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The web gets its name from links like these. Our company has trust in the following companies which also do business on the Web.

Bear in mind that although we cannot make any representations on their behalf and cannot make recommendations without a full understanding of what your business needs are - some of the links below may result in our company receiving a trivial benefit for the traffic and business that we generate.

What they do or provide Who they are
(links are 'clickable')
18185 is an ADDITIONAL Telephone service IF you pay BT for your landline - see BELOW for what BT OFFERS. As at Jun'09 they (18185) offer calls to:
  • mobiles for 6p per minute (ppm)
  • UK landlines for 5p PER CALL - no extra ppm charge even for 2-3 hour calls! - ideal for 'certain people' (50% of UK population?)
  • approx. 30 worldwide destinations at less than 2ppm
  • many countries at 1ppm or less - even to mobiles - US, China etc.

The minor irritation of dialling 18185 in front of any number is offset by not just cost but the fact that if you want to use BT for any call you simply omit this (18185) prefix.

18185 also see
/ compare to:
18866
although I
think it is
slightly more
expensive.
Contact organisations by telephone using a cheaper number than 0870, 0845, 0844, 0871 etc. that they may have provided to you on their literature, web site, bill etc.. saynoto0870.co.uk
Plusnet are a Broadband (BB) provider to both residential AND BUSINESS clients at competitive rates:
  • Their Call Centre is in Sheffield and in our experience, almost all calls are answered by staff that are both
    (a) capable of talking to non-technical people despite being technically competent but are also
    (b) committed to fixing whatever problem you are having with their services, ideally over the 'phone

    N.B. Knutsford BT exchange is now deemed competitive and thus LOWER PRICE

  • Urban (residential) dwellers will PROBABLY be able to get 10GB (download limit) for £6.50 per month. Click here if you live in a rural area. Business users pay a reasonable premium for their enhanced service and support which is £10 + VAT or £15 + VAT in rural areas for 10GB/month but Note: this includes four hours of telephone calls to landlines using their Voice over Internet Protocol service - VoIP.
  • Keep your 'phone line with BT and therefore use 'really cheap' 'phone services - see '18185' elsewhere on this page.
  • If you exceed your usage limit (e.g. 10GB/month!) - your BB just slows down (to 2-3 times Dial-up), not stops! like some others. OR, extra bandwidth can be bought per GB. Also - if usage IS a problem then there is 'Free' overnight usage (for downloads/file sharing) - midnight-8am
  • Like all BB providers - other benefits such as your 'phone line is free for incoming / outgoing calls and the fact that Broadband connections are usually 'left on' and therefore much quicker to connect. (See Fast PC startup using no electricity for much faster PC startup too!)

Please call BrianR before ordering as there are SOME options to AVOID and ONE specific TECHNICAL thing to request during or just after ordering


Note that as of August '09 there are also EXCELLENT BUSINESS OPTIONS but again please call BrianR to ensure you are ordering the best options

Even if you take their lowest-usage BUSINESS Broadband package:

  • Four hours of 'phone calls over Broadband are included
  • Their target telephone response times on BUSINESS support is 30 seconds (also UK-based - see above!)
  • They prioritise your important/urgent network traffic over their customers who have chosen 'Value' products.
PlusNet

The above link
generates the
equivalent to 1
pint of beer
per YEAR.
The benefit to
YOU is that if
Plusnet lapse in
their customer
service - I can
liase with them
very aware
that I have
recommended
them to well
over a dozen
of their
customers.

Broadband in rural areas - often now more expensive because of BT wholesale charging

Sadly - OfCom has not forced BT wholesale to do the same (charge reductions) in rural areas...

The same (10GB/month usage) from Plusnet will cost £13 per month in Knutsford for example.

We would recommend to Business users that they accept the discomfort that paying more than their urban counterparts will give them unless there is a clear alternative at the exchange - call us to help you find that out and whether that has other implications (including 'hidden costs') as a result.

Residential users might however want to explore other options:

  • There MAY be providers at their exchange who have their own equipment and are therefore not limited by the charges made by BT wholesale. If there are then it will be obvious in the pricing / availability of BB services at price comparison sites - see links.
  • Mobile broadband MAY be a viable option but is obviously dependant upon there being a nearby mobile transmitter. This option obviously has other benefits for people that travel but beware that the use of dongles an actual mobile 'phone tend to be priced very differently and can be excruciatingly high!
  • If you happen to live in a rural area that also has been 'cabled' then you may be able to get a deal from VirginMedia that is competitive.
You may wish to use a comparative site:
Broadband™ Choices

Broadband™ Choices
Voice calls at weekend and evening - WITH BT!
For many years we have promoted the idea of retaining your line rental with BT so that all? of the services over that line are regulated by OfCom and therefore relatively competitive. What BT are now (Feb/Mar'09) offering may be interesting to many - in exchange (pardon the pun!) for committing to a 12 month contract you can get FREE evening and weekend calls (up to an hour) AND even some 0845 and 0870 calls at the weekend! AND that is included in the line rental which is £11.50 approx. from April - again approx. - see their web site for details.
bt.com/free
Allow you to pay for goods and services WITHOUT giving your credit card details to the provider of them. Both of these companies allow individuals as well as businesses to give and get money on-line. Supports on-line trading in goods and services. Google checkout - and an alternative:
Paypal - now a part of eBay I believe
SOFTWARE that is FREE for PERSONAL USE. Another set of useful links can be found elsewhere on this site at Personal Software. This is listed here because it is a useful link for many PC users. Personal Software

** Note Peer to peer file sharing is normally associated with downloading copies of movies and CDs and often violates Copyright laws. HOWEVER the BBC! make LEGAL use of PEER to PEER technologies in their iPlayer which may be affected by the caps on the bandwidth available. I will update this page when I know more about the effect of the caps.

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