Sorry to disagree but there has been no e-mail from BT.
I use a Firefox mail client which stores every e-mail I have received from any-one over the past eight years (all 30 gig of them) - I have loads from BT about bills, new contracts, Friday Fix, Net Protect, Programme Information BUT NONE about the price change to BT Sport.
This will be backed up by the call I received from BT today formally notifing me that I have until the end of Aug to either down-grade, accept (with a new contract), or cancel. They did not say they had sent a letter - they wanted to talk through my options as they were starting to charge for BT Sport. I was quite happy with that until I tried to find out the full information and saw the comments about e-mails etc.
I have certainly not received any written communication from BT in any form whatsoever as per their terms and conditions.
BT may wish to claim they have written - but I have not received anything and hence cannot make a decision on a non-existant communication. As I have plenty of communication from BT on everything else it is clearly a BT issue.
What is most irritating is the arrogance of stating they have written hence I must be in the wrong - but then again it's what I have come to expect nowadays.
I have to say I received the email on an account that I only set up as a test account (which is rarely , if ever, checked) and is in no way linked to MYBT nor is it my Primary email address. I only discovered it after reading about the changes to BT Sport on the forum. However, it was very painless cancelling BT Sport via the options team.
Thanks for the comment.
I did not ask if I had been sent any communication as the BT man said he was calling to inform me - and it was the first I have heard, hence ther was no reason to ask that question - it was only checking after the call I realised what had happened.
I "suspect" BT has a system glitch as he spent 5-10 minutes trying to downgrade me to the Lite version - but first he could not find my subscription on my line/number and then he could not downgrade on his BT system!!
I "suspect" this is linked to another BT issue as I have two lines and BT "think" my BroadBand is on the line that I do not use for BroadBand! (In fact this caused issues when I changed to BT - they promised to "sort" this out - but never have).
Hence I will ring the team on 0800 800 030 - when I can steel myself for the time on the phone.....
(After the call from BT I logged in and tried to downgrade on-line - I hoped that it would save time - but got the message back that I had to call - clearly there is an issue with BT systems.)
If everything goes OK there is not any issue - what I object to is BT having an issue with my account - and instead of the contact who called me to sort my BT Sport contract actually sorting it out I have to call anbother BT dept and sort it - otherwise I will be charged!!!!! Wasted time spent for something I have not asked for.......
This is not a very customer focussed way to do business - but the again it is BT.........
Then again if BT had written and/or if the BT web site would accept my instructions and/or if the BT person who called me took responsibility for sorting BT's issue all would be OK - but too many if's................
When I phoned 0800.800.030 to cancel I was on the phone for less than 5 minutes so you should not have to steel yourself to make that call.
Some info that might be useful is on this page.
Note the special phone number and query form link at the bottom.
Maybe you could ask them about the missing written notification as stated in the terms?
A different help page also repeats lots of the same info.
Many thanks - that is useful information that seemed difficult to obtain.
I will certainly ask BT to confirm when they (think) they wrote to me and hope that their systems allow them to downgrade my account to sport Lite (the BT man who called me to tell me of my options was unable to do this whilst I waited 5 to 10 minutes on the phone whilst he tried).
It should really be a very simple exercise.............
Thanks to everyone who made comments.
I must be "jinxed" with BT as the first BT person I got through to needed to reboot her computer and asked me to recall - the second person I reached could not do it either and put me through to the "Easy Assist Team". He helpfully got the Easy Assist Team person onto the line meaning I did not have to recall again - for which I am eternally grateful.
The person I spoke to at this team (which deals with accounts with multiple lines - I have two lines) was very helpful and downgraded to "Lite" with no difficulty. He also downgraded another account that I pay for (fortunately I remembered this otherwise my Mother could have been hit with a charge).
I am still very "suspicious" about the "supposed" communication - when I asked I was told this had been a "blanket" communication and when I pushed for the date this could not be verified other than "a few weeks ago" - I checked that all the communication channels were correct and, as I am receiving all othe communications from BT, I would "guess" that BT's systems are faulty and the communication was never sent - no doubt this is why I was called (unexpectedly) by BT last week.
All's well that ends well and the Easy Assist Team man was brilliant and very helpful.
I must say - even although I wasted another half an hour on the phone - the BT people that I have spoken to today were exceptional - BT just have system problems that they need to bottom out, but they are improving........
In summary BT Sport:-
Recontract and it remains free
Downgrade to Lite and it remains free - and the contract term remains the same.
Cancel completley (for those who do not use it) and it removes any issues.