Alternative to BT chargecard
I used to carry a BT chargecard in case I needed to ring out without any mobile signal/battery and to avoid getting stuffed on payphone charges in pubs.
Now like mos right-thinking people I've given up on BT and get my phone from someone. So does anyone use a calling card and if so which one? My googling has generally shown up international stuff only.
Nope. tbh, I can't remember the last time I used a public phone, certainly not this century!
Thus, such is the unlikelihood of me having to use one, I just wouldn't bother.
I used to use a BT Chargecard, but often found it was little use in rural areas. Phones marked on my maps had either been disconnected or completely removed. The last one I tried to use was a few years ago on one of our most popular National Trails. I opened the door and could literally hear masses of spiders webs tearing in the process. It was like something from a horror movie, and it was clear that no-one had opened the kiosk door for a very long time. I wasn't surprised to find that the phone was dead.
I should also point out that some time ago I made use of a 'free' number to call someone. It was all set up on their account, so that I could call free, and they would be billed for the call. I was surprised to find, after using it on a hotel phone one evening, to be presented with a bill for £2 for a connection charge. Seems that the hotel didn't want anyone calling for 'free' if they could screw a couple of quid out of them! Just be warned that you might get charged the same way no matter what set-up you use!
Most BT call boxes these days take credit/debit cards to avoid being broken into for the cash.
Failing that use 'collect' calls as they say in the states. Here its a Reverse charge and you used to be able to get it from a BT box by dialling (there's an odd term for the push-button age) 0800 REVERSE (I think)
no longer the 'office manager' wrote (see)
...dialling (there's an odd term for the push-button age)...
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