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  • gnvqsos
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    Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post

    You should probably join the government legislative airheads
    Were'nt they an offshoot of Talking Heads?

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  • nukecad
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    Technically 'tethering' means a cable (tethered=tied) but often these days using a wifi hotspot like this is also referred to as tethering.

    Give it a go, on your phone it's usually something like:
    Settings>(Wirless and Networks) More settings>Thethering and portable hotspots>Wifi Hotspot.
    Once turned on it will tell you what name it is set to use as a wifi network and usually ask you to set a password for that network.
    You can tap it at anytime to get a screen where you can set the configuration, change the name/password, etc.

    This explains it with both IOS and Android phones:https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/techta...ne-to-your-pc/
    Last edited by nukecad; 29-05-2022, 09:31 AM. Reason: link changed to a better one

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  • royw
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    Originally posted by nukecad View Post
    If you have data on your mobile plan (or buy a weekly/monthly data pack if your are PAYG) then turn your phone into a mobile wifi hotspot or tether it to the computer via the USB cable that came with the phone.

    That's what I'm going to be doing once my fixed 12 month broadband contract ends next month

    Most smartphones can be easily set as a wifi hotspot even if they won't tether by USB.
    (You may want to keep the phone on charge if/when using it as a wifi hotspot, sending out a wifi signal uses power and so drains the battery, but if/when using a USB cable it doesn't take the same power plus if it's a USB3 connection actually charges the phone through the cable).
    Thanks, I haven't tried it yet so may be back for advice! 2 laptops so think I have to go for the mobile hotspit option. Does tethering have to be done with a cable?

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  • nukecad
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    Originally posted by royw View Post
    I've only kept it because of WiFi.
    If you have data on your mobile plan (or buy a weekly/monthly data pack if your are PAYG) then turn your phone into a mobile wifi hotspot or tether it to the computer via the USB cable that came with the phone.

    That's what I'm going to be doing once my fixed 12 month broadband contract ends next month

    Most smartphones can be easily set as a wifi hotspot even if they won't tether by USB.
    (You may want to keep the phone on charge if/when using it as a wifi hotspot, sending out a wifi signal uses power and so drains the battery, but if/when using a USB cable it doesn't take the same power plus if it's a USB3 connection actually charges the phone through the cable).

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  • royw
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    My land-line is going too when the contract runs out. It's cheaper to ring out from the mobile and most of the incoming calls on the land line are nuisance calls. I've only kept it because of WiFi.

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  • nukecad
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    My fixed rate has just ended and I've now gone onto standard rate (the new fixed rates being offered are ridiculous;y high).

    I've not got the new DD amounts yet but from my own calcs the Gas will go up by 80%, however with this £400 (and I should also get the Warm Home Discount again, although they have changed the qualification rules this year) I calculate that my DD for electricity should go down by about 5%.

    It's unlikely that the companies will let anyone draw out any of the £400, there may even be legislation put in place to stop that happening.

    However my £150 from the council is already earmarked towards a new phone.
    Not as wasteful as it might first sound; I'm going to need a new phone anyway when 3G gets switched off next spring and my 8 year old phone becomes defunct. (Well it will still work on 2G for another few years, but only for calls/texts).
    So a new 4G/5G phone with a PAYG data plan, then USB tether through the phone or use it as a mobile hotspot and ditch the landline braodband saving that monthly bill,
    (I dont need a 150mbps, unlimited data, landline. I suspect many people are paying for much more than they need and paying it twice, once on a landline then again on their mobile - of course if you have a family that's different).
    I was doing it that way during lockdown when I had no wifi so I know that it will work.
    Over a couple of years that's going to save me much more than the £150, and I get a shiny new phone.

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  • Hudson01
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    I am happy for it to be put on as a credit on my account, i have been on a cheap fixed rate for a year now and have another year to go, god help me when it comes to an end, so i am building up my credit while i can, if people take it out and spend it on essentials like Cannabis and Rizzla's they deserve everything that will hit them next year.

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  • Neelix
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    My daughter will be in a student house in the autumn. The account holder should benefit, but if they are not an account holder for pay back she will be ok.

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  • nukecad
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    Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
    My kid has a tenancy which includes Council Tax and Energy as part of the rent.
    Tell your kid that with no CT liablity they should apply to the council for the extra £150 as a 'Local energy discretionary' payout.

    The councils have been given money to give to people in this situation, HMO's etc.
    Have a look on their council website for how they are running their discretionary scheme.

    The landlord of a HMO will not get the £150 for the HMO council tax bill.
    He'll only get it for his own home/CT bill. (I'm not sure how that's supposed to work with a live in landlord in a HMO?)
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/council-...for-the-rebate

    The £400 for electricty gets credited straight to the bill, so whoevers name is on the bill gets it.
    Theoretically if it puts you in credit then you could draw it, but expect the companies to make it awkward to do that, and you'd still have to bay the bill later anyway.

    The other payments announced are linked to benefits and pensions, so go direct to the person involved.

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  • Hooper
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    Originally posted by boletus View Post

    When the account is closed, any credit is returned to the customer. (Just been dealing with the account of an ex tenant who had been over paying estimated bills.)
    You can also get credit that has built up in an account refunded whilst the account remains active.

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  • boletus
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    Originally posted by Hooper View Post

    I wonder whether you will be allowed to withdraw any balance - should you be lucky enough to be in credit?
    When the account is closed, any credit is returned to the customer. (Just been dealing with the account of an ex tenant who had been over paying estimated bills.)

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  • Hooper
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    Originally posted by Mrs Mug View Post

    According to the link below, it will be taken off the bill.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61592496
    Added as a credit. I wonder whether you will be allowed to withdraw any balance - should you be lucky enough to be in credit?

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  • royw
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    Originally posted by boletus View Post

    Easy reply to that Artful; "Corbyn".
    I doubt you or I will see another Labour government.
    No need to vote Labour, this government is implementing all their policies. More of a problem if you want Conservative policies as there isn't anyone to vote for.

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  • Mrs Mug
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    Originally posted by AndrewDod View Post
    now £400 supposedly as a proposed energy bills rebate.
    So who gets this cash? The landlord who is ultimately not paying for the energy or Council tax -- or the tenant?
    According to the link below, it will be taken off the bill.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61592496

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  • boletus
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    Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
    Gosh what a surprise! Johnson's "government" is a mess, writes bad/stupid law, can't even get something this well forecast, handle by other countries many times already, even slightly right... etc etc etc etc...
    Easy reply to that Artful; "Corbyn".
    I doubt you or I will see another Labour government.

    Just taking back a property (selling, nothing to do with legislation or tax), looks like I'll get the bung for that place.
    I won't be in a rush to re-let either if I have a couple of properties empty around October.

    Bonkers.
    Totally agree. I'll get 2 or 3 grand from this. Don't want it, don't need it. I grow my own logs FFS!

    Swings and roundabouts though Art. I give you a dozen bottles of decent scotch every year (winter fuel allowance) and a chauffeur to drive you around while you quaff it (free bus pass).

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