BT hike landline prices up yet again
We’re starting to get the feeling that BT don’t want people to use their old fashioned landline telephone any more – how else would you explain a rise in call charges by more than double the rate of inflation?
Well that’s what’s going to happen from next month, when a landline call will go up from 7p a minute to 7.6p a minute (a nine per cent increase), with the connection fee that comes at the start of a call going up from 11.5p to 12.5p. There’ll also be an increase in BT’s standard line rental charge, with a rise of 30p to £13.90.
The price hikes come after a 10% increase in call charges and a 50p line rental rise last October. uSwitch have claimed that customers on BT's basic package who made two five-minute daytime calls each day would see their monthly bill jump from £28.52 a year ago to £35.78 once BT's new fees take effect, a claim that BT have denied.
So is it even worth having an active landline anymore, what with the presence of the modern mobile phones and VOIP services like Skype? Tell us. But don’t ring – we’re not going near that cash-vampire that we sometimes call a phone.