Telecoms: EU sees 0.1% increase in bills over 12 months; Portugal registers 1.7%

This headline grabbed my attention and made me realise how we are being ripped off in UK, especially with these inflation +4.9% clauses. Some of the same companies also (Vodafone).  https://www.portugalresident.com/portugals-telecoms-charges-storm-ahead-of-rest-of-europe/

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  • onomatopoeia99
    onomatopoeia99 Posts: 6,955 Forumite
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    Well if you don't like the baked in CPI+3.9% rises, which were caused by expert moneysavers bundling off to switch every time a price rise came along, then go with a provider that doesn't have a guaranteed rise in the contract.

    I'm with one.  You won't use them, because they don't haggle or offer deals, nor do they have retentions or any of the nonsense like that.
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  • Altior
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    If you’re moving to Portugal, one of the questions you may have is: what’s the internet like there? And, secondly: is it expensive?

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    Fibre optic broadband (called internet fixa or banda larga) is available throughout Portugal, and both coverage and speeds are better than many other European countries: at least two providers promise speeds of up to 1 GBPS (1,000 mbps per second).

    However, the speeds and options depend a lot on the location – and sometimes the very specific location of your house or apartment. Even if broadband internet is available in that area or postcode, it may not necessarily be available at your property. It’s not uncommon for a town to have internet, but for the cables to only reach a mile or two outside of the town. Similarly, an internet service provider (e.g. Vodafone, MEO, or NOS) might offer their services on one street within a town or city but not necessarily the next street along.

    If fibre isn’t available at your particular address, you’ll normally be able to get a 4g connection of some sort. Depending on the location, 4g can be perfectly suitable for browsing, streaming videos, and phone calls over Skype, WhatsApp, or Zoom, but fibre broadband is always more reliable. There are also some internet blackholes, but these tend to be rare.

    In terms of cost, internet in Portugal is very averagely priced: expect to pay around €30-40 per month, although this can vary depending on whether your package includes things like tv channels, a mobile phone contract, and a landline as well.

  • bristolleedsfan
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    Well if you don't like the baked in CPI+3.9% rises, which were caused by expert moneysavers bundling off to switch every time a price rise came along, then go with a provider that doesn't have a guaranteed rise in the contract.

    I'm with one.  You won't use them, because they don't haggle or offer deals, nor do they have retentions or any of the nonsense like that.
    If you mean Zen they are more expensive to start off with, already baked price increase into its prices .....
  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 10,183 Forumite
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    jmfwilts said:
    This headline grabbed my attention and made me realise how we are being ripped off in UK, especially with these inflation +4.9% clauses. Some of the same companies also (Vodafone).  https://www.portugalresident.com/portugals-telecoms-charges-storm-ahead-of-rest-of-europe/
    Sounds like you are struggling with relative and absolute increases?

    Look at the Vodafone.pt website and you will see their top package for mobile only is 1,000 minutes and 10gb of data for 4 weeks at €24...so £22.88 per month. Even without shopping around or considering cashback I see in the UK you can get Vodafone unlimited minutes and 20gb of data for £9

    Are you really sure the UK is the rip off?
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