Sky joins providers offering new phone line installations
The ability to have your telephone line rental through another provider is not exactly new, but all too often this has only been available at properties where you had a currently working BT line.
According to leaked news on SkyUser.co.uk Sky is to offer the option of a brand new phone line for £124.99, with the on-going line rental paid to Sky which costs £10 per month and a 12 month minimum contract on the telephone line.
The line rental is 50p to £1.75 cheaper than the cheapest BT line deals. BT Retail charges £124.99 for a new line and also has a 12 month minimum contract. Further differences emerge once you start to look at the call elements too, though comparisons become harder. For example to get the same basic calls package from BT you can pay £3.45 a month extra or opt for a 12 month contract that automatically renews every 12 months. Add the variations in price depending on whether you pay by Direct Debit/credit card or cheque and you can see why many people just stay with their current provider.
Of course other options for new telephone lines do exist and some don't come with 12 month contracts either. As always do check for things like the cost of services like caller ID since this can easily make a cheap deal not so cheap.
- Madasafish: Offers a line rental of £9.99 (includes free evening and weekend calls) and will install a new line for £115 with a monthly contract.
- Plusnet: Home Phone service will provide a new line for £105 and line rental is £9.99 (includes free evening and weekend calls). If you opt for a 12 month contract there is an offer running that gives you line rental for £4.99 per month for three months reverting to the standard £9.99 thereafter.
With the providers mentioned you can get your broadband from any other provider that uses a BT Wholesale or shared LLU service. This is the advantage of wholesale line rental since it does not tie you into a specific provider for both telephone and broadband. If there are others who will install a new telephone with a one month contract let us know so we can let others know about it.
Naked DSL is not yet available in the UK, the closest at this time is a service from Andrews & Arnold where you can pay the line rental of £10.99 a month and have a new line installed for £116.32. The line is closer to naked DSL since it will not allow you to make out-going calls.
Naked DSL if and when it is properly launched in the UK will mean no payment will need to be directly made for the voice side of the telephone line. The cost of the DSL based broadband is likely to increase but overall should save people a couple of pounds a month if they do not need a working telephone line for voice calls.