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Bye bye 192

So it's goodbye today to the good old directory enquiries number we've known and loved for 46 years.

And we have to say hello to a deregulated farrago of companies with a myriad different confusing pricing schemes and plans (and heaven help you if you're trying to call one of the wireline services from a mobile number). Maybe we're just better off using the free service on BT's web site...

I guess we're going to be stuck with those blasted runners, now, too...

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sand_l
Aug. 24th, 2003 05:19 am (UTC)
radio two
had the http://www.moneysavingexpert.com guy on last week and if for any reason you didn't want to use a web site, apparently onetels service is still free [and should be till next January.]
God, I can't believe I've actually paid some attention to all this....
barnacle
Aug. 24th, 2003 05:27 am (UTC)
Chariots of Fire
I guess we're going to be stuck with those blasted runners, now, too...

Those two runners won an advertising award. It was in the MediaGuardian last week, a half-page advert. Runner-up was some ad campaign by BT. I hope to Christly Christ it wasn't those dreadfully patronising stick figures. Speaking of patronising, though, it could've been worse, of course: THE ORANGE KID MUST DIE.

hobbitblue
Aug. 24th, 2003 05:48 am (UTC)
Discussing this the other night with Forest I came to the conclusion that I would end up choosing my preferred service based on whichever tv ad I prefer. So 118 118 wins hands down for sheer strangeness and charm :)
hobbitblue
Aug. 24th, 2003 05:52 am (UTC)
Ouch, no, strike that, have just looked at the handy table you linked too. 'Spensive stuff!
flick
Aug. 24th, 2003 04:07 pm (UTC)
Ack...

Glad I only use it from work...

I have no idea how to remember what to dial any more...
the_gardener
Aug. 24th, 2003 04:47 pm (UTC)
Industry scuttlebutt suggests that most of the new services won't last beyond the first couple of months, and that mergers and bankruptcies will winnow them to three or four. This ought to mean that the customer will be king, and that we can hold the new services to what we want, but I rather suspect that some cartel-like arrangement will arise instead to fix prices and services. A possible case for Oftel? No, because Oftel is a toothless waste of time and space which should be destroyed and replaced.
daveon
Aug. 26th, 2003 03:21 am (UTC)
I went into town on Saturday (actually to see if my gym was still there...)

There was a stag party dressed as 118-118 with an old guy as 192.

Quite amusing.
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