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How BT are doing the changeover from PSTN

Tudor
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BT have started to remove the PSTN connection is certain areas. They are taking a different approach to VM.

This info is for people with telephone cabled broadband and only under 70 years old at present. Nothing as yet if you just have a BT phone and no broadband.

There are 3 options.

1) You can cancel you telephone connection from changeover day and you do not have to do anything

2) BT will supply you with one new handset for free, others can be purchased. This handset uses WiFi to connect to the BT hub and only a power connection required. No info about what to do if you are in bridge mode with their router.

3) BT will supply a small box that connects via WiFi to your BT router and you can plug your existing phone into it.


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Adduxi
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AFAIK the BT Hubs don’t have bridge mode, but I could be mistaken?

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ephemerol
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Do you have any information about the box they're offering for option 3?

Tudor
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"AFAIK the BT Hubs don’t have bridge mode, but I could be mistaken?"

The one my daughter has got bridge mode, because I went to great trouble putting the PPoE credentials into her AirPort router. Luckily she is going to ditch the phone line as she never uses it.


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goslow
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Haven't followed BT's latest hub offerings but the one I have (installed spring of 2022) on a FTTP connection has a telephone socket on the back (as per a VM hub) to connect an ordinary phone. There is also an option to use BT's cordless handsets for anyone taking a landline service as well and these seem to use a new DECT standard to connect to the BT hub which is the cordless phone base. There also appears to be an option for a BT device which plugs into a wall socket, and presents a conventional BT phone socket, at a remote location and connects cordlessly back to the BT hub to allow standard phones to be plugged in at a remote location in the home without any extension wiring.

Don't use the 'digital voice' service myself but a neighbour who took it up said he had endless problems with the BT handsets losing connection to the base. He now has quite a collection of replacement handset devices!

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ephemerol
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Interesting, thankyou. It's a pity they didn't add DECT functionality to it too.

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@ephemerol wrote:

Interesting, thankyou. It's a pity they didn't add DECT functionality to it too.


If you have a DECT base station, I assume you could plug it into one of those adapters. Or you could plug the DECT base station in to the back of the BT hub.

The BT hub itself seems to be a DECT base station for the BT handsets and claims the hub will work with

"any DECT CATiq 2.1 compliant phone to work with the hub without needing a base station."

from

https://admireit.co.uk/products/bt-smart-hub-2

Adduxi
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When I moved to VoIP, I found this video helpful in connecting my phones to an ATA.

How to Connect Landline Phones / Extensions to VOIP on Fibre Internet - YouTube

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