As anybody Joined the Carphone Warehouse deal for Free BB and Phone Calls. £20.99 a month and includes Standing Charge for phone line. No need to pay BT rental. All Speeds depending on what your line supports. But I forgot to ask does it have a Cap?
that in our current online poll, only just over 10% of the 776 people who have responded have signed up, or are contemplating signing. A massive 44.8% are going to wait to see what happens.
What I think will happen is that initially large numbers of people will be attracted by the 'free broadband for life' advertising, and will sign up for the 18 month contract. It remains to be seen whether CPW can sustain the service in the light of a predicted 1st year loss of £50 million, or thereabouts. The mobile phone business is in the doldrums, and companies like CPW must look elsewhere for revenue streams if they are to survive. I admire their bold initiative, and wish them and their customers well. Only time is going to tell if this has been a shrewd business move, or if CPW will regret their decision, two years down the line. The testing time is going to be in 18 months, when that initial flush of early adopters decide whether to renew their contracts.
I think for those in the country where 512 is the max speed we are ever likely to get and local loop unbundling is out of the question the £30 connection charge and the 18 month contract are major negatives
If the existing broadband service is good and reasonably priced then I think there is a lot to be said for staying put
I also wonder just how transfers from the new unbundled local loop will work in practise because I guess the current transfer system within so many days will not apply