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Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

alanf
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Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

Other service providers will no doubt follow suit shortly after.
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/utilities/2012/08/bt-hikes-prices-for-millions
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

I'm relieved for the PN staff. I'm sure the extra 6% will work through their annual pay  Wink
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

alanf ,,  " im sure other providers wil follow    suite.."
  hey alan  KEEP  QUITE  M8!!!  SHHHHHHH
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

Everything goes up each year whats new Tongue
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alanf
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

BT fourth set of rises in just over two years!
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

I've just compared my BT line rental in 2007 (5 years ago) with the latest bill. The average annual increase during that period, excluding VAT, by BT was 9.3%  I don't have comparable figures from PN.
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

Luckily the world is supposed to end this year (so not much longer left!) so the BT price increases may not take effect - unless of course the world doesn't end, not sure which to root for though  Embarrassed
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

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Luckily the world is supposed to end this yea

I thought that was 2k or 2k1 ??If so we have all been dead for the last 10+ years.
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

Supposed to be December 2012,  but the Mayans just ran out of stuff to write on.
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

The "line rental" is essentially a broadband tax.
I wonder how many people would still have a landline, if having one for broadband was optional?
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

Me for one. Been looking for years to dump the landline but even VirginMedia will charge line rental if you take the phone or not.
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

What bugs me is that they offer their customers a 'choice' in how to pay the bill, but if you exercise that 'choice' in a way they don't like (in other words, if you don't pay by DD), they land you with an extra £5-6 per quarter as a 'payment processing charge'.
1) It should not cost £5+ to process any payment, least of all one made online. If it does, then they don't know how to run a business properly (no surprise there),
2) When complained to, BT claim that it's not their fault, but that of a 'completely separate company'. Yes, a 'completely separate company' called 'BT Payment Services', which is a wholly-owned tax-dodge...sorry, I meant 'subsidiary' of.....BT.
Unfortunately, the spineless regulator has refused to do anything about it, and even legal challenges in court have failed.
It's a freaking rip-off all the same.  Angry
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

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The "line rental" is essentially a broadband tax.
I wonder how many people would still have a landline, if having one for broadband was optional?

Naked DSL is not allowed by OFCOM in the UK (no voice phone service/rental charge).
Yes it is a broadband tax - or in rather it is a cross subsidy from the phone service line rental charge for upgrading broadband.
Given that there more total telephone lines in the UK than broadband activated telephone lines this x-subsidy is quite considerable.
If naked DSL was permitted, users dumped the voice service and and then faced paying the full cost of broadband faults and line repairs plus upgrading the equipment your broadband service cost would soar......and my, would the complaints start then!
So you can see why it has been arranged this way - to hide the true cost of broadband from the users and spread the cost more widely thereby keeping BB charges down and encouraging takeup.
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

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Luckily the world is supposed to end this year

Damn, I did wonder if there might be a downside to Plusnet's Line Rental Saver, I'll not be too chuffed if I've paid upfront for nothing
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Re: Happy New Year 2013 - BT Charges Increase

Don't worry you'll get a refund on the day.......but it might take 5 end-of-the-world days to appear in your account.
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