Sneaky price and package changes on the way from Sky
The Sky line rental price change kicks in on 1st December 2015, but the letter/email sent out to existing customers includes a very important change. Those customers on an Evening and Weekends, or Weekends inclusive call package where calls to UK landlines were bundled into the line rental cost are being told that from 1st December this benefit is being withdrawn and after a one month grace period they will automatically be billed an extra £4 per month to retain the calls element.
"All our packages are changing and from 1 December 2015, your current Sky Talk package will no longer be available. To make things as easy as possible we'll then automatically move you to Sky Talk Evenings and Weekends Extra, which we believe will give you great value from your subscription and means you'll keep all your current inclusive features plus much, much more.
To help make sure this package is right for you and to give you the chance to try out its new benefits, we'll give it to you at no extra cost for one month. After that, the standard price will be £4 a month, which is the lowest of any major landline provider for inclusive evening and weekend calls to UK mobiles."Sky Line Rental and Calls changes
People need to go online or call Sky to change their package to avoid the extra cost and the timing is such that with December being a busy period people are very likely to not notice the line rental price rise or the extra £4 rise in January once the call package offer period ends.
Some providers keep people on legacy products for many years, but it looks like Sky is trying to have a good old clear out and rationalise its product range. The required 30 day notice for those in contracts who want to exit the contract early is given in the letter.
For those looking to change providers the way things change across almost all the providers over time means that long term loyalty is part of the past and its all about signing up for the minimum term and finding the next best deal once that ends or if the existing provider raises prices during the minimum term.