I believe very little that is written in the Daily Fail. Give them a sentence and it becomes a chapter of speculation. I prefer to wait until announcements are made and correct information is given by the Engine Drivers. However to deal with your specific point. There is no way that vulnerable elderly frail customers will be left with no service. No one would ever allow that to happen, regardless of how callous and uncaring our current leaders are. Its a fact of life that change happens and that life moves on sometimes change has to be embraced.pakefield wrote: ↑Sat Aug 14 2021 11:48amIf this is true the Govt. must step in to stop it:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -cope.html
Our dear friend and neighbour is 94. She is unable to walk unless someone is in the room but she lives alone. Carers come in 4 times a day and friends call in as well. In that she is lucky.
She is too frail to cope with changing to internet and mobile phone. She has a bracelet she can click on which will put her through to her emergency system which works via her landline.
Just one of many people in a similar position.
And what about those who live in mobile phone not spots? Or areas with very low internet speeds? These people rely on their landline in a way those of in in towns do not.
Will I need a fast connection?
Internet speeds of just one megabit per second (Mbps) should be enough for a good digital phone service. And every UK household has the right to demand a download speed of at least 10 Mbps.
Will my bills rise?
Customers will have to pay for the internet to use their home phone. But experts have said providers are likely to offer cheap, basic deals similar to landline-only contracts. It is not known if customers with older phones will need to buy a new handset or if they will get one for free.
What if the internet goes down?
If the internet crashes or there is a power cut, digital phone lines will stop working. Those who are vulnerable or do not have a mobile phone should be offered a back-up such as a battery pack, emergency phone line or mobile phone so they can still call 999 in an emergency.
What do I need to do?
Nothing yet. Those on landline-only deals or without the internet will hear from their providers later on.
Surely Prestel would be more relevant?
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