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BT agrees to cream off less profit from landline-only customers

Former UK state monopoly BT has agreed to Ofcom's requests to hack more than a third off the price of monthly line rental for its one million landline-only punters across the UK. Even though wholesale costs of providing landlines had fallen, rental prices had risen, pointed out Ofcom, which said it was concerned that landline- …
Paul Kunert, 26 Oct 2017
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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Feature For a huge number of Brits, mobiles have become our primary way of communicating, even when we're at home. When a call comes in, we know it's ours. We can reply with a text, or use apps like WhatsApp to communicate with friends abroad. Increasingly, we don't rely on our landline phones and, thanks to lax policing of the …
Nigel Whitfield, 25 Jan 2015
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Landline deregulation: Big EU telcos have Skype to thank

Traditional telcos have caught a break from the European Commission with the fixed telephony and the wholesale fixed call markets set to be immediately deregulated. However, Steelie Neelie Kroes, the outgoing digital agenda commissioner, denied that this was a sop to get lots of very large and powerful companies on-side, via …
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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

BT's broadband and landline tariffs are set to balloon by more than 6 per cent, the one-time state monopoly has said. Customers are being told to expect prices to climb from December. It comes after rival Virgin Media informed its broadband-only subscribers of plans to jack up tariffs on its network. BT's price tags are set …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
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Ofcom: Making a switch between ISPs will soon be much easier

Ofcom is bringing in new measures to finally make it much easier for broadband and landline customers in the UK to drop one telco in favour of another provider. In the past, subscribers were required to do loads of legwork to make the switch, which often meant they were much more reluctant to ditch their existing ISP – even if …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Aug 2013

Virgin liberates landlines with converged call service

Virgin Media today unveiled SmartCall, an app which lets customers use unlimited minutes from their landline talk plans on smartphones through a Wi-Fi connection. SmartCall automatically detects when such a service is possible and whether it would be included in a Virgin landline customer's talk plan. Subscribers with …
Caleb Cox, 5 Nov 2012
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Ofcom probe into telcos jacking-up charges halfway through contracts

Mid-contract price rises implemented by telcos are currently being scrutinised by Blighty's communications regulator Ofcom, after it found a number of problems with customer subscriptions to landline, broadband and mobile services. The watchdog said it was looking at ways to better protect punters from prices being jacked up …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Oct 2012
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Ofcom vows to smooth out ISP complaint complaints

Pissed-off punters can now benefit from what communications watchdog Ofcom has described as "an improved experience" when complaining about mobiles, landlines and broadband. The regulator said it has held a major review of its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, which act as middlemen between internet providers and …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2012
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Orange offers UK's first home broadband bundle with mobile minutes

Orange has launched a home broadband package that includes free call minutes to mobile phones, the first service of its kind in the UK, the cellco claimed. With more folk than ever relying solely on their mobile, rather than using a landline too, Orange is attempting to reverse that trend with a new £20-a-month deal - £15 per …
Caleb Cox, 6 Mar 2012
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Ofcom: Make it easier for punters to switch ISPs

Broadband and landline customers could soon find it a lot simpler to ditch one telco in favour of another, after Ofcom published its proposals on cutting the hassle out of switching providers for punters in the UK. The communications watchdog said today that research showed that 520,000 households in Blighty in the past year …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Feb 2012
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TalkTalk still the most whinged about telco

TalkTalk has retained its tarnished crown as the telco consumers complain most about, according to Ofcom's sums. The communications watchdog continues to receive oodles of gripes about the nation's providers, an average of 360 a day, and TalkTalk is the most unloved with 0.8 complaints per 1,000 users on its landline services …
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Net hasn't isolated Yanks - they've just misplaced their friends

Americans have not become more isolated thanks to the advent of mobile phones and the internet - it's just that they've mislaid a third of their closest friends in the last few years. A study by the Pew Internet and American Life project countered findings earlier this decade, which declared that Americans were becoming more …
Joe Fay, 6 Nov 2009
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O2 unveils small biz landline to mobile link

O2 is launching "Fixed Number Anywhere", which allows you to automatically reroute calls made to a landline to a mobile phone. Small businesses often rely on mobile phones to keep in touch with customers. But new customers are often more trusting of businesses which are run from a landline number. A landline number also makes …
John Oates, 24 Jul 2009
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Ofcom: No premium numbers for previous offenders

Anyone who has abused premium-rate telephone numbers in the past will be barred from using the numbers again, telecoms regulator Ofcom has said. Numbers beginning 070, 087 and 09 will not be available to anyone who has used phone numbers to take part in scams, frauds or other dishonesty, Ofcom said. The rules will not apply to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 1 Oct 2008
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Watchdog hits 070 swindlers with big fine

Regulators today signalled a crackdown on scammers who use 070 numbers to con people into calling premium lines in the belief they will be charged at the normal mobile rate. PhonepayPlus said that its first adjudication on an 070 operator had resulted in a £200,000 fine for Jack Barnard Telecom Services Limited, based in Essex …

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