Until recently all home (and small business) internet connections required a working phone line that was provided using a copper cable that physically connected the premises to the local telephone exchange.
That is all changing with an increasing number of homes (and small businesses) switching to internet connections that are provided using fibre to the premises cabling.
In addition to the benefits of a much faster and more reliable internet connection, a fibre-based internet connection also offers the opportunity to cease expensive copper-based phone lines ahead of their planned withdrawal in December 2025.
In this article we discuss how you can use your fibre internet connection to provide a low-cost replacement for your copper phone line while continuing to use your existing analogue phones, sockets and wiring and keeping your existing phone number.
Analogue Terminal Adaptor
An Analogue Terminal Adaptor (ATA) is a device that connects to your router and to your existing telephone equipment. It enables existing analogue phones to be used on internet phone services by converting analogue phone signals to internet phone signals (ie VoIP) and vice-versa.
In order to function an ATA must be configured with account details supplied by your internet phone service provider.
Your internet phone service provider would adopt your existing phone number and provide the service that enables you to make and receive calls. This service would replace your existing phone line rental, but at a much lower cost.
Premitel Internet Phone Service
To make things easy Premitel can supply an ATA that is pre-configured with an internet phone service that costs only £3.00 per month. This includes calls to UK landline and mobile numbers.
There is no charge for the Premitel internet phone service for the first month. After that the service can be cancelled at any time by giving a month’s notice.
The Premitel ATA costs only £35 with delivery free of charge. It is a small device (approx 10cm x 10cm x 3cm) that is supplied with a mains power supply, a phone line cord, a double adaptor and a patch lead to enable connection to your router.
If the phone service is cancelled within the first month the ATA can be returned within a month from the date of cancellation for a full refund. Alternatively, you can keep the ATA and use it with another internet phone service.
Installing the Premitel ATA
Installation of the Premitel ATA is relatively straightforward using the step-by-step guide provided with the device and set out below:
Step 1: Disconnect phone line from master socket
To disconnect the phone line you simply cut the cable that connects to the master socket from outside your premises (eg with wire snips). It is very unlikely that this cable will ever be used again. Take care not to cut any cabling that connects your master socket to your extension sockets.
If you are not comfortable cutting the phone line cable then it is possible to open the master socket and disconnect the phone line cable from its terminals (or seek assistance from a local telephone installation engineer or electrician).
Step 2: Ensure that phone line cable has been disconnected
To check that phone line cable has been disconnected just pick up a phone and listen for dial tone or disconnected tone. If your phone line cable has been disconnected correctly there will be no tones.
Step 3: Connect ATA to existing phone socket
Plug the supplied double adaptor into the existing phone socket that is nearest to your router. If there is a phone plugged into that socket then that phone should be plugged into one outlet of the double adaptor. Use the supplied line cord to connect the ATA phone port to the other outlet of the double adaptor.
Step 4: Connect ATA to router
Use the supplied patch lead to connect the ATA ethernet port to a spare ethernet port on your router. If you don’t have a spare ethernet port then Premitel can supply an inexpensive network switch that will increase the number of ethernet ports.
Step 5: Switch on ATA
Once the ATA is connected to your existing phone socket and also to your router then switch on the ATA by connecting it to the mains using the supplied power adaptor.
Step 6: Make a phone call
Wait a few minutes for the ATA to power up then connect to the internet phone service by making your first internet phone call. Remember that you always have to use the full area code, like a mobile phone.
Free Trial of the Premitel Internet Phone Service
As mentioned above, there is no charge for the Premitel internet phone service for the first month. At anytime during the first month the service can be cancelled without penalty.
If the phone service is cancelled within the first month the ATA can be returned within a month from the date of cancellation for a full refund.
The first month is therefore a period when you can have a free no-obligation trial of the Premitel internet phone service. After the first month the service can be cancelled at any time by giving a month’s notice.
Just click on the Contact button to the left if you would like to find out more about the Premitel Internet Phone Service and take the first step to ceasing your phone line.
Also click on the Contact button if you would like more information on the option of connecting to the Premitel internet phone service using a VoIP cordless phone system rather than an ATA.
With the latter option you can still keep your phone number, but any existing phone equipment would be redundant.