Cable, Phone, Etc

(8 Posts)
flg728 Sun 29-May-16 22:33:07

We are moving to the area next month (yay) from the US. Just looking for some information on cable companies, electric, gas, and anything else you might want to suggest. We will be living in Friern Barnet as our child will be attending Dwight. Thanks!

CaurnieBred Mon 30-May-16 10:27:30

<Disclaimer: I don't live in Friern Barnet but elsewhere in the Borough >

Not everywhere in the UK has cable. Check with Virgin Media to see if you do. If you don't, it all depends on what channels you want to watch. Check out the packages offered by Sky or BT. First look at Freeview - these are the digital channels that you can pick up without paying.

Sky, Virgin and BT offer broadband and phone either separately or in conjunction with their TV packages, but other companies, eg Plusnet, offer broadband and phone.

It is hard to say re utilities. Can you ask the agency/previous owners for the most recent readings and who they used? There are so many different providers. If you can get hold of previous readings you can check on uSwitch for who would be the cheapest.

Water: you have no choice of provider.

Make sure you contact Barnet Council to register for your Community Tax.

Boydens Kitchen is a fab cafe. As is Cafe Joi de Vie in North Finchley

Good luck with the move.

flg728 Mon 30-May-16 14:45:22

Thank you!!

flg728 Mon 30-May-16 14:49:13

Evidently only EE has service for high speed internet and cable for our address. Any info or experience with them?

CaurnieBred Mon 30-May-16 15:02:39

If EE can offer high speed then BT must too (high speed (fibre) infrastructure is provided by Openreach which is a division of BT). EE is a mobile/cell provider so would be surprised if they were the only ones offering this.

bonzo77 Tue 31-May-16 12:56:42

These things vary street by street

Also, the deal that is best for you depends on what package you need, for example some TV channels are only available with certain cable / satellite providers. Regarding mobiles, try to find out which provider has good coverage. I'm local to you and get poor O2 service, and DH gets good EE service. But it was the other way round up the road. For energy you will initially need to use whoever currently supplies the property, then use USwitch or similar if you want to find a better deal.

bonzo77 Tue 31-May-16 12:57:35

If you don't have cable in the area you can get a dish, we do with Sky

flg728 Wed 01-Jun-16 22:45:58

A dish!! Did not even think of that! Evidently we can't do much until we have a UK bank account. Sigh..... Thanks everyone

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