Last August, the UK's largest provider of fixed-line phone and broadband connections, BT, announced plans to increase its prices by up to 6.5%, and those changes came into effect in December. Now, BT is preparing another increase, which will see its prices rise by around 7% from September 20.
- Landline - monthly line rental to increase by £1 to £17.99
- Anytime calls package to rise by 50p to £7.95 a month
- Charges for calls to UK landlines and 0870 numbers go up from 9.58p/min to 10.24p/min
- Landline call 'setup' fee will increase - the new minimum cost for a UK call will be 27p
- Broadband charges will rise by 'just under 7%'
BT will be sending letters to its existing customers this weekend to advise them of the upcoming price increases.
But bear in mind that, thanks to guidelines introduced by telecoms regulator Ofcom last year, you now have the right to exit your contract if prices are increased mid-term. BT says that you can leave for another provider without penalty as long as you do so within 30 days of receiving the letter informing you of the price rise.
Source: The Guardian