Bartering and comparing costs has become the norm when we buy a new mobile phone contract, but what about your home phoneline? It’s easy to knock hundreds off your annual bill.
First, stop calling costly directory enquiries numbers - dial 0800 118 3733 instead. You have to listen to an advert before being given a number, but you won’t be charged. And use the website niftylist.co.uk/calls to find a cheaper access code to dial before phoning overseas.
Or consider an online telephone service. Skype is the best known (skype.com), but others like voipcheap.co.uk will let you make cheap or even free international calls from your computer.
Next, compare phone tariffs. Don’t just look at the big names. Primus offers line rental and evening and weekend calls to UK landlines for £9.99 a month. The Post Office offers the same, plus weekend calls to 40 countries including Poland, the US and Australia, for £12 a month.
Remember to factor in extra fees, such as connection or cancellation charges, before switching provider. Also consider a bundled deal, with phone, broadband and/or digital TV. Comparison sites including uswitch.com/home-phone will show you the options in your area.