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Switch providers, not channels


Woman with a remote control

Woman with a remote control

Woman with a remote control

I'm not sure whether it's the prospect of all those endless repeats on during the summer but suddenly free television offers abound. Two main players in the TV market are giving incentives to tune into the goggle-box as competition intensifies in this space.

UPC is giving away free TV for 12 months for existing broadband and phone customers while new switchers can avail of it for €25 per month (€75 p.m. after the year is up). www.upc.ie or call 1890 940 624.

Over at Eircom, their eVision product is gaining traction and they're offering free TV and broadband for their phone package at €40 p. m. for six months (€58 p.m. thereafter), but it drops to €30 p.m. if you sign up online. They have a free Samsung smart-phone included and video on demand. www.eircom.ie or call 1800 303 439.

When moving contract always make sure your old one is up - you don't want to be penalised for breaking it. Generally speaking switching is easy, however in some cases where new wiring is needed, an engineer might have to come to your house, so do ask if drilling or cabling will need to be installed before you make up your mind. Initial offers to woo new customers can be attractive; but broadband/TV offers are often for a year or more, so make sure you cost it out over that time.

Now, any chance we can get some decent programmes to watch?