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BT Line Rental Going Up

Andy Vandervell

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BT Line Rental Going Up

While we're certain lots of people use phone lines for…you know…talking on, here at TrustedReviews they're merely a conduit for getting on the Internet. In which case, news that BT is upping its line rental prices by 50p from October will come as a bitter pill - one many will have little choice but to swallow.

From October, then, renting a phone line to get broadband will cost you £13.29. And, as PC Pro points out, this increase coincides rather perfectly with the Labour government's proposed 50p per month "broadband tax", a policy that has since been scrapped by the coalition government.

After BT's supposition that the government's broadband policy would require a further £2 billion subsidy, is this BT's way of demonstrating its preference for the previous policy? Probably not, more likely it's a way of paying for its recent Sky Sports channel deal, where BT is reputedly making a loss on some extremely competitive pricing. Whatever the cause, you'll probably be paying more. Congratulations.

Via PC Pro

ChaosDefinesOrder

July 19, 2010, 3:40 pm

And this is only a couple of months after BT changed their "Evening" off-peak time to be starting at 7pm instead of 6pm. <rant>THE EVENING IS ALREADY OVER BY 7PM, THAT'S CALLED "Night"</rant> *ahem*





Yes I have a BT phone-line and yes it's in my name...

Gormond

July 19, 2010, 4:06 pm

Lucky i'm with Sky, They only charge £11 for there telephone line and £7.50 for unlimited broadband.

bobsta

July 19, 2010, 4:12 pm

Well done BT for convincing me to switch to Sky in September.

MSIC

July 19, 2010, 5:23 pm

The fact that BT insist on informing me of 'Free evening and weekend calls' despite me telling them time and again that i dont even have a telephone plugged in to the line annoys me greatly.


I really, really wish that they would provide a 'line only' service and charge me a fraction less.

Hb1

July 19, 2010, 5:46 pm

BT are quite expensive, sky has good prices but o2 also have really good deals if your an o2 customer.

Andy Vandervell

July 19, 2010, 7:05 pm

@Hb1: I recently signed up with BT, but am on O2 broadband with the discount. The annoying thing is that, as a tenant, I have to agree any change the landlord. Frankly it's more hassle than it's worth to switch the line to O2 as well, and I suspect many people are in a similar position!!!

Nigel

July 19, 2010, 10:16 pm

@MSIC - I couldn't agree more. I rarely use any phone to make voice calls (BT or otherwise), and would rather pay less that for 'free' minutes I don't want or need.





Relatedly, this story made me check my BT online account. I knew I had been paying two or three quid a month for caller display. I've just discovered that this has been offered FREE by BT since 2005 as part of "BT Privacy", which is free to register. OK, so maybe I should have paid closer attention to my online account - but I never do, given that I rarely use the phone. I'm "annoyed" that BT have not bothered to inform me that I was being charged for a service that I could have received free from them...and has cost me around £120 over the last five years.

Sir Stuie

July 19, 2010, 10:56 pm

To be honest the hassle of losing my internet for a couple of weeks and then being locked into a single isp is the biggest turn off for me. BT could probably double the price before I would consider switching...

Dean 2

July 20, 2010, 12:55 pm

1 tax gets scrapped so BT in their wisdom decide to add it has a line rental increase I am hopefully moving soon and if I do not have to approach BT to have a line installed or activated Then all the better. I Don't like the rules I have found out about BT in its free evening & weekend package in that you get put on another minimum 12month contract if you don't cancel the calls package before the next 12month period starts but you can add the package for around £3 a month but cancel it during a 12 month period and they want £8 a month.

TheFlyingGerbil

July 20, 2010, 3:11 pm

I hope this 50p gets them moving on 20mb broadband in my area, as I don't have any alternative providers instead of concentrating on areas that are already chock full of alternatives from virgin and be etc.

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