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TalkTalk has announced that its package costs are to increase next month, with call charges going up in December.

From November 4th, anyone on the provider's Simply Broadband, Essentials TV and Plus TV packages will see line rental charges go up from £17.70 to £18.95.

Simply Broadband will increase rom £7.50 to £9, while Essentials TV (including broadband) will be hiked from £10 to £11.50 and Plus TV (including broadband) will change from £20 to £24.50.

This will be followed by an increase in calling rates on December 1st, with call connection fees rising from 17p to 18p. 

Meanwhile, UK calling out of any bundle package will increase from 11.5p to 12.5p.

Existing customers are currently being notified about the price hikes, which TalkTalk believes is necessary in order to meet consumer expectations.

Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband expert at uSwitch, commented: "There is some protection in place for broadband customers who now have 30 days to leave TalkTalk penalty-free and move to another provider if they want to avoid higher bills.

"Broadband providers must inform bill payers when they’re introducing a rise, which gives customers who are not happy to pay more the chance to shop around."

The news comes after TalkTalk recently announced that from hereon in it is offering fixed-price plans that guarantee customers no price rises for the length of their 18-month contract.

TalkTalk customers also now have the option of switching to the best-value deals that had previously been offered only to new subscribers.

Earlier this month, the company announced that anybody who has had a TalkTalk package for three or more months can change over and save money if the provider is offering a better deal.

The move was taken after a study by the company revealed widespread frustration that market-leading deals are reserved for new customers, with many feeling that loyalty is punished rather than rewarded.

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