I call some homosexual salesman who talks me into the fiber optic plan. It's only about £3 more and the way he described it, it's like 100 times faster. No exaggeration. I'd be a damned fool not to get that. So I went with it.
So it's all set. After the phone call, I do some research. He was right, the fiber optic plan is only a few more pounds than what I was paying. But I was on an old plan that was like £17/month. The new plan that's the equivalent of what I had is £7.50/month for the first 12 months and then £13 after that.
So I was overpaying for all this time. They dropped the price and didn't bother to tell me.
And for that 100 times faster speed, that's not what I saw. Just looking at the simple numbers that they give, fibre optic is twice as fast. And that's just for downloads. I don't download much. And as I told this guy, I'm happy with my speed now.
Upon further research, it's recommended that the normal plan that I'm on is fine for households with 1 or 2 people. It's only if you have multiple people downloading shit or whatever at the same time that maybe you could benefit from fiber optic.
And finally, he put me on a new 18 month plan. My current contract was expired. I don't plan on living in that dump for 18 months.
So I called Plus Net and set up a 12 month account for £2.50/month plus line rental of £17.99 or something (same line rental price as BT) at the same speed as I have now.
When I called to cancel this order with BT, I was told that it had to be an 18 month contract because they have to re-connect the line and they waived this £150 fee as a sort of trade off.
Plus Net also said that I have to re-connect the line and they charge for this too but only £50. So I paid the £50. They also have a £50 cash back thing so effectively, it's free.
Now, Plus Net is owned by BT. So why all the differences? Why the pretence of there being two different companies? Plus Net's engineers will re-connect this line on the same exact day as BT offered. They're clearly using the same engineers. So when the engineer goes there for BT, does he get paid three times as much as when he goes for a job for Plus Net? Of course not. Why is the price three times more for the consumer then? Or effectively free with Plus Net after that rebate?
Also when I called to cancel this BT order, I told them that I didn't want an 18 month contract because I don't plan on living there for 18 months. I was told, "You can transfer your service to a new home". Well, yes. But they'll put you in another 18 month contract. And when you move again, it will be another 18 month contract. You'll never escape these 18 month contracts.
So fuck them. Plus Net actually has a no contract option that works out to a bit less than what I was paying for BT. These contracts are just a giant scam. It's standard industry practice, though. Even Plus Net I'm sure is going to try to fuck me over when I move.
That said, I had no problem with BT. Their free wifi hotspots saved me a few times.
I also had no problem with O2.
So...I'm thinking that the broadband and telephone industry is fairly stable as opposed to, say, the gas/electricity industry which doesn't have a single competent company in their numbers. See how it goes then. I mean...12 months...that's fine. Even if there's a fee when I move or I have to cancel at some point and they charge for that, whatever. It won't be something that bankrupts me.
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