Yes really. They change the meters periodically anyway but no need to have a meter man call or in theory have wildly inaccurate estimates which you may get without having one fitted. The period between manual meter reads has being going up and up for ages.Really?
Judging by the posters on this thread, their design is to somehow dupe the customer into having more expensive gas or electric (massive lols) or some would have you believe that there is a little man inside that will shut the supply down the second the consumer goes into debt (huge lols).
My only beef is why mine are owned by a French leasing company and it needs an extra box added as well as the meter. The extra box appears to look after the comms.
One downside is that as readings can be taken when ever they like a higher than usual usage in a month results in a bill increase. I will be looking at credit levels at the end of the winter and that there are no more estimated readings. When ours was installed the man said they were not working as they should. I assume that just means their end wasn't really ready.
LOL They also fit an isolator so the grid people don't have to be called out to remove fuses to isolate things for an electrician and then come back later and refit them. Only thing is that a factory type electrician said he wouldn't be allowed to fit the type they use as they are plastic.
The other problem is we had 2 phases and 2 meters. Fixed to avoid an extra standing charge. I am pretty sure they could have fitted a 3 phase meter even though there are only 2 available. The other is probably there as well but sealed off,
However we all know as with covid they have ulterior motives - none of the good. It's all a plot.