Press release:

uSwitch comments on BT and Sky price rise

Commenting on the announcement that BT will raise its broadband prices and charge £3.50 per month for BT Sport, and that Sky will increase the price of line rental, Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, says: “Bill payers don’t need long memories to recall that BT’s raft of price hikes come less than a year after it increased prices last July.

“In return for these price increases, consumers will quite rightly expect to see their service vastly improved although, when it comes to TV content, it appears only cricket and boxing fans are going to be happy.

“Today’s announcement also comes hot on the heels of Sky’s line rental increase, which will come into effect from 1 March and, in a similar vein to BT, follows a price hike on its TV packages in June last year.

“For those unhappy about the additional hike in their monthly outgoings, there is a simple solution. BT and Sky broadband customers who don’t want to swallow the increase will be able to leave without penalty if they let their providers know within 30 days of being notified about the changes – even if they are still in their initial contract period.

“The good news for those looking to dodge the increase is that the best deals are generally kept for new customers, so by switching to a new provider they can take advantage of an introductory offer. And all without having to see their original contract out and without the early-exit sting in the tail – the penalty fee.

“Plus, the more people take a stand against price rises and vote with their feet, the more providers are likely to reconsider or delay future increases.”

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