[sclug] Phone/broadband recommendations?

David Given dg at cowlark.com
Tue Jul 28 22:28:05 UTC 2009

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Not *quite* a Linux question, but people here are bound to know the

My father's finally going to give up on 56k dialup and get broadband.
Speaking as the person who usually ends up having to sneakernet updates
to him: woo!

He's also getting extremely annoyed with BT's new phone billing scheme,
which penalises short calls during the day with the end result that he's
paying about 5p/minute for local calls. So, this would be an ideal
opportunity to switch to a combined phone/broadband provider.

The big problem is that he lives in the highlands of Scotland and cable
TV is hard to come by. So it's ADSL and POTS or nothing. He doesn't want

Can anyone suggest any suitable providers I should go and look at? Could
he get line rental through the third-party provider, or will that still
need to go through BT? Would a third-party provider still let him use
his cut-rate long-distance service to Australia? Is it actually *worth*
getting a combined broadband and telephone bundle?

All comments gratefully appreciated!

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