Do I follow my own advice and ignore such an apparently generous gift?
The conflict follows after the regular trip to Safeway to snap up the special offers that particularly appeal.
Examination of the till receipt back home revealed an advertisement on the back with an offer of unlimited dialup access (24/7) via a BT line for a one-off payment of £149.99 for FIVE years.
It's claimed to be in association with BT so I decided to check out the website, given as click here with a sales and helpline number of 0845 225 2020 and Ref SFW/MMG (SFW is clearly meant to represent Safeway).
No joy with the website.
However, keying in MMG Internet AnyTime into google brought up the following link: click here
which outlines the same proposition.
Has anyone taken up this offer or know someone who has?
My ancient brain works out that this offer is six times cheaper than the average £14.99 a month normally paid for 24/7 dialup.
However, with the strong increase in broadband takeup it could be that dialup will become even cheaper - my Tiscali DayTime Plus account is £7.99 a month and DayTime is only £4.99 a month - so signing up for five years seems a little precarious.
The chance of Dialup lasting another 5 years is between zilch and zero. Technically, it may still be possible, but will there be ISP's supporting it, and will there be sites still usable on a 56K modem?, I doubt it. On the other hand, if thats your bag, I have a great line in B&W televisions (save money with a B&W TV license), and a great long wave only radio receiver going cheap!!! ;-)
There were a few ISP's in the early days of umetered dial-up that did one off or one year payments, Red Hot Ant is one that springs to mind, some got a good deal out of it others paid £100 for two weeks use. There was one other that I subscribed to and came out just about even, but not my idea of security.