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TalkTalk Matches BT With Line Rental Price Increase


TalkTalk Matches BT With Line Rental Price Increase

TalkTalk has announced that its line rental prices will be going up by 50p from 1 October following a similar move by BT last month.

Monthly line rental will increase from £11.49 to £12.04, the same as BT. While its at it, TalkTalk has also increased the prices of daytime calls, which will now be 6.4p per minute – up from 5.8p per minute. In addition, if you move and want to take your TalkTalk number with you it will cost £49.99, a hefty increase over the former £29.99.

The 50p increase is somewhat ironic, because, as PC Pro points out, TalkTalk was quite vocal in criticising the government for suggesting a 50p broadband tax on landlines to help pay for rolling out broadband to remote areas.

At the time, TalkTalk claimed that the 50p increase would make thousands of low income families unable to afford broadband. However, TalkTalk responded by telling PC Pro that, “"The difference is the Government wasn't implementing a price rise, it was implementing a tax. It wouldn't have stopped providers increasing prices to maintain their business."

It seems that if the increase is from TalkTalk, rather than from the government, it won’t have the deleterious effect on those low-income families. Could TalkTalk merely have been drumming up some righteous indignation for effect at the time?

Either way, if you’re a TalkTalk customer, look out for your August bill, as it will contain confirmation of the great news that is the price rise.

Link: TalkTalk.


August 11, 2010, 10:53 pm

I found it quite amusing to get 'my' letter from dear BT about how they were increasing my line charges in October this year.... particularly as I had closed my account some two months ago. Maybe they could save some money by investing in new client account tracking software.


August 12, 2010, 3:30 am

A 55p increase. That's £6.60 a year which is about the cost of 3-4 sandwiches or 2 microwaveable meals a year. Am I being naive or is this hardly anything to shout about?

On the note of the 50p 'broadband tax', I don't think that would've left a hole in your pocket either (using the same above logic). Of course it all adds up but personally I think deploying broadband to the whole of the UK is essential and easily worth the tax when you consider the benefits to rural communities and in the long run the UK economy.


August 12, 2010, 6:25 am

"Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise...."


August 12, 2010, 1:10 pm

@WestHej - "deploying broadband to the whole of the UK is essential".

I would question that it is essential, and also that we should all be forced to pay for the life choices of other people. If someone chooses to live in the middle of nowhere, then do they expect us to pay for their petrol etc. to get to the shops? They don't expect us to pay that, so why should we pay for their broadband? Will they offer to subsidise the higher living costs incurred by those living in the city?

Part 2 of rant - I disagree completely with the way that the broadband rollout is being managed, and believe that the targets should be much higher rates as well as looking at more than just fibre as the technology (microwave and LTE spring to mind).

Sorry - rant over now.


August 12, 2010, 2:20 pm

@ Kaurisol. A lot of government services have moved to a primarily online service, particularly for Business services. VAT filings are now done online, as are the handling of Animal Passports etc. Lack of good internet connectivity can be a real problem.

Luckily where I live the Welsh assembly saw this a few years ago and sped up the enabling of the exchanges. However there are still plenty of places that can only get 256k.

And yes, there are services that Rural dwellers subsidises Urban areas. It works both ways.

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