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Version 279 in late August 2021 updates John Lewis Broadband (residential), Sky Talk (residential), SSE Energy Supply (residential), Virgin Media (residential) and Vodafone (residential). Just Dial Pre-pay has disappeared and been removed.


Version 278 in late July 2021 updates Direct Save Telecom (residential), Hyperoptic (residential), JT (Jersey) (residential), TalkTalk (residential), Virgin Media (residential) and Vodafone (residential).  Phone Co-Op has rebranded as Your Co-op. 

Virgin Media is upgrading it's entire network to full fibre over the next seven years, removing coax, copper and DOCSIS cable modems and TV boxes, and potentially offering symmetrical 10Gbps download and upload speeds and beyond, with the upgrade plan covering 14.3 million cable premises, after taking into account the existing 1.2 million FTTP homes.


Version 277 in late June 2021 updates BT (business and residential), 118185.co.uk (residential), 11899.com (residential), Call 18866 (residential), John Lewis Broadband (residential) and PlusNet (residential).

BT has added a new a social telephony scheme Home Essentials  for customers who are in receipt of certain state benefits, Universal Credit, Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit), Job Seeker's Allowance, Income Support and Employment and Support Allowance. All variants are based on BT Pay As You Go with Unlimited Minutes (max 1,000 mins/month). Home Essentials Home Phone includes line rental for £10/month, Home Essentials with Fibre Essentials includes 36M unlimited broadband for £15/month, Home Essentials with Fibre 1 includes 67M unlimited broadband for £20/month. BT Basic is still available but only offers normal broadband, not fibre, and calls are chargeable. 

BT business has reduced connection cost for new PSTN lines from £140 to £100 (plus VAT), or £75 for a two year contract, from 1st July 2021.  No idea why, unusual for BT to reduce any prices. 


Version 276 in late May 2021 updates KC (residential), QX Telecom (residential), seethelight (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential)  and Vodafone (residential). Post Office has sold it's telephone and broadband customer base to Shell Energy and is no longer selling to new customers. 

BT Openreach currently passes 4.7 million home with full fibre FTTP, increasing to 5.8 million by September 2021 and 7.1 million by the end of this year, and 25 million homes by end of 2026.  Openreach has delayed the stop sell of PSTN/ISDN at 104 exchanges from June 2021 to October 2021 due to slower work at Salisbury due to lock down restrictions.

Some of the features of our CodeLook dialling code lookup are available using a Json API, for business and numbering members that prefer to integrate our data into their own systems rather than downloading data files or using a web page.

This Json API is designed for casual use only, similarly to the CodeLook web page, not for sequentially trawling the database, the API tracks usage, business trade users are permitted 50 requests within 24 hours, numbering members 500 requests, before further requests are rejected, the limit for numbering member can be negotiated. Currently, the most popular CodeLook numbering queries are available as Json APIs, but other queries can be added, please just ask. We don't plan to offer any call costing or broadband cabinet lookup APIs.

Full details of the CodeLook API for paid members are at: https://www.telecom-tariffs.co.uk/bus/apidoc.htm


Version 275 in late April 2021 updates Fleur Telecom (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential), Sky Talk (residential), Virgin Media (residential). and Zen (residential).  

Ofcom has started a second consultation on the future of telephone numbers as the PSTN/ISDN evolves into all VoIP over the next five years. Ofcom proposes that operators will no longer need to offer local dialling without an area code, as already happens for mobiles and some cities.  Revenue sharing will be banned on geographic and 03 numbers.  Existing loose rules on telephone numbers been allocated geographically will remain, out of area numbers will still be allowed for businesses, but Ofcom does not plan to issue detailed guidelines on what area code is applicable for each post code, the industry will choose. 

Improved searching for localities in CodeLook to also look-up BT exchange names (often different) and locality district which allows groups of local exchanges to be found. CodeLook now also displays dates for PSTN/ISDN close down, when selling these products stops and when they are withdrawn, also some Openreach full fibre planning. This new information will be added to localities.csv file shortly for numbering members.


Version 274 in late March 2021 updates BT (business and residential), Daisy Communications (business), EE (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential), TalkTalk (business), Telappliant (business) and Zen (business). DrayTel is now Telappliant Red. 

Some of the features of our CodeLook dialling code lookup are now available using a Json API, for business and numbering members that prefer to integrate our data into their own systems rather than downloading data files or using a web page.

BT increases prices in March each year, by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%. From 31st March 2021, for old packages inland calls and access charge are up to 15.87p/min, mobile to 17.99p/min, call setup to 24.33p/call, international calls all up, except EU countries down to 18.9p/min. For PAYG packages, inland and mobile up to 20.9p/min. Standard line rental is up to £21.20/month, line rental without broadband down to £11.73/month, all call packages and calling features up a little. Broadband prices all up by different amounts whether inside or outside minimum contract, for the latter Unlimited Broadband including line rental is now £47.54/month, Superfast Fibre Essential (36/10) removed since now costs more than 50/10, Superfast Fibre 1 (50/10) and Superfast Fibre 2 (67/20) now both £41.43/month, Ultrafast Fibre 100 now £65.82/month, Ultrafast Fibre 250 now £76.27/month.

