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BT Raises Price of Superfast Broadband 76Mbps BTInfinity Option 2

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 (11:47 am) - Score 1,735
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The word went out this morning that the standard price of BT’s superfast broadband (up to 76Mbps) BTInfinity Option 2 (FTTC) package has increased by +£2 to £30 per month, which is in addition to the cost of Phone Line Rental from £16.99 per month (or £15.29 if you pre-pay for a year in advance).

In fairness it’s been hard to pin the price of BT’s packages down over the past 6 months and we’ve seen their BTInfinity Option 2 service move from £25 to £26 to £28 and then back again. The complexity of different deals and offers means that identifying a standard price for any package is now rather complicated, although £30 is the highest it’s been.

It’s also now possible to get BT’s cheapest standard broadband (up to 17Mbps) package, which comes with a 10GB usage allowance, either with unlimited weekend calls (£5 per month) or without (£4.75 per month), although we’re not sure if the tiny price difference warrants the extra confusion that doing this adds.

The same split also exists for their entry-level BTInfinity Option 1 (up to 38Mbps + 20GB usage), which is now £9.75 without free calls or £10 with unlimited weekend calls. We get the distinct impression that BT are testing the waters here to find what kind of difference it makes to uptake, especially with ISPs like TalkTalk also dropping the free calls element from their cheapest bundles.

As usual all of BT’s packages include a free HomeHub router, free BT WiFi access, free BTSport TV content (except EU sport), online cloud storage, email and Internet security / parental control features.

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  1. Avatar DTMark

    So is this now £47 per month? I don’t think it’s that high. But it may seem expensive to many.

    We spend about £60 a month on our 4G connection. We could save £13 per month using VDSL instead.

    But we only use about 20GB per month and the performance drop from 4G to VDSL is massive and unacceptable because we’re not right next to the cabinet.

    I thought the calls used to be the main revenue stream but as that dies away, I wonder whether VDSL is a compelling enough product for people to bother having a landline at all at these sorts of prices. £50 a month will surely be a psychological barrier some are going to baulk at and so price rises may backfire.

    • Avatar MikeW

      Its a good question about whether it is a compelling product at the price, but I guess the question is whether it is compelling enough compared to other solutions.

      In your case, it isn’t.

      Shropshire mentioned that the average speed from their BDUK rollout, over 180 cabinets and 35,000 premises, was 50Mbps. That probably means there’s a significant pool who will experience their best speeds this way, and for whom it *could* be compelling.

    • Avatar DTMark

      In my case I’m looking for performance and prepared to pay for it. We only get fast (EE) 4G because it’s a rural area. Out and about a typical speed test on my phone (O2) will come back at “only” around 23 down and 25 up.

      Likewise anyone else into performance who wants the most is likely to go for cable instead, especially when that ramps up to 300Meg. VDSL may go very slightly faster upstream in a fairly small number of cases if the user is right next to the cabinet. Though VM will surely eventually raise the upstream from 12 to maybe 30 (300/30 service) to quash that.

      I’d say the danger to BT comes mostly from people who do most of their stuff on phones and tablets, and observe that these things work fine over 4G and the home broadband brings no speed or other advantage. Leading to the conclusion that there’s no point paying nearly £50 a month for a phone line they never use and maybe a slower broadband service than not having it at all.

      Secondarily, people who don’t care about the speed and for whom even a basic 3G connection suffices, like the one built into their phone. Or people for whom price is the only major factor who would have ADSL but for the line rental. No point paying that when you have to pay it for your mobile anyway which has “the internet built in”.

      All of this relates to BT’s interest in buying EE.

      The saving grace is streamed TV and data allowances. If we watched a lot of that, we’d probably have VDSL and do something clever with the router to send all the bandwidth heavy stuff over VDSL while keeping 4G for most other things like video calling and fast down and uploads.

    • Avatar MikeW

      Actually, I’m after performance … and I wouldn’t touch cable with a bargepole.

      But then my definition of performance is rather more about consistent performance, including latency, rather than absolute all-out speed. Cable’s shared environment just doesn’t cut it.

      And don’t hold your breath on VM being able to extend that upstream in a hurry – or that it works when they try. <<>>

      4G gives patches of working well, but too many patches of not working well too – back to the problems of a shared environment again. When we had to rely on it, I found it as infuriating as hell. And just so d*&^ expensive to use properly.

  2. Avatar adslmax Real

    BT Infinity Option 2 (up to 76Mbps) now cost £46.99 per month but Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra (up to 76Mbps) are still the cheaper at £25.95** per month for the first six months) then thereafter at £35.94** per month for the remaining of 12 months)

    **price quoted are for Market 3 (low cost area)

    But I reckon Plusnet are soon to follow BT to rise the 80/20 product but who know?

  3. Avatar DanielM

    even more of a ripoff. yet people buy them because they believe bt’s crap of calling it “fibre” (ofcom/asa to blame here)

    • Avatar FibreFred

      Really? You think the reason people buy it because its called fibre?

      I bought it because it was a big increase in speed, couldn’t care less about the physical medium only bothered about the speeds it gives me.

    • Avatar Graeme

      Sky, Plusnet and Talktalk all call it fiber also

    • Avatar DanielM

      @FibreFred of course they do, and 80 (76Mb) is hardly fast these days. on top of that the speed can drop rapidly when many are connected to the cab.

      @Graeme indeed but that does not make it fibre. honest ISP’s do not call it fibre.

    • Avatar Carl

      Never one to miss an opportunity, however slight, to complain about access networks 🙂

    • Avatar Hull_lad

      76Mbps is very fast, compared to ADSL, and is sufficient enough for even the most bandwidth hungry households today.

      It’s ‘tomorrow’ where this starts to look a insufficient.

    • Avatar CJO

      If the max speed of 76mbps is achieved (ignore individual cost of phone/broadband) then that’s around £0.69 per mbps of speed, I have FTTP BT infinity 4 330mbps for combined cost of £66.99 (I still have to pay line rental even though I have FTTP) so around £0.20 per mbps.

      So in that respect I agree it is expensive but compared to ADSL cost/speed it is still very good value for money.

  4. Avatar Carl

    Good. We are among the heaviest users in Europe, and it costs money to deliver that bandwidth. The race to the bottom has been going on for too long.

    Welcome to the new normal.

  5. Avatar Chris Conder

    We all get 1000 Mbps symmetrical for £30 a month, and no line rental to pay, we can have as many free phone lines as we like. No usage limits, no throttling or capping. Just sayin. Some of our homes have no terrestrial tv, but they can watch whatever they like now. Some homes have no mobile signal at all, but mobiles work now with femtos. Some houses have no mains water or electric, but folk can make that. They can’t make internet access though, not even satellites work in some of our areas, but with determination and grit they have got their own fibre dug in. That’s the way to do it, and any community could do it with the right support.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      ….sounds simple so why don’t they?

      Start now and all these community’s might have fibre in 2200

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