Telecoms giant BT have raised their prices by up to 5%, starting from 3rd December.
This marks the second price hike from the company this year, effecting millions of BT customers.
As many people prepare for the financial cold snap led by the recent wave in price hikes from the leading six energy suppliers, the news of BTís increased prices will come as a blow to UK households.
Landline calls from the UK will increase from 7.6p a minute to 7.95p a minute. Line rental prices will also rise, however calls to mobiles will not be changed.
Michael Philips, from Homephonechoices.co.uk, commented on the news; “We are disappointed that BT is raising its prices on the heels of significant energy price hikes just a month ago.
ìWhile BT’s price increases of ë5% or less’ may be in line with inflation, it will prove very unpopular with households who are already feeling the pinch.î
BT is now introducing a price freeze until 2013 though. This is the latest bout of price hikes, marking the 10th increase from a major provider this year alone.
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BT is not the only landline provider to increase their prices; TalkTalk is also raising call costs in October.
BT does offer some of the cheapest rates on the market for mobile calls though. If you tend to make a lot more calls to mobiles it could be worth staying with BT, however there are cheaper alternatives to landlines.
The average monthly line rental for BT customers will rise to £13.90 in December.
If BT customers sign up to the Line Rental Saver tariff, which involves paying up front for 12 months, you could save £55 on your annual bill.
Now might be the perfect time to change your landline and switch to a more cost effective provider. You could find cheaper rates by shopping around.