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Simplifydigital.com reveals its guide to being a savvy caller

Here are our top 5 watch outs when choosing a home phone service.

By on April 15, 2011 at 00:00 AM
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Simplifydigital.com reveals its guide to being a savvy caller


1.    Match your household's call habits to the right call plan.  For example, if you tend to make calls during the day, make sure that you are on an inclusive daytime call plan. You would be amazed at how many households have not checked to see which call plan they are on.

2.    Costs to mobiles can be a killer.  And costs to the Three (3) mobile network are especially high for some providers (e.g. Virgin Media's standard rate calls to mobiles is 19.35p per minute, relative to 31.61p per minute for calls to Three (3) mobile). So check the rates you provider offers.

3.    Packages that come with free calls - e.g. "free evening and weekend calls" have a fair usage policy which means that you will start getting charged for the calls after 60 minutes of conversation.  The trick is to hang up and dial again.

4.    Companies often charge about £1/month for paper billing and if you don't pay by direct debit you will get penalized to the tune of about £4 per quarter. So opt for online billing and pay by direct debit. Primus (£1.50/month), VM (£1.25), TalkTalk (£1.48/month), BT(£1.25/month), Sky (Free)

5.    And the biggest watch out of all: if you also have a broadband or digital TV service, think about bundling your services with your home phone. People who buy their services from separate providers on average pay considerably more, for example Sky offer free evening and weekend calls with their basic TV service and Plusnet offer free evening and weekend calls with their broadband service.

Simplifydigital provides the best deals for this week to save you money when picking up the phone.

1.    TalkTalk Essentials broadband with evening & weekend calls - half price
-    Get the fastest broadband your line can handle
-    40GB monthly download allowance
-    Free Connection
-    Free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines
-    12 month contract
£3.49 a month for the first 9 months, £6.99 a month thereafter plus line rental of £12.60 per month. 

2.    Plusnet Value Broadband with evening & weekend calls
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-    Up to 20Mb broadband speeds
-    10GB monthly download allowance
-    Free Wireless router
-    Free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines
£6.49 a month plus line rental of £11.99 per month


3.    Virgin Media fibre optic broadband with weekend calls

-    Up to 10Mb fibre optic broadband
-    Unlimited downloads
-    Free Connection
-    Free weekend calls to UK landlines
£5.00 a month for the first 3 months, £13.90 a month thereafter plus line rental of £12.99 per month

4.    BT Broadband and evening & weekend calls

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-    Up to 20Mb broadband speeds
-    10GB monthly download allowance
-    Free Wireless router
-    Free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines
Free for 3 months, £13 thereafter, plus line rental of £13.90 per month (or £120 if line rental paid upfront for a year)



But if you don't want to add a broadband service there are also some great value phone only alternatives.  Here 's Simplifydigital's pick of the top phone only deals available this week.

Primus (Evening & Weekend Calls)
Evening & Weekend Calls - FREE
Line Rental - £8.99 (2 Months Free)
Free Connection
18 Month Contract

TalkTalk (Evening & Weekend Calls)
Evening & Weekend Calls - £3.61/month
Line Rental - £12.60/month
Free Connection
12 Month Contract
N.B. This package may be more expensive than Primus', but the Primus call costs to mobile phones are 20% higher during the daytime & 60% more at the weekend meaning call costs can add to the total cost rapidly.

BT Unlimited Anytime Plan
Calls free to Local and National Numbers (Any time) - £5/month (Free for 3 Months)
Line Rental - £13.60/month  (or £120 if line rental paid upfront for a year)
£30 Connection Fee
18 Month Contract

TalkTalk Anytime Calls
Calls free to Local and National Numbers (Any time) - £6.21/Month
Line Rental - £12.60/month
Free Connection
12 Month Contract
N.B. The call costs are marginally higher but there is more flexibility with a 12 month contract.
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Notes to editors:
Simplifydigital.com offers a free and impartial "Switching Support" service for anyone looking to get a digital TV, broadband or phone package. 
Its London-based impartial experts are available for free over the phone, to answer all those tricky questions and match the family's needs to the best deal available.
Simplifydigital.com's experts are available for free on 0800 1 388 388 seven days a week (Lines open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-5:30pm; Sunday 10-5:30pm). 

You can also use Simplifydigital.com's Ofcom accredited comparison engine online at www.simplifydigital.com.

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