First the hardware setup. We have an NTL cable from the road to a Set Top box. One line goes to the STB and another to the box that the 'phone plugs into.
Now the moans. For starters the FREE dialup is of course no longer free and indeed has seen a few price rises since the freeness was removed some time ago. Almost every week I get a ntl broadband offer which while cheap to start with, I know from past experience will soon float upwards,
Since the ntl analogue box was changed for digital Set Top box (and I was 100% assured NOTHING would change as regards setup, cost etc - and it was all done for free) I find the new "Base Pack" (a collection of TV channels) just happens to cost a few more pounds per month that the old analogue one. Of course no one told me that even though I asked several times if the change would cost me more. Even though the cost increase isn't great I very much dislike this not being made clear to me until I got the first new bill after the digital STB was installed.
So I'm just looking at ways to escape Castle NTL. Perhaps You can help along the way with all/any of these
Phone. I suppose this is the easiest to escape from. We still have the old BT phone lines installed. Simply sign up with BT then?
TV Well Freeview has all the channels I want anyway. So if I buy a Freeview STB (I am in a suitable postcode area to receive the signal). That removes the "Base Pack" or any other "pack" costs.
Internet This is the most tricky aspect. I'd need to sign up with an ISP to at least maintain my dialup system as now. However if I ever want to go broadband I only have that BT phone line available. Is broadband possible down such a line, or do I need some other line installing? The NTL digital STB has a nice cosy ethernet port on the back - it looks oh so temping to keep ntl just for that - unless you can tell me something different of course.
I used to be with Demon Internet (but switched to NTL for the 3in1). Now, I see Demon do not do an "Unlimited" use dialup. Seems their cheapest dialup is pay per call, which I don't want.
Well, that's the background. What to you think the chances of me escaping Castle NTL?