Still use a landline? – Here are 10 ways you can save money
Many people are ditching their landlines altogether.
But many other phone users, often the older customer, still like the simple-to-use landline and have no plans to go all-mobile.
But as these customers are perhaps not always the most savvy when it comes to getting the best deal, they often end up paying more than they need to.
Ofcom has just announced it is launching a probe into line rental charges and whether customers are being treated unfairly over pricing.
Meanwhile, here are 10 ways you can look at to save cash if you still rent a landline.
Number one, of course, as always, is to shop around for the best deal (you can compare TV & broadband packages now on A Spokesman Said).
Then, when you’ve found it ….
Pay by direct debit
If you don’t pay by direct debit, most networks will charge you more, often significantly more.
They word it differently, of course – you’ll get a ‘reduction’ for paying by direct debit, but it amounts to the same thing.
Know when your provider defines off-peak to be and, if you can, call at these times for reduced rates.
Check spending against add-on packages
If you use the phone a lot, you may find that you are spending more each month than it would cost to have an ‘anytime calls’ add on, for example.
You’ll pay a flat rate every month for this regardless of how many calls you make, so it needs to be worthwhile.
You can only work out whether it’s cost effective by seeing how much you are spending without the package. There are various options from anytime calls to inclusive calls at weekends and those at off-peak times.
It all depends on when you need to make calls.
Break up your call
Don’t forget to break up your call – most of these packages include calls up to a certain time limit, usually an hour.
So, if you want to talk for an extended time, break your call before the hour is up and call the person back to start the clock running again, otherwise you’ll be hit with a charge.
Never call mobiles
Don’t call mobiles from your landline. Use your mobile if you have one to call other mobiles; without a special package, you’ll pay through the nose if you dial mobiles.
Calling overseas – what to do
If you call overseas regularly, definitely consider an add-on package that allows you to call a limited number of countries without paying extra.
This will only be worthwhile if you call overseas a fair amount – and, once again, you can only tell if it’s worth paying for a package by comparing its cost with what you spend without one.
Also check that the countries you want to call regularly are actually on the list – usually the list includes EU countries along with the US and Australasia …but check.
Check what extras you have included in your rental package and consider whether you really need them – caller display and voicemail, for example.
If you don’t use them, cut them out to save money.
Do you qualify for a social tariff? If you are on certain benefits or are disabled you should check with your network to see if you qualify for a special reduced tariff.
Master VOIP – otherwise known as calls for absolutely free over the internet. Using services such as Hangouts and Skype, along with many others, means you can speak for free to others using the same service.
And, with Skype, for example, opening an account to which you add credit, means you can make calls to mobiles and landlines anywhere in the world for a fraction of the cost of a regular mobile or landline.
Do you still need a landline?
Last but not least, perhaps reconsider whether you still really do need to rent a landline.
Does anyone phone you on it?
Is your mobile just as useful?
For some people, renting a landline is just a habit and something they find hard to imagine being without. But it’s worth reconsidering whether you really need it.
There are plenty of alternatives. Shop around using our free comparison tool to find out more.
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