Q: How much does B4RN cost?
- Installation – a B4RN installation costs £150 irrespective of the distance a fibre has to go from the main trunk of the network to your house or business. This is much cheaper than for a wireless provider.
- Monthly charge – The charge is £30/month. It might be a little more than another provider’s charge but one has to consider whether the prices are like-for-like. B4RN offers a world class speed for both downloading and uploading and unlimited usage. Do other providers offer this at a cheaper price?
- Monthly charge including telephone usage – For an extra charge of £8/month (total £38/month) the B4RN connection will include a telephone package. This will mean that you can cancel your land line but keep your existing number. In most cases the combined package will be cheaper than other providers for a much better service.
Using the service
Q: Can I make phone calls with B4RN and will I need my BT line?
A B4RN connection means you won’t need a BT telephone line. For an extra charge of £8/month (total £38/month) the B4RN connection will include a telephone package. This will mean that you can cancel your land line but keep your existing number. In most cases the combined package will be cheaper than other providers for a much better service.
You can save money on both your line rental and your call charges by using a service such as Vonage. Vonage are a VOIP provider; they route your calls over the internet. You can keep your existing telephone number, your current handset, and make calls in exactly the same way – they’re just cheaper!
Have a look at this video for more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ppcO03WBjM
Q: Will I have to change my email address when I move to B4RN?
If you use an email address from your ISP you may lose this when you stop paying them (do check before you cancel it) but that’s true when you switch to any new provider. We suggest you register with one of the free web based services such as Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook Live (see http://free-email-services-review.toptenreviews.com). These can be configured to run with the email client on your computer (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird) or can accessed through the web.
Please make sure you notify B4RN & B4YS if you change email address, or notifications will be sent to your old one.
Q: Are there any usage limits?
No, the B4RN network has no limit; you can use it as much as you like, subject to a fair usage policy. The connection is 1,000Mbps upload & download, and is unlimited in terms of data transfer.
Q: Does installation require digging up the garden?
There are many options; the orange fibre duct to your property will be thinner than your little finger. As a community project it will be the community that lay the fibre ducting. This may be you, your neighbour, or a contractor if you choose to employ one.
No digging will be done without consultation and remember, the fibre doesn’t necessarily need to go into the ground. It can be clipped to a wall or fence inside a pipe, slipped between paving flags.