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.
/ compare to:
think it is
|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..
|Plusnet are a Broadband (BB) provider
to both residential AND BUSINESS clients at competitive rates:
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.
The above link
equivalent to 1
pint of beer
The benefit to
YOU is that if
Plusnet lapse in
- I can
liase with them
that I have
them to well
over a dozen
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:
|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.
|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.
If you want to refer people to specific items on this page then you may want to
give them one of the links below: