Press release:

uSwitch comments on changes to BT Basic for low-income families

Commenting on the changes to BT Basic, which is available to qualifying low-income users, Richard Neudegg, Head of Regulation at uSwitch.com, says:

“BT’s updated Basic package is a welcome change as – with capped call costs – vulnerable, elderly and low-income households on the tariff will now be protected from landline bill shock, provided premium rate numbers are avoided.

 “Ofcom requires BT to provide BT Basic – the telecoms equivalent of the Warm Home Discount for energy – as a condition of its historic monopoly. Previously, customers would only have to use their landlines for 148 minutes a month for a standard landline tariff to be more affordable than BT Basic*. Capping standard calls at £10 a month, alongside a discounted line rental of £5.10, means vulnerable landline-only users will not have to fear using their home phone to keep in touch with people.

“This is a welcome move for qualifying landline-only users. For those customers that also want to take up broadband, BT Basic’s £4.85 broadband add-on remains capped at 12GB. If they need more than this capped download allowance, there could still be a better deal elsewhere.”

*https://www.uswitch.com/media-centre/2016/12/uswitch-comments-on-ofcoms-review-of-landline-only-services-to-protect-the-elderly-and-vunerable/

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