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Yet more voice line rental increases

The Post Office is the latest telecom retailer to announce price changes that will kick in on 5th January. This time the voice line rental service is going up £2 a month from £13 to £15, but this is balanced neatly by a reduction of its Essential broadband service to £5/month and the Premium service to £8/month.

This cost neutral change means those taking the bundles are not affected, but the Post Office was a popular short contract option for standalone voice lines, with the popularity of its cheap voice line rental explaining the shift in pricing. NOTE: If you take just a voice product from the Post Office it is delivered via WLR (Wholesale Line Rental), but if broadband and phone product is ordered it is delivered using the TalkTalk Full LLU Wholesale platform.

Zen Internet announced a change to its voice line rental services a short while ago that will take effect on 1st December, the basic line rental product Zen Home Talk will increase from £11.22 a month to £12.30 and the 1 month minimum term contract remains, making it one of the cheapest line rental options. For those taking a voice and fibre bundle from Zen, the Zen Line Rental will rise from £15.98 to £16.99.


The PO's annual Line Rental Saver is also going up from £120 to £144.

  • rich_jtg
  • over 6 years ago

The death of the cheap PO phone service. Even the £144 and a year tie-in up front is no cheaper than no tie-in elsewhere. But, you get bad customer service thrown in for free.

  • professor973
  • over 6 years ago

Eventually it looks as if all the discounted-broadband providers ( PO, PlusNet, TT etc ) will move to a consolidated single price which includes calls and broadband.

Unfortunately that also has a ripple effect on those of us who keep line reantal separate, since the likes of Zen keep edging-up their prices as they see the general market price increasing.

  • Northwind
  • over 6 years ago

It seems the more competition there is then the higher the prices. This isn't supposed to be the way it works. The competition and switching thing is fake, people just migrate from one to another because it hasn't yet put prices up, then prices go up and they go to another, and then prices go up, ad nauseum. Why isn't the market working?

  • csimon
  • over 6 years ago

The market will never work whilst BT have a virtual monopoly on infrastructure

  • qjh1
  • over 6 years ago

How would you implement changes to infrastructure - and what would they be?

  • lelboy
  • over 6 years ago

The taxpayer should take over the infrastructure via regional based public bodies with representation from the local communities and local government in other words as far away from Westminster and BT as possible with a finance coming from a combination of local income tax and government subsidy. Broadband providers should then rent from this body and control over broadband pricing will lie in the hands of the public who use the system not big business who are only interested in profiting from it. Simple!

  • bain72pc
  • over 6 years ago

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