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ISP Sky Broadband UK Hikes the Price of Phone Line Rental

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 (9:21 am) - Score 2,678

Customers who take their phone service from Sky Broadband (BSkyB) will be displeased, if perhaps not surprised (every other major ISP has already announced a rise), to learn that the price of Sky Line Rental will increase from £14.50 a month now to £15.40 from 1st December 2013.

The change was noticed via way of a subtle bit of small print that has recently appeared on Sky’s related product pages, which simply states: “Sky’s line rental price will increase on 1 December 2013, but will remain cheaper than BT’s current standard monthly price (£15.45 a month).” Is it really worth boasting about a 5p difference?

Interestingly Sky’s Upfront Line Rental, which cuts the price to the equivalent of £9.95 per month if you pay for 12 months in advance (total £119.40), remains unchanged.

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13 Responses
  1. Avatar Phil says:

    December is pretty bad moment exspecially xmas coming up! Shame on you Sky.

  2. Avatar Kyle says:

    I believe TT is now £15.40, so not beating them!

  3. I wonder what proportion actually pay 12 months up front?

    When I moved into my current flat, I went with BT FTTC and paid for the line rental for 12 months. However, when that expired I dropped back to monthly billing as it is easier to budget for.

  4. Avatar Phil says:

    BT are rip off of Line Rental Saver is where you pay a year’s line rental in advance. It costs £141 for 12 months in advance, which works out as £11.75 a month compare to Sky’s Upfront Line Rental, which cuts the price to the equivalent of £9.95 per month if you pay for 12 months in advance (total £119.40).

    1. Avatar Phil says:

      Plusnet are 2nd expensive, £131.88 Equal to £10.99 a month

  5. Avatar Phil says:

    Mark Jackson, can ispreview make a fuil list of line rental saver compare with all isp’s to find out who are the most expensive and who are the most cheaper.

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      I’ve already thought about that and made allowances for it in our system. The only issue is that line rental can vary depending on how it’s bundled and the contract / associated terms (e.g. line rental saver vs standard rental), so reflecting that as a bare list might be a bit tricky.

      I think what might work better is if we reflect both the standard price and the price over 12 months (i.e. saver option, where available) together. Maybe also mention standard UK call charges and any included minutes. This might still get a bit confusing where the prices are split out from of a bundle with broadband but at least it would be a start.

      Let me flesh the idea out a bit and I’ll investigate further.

  6. Avatar Robert Waller says:

    It’s about time line rental was done away with completly on all forms of communications, call/data costs could be increased slightly to offset this, so that heavy users paid more than occaisional users

    1. Avatar Tim Nice But Dim says:

      Nope. It’s entirely reasonable to pay upkeep costs associated with your line. Line Rental is still very affordable with options such as BT Line Rental Saver.

  7. Avatar Phil says:

    And remember line rental saver is non-refunded too. Just in case if you moved line rental over to other isp (if move less than 12 months minimum and will lose all line rental saver cost)

  8. Avatar four_eyes says:

    shoulnt have to pay bloody line rental friggin rip off Tw@ts BT PLUSNET ETC

    1. Avatar Roberto says:

      LMAO and with that the BT fanboys go quiet.

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