Sky has just announced plans to increase its line rental costs by 6.2%, a move which will see customers paying £15.40 instead of £14.50 per month, and they're being dealt a double blow with increases to call rates too.
This price hike comes barely a year after Sky last raised their rates – in December 2012 customers saw an 18% increase to line rental costs, and in June it announced it was raising some of its TV packages by 10% as well.
The new prices are due to come into effect on 1st December but Sky customers will notice the increase in November as they're billed a month in advance, while the call rate increases will come into effect from 3rd December.
The connection fee for non-inclusive phone calls will be 15p instead of 13.87p per call, while calling phone lines such as 1571 and 1471 will cost 20p – an increase of 2.3p. Meanwhile, the cost of calls to UK mobile numbers is changing to a flat fee of 12p/minute, a decrease on the current rate of 12.77p/min for evening calls but an increase on the 7.66p/min for daytime calls. Calls to the Channel Islands are set to increase too, up from 8.41p to 8.9p during the day.
These changes come just two weeks after BT announced its own price hikes, and it's expected that other major players will continue to follow suit. Sky customers who have pre-paid their line rental costs won't notice the change until this period comes to an end, after which time they might want to switch providers to avoid paying extra.
Alternatively, Sky customers (or potential customers) who don't want to be hit with the rate increase might want to consider paying for their line rental upfront. New and existing customers can currently pay £140.40 as a single upfront payment for 12 months of line rental – equating to just £11.70 per month.
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