BT jacks up prices again

BT is increasing the charges for local calls for the second time this year.

Residential customers will see their calls go up five percent on 3 December. It will cost you 7.95p a minute to make a landline call. Line rental prices will also rise, but calls to mobiles will be unchanged.

BT raised the cost of a landline call 10 percent a year ago, and by nine percent in April. However the telco has promised that prices will now be frozen until 2013.

It is not as if BT is doing badly. Its profits before tax in the three months to 30 June were up 20 percent to £533 million,  thanks to demand for home broadband products.

The cost of line rental for a customer paying by direct debit will rise by 70p to £14.60 a month.

Evening UK calls will go up from 1p a minute to 1.05p a minute..

BT’s Anytime calls will increase by 20p to £4.90 a month, but various other packages and bundles, some of which include broadband internet, will not be changed.

Calls to O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone mobiles will stay at 5.3p a minute in the evening, and 11.3p a minute in the daytime.

BT claimed that said that many of its customers had actually seen their call costs fall because they had moved on to specific packages and they were still cheaper than foreigners had to pay. The UK is still pretty cheap in comparison. However it is starting to look like the cost of a landline is actually getting to be the same as a mobile call. If you did not need a telephone line to get broadband it is difficult to see why anyone would bother.