BT has revealed it’ll increase the cost of broadband and home phone from December. Read on to find out how much more you’ll have to pay and what you can do if you don’t want to pay it.
What do you want for Christmas? A pair of socks? A lump of coal? How about more expensive broadband?
If you said yes to the latter, then here's some good news for you, and some bad news for all the non-crazy people - BT's bumping up the price of its broadband and home phone packages on 1 December.
BT line rental, which you have to pay to get any BT Broadband and BT Infinity package, will go up by £1 a month to £16.99, and the standard pence per minute rate for landlines and 0870 numbers will go up from 9p to 9.58p.
In addition, the cost of broadband will rise by as much as 6.49% above inflation.
BT's just the latest provider to announce increasing prices. In May, the cost of TalkTalk broadband and phone packages went up by as much as £42 a year in some cases, and just last week, Virgin Media revealed the cost of its broadband-only packages will increase in October.
Some reports have accused BT's price rises as being a 'football tax', with BT looking to offset the cost of their pricey Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League rights. However, if you're one of the many people with BT Sport, it's not all bad news - BT has announced that BT Sport will stay totally free to BT customers for another year.
broadbandchoices' very own broadband boffin Dominic Baliszewski said: "It's worth remembering that BT have invested a huge amount in sporting rights over the past two years and, if you're someone that watches BT Sport on a fairly regular basis, then the cost equivalent of an extra packet of crisps per month may not seem too much to pay for three channels of dedicated sporting action."
That's all well and good for those into sport, but its small comfort for those who aren't. If you're not, you do have a few options. For example, you can compensate for the price increase by paying your line rental upfront in one go, which'll save you £22 over 12 months.
If you're really not happy, our expert's advice is to switch: "If you're not using added extras like BT Sport or WiFi hotspots, then your best bet may be to switch."
"Switching broadband could save you hundreds of pounds and isn't as difficult as you may think. If you do decide to switch then make sure you use an Ofcom-accredited comparison site to compare all the deals in your area and find the best deal for you."