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    Keeping BT 1571 free

    This is a discussion on Keeping BT 1571 free within the Sky Talk forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; It seems now that using BT Option 1, standard weekend calls are now free. So it is now only necessary ...

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      Keeping BT 1571 free

      It seems now that using BT Option 1, standard weekend calls are now free.

      So it is now only necessary to dial a few numbers at the weekend via BT at zero cost to maintain the 1571 service. Inclusive call are as good as chargeable ones.



      Cut from BT Terms (correct as 1 February)

      BT Answer 1571 standard service is included for BT Together customers who make some chargeable or inclusive calls with BT (excludes calls made with BT Broadband Talk). The following charging rules apply:

      * If you are billed monthly you must make at least two chargeable or inclusive calls with BT within that month otherwise we will charge you 1.00 a month for the BT Answer 1571 standard service.
      * If you are billed every three months you must make at least six chargeable or inclusive calls with BT within those three months otherwise we will charge you 3.00 every three months for the BT Answer 1571 standard service.


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      Re: Keeping BT 1571 free

      I think the key word there is chargeable.

      Once calls become free, they are, by definition, not chargeable.

      I'd surmise therefore that free weekend calls (for those on Option 1) or free evening or weekend calls (for those on Option 2) do not count towards the qualifying 2 chargeable calls per month (6 calls per quarter) necessary for free Caller Display and/or 1571.
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      Re: Keeping BT 1571 free

      Sorry, I disagree. It says, "make some chargeable or inclusive calls".

      Inclusive calls are free of additional charge.

      The basic charge is the line rental.

      Therefore I will put into my diary on the first Saturday each month that I need to make two calls to my telephone at work that will be answered by the voice mail system.


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      I think the key word there is chargeable.

      Once calls become free, they are, by definition, not chargeable.

      I'd surmise therefore that free weekend calls (for those on Option 1) or free evening or weekend calls (for those on Option 2) do not count towards the qualifying 2 chargeable calls per month (6 calls per quarter) necessary for free Caller Display and/or 1571.

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      Re: Keeping BT 1571 free

      They must have added that word 'inclusive' since I last read it (and I didn't spot it in your post).

      You may well be right there.

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      Re: Keeping BT 1571 free

      I dumped 1571 a few months ago when I bought some new phones that came with a built-in answering machine.

      See this for some thinking on the subject of dumping 1571:
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      The advice won't suit everyone but maybe something worth considering?

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      Re: Keeping BT 1571 free

      Quote Originally Posted by Heinz View Post
      They must have added that word 'inclusive' since I last read it (and I didn't spot it in your post).

      You may well be right there.

      9p/saved is 9p/month saved after all!
      Saving is 2 * (0.060 + 0.035) = 0.185 per month.

      But BT Privacy at Home conditions require chargeable calls whereas BT 1571 requires chargeable or inclusive calls. This presumes that BT has updated its conditions consistently.

     

     

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