BT business line rental, line features, and BT Business Call Essentials prices increased from 1st April 2020, six months after the last rental increase.  Business line rental is up £1.80 to £31/month, ISDN-30e channel now £29.70/month, Value line rental up to £25.53/month, Critical line rental to £37.30/month. SIP Trunk up to £15.95/month but call charges unchanged.  All call features up a little.  All BT Standard Business, Business Plan and Business Call Essentials inland call prices are up 1p/min, Essentials Unlimited UK Calls up £1 to £14.90/month.  BT Standard Business call set-up now 29p/call.


Version 273 in late February 2021 updates Fleur Telecom (residential), Just Dial Pre-pay (residential), Sky Talk (residential), TalkTalk (residential) and Vodafone (residential).

There is a trend for operators to raise prices annually by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%, mostly in March but some a little later, announcements so far by BT, Everything Everywhere, John Lewis Broadband, PlusNet, Sky and Virgin Media.

BT Openreach will no long build or provision copper infrastructure into new FTTP site locations from 29th June 2021. 


Version 272 in late January 2021 updates Direct Save Telecom (residential), PlusNet (business), Port 5060 (business) and Sky Talk (residential).

There is a trend for operators to raise prices annually by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%, mostly in March but some a little later, announcements so far by BT, Everything Everywhere, John Lewis Broadband and PlusNet.

BT Openreach will stop selling landline PSTN and ISDN at 117 exchanges from June 2021, 51 more from October 2021 and another 51 from January 2022 with the remaining 5,000 odd exchanges following in batches over the next three years and all PSTN and ISDN services ceasing by December 2025, replaced by VoIP over FTTC or FTTP.  We plan to add more details of this transition to the web site shortly.  


Version 271 in early January 2021 updates CIX (business and residential),  EE (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential), Sky Talk (residential), SSE Energy Supply (residential), TalkTalk (residential) and Virgin Media (residential).


Version 270 in late November 2020 updates Hyperoptic (residential), Post Office (residential), PlusNet (business) andTalkTalk (residential).

BT Openreach started closing down the existing landline and ISDN Public Switched Telephone Network on 1st December 2020, by stopping selling new PSTN and ISDN lines and stopping line transfers in Salisbury, with existing services ceasing from 5th December 2022, two years away.  All existing master line sockets will then cease to work, and telephones and extension wiring will instead need to plugged into a broadband router or VoIP line adaptor to receive telephone service over the internet.  Eventually all properties will get internet using Fibre to the Premises, but this may take another 10 years, so some properties will initially still have Fibre to the Cabinet with copper line delivery.  ADSL will cease, replaced by FTTP or FTTC.  For those that only need telephone and not broadband, a 500Kb fibre service will be available. 

 BT Openreach will stop selling landline PSTN and ISDN at a further 117 exchanges from June 2021, with the remaining 5,000 odd exchanges stopping selling in batches until September 2023, and all services ceasing by December 2025. In practice, PSTN is already ceasing from some properties in which FTTP is installed, by removal of the copper telephone cable at the same time as a fibre cable is installed. For the last year, some broadband suppliers like Sky have no longer provide PSTN with new contracts but VoIP only.  Some suppliers will provide FTTP broadband alone without any VoIP, but many such as BT automatically migrate your PSTN number to VoIP, even if you already have an alternate VoIP service.  If you are switching broadband contracts and don't want interruption of your existing PSTN service, check with the new provider that it will not be replaced by VoIP.

VoIP service is much cheaper to supply than the old PSTN/ISDN, and technically is very similar to free services such as Skype and WhatsApp.  Unfortunately this low cost is not currently reflected in lower line rental cost, which due to Ofcom is now invisibly included with your broadband cost. nor in reduced call costs.  One well known VoIP provider has charged about £1/month for a number with inland calls at 1.5p/min for over 10 years, yet BT and Sky are charging 10 times that for their VoIP services.

WBC SOGEA (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access) is the wholesale name for FTTC/VDSL without a phone line for speeds up to 80Mb, then SOG.Fast for 160 and 330Mb speeds.  If a supplier offers WBC SOGEA, it means no landline, only VoIP.

Our CodeLook tool will be updated soon to keep track of which exchanges are planned or full FTTP and when PSTN and ISDN is being withdrawn.


Version 269 in late October 2020 adds Sky Communications B2B (business) and updates Gradwell (business), John Lewis Broadband (residential), Lycatel (residential). PlusNet (residential) and Virgin Media (residential).  Wizards has been removed for old tariffs.


Version 268 in late September 2020 updated BT (business), EE (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential) and Vodafone (residential).

BT Business ISDN line rentals have increased about 6%, ISDN-30e channel now £28/month, ISDN-2e £61.60/month.