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TalkTalk's home phone privacy features allow customers to save £153 per year compared to BT, the service provider has claimed.

It said subscribers can benefit financially from having free access to Caller Display, Last Caller Barring, 1571 Voicemail, Withhold Number and Anonymous Caller Reject features.

According to TalkTalk, customers of other telecoms companies are now being charged for such services.

The firm explained that BT customers must pay £1.75 a month for Caller Display unless they sign a new contract and another £1.75 a month for 1571 Voicemail unless they opt out.

But in contrast, TalkTalk customers are free to take full control over the calls they receive at home.

Feature TalkTalk BT Sky Virgin Media Plusnet
Withhold Your Number FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
Voicemail FREE £1.85 £1.00 FREE FREE
Caller Display FREE £1.75 FREE £2.25 £0.99
Last Caller Barring FREE £4.15 £3.35 £2.25 n/a
Anonymous Caller Reject FREE £5.05 £4.00 £2.70 £4.00

"Our nuisance call blocking service allows customers to report persistent callers and scam callers, so that we can block them at network level and stop them calling other TalkTalk homes," the service provider stated.

"Customers can block up to ten numbers using our Last Caller Barring feature, which used to cost £3.25 a month."

TalkTalk subscribers can activate the privacy features by logging in to MyAccount, clicking on 'Manage your Boosts' and selecting privacy features.

The firm said thousands more customers are using its privacy features since they became free to use in January 2014.

"We are proud to give TalkTalk homes a fairer deal, without any of the sneaky hidden charges customers of other providers suffer," it stated.

TalkTalk explained that it has also removed the download limits from all of its broadband packages.

This means customers - even those on the entry-level SimplyBroadband package - can download, stream and surf as much as they like without being charged more.

"Giving our customers greater control over who calls them at home is just another example of how we are making Britain better off," TalkTalk claimed.

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