BT to increase phone call charges by 5%

 
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Telecoms giant BT is to raise call charges for residential customers by up to 5% on 3 December - the second increase this year.

UK landline calls will go up from 7.6p a minute to 7.95p a minute. Line rental prices will also rise, but calls to mobiles will be unchanged.

The changes come after a 10% rise in call charges a year ago, and a 9% increase in April.

But BT said these prices would now be frozen until 2013.

In July, BT group said profits before tax in the three months to 30 June were up 20% to £533m, driven by demand for home broadband products.

Bundles

Under the changes, the cost of line rental for a customer paying by direct debit will rise by 70p to £14.60 a month.

Evening UK calls will go up from 1p a minute to 1.05p a minute. The call set up fee, which is a one-off charge for a call outside of a customer's plan, goes up from 12.5p to 13.1p.

BT price changes

Type Current price New price (from 3 December)

Line rental saver, calls to mobiles, weekend calls and BT Infinity Bundle, Broadband and Anytime Calls Bundle, and entry level TV package prices remain unchanged.

Source: BT

Unlimited Anytime Plan

£4.70 a month

£4.90 a month

Line rental

£13.90 a month

£14.60 a month

Daytime UK calls

7.6p a minute

7.95p a minute

Evening UK calls

1p a minute

1.05p a minute

Call set up fee

12.5p per call

13.1p per call

BT's most popular Anytime calls plan will increase by 20p to £4.90 a month, but various other packages and bundles, some of which include broadband internet, will not be changed.

Calls to O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone mobiles will stay at 5.3p a minute in the evening, and 11.3p a minute in the daytime.

However, there is no guarantee that these prices will be frozen next year.

Competition

The changes come as consumers face rising gas and electricity bills and cuts continue to put a squeeze on family finances.

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This marks the 10th price rise from a major provider this year”

End Quote Michael Phillips Homephonechoices

"We are disappointed that BT is raising its prices on the heels of significant energy price hikes just a month ago," said Michael Phillips, product director at price comparison website Homephonechoices.co.uk.

"While BT's price increases of 5% or less may be in line with inflation, it will prove very unpopular with households who are already feeling the pinch.

"This marks the 10th price rise from a major provider this year alone and it is inevitable that others will further add to this total."

BT said that many of its customers had actually seen their call costs fall because they had moved on to specific packages.

"A report from Ofcom shows the UK has lower prices than the USA, Spain, Germany, France and Italy. The UK market is highly competitive," a BT spokesman said.

He added that many of BT's prices were lower than those charged by other providers.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 66.

    err shouldn't the headline be, BT puts up the price of its calls roughly in line with the runaway rate of inflation in the UK?

    Don't like BT very much, but most companies hike their prices once a year at roughly the rate of inflation

  • rate this
    +14

    Comment number 64.

    Living in the country means we get no option but to pay for a BT line and whatever option they have and it doesn't match any speeds that they advertise. Nice if you have the option to shope about but some of us don't.

  • rate this
    -2

    Comment number 34.

    Stop moaning and take responsibility!

    Use the web to research cheaper deals and then SWITCH!!

    Also, haggle, haggle, haggle!!!

    Take RESPONSIBILITY for YOUR LIFE!!

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 21.

    I switched back to BT from cable because the cable useless. broadband slow or non-existent,tv signal rubbish.On my current BT contract I'm not affected by this recent increase and the service is great.BB speed via copper cable constant at 14mb inc wireless.I don't pay for any calls so long as I stay within an hr,redial @58mins.I use my mobile for mobile to mobile calls as free on current contract.

  • rate this
    +25

    Comment number 15.

    Complete and utter greed. Switching to cable, will save me money and give me faster broadband as well. Your loss BT!

 
 

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