TalkTalk is to increase the price of its line rental - and a broadband and phone package it no longer offers - above the rate of inflation. The move follows in the footsteps of rival providers BT and Sky, who recently announced similar line rental price hikes.
From 1 December, 2014, the cost of TalkTalk line rental will rise from £15.95 a month to £16.70 a month - a 4.7% increase. The rate of inflation is currently 1.2%.
If you've got the old TalkTalk Plus broadband and phone package, which is no longer available, you'll be charged an extra £3 a month, taking your total bill to £18.50 a month from next month, not including line rental.
The price of the packages TalkTalk currently does - SimplyBroadband, Essentials TV, Plus TV and Fibre Broadband - will stay the same.
If you take the popular Anytime UK Calls Boost add-on, then - you lucky thing you - you get landed with the biggest price rise - it's going up by a fiver to £7.50 a month. However, this is at least slightly offset by the fact calls to UK mobile phones will now be free.
Oh, and the call connection fee TalkTalk charges - which is payable on every chargeable call - will go up by 1p to 16p on 1 January, 2015.
A TalkTalk spokesman said: "Our customers are talking, watching, streaming and downloading more than ever, not just at home but on the go. To meet their growing needs, we're adding more to their packages.
"Mobile now comes as standard for our Plus customers, as we've included a free sim worth £90. We're also introducing more ways for customers to save money on their bills each month."
He added that price increases are inevitable as TalkTalk invests in improving its service, but stressed that the provider "remains Britain's lowest price" for broadband, phone and TV and is up to £184 cheaper than BT.
If you're with TalkTalk, the good news is that if you signed p to your package on or after 23 January, 2014, you have 30 days from when TalkTalk inform you about the price rises to cancel your contract without having to pay any early termination fees or what not.
Source: The Guardian