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Old 20-10-2017, 21:04   #16
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Are you sure that's wise? Always have a landline (with at least one phone not cordless) in case of emergency. Mobiles can't be relied upon, they lose signal and power.

Don't think you'll save much, if anything, if you're taking TV and broadband aswell.
After checking, it wouldn't save me anything so i'm keeping it.

You make a good point though, a back up is useful if there are problems with the mobile network, especially for those with serious health conditions like myself.
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Old 21-10-2017, 13:37   #17
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An interesting scenario of conflicting information.

This might add weight to a complaint to Ofcom about BT or VM refusing to refund advance line rental if a service is cancelled following a price increase.

I think they both have a cheek to even think about refusing to refund any monies paid in advance after a service is cancelled. If they scrapped this nonsense they would probably find that more customers would participate. This scheme benefits their cash flow & need to take on debt & the resultant interest charges anyway, so they wouldn't be losing out.
It is an awkward one because with LRS you are actually agreeing to a fixed price deal. Therefore the price of the phone line is not increasing until you renew. This effectively seperates the phone line out of the customers bundle, but retains any discounts on other components of the service.
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Old 25-10-2017, 02:48   #18
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After checking, it wouldn't save me anything so i'm keeping it.

You make a good point though, a back up is useful if there are problems with the mobile network, especially for those with serious health conditions like myself.
In addition I've found it useful for locating my mobile phone, which I keep losing in the house these days!
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In addition I've found it useful for locating my mobile phone, which I keep losing in the house these days!
In my case only useful at weekends when the calls are "free". Has to stay lost for the rest of the week.
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In my case only useful at weekends when the calls are "free". Has to stay lost for the rest of the week.
Why? You don't get charged unless the phone is answered!
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Why? You don't get charged unless the phone is answered!
Doh, my bad, I keep answering the thing in case it's important

Actually, it was a daft throw away comment as I don't tend to lose my phone, the only people I speak to on the landline are from VM India trying to flog me mobile phones usually in quite a forceful manner.
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I can't think of a 999 emergency situation a mobile isn't sufficient.
If all else fails, I'm always astounded at the number of people posting on the mobile networks' forums whinging about how they can't call CS to report coverage issues because they don't have any other phone.

It always seems incredibly short-sighted and self-imposed, sorry if that sounds rude. Just belts and braces and plain sensible, to be honest.
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If all else fails, I'm always astounded at the number of people posting on the mobile networks' forums whinging about how they can't call CS to report coverage issues because they don't have any other phone.

It always seems incredibly short-sighted and self-imposed, sorry if that sounds rude. Just belts and braces and plain sensible, to be honest.
A mobile phone will use any available network to call 999, not just the one you're subscribed to. If all networks are down, I'd imagine the emergency services would already be far too busy to attend your house anyway.
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A mobile phone will use any available network to call 999, not just the one you're subscribed to. If all networks are down, I'd imagine the emergency services would already be far too busy to attend your house anyway.
The mobile phone will attempt to use any available network, yes. Whether the network will accept it - is at best debatable, at worst risking it.

I certainly would not ditch my landline on this basis. The consequences of being caught out are potentially too great.
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