TalkTalk broadband and TV prices rise again
TalkTalk phone, broadband and television customers are facing a price hike later this summer - just months after the telecoms firm raised its line rental prices.
From 1 July, the cost of its broadband and TV packages will increase by £1.50 a month (£18 a year). For its Simply Broadband deal, this means a price rise from £3.50 to £5 a month – an increase of 43% – while those on its TV Essential deals will see their bill increase to £10 a month.
The move from TalkTalk, the UK's fourth largest broadband provider, comes after it announced in December that it would be following BT and Sky by increasing the cost of its line rental from £15.95 a month to £16.70, as well as increasing call charges on its Anytime UK Calls package from £5 to £7.50 a month.
A TalkTalk spokesperson said: "We're committed to providing Britain's best-value TV, broadband, calls and mobile as well as the best service possible. Over the past year we've made our broadband smarter, faster and more reliable, while also adding more great entertainment to TalkTalk TV. In making these improvements, some prices will increase."
Vote with your feet
In response to the announcement, Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband and TV expert at comparison site uSwitch.com urged people to make sure they were on the most appropriate package.
"A second set of price rises in less than a year is disappointing news for TalkTalk customers. If you are unhappy about the increases, then you can vote with your feet, and leave without incurring any additional charges," he said.
"It's good housekeeping to regularly review your home phone, TV and broadband costs, to check when your contract is up and make sure you are getting the best deal.
"If you have all three services with one provider and are willing to switch, it's worth doing your research and taking advantage of low introductory offers, as this could make you some significant savings."
Last week, TalkTalk announced it would be launching the UK's lowest priced unlimited SIM-only deal in the competitive mobile phone market. For just £12 a month, customers can get unlimited data on 3G and texts on a 30-day rolling contract.