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BTs Broadband & Voice Line Price Cuts

Posted: 02nd Apr, 2003 By: MarkJ
It's rumoured that BT will finally reveal details of any broadband ADSL price cuts sometime between now and Saturday.

However, many people are still unclear as to whether there will be any at all. Some are also concerned that lower prices may lead to higher ADSL trigger levels on exchanges that have yet to be enabled.

On another note and BT has just revealed the details of several new voice line pricing schemes:

RADICAL PRICING CHANGES MAKE BT UP TO 20 TIMES CHEAPER THAN MAIN RIVALS

BT is challenging its fixed-line competitors head-on by offering customers national evening and weekend calls up to 20 times cheaper than its major rivals.

The huge savings are part of a radical new pricing structure for the successful BT Together scheme which sees the end of per-minute charging for all evening and weekend calls and makes distance irrelevant, with one rate for UK and local calls.

This means BT Together customers will pay just 6p for up to an hour on all evening and weekend calls made to anywhere in the UK. If the number is one nominated under the Friends and Family scheme, the cost of the call will be reduced by an extra 10 per cent.

Customers switching from rivals Telewest will save money every time they pick up the phone, while savings will be made against the current rates of ntl and One.Tel on all national calls lasting more than a minute. Thirty-minute and one-hour national evening calls with One.Tel cost 78p and £1.53, compared with just 6p under BT Together. And a single 10-minute national evening call using Car Phone Warehouse costs 13 pence more.

The existing BT Together options have been streamlined to give the company's 10 million existing customers three simple-to-understand options each geared to their level of phone use:

Option 1, the 6p hour plan - customers will pay a flat rate of 6p for up to an hour on all evening and weekend local and national calls. Daytime calls will be charged at 3p a minute, a 25 per cent saving on the previous price for national calls;

Option 2, the evening and weekend plan, offers the first hour for free on all evening and weekend local and national calls. The charges for daytime calls will be the same as for Option 1;

Option 3, the anytime plan, offers the first hour free on all UK calls at any time of day.

Each of the three options will have a fixed monthly fee that reflects the level of usage. Option 1 will cost £11.50 a month; Option 2, £17.50 and Option 3, £28.50.

The new options, which are to be introduced on June 1, are a direct response to over a million BT customers who replied to the UK's biggest-ever survey of customer opinion, which revealed a strong desire for lower, less-complicated call charges and greater certainty over their phone bills.


It's unclear whether or not the new reductions can apply to ISP 0845 (Local Call Rate) numbers, although we'd think it unlikely (BT has excluded them in the past).

That said and it'd be a shame if BT didn't work to find some way of offering ISPs a special/related discount.
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