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Sky has announced it is to raise the cost of its line rental from December 1st.

An increase of £1 means Sky customers will now pay £17.40 a month for line rental, although that price is still below the £17.99 and £17.70 a month paid by BT and TalkTalk customers respectively.

Letters detailing the new price structures have already been sent out to customers, with those receiving a Sky Talk service set to be moved to new landline packages announced back in July.

Sky claims the new packs will start from £4 a month and will give customers even more inclusive calls across the whole week, including evenings and weekends, as well as calls to UK mobiles, 0845 and 0870 numbers.

The idea is to prevent customers going beyond their call limits and racking up extra charges, an occurrence Sky has cited as a widespread problem for many of its subscribers.

Customers will be moved to an equivalent package to their current plan, although there is an opportunity to switch to a different deal if they prefer, with the option of upgrading or downgrading available at any time.

A Sky spokesperson said: “Our line rental and voicemail prices are still lower than BT’s, and our new Sky Talk packs mean our customers will gain even more inclusive calls across the week - including calls to UK mobiles - for as little as £4 a month.

“These changes mean we can offer our broadband and talk customers even more value for money at the same time as investing in market-leading innovation and even better customer service for them.”

The increase in cost comes on the back of news that Sky has connected customers in York to its potential ultrafast service, which aims to test the feasibility of download speeds up to 940 Mbps.

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