Hurrah! Tax-swerving Vodafone put their pay-monthly prices up again!
Is your monthly budget just about at breaking point? Have your pips been squeezed until they’ve got nothing more to give? Do you use a mobile phone? If the answer to that last question is yes, get ready because the season of pay-monthly price rises is on its way again.
It looks as though the mobile phone providers are starting to get a thirst for hiking up the prices of their customers monthly bills more or less in line with the rate of inflation. Of course, they’re legally entitled to do that but they now seem to be adopting it as an essential way of squeezing more cash out of the humble consumer.
Those tax-avoiding pranksters Vodafone have today had the brass balls to text customers who signed up before 7th September 2012, informing them that from 1st November, their monthly line rental will be going up by as much as 2.4%, about 60p per month for most customers. As that figure is less than the RPI rate of inflation, Vodafone are well within their legal rights.
It follows on from last year, when they rounded up contract prices to the nearest 50p – a moved which Which! reckon has earned them an additional £10.5m over the past year. To be fair, that’s a drop in the ocean when compared to the £7 billion which it is said they managed to persuade the HMRC from charging them in tax.
Now we just need to sit back and wait for the other mobile providers to wait until it’s a year since their last price rises – we won’t be even vaguely surprised to see them hit their customers with another price hike that’s in the same region as Vodafone’s 2.4% rise.
Did you sign up for a fixed term mobile phone contract believing that you’d be paying a fixed tariff? Or do you think that the likes of Vodafone should be able to start charging you more midway through your deal? Let us know in the box below – we won’t even charge you a penny for the privilege!