£3,000 for BT to install phone line? !!!

by Readers Question

11:19 AM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

£3,000 for BT to install phone line? !!!

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£3,000 for BT to install phone line? !!!

I have recently purchased a bungalow. Originally there was a house with an enormous garden, and about fifty years ago a bungalow was built halfway down the garden, accessed by a narrow drive between the houses about 30m long. This was recently acquired by a developer who extended the bungalow and divided it into two and is builiding a third bungalow next to them. I bought the bungalow created when the first one was divided.

The original bungalow had one phone line, which has been taken by the other bungalow which was bought before I bought mine. My tenant has asked BT to install a phone line for him. After promising him free installation, they now say it will cost about £3,000 as a new line has to be brought in about 40m from the road. Presumably once it’s built and sold the owners of the third bungalow will be in the same position and might share costs.

Is there no responsibility on the part of BT to provide the new line for free? £3,000 for BT to install phone line? !!!

Surely they will benefit for many future years?

It seems they have a monopoly as you can’t employ anyone else to do this work!

Any ideas anyone?

Edna



Comments

Mark Alexander

11:20 AM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

Ouch!
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Ian Ringrose

14:16 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

This is interesting as has a tenant got the right to assume they can have a phone connection for a reasonable cost? After all, we don’t state anywhere that there is a water connection to a property, but would not expect to rent a property with no mains water….

Mark Alexander

14:33 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

Thinking outside of the box, if one property has a phone maybe they could be persuaded to have high speed broadband and sell IP phone connectivity and wireless broadband to the others?

Alternatively, what about mobiles?
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Michael Barnes

17:03 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

BT are not a charity.

I imagine that they will either have to dig a trench for the phone line or erect poles to carry it.

JohnCaversham

19:20 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

Its 2014-who needs an old fashioned hard wired phone line for goodness sake! (well at that price anyway!)
Wouldn't it be far cheaper simply to provide your tenant with a basic spec mobile with reasonable unlimited calls @ circa £15/20 month!?

Ian Ringrose

19:31 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

-> Its 2014-who needs an old fashioned hard wired phone line for goodness

Anyone that want to have decant internet and is not in a virgin cable TV area.

Sian Wyatt

21:15 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

Mobile reception isn't brilliant but acceptable. However internet is difficult without a landline - the suggestion of a deal with the other bungalow for a share of the wifi could work though! You can't have sky without a landline can you? Tenant is disabled so home a lot...

Thanks for your comments!

Edna

Mark Alexander

21:32 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Edna " at "21/10/2014 - 21:15":

You would need to get a good Wifi extender if you decide to go down that route. Better still Cat 5 cabling or a lazer
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Jay James

22:27 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Edna " at "21/10/2014 - 21:15":

What will Virgin charge, if anything, to connect internet only?

Ian Ringrose

22:36 PM, 21st October 2014
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jay James" at "21/10/2014 - 22:27":

IF (a big if) there is virgin in the road, then their charges to connect are very low.

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