Another query, after no end of problems with NTL (and an impending and expensive wedding on the horizon!) I've ditched my BB account with NLT and moved over to a Freeserve pay-as-you-go dial-up account for the odd home emails (I still have a 512BB account at work so big files download to my laptop and get taken home).
However, I can't seem to find anyone who offers the No Ties (unlimited) equivolent when you have a NTL phone line? Freeserve only work on BT for this package and the only ones I can find are AOL and NTL. I've had trouble with both in the past though:
AOL - Dropped lines and changing the phone number for NTL users all the time and connection failures a plenty.
NTL - I've just had a nasty battle with NTL after they "Forgot" to charge my debit card for the dial-up account for 18 months, which is pretty funny bearing in mind I upgraded it to BB after 8 months (apparently they "forgot" to cancel the old account!). They then sent me a bill for 18 months "service" which took me about 4 nights of phone calls to eventually sort out.
As you can see, I'm reluctant to use any of those 2 ISP's again and really want a cheap no ties alternative for the next 6 months or so.
Perhaps it was just a bad patch? I am on NTL cable phone and have AOL dialup at £15.99 per month unlimited and have been for about 4 years now. I have not had any of the problems you describe. I don't think any other ISP offers unlimited on NTL yet. Bear in mind that AOL do not automatically cut you off after 2 hours either, and also AOL are now able to offer BB for NTL customers albeit at around £27.99 a month. Why not give them another chance? Just noticed you say for "about the next 6 months or so". Most unlimited tie you down to a 12 month minimum contract. If you don't use it a lot you may be better off on PAYG.
However, I've just tried to sign up for the unmetered Lite home user package (£8.99 inc VAT) and when I get to the payment section it says "I hereby give permission to debit my card on a monthly basis to the value of £17.99."