Another price hike, from Sky, but customers can flee if they want...
It’s price hike after price hike today! Following on from the imminent tariff increase from British Gas, news has broken that Sky is hiking up its telephone line rental charge by 18%, from £12.25 to £14.50 per month.
That’s a pretty significant increase, but the GOOD NEWS is that Ofcom say that it is large enough to enable Sky’s phone customers to walk away from their contracts without penalty.
Sky has confirmed this, and a message on its website says, ‘If you are a Sky Talk Line Rental customer affected by the change above, you have the option to cancel your Sky Talk subscription without charge.’
Sky seem to have suddenly decided that it has been undercharging on Sky Talk – last month, daytime call fees went up from 7.6p a minute to 7.95p, and call-connection charges rose from 12.5p to 13.1p.
The official waffle from Sky is this: ‘Our broadband and home phone subscription prices have been frozen for more than two years, but we are having to increase our line rental, to continue investing in our services. Even following the price change, our line rental is still cheaper than BT and, when combined with our great value home communications services, offer significant savings to those switching to Sky.’ And breathe.
They have also said that customers who want to stick with them can pay their line rental up front for a year, with an annual discount of £55, which will OBLITERATE the planned price rise. You lucky people. Or you could, you know, shop around. It’s not hard.