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Uswitch comments on the December inflation rates

Ru Bhikha, telecoms expert at, comments: “These inflation figures reveal the full impact of mobile and broadband price rises on consumers, with increases more than double what they were last year.

“Customers of BT, EE, Vodafone and Plusnet will see their bills increase by a staggering 9.3%, meaning someone on an average £37.50-a-month mobile handset contract will now pay £40.98, an extra £41.85 over the year.

“Most providers increase their customers’ bills by adding a surcharge - usually 3.9% - on top of January’s inflation figures. Providers say this pays for improving network infrastructure, but with inflation already so high, these monthly increases will only add to the pain.

“Unfortunately, these rises are usually in your contract, and you will not be able to walk away without a penalty fee.

“If you find yourself in financial difficulty, don’t suffer in silence. Raise the issue with your provider and you may be able to negotiate a better deal, or switch onto a social tariff if you meet the criteria.”


Rianna York
Phone: 07817 083 280
Twitter: @UswitchPR

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