visit from a BT engineer to do the install.

The pricing for wires-only consists of 4 components, an install fee or as it's to be called 'activation fee' - which covers the exchange work by BT and is free during the trial, the monthly subscription fee, the micro-filters upto 4 maybe needed at £10-£15 each and the cost of a ADSL modem. Some ISP's will give the user total freedom of choice over what ADSL modem, others may recommend or sell pre-configured devices.

The ISP's who we currently have pricing for are listed below, the Home service is at 50:1 contention and the Office service is at 20:1 contention (prices exclude VAT):

Andrews & Arnold
Home 500 Service: £60/month, install £95 after trial
Office 500 Service: £105/month, install £130 after trial
Office 1000 Service: £155/month, install £150 after trial
Office 2000 Service: £235/month, install £170 after trial
Micro-filters £15 each
Preconfigured Prestige 642R router £220

BTopenworld
Home 500 £34/month - no modem £20 activation
Home 500 £34/month - with modem £40 activation
Home 500 business user £39.99 with modem £40 activation
Home 500 business user, single static IP £49.99 with modem £40 activation
All packages include 2 microfilters.

C2 Internet
Office 500 £90/month
Office 1000 £140/month
Office 2000 £215/month
Activation free during trial.

iomart
CopperBurst 500 2Go £40/month, free activation during trial £45 post trial.
CopperBurst 500 SI £95/month
CopperBurst 1000 SI £130/month
CopperBurst 2000 SI £170/month
Last 3 products all free installs.
Micro-filters £12.50 each
Zyxel 630 USB modem £120
Zyxel 642M single port modem £140
Zyxel 642R 4 port modem £160

Nildram
Home 500 £39/month, £30 activation.
Office 500 £99/month, £30 activation.
Office 1000 £130/month, £30 activation.
Office 2000 £160/month, £30 activation.
Activation includes two micro-filters, extra filters at £15 each.

Timewarp
Home 500 £40/month
Office 500 £100/month
Office 1000 £140/month
Office 2000 £180/month
Micro-filters £15 each. Activation free during trial. Details on modems at a later date.

Zen Internet
Home 500 £40/month
Office 500 £100/month
Office 1000 £140/month
Office 2000 £180/month
Micro-filters £15 each.
Activation free during trial.

The pricing is roughly as expected i.e. a £5/month decrease, the reduction in the activation fee will cover part of the cost of an ADSL modem. Once the trial is over the activation fee from BTwholesale will revert to £50 - ISP's may charge this or slightly more once the service is live.

As always we recommend you speak to the ISP you are interested in to confirm the details and pricing.

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