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&#39IFAs could save £5m on phone bills&#39

IFAs could slash over £5.4m off the £32m they spend each year making business-related phone calls, according to research from BT. A study looking at 1.7 million phone bills across the UK carried out for BT by Deloitte & Touche found that if firms switched to more competitive phone plans available on the open market, they could save over £5.4m each year.

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