I'm due (hooray) to be upgraded to DV Real Soon Now. Apparently that means I can get a free digital handset.
Visiting https://bt.com/DVequipment it tells me to order it by texting HANDSET to 61998. There doesn't seem to be any online alternative.
Just one problem... I don't have a BT mobile. So how do I place my order without spending hours on hold?
surely you can text from any mobile phone not necessarily a BT mobile - it's just a text
> surely you can text from any mobile phone not necessarily a BT mobile - it's just a text
So you might think, but no. My mobile provider doesn't recognise 61998 as a destination.
(edit) A bit of research reveals that some virtual network providers don't support 5-digit SMS shortcodes.
Is there an alternative full-length equivalent to 61998?
Give the FTTP team a ring, they are dealing with DV support. 0800 587 4787
> Give the FTTP team a ring, they are dealing with DV support. 0800 587 4787
Thanks, but that's what I'm trying to avoid - last time I called I was on hold for an hour 😞
45 minutes on hold, better than last time .
Explained to helpful lady what I wanted, namely (1) I want to accept the free handset offer in the "you're being upgraded to DV" letter but (2) I can't text to 61998. Unfortunately I don't think she knew anything about the handset offer until I referred her to the letter. She certainly couldn't actually do anything except to make a note on my account and advise waiting until I actually got a date for DV rollout. Then back on hold while she consulted someone else, then for some reason forwarded me to Sales. They explained that they couldn't do anything without an order in the system and I didn't have one, and forwarded me (heaven knows why) to Faults. Faults explained (as I was well aware) that I didn't have a fault so there was nothing he could do, and offered to pass me on to Sales...
I don't know why anyone would want DV. You will be tied to the Smart hub and BT. Just go for a VoIP service, you can then go anywhere.