BT puts up line rental prices
Cost of broadband increases for millions as BT raises line rental charges by 50p a month
BT is raising the cost of line rental by 50p from October, pushing up the cost of broadband for tens of millions of British users.
Line rental will cost £13.29 per month from October, or £12.04 for e-billing customers who pay their phone bill by Direct Debit. The company also offers discounts for paying line rental in advance.
Coincidentally, the Labour Government's 50p-a-month "broadband tax" was set to be introduced in October, but the plans were scrapped by the new coalition Government in the recent emergency budget.
The rise in line rental will comes as a blow to the increasing number of people who only maintain a home landline for broadband connectivity. Ofcom figures show that 12% of British homes now don't have a landline telephone, with mobile telephony and broadband-only connections from companies such as Virgin Media becoming increasingly popular.
At the same time, BT is increasing call charges by 10%, with the cost of connecting calls rising from 9.9p to 10.9p, and daytime call rates jumping from 5.9p to 6.4p.