MSE News: Sky to hike line rental and home phone prices, but you can beat them

edited 6 October 2015 at 1:44PM in Broadband & Internet Access
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edited 6 October 2015 at 1:44PM in Broadband & Internet Access
Sky home phone and broadband customers will be hit with inflation busting price hikes from 1 December...
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Sky to hike line rental and home phone prices, but you can beat them

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  • matt_66matt_66 Forumite
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    These price hikes are becoming almost annual now.

    At the beginning of the year I was paying £11.70pm for my Line rental, eve & weekend calls & broadband. (£140.40 upfront line rental & free bb for 12 months)

    After this increase I'll be paying £21.40pm (£17.40 line rental as no saver option anymore & £4 eve & weekend calls. I got free bb again in August).

    Short of giving me a big discount or credit, I'll be leaving. An 83% price increase is just silly.
    2016 saver #80 - £8,379 / £11,000
  • Ian011Ian011 Forumite
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    Under these changes, calls to mobile numbers become inclusive in call plans.

    Outside call plans, calls to landline and mobile numbers will both cost the same.

    This marks the end of calls to mobile numbers attracting a premium charge.

    It now becomes imperative to select the right call plan covering ALL of your calls to geographic numbers starting 01 and 02, non-geographic numbers starting 03 and mobile numbers starting 071-075 and 077-079.
  • jb66jb66 Forumite
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    Hope my topcahback pays out soon so i can switch and get some more
  • teddysmumteddysmum Forumite
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    They officially did away with rental saver last year, but it was offered to some customers, myself included.


    The changes were announced quite some time ago, so the MSE thread is a little tardy. However,when I enquired, on the Sky site ,about the new call packages, I was told that existing customers could continue with the £5 anytime package (The £7 inclusive of mobile calls is good value, as BT charge more than that for landline calls only)
  • ScroungerScrounger Forumite
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    Goodbye Sky, hello again BT. :beer:
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  • spenderdavespenderdave Forumite
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    The title says 'broadband and home phone price hikes' but there is nothing in the article about increase in broadband. I have broadband only, with phone from BT - due to reconsider early next year when my BT contract (required for free caller ID) comes up for renewal - yet again I will probably leave the phone with BT as the cost difference is minimal.
  • jem16jem16 Forumite
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    teddysmum wrote: »
    The £7 inclusive of mobile calls is good value, as BT charge more than that for landline calls only

    The new Sky Anytime package with mobile calls is £8pm, not £7pm. BT Anytime package is £7.95pm but with no mobile calls.

    Personally I would have preferred a Sky Anytime package that stayed at £5pm or at the most £6pm which did not include mobile calls as I never make mobile calls from my landline.
  • StompaStompa Forumite
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    The title says 'broadband and home phone price hikes' but there is nothing in the article about increase in broadband. I have broadband only, with phone from BT - due to reconsider early next year when my BT contract (required for free caller ID) comes up for renewal - yet again I will probably leave the phone with BT as the cost difference is minimal.
    Yes, I'm in the same position. On the plus side BT give me anytime calls for £3.39pm, but on the downside they've hiked LRS to £194.28pa (14% more than I paid last time). And it's not at all clear whether Sky will continue to offer unlimited BB at £5pm.
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  • Hi spenderdave - thanks for flagging this, I had tweaked it on the main article, but not in the forum. This is now amended.
  • matt_66matt_66 Forumite
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    Spoke to a Sky online adviser this afternoon.

    I was told I would be moved to the new £4pm call package but could go on the PAYG call package that is £0.

    I explained that I didn't like the imposed price increase & loss of Line rental saver.

    In response I was told I could leave free of charge which I will do.

    I just wish I took the MSE Talk Talk £8-odd per month deal from a month or two ago now.
    2016 saver #80 - £8,379 / £11,000
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