BT price rises | comparethemarket.com

In a recent announcement, BT has confirmed that it will be raising some of its prices from 7 January 2018. So, what exactly does that mean for its customers?

It depends on which BT services you’re signed up for. The key price changes range from a 4.6% to a 33.3% increase and apply to broadband, BT sport and phone calls. Although BT has confirmed it will be writing to its 10 million customers over the coming weeks, here’s what you can expect:

BT Sport customers who watch via Sky or Talk Talk (but don’t have BT broadband) will see their monthly payments increase from £22.99 to £25.99. Those who do have BT broadband and watch BT Sport via Sky or Talk Talk will see a £2.50 increase each month, from £7.50 to £10 – that’s a whopping 33.3% rise.

Broadband users will see a small rise in their monthly charge. Fibre broadband (that’s BT Infinity 1) will increase from £42.99 to £44.99 per month, while copper broadband (BT broadband) will increase by £2 a month too, up to £37.99.

When it comes to the cost of calls, the unlimited anytime landline calls package will rise from £8.99 to £9.50 per month, and unlimited evening and weekend calls will increase by 20p to £4 per month. Calls to UK landlines will go up from 12p to 13p per minute, while calls to mobiles will increase from 16p to 17p per minute.

It’s not all bad news though. If you watch BT Sport via BT TV, the costs stays the same at £3.50 a month. And line rental-only customers will see a price cut from 1 April 2018 – their monthly bill will drop by £7 to £11.99.

If you watch BT Sport via Virgin, you won’t be affected by January’s price rises – but you’ll no doubt have seen your bills increase after Virgin raised the cost of its packages by up to 5% in November of this year.

How to beat the price rises

If you haven’t yet received a letter telling you about the price increases, you should get one during December. If you’ll be affected by the price hikes, you can cancel your contract and you won’t be penalised by BT – provided you do so within 30 days of receiving the letter.

Just be aware that it’s really only worth cancelling your contract with BT if you can find a better deal elsewhere. And that’s where we can help. Start a quote with us to see how much you could save on your broadband package. Just tell us your postcode and we’ll search all the available options to help you find the right combination of broadband, phone and TV services.

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