Where’s The Catch??

17 Sep

Now I’m a suspicious old cynic, even on a good day. I am wary of anything that preports to be ‘quick’, ‘easy’ or ‘simple’. Offers that scream savings must be combed through for the slightly hidden, mildly expensive add one or the exclusion clauses. I’m sure it’s as a result of being picked on by people one moment and quietly befriend by them later when I was at school. But I am baffled…..stumped…..blind even to this. I just cannot see the catch.

Sky is my broadband and phone provider, I don’t have them for television because I cannot have a dish on my property. Like with all these things it is part of a fixed term contract and my eighteen month contract is due to expire.

As a ‘valued customer’ they emailed me to let me know the contract was up for renewal and whether I would like to resubscribe for another eighteen months and what it would cost using the same package I currently have. It also detailed what it would cost if I do nothing and let the contract expire.

Do I want a new contract at £27 per month (£10 set up + £8pm discount) ….. or ….. no contract at £25 per month (£5pm discount)

Where is the catch ….. if I ‘do nothing’ somehow it’s £2 a month cheaper ….. my suspicion alarm is going mad, wee-warr-woo-ing at mega decibel level, with flashing lights visible to Mars ….. how can that be?

This will require very, very, very careful watching and considering.


Posted by on September 17, 2021 in General, Tech


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11 responses to “Where’s The Catch??

  1. menhir1

    September 23, 2021 at 10:34 am

    This is a baffling invitation. Cheaper option no fixed term. It sounds more like a fuel arrangement with a variable option, allowing the provider to increase monthly subscriptions at will. (They don’t usually go south).

    I suppose you’ve heard that landline phones are becoming things of the past. It seems everything will go through our broadband systems. The offers to take a faster service at no extra charge will automatically take us off landline now. People who live in communication black spots will be left in limbo.

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    • AnneMarie

      September 23, 2021 at 10:43 am

      I need to read up on the landline issue. My understanding is that it is the type of phone that will no longer work rather than no landlines at all, which was the misleading newspaper headline.

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  2. menhir1

    September 23, 2021 at 10:58 am

    A telephone engineer informed me of this development a couple of months ago. . The way round it was to invest in some kind of battery pack ….. not a dect phone. He gave the technical name for the system. Can I remember it? No!

    The headline isn’t misleading. We are being misled. A friend accepted increased broadband speed at no extra cost and new router for it. The landline is now dead, no friendly dialling tone to be had.

    As usual, we are not being fully informed.


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    • AnneMarie

      September 23, 2021 at 11:12 am

      Oh yikes 😳. I’m still a friendly dial tone person, still on the ancient copper wire lines. There are millions who will need to switch equipment and all those elderly people with alarm panic buttons that utilise the phone lines and burglars alarms. This is massive!


      • menhir1

        September 23, 2021 at 7:12 pm

        This is massive. In 2007 after the London Transport bombings, I was concerned for a relative. All the cell phone lines were off as a safety measure. (The Spanish train bomb had been set of by mobile phone).

        I made contact via a landline, using my mobile phone, and to my relief my relative answered the call. Would I be able to make contact with this present development to an office in the centre of a critical city crisis?

        Then there are all those groups you mention and those who do not have the best connections if any kind apart from landlines.


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      • AnneMarie

        September 23, 2021 at 7:17 pm

        The old system can no longer cope, so it’s ‘progress’…… the jury is out, I’m suspicious of the p word, it often comes with setbacks and expenses.

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  3. menhir1

    September 23, 2021 at 11:01 am

    P.S. please let us know what you come up with. Tel Eng. asked if I had taken on an ‘upgrade’ before he checked our line. Xx

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  4. snowbird

    September 29, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Goodness, what on earth IS the catch??? I hope you figure it

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      September 29, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      I think it is to do with the slow death of landlines, which are being stopped in 2025. Still researching it, but from them landline phones will operate via the internet system and not the current system, it might require different routers and other equipment such as care alarms and burglar alarms.


  5. snowbird

    September 29, 2021 at 10:11 pm


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