BT starting to send out its annual price rise letters
Full details of the BT price rises that come into effect on 20th September should appear over the weekend, the headline grabbing one will be that we are expecting voice line rental to rise by £1 to £17.99.
Once we have seen the full set of price changes at the weekend we will update news and packages accordingly.
While annoying for BT customers, there is also the danger that other providers who try to simply maintain a cheaper than BT stance all the time will have more headroom to vary their line rental pricing.
Update Saturday 25th July The details of the price rise are on the BT site now, and confirm on 20th September line rental will rise to £17.99 per month and line rental saver rises to an annual cost of £194.28. The call set-up fee for out of bundle calls rises to 17.07p and weekday calls will cost 10.24p per minute.
One improvement seems to be that the usage allowance on the entry level Infinity 1 product has doubled from 20GB to 40GB, and gained the tag line 'now 60% more usage than Sky'.
Entertainment Ultra HD package has now joined the listings and interestingly after the launch where it was said a 44 Mbps line estimate was needed it is actually been sold bundled with Infinity 1, suggesting maybe the 44 Mbps figure was a mistake and maybe 34 Mbps is the cut off point in terms qualifying speed for now to ensure optimal streaming of live Ultra HD content. There is a £44 charge for an engineer visit to setup the YouView and Infinity.
After the complaints earlier this week over introductory offers it is worth highlighting that the BT offers generally last for the full 12 months of the minimum term (18 month contracts on FTTP) and then prices rise to whatever is the standard price at that time, though we have seen plenty of people negotiate a lower than standard price cost if willing to agree to another 12 month contract